ELDER MUSIC: Something
A TGB READER STORY: Every Tuesday

Thank You All

Following Friday's post, janinsanfran sent this note:

”A friend whose partner has just advanced into hospice care (spinal cancers) wrote this to their friends: 'There is no good way to die. But if we must die, and we all must, may it be with a community as loving, as present, as kind as you.'”

Oh my god, yes. How can I possibly thank this community that has responded to Friday's post about my new cancer with such an outpouring of love and care and concern and humor.

I've always believed you are, each and every one of you, the most special blog readers on the planet and you proved it on Friday and over and over again through the weekend.

You have had me weeping for all the best reasons.

I read each of the hundreds of responses in the comments and dozens of others that arrived via email and Facebook. And then I read them all again.

So let's do this together and see what happens. I made a few notes from all your comments on TGB, Facebook and emails.

In just the third comment to arrive, Genie wrote:

”This morning I imagine you as the captain for this journey. I only hope the ship is large because there are so many of us coming aboard.”

And the rest of you ran with the boat metaphor, adopting it as our preferred means of travel.

Deborah May wishes for the next phase be “full of sunshine and serenity - with calm waters given the number of us on this boat (ocean liner) with you.”

Tarzana thinks we should hold a contest to name this boat we're on:

”I can already think of many possibilities,” she wrote. “Courageous, Hope, Gratitude, Fortitude, Journey's End and so forth. Your loving readers are much cleverer than I so I'd expect some real stunning, even humorous entries.”

Do take a shot at it if you are so inclined (yes, definitely even humorous entries). I'll select four or five and then we can vote.

I learned that there are more of you than I guessed who are cancer survivors or in the throes of treatment or living with the aftermath of this awful disease – or another terrible “disease of age.” I wish with all my might we did not share this.

Of course, I recognize many names in those Friday comments but there are a lot, too, that I've never seen before, first-time commenters. Quite a few of you mentioned that you've been reading TGB since the beginning or near enough – did you know that's 15 years ago now?

I was amazed to read that for some of you, the blog is the first thing you check online each morning. If I'd known that, I would have worked harder at it all these years.

Daria tells us that “a friend nearing the end of her life smiled and said, 'Now I can eat bacon anytime I want!'” Yes! Me too.

I mentioned that I instantly gave up my daily workout and am relieved to not need to worry about dementia anymore. I've since added Facebook. I use FB only as a secondary distribution channel for TGB and I have not the first clue about how to use it. To me, it's functionality appears to be a holy mess and now I have the best reason in the world not to learn it. You guys came up with some other things I don't need to do anymore.

Kathy Zachary said she won't miss flossing when she's dead. Yes. That too. Mary noted that I “won’t see the horror and dismantling of our democracy if trump is re-elected in 2020.”

Good thought but I've been saying since 2015 that I will be pissed off big time if I die before I find out what the demise of the Trump era will be like. Color me pissed.

Marilyn Dalton noted that I don't have to worry about outliving my money. Good point. And Carol Girgis gave me a smile that nearly broke my face, first quoting me, "Now I don't have to worry about dementia" and responding, “Best line I've ever read, written in these circumstances.”

Moving along, poet Tom Delmore sent a short video by Leonard Cohen who died in 2016 at the age of 81. It is supposed to be about finding his voice but it is also deeply pertinent to what I face now.

May I live up to Cohen's conclusion in these coming final days.

Apparently Leonard Cohen is on others' minds too. Faith sent a Cohen poem about courage which you will find here.

John Brayton left this quotation from Donald Hall's final book, A Carnival of Losses: Notes on Nearing Ninety - new this year and an instant favorite of mine. Hall died earlier this year at age 89:

"I feel the circles grow smaller, and old age is a ceremony of losses, which is on the whole preferable to dying at forty-seven or fifty-two. When I lament and darken over my diminishments, I accomplish nothing. It's better to sit at the window all day, pleased to watch birds, barns, and flowers."

I agree, and thank you Mr. Hall for saying it so well.

What a gift and honor to have so many of you on this new journey with me. With all you here, I think I can get through just about anything.


Comments

We have always felt that as long as we had you, we could get through anything. May being together with and for you and one another continue and be a part of your huge legacy. I’d feel grateful to be part of Ronni’s Ark.

I know it sounds like a platitude, but you do inspire me. I know you probably have moments of doubt and sadness and anger and feelings of betrayal, but what comes out in your writing is love and caring and hope, even when there's not a lot of that to look for. I've also never had a plan for my life - life just happened. Every decision led to things I didn't expect, and it seems like the people who plan their lives are sometimes missing the beauty of taking it as it comes.

I hope your journey on the boat is as calm and peaceful as possible, and that you're always surrounded by love and compassion every moment of that trip.

Have a truly wonderful glorious day today, Ronni. Thanks so much (again and again) for sharing your life and thoughts with us. I think I'd like to think of riding along in Ronni's Ark with you.

For a 'play' on words...how about the Ark de Triomphe?
Today's post was wonderful...and it was a delight to hear your words again.

Love Laura's name Ronni's Ark. Perfect. We are jumping aboard this ship that is heading to no place we've ever been, with Ronni at the helm.

I too look at your blog the first thing every morning. I think you for showing me how to grow old. I thank you for allowing me to continue on with you during your journey on your beautiful, peaceful ship.

I know you will make the most of the time you have left. You're always an inspiration, Ronni. Good sailing on your ark!

I'm going to suggest Ronni's Rendition for your ship's name because you're sailing to your new destination under your own terms.

Not usually one to enter naming "contests", I immediately thought that our boat might be named after the Mars Rover - Curiosity.

Love the energy your honest writing inspires, Ronnie. The naming “contest” a great example! I’m not voting for the Ark because of the “two-by-two” element and what I love about Ronnie’s blog is how you’ve set an example of how to get through these years alone.
Thanks so much!

Dearest Ronni,
Of course we've never met in person, but I feel you are one of my dearest friends. I catch myself sharing something I've read in your blog with local friends....and I always just say...My friend, Ronni, in Oregon, said...….! Your wisdom and humor are something I look forward to so much.
Yours was my "first" blog when I begin to be more computer savvy and could venture out from just emails. But I must admit in the beginning, (you were in Portland, Maine then.) I was mostly looking for pics and stories about sweet Ollie. ha You drew me into a sharing, learning experience for which I will always be grateful.
Bless you on this journey we will all take and thank you for guiding our way so eloquently.
With much love and gentle hugs,
Alice

You inspire me and all of your followers. I am a Parkinson’s patient (not very patient!) and I have found you to be a “friend” in the aging journey. Count me in on your boat!

The best book I've read about the whole process of dying is this: Advice to Future Corpses - (and those who love them) - by Sallie Tisdale. She's a buddhist, works with hospice, and is an excellent writer.

Today looks to be a beautiful Portland day, blue skies, sunshine, a little breeze and the trees changing into golden brown. Have a super day, Ronni.
love from
o/

"There is a lot more to life than dying and I still want as much of it as I can get." Ronni Bennett, 03, July 2017. You were not kidding--you are certainly doing it. John

Laura said it perfectly, and I vote for Ronni's Ark...Each one of us when joined to you on your journey makes a twosome, a multitude of twosomes with you Ronni at the center as you have been through your writings for us all these years.

Your courage, and sense of humor are amazing! Hugs!

I missed your post on Friday Ronni so today's has come as a real shock.

When I was much younger (I'm 74 now) I thought I knew all the answers and had the wisest things to say to someone who had suffered the loss of a loved one. I'm sure I'd be embarrassed if I ever heard those comments again.

Growing older, I've had the good fortune to know people who have faced their deaths with equanimity and strength, which has been one of the greatest gifts they could have given me. Clearly, you now fall into that category.

As you travel this latest journey, please know that I'll be following along with heart and mind -- not so much for the benefits your words will have for me and others, but to celebrate the extraordinary human being that you are.

This community is a testament to you far more than it is to us.

..."I accomplish nothing. It's better to sit at the window all day, pleased to watch birds, barns, and flowers."

What a wonderful way to spend one's day, but I know you too well, Ronni, you will stay occupied right up until you are no longer occupied.

May your light shine and may you feel the warmth of caring friends who are shining brightly right now, sending you love and good wishes. We are here until the light fades away.

Ronni, I'm one of your long-time fans who has read your blog for about 10 years although I don't think that I've ever posted a comment before. I've learned so much from your blog and from the comments posted by your readers. I was so sorry to learn that your cancer has returned. I've recently shared a similar journey with my husband, Ben, who died less than three weeks ago from metastatic prostate cancer at the age of 71. He enjoyed his life until the end and he was able to die at home with people he loved nearby, which is what he wanted.
Probably the hardest part of getting old is facing the losses, which seem to increase with age -- loss of loved ones, loss of health, and eventually loss of our own lives. Your courage in facing these challenges and your willingness to share your journey with all of us is truly inspiring. Thank you for letting me be part of your community, and for all that you've added to my life.
Much love,
Kathleen

I felt so sad when I read your post. But none of us knows exactly when our turn will come. I am battling several types of blood cancer (and recovered from eye lymphoma) and will soon start chemo for a platelet problem (way too many). I lost my son to cancer when he was 33. His life was far too short and he was very very brave.
Your next chapter will be interesting to all of us because you have been such an example in so many ways of aging appropriately (I am 75). I too think of you as a friend as I eagerly read the blog.
G-d Bless you and keep on being our shining example. I would gladly come to Portland to help you if necessary (I live in NYC).
Carol

Forever grateful and always wishing you the best possible each day.

ClaireJean

Ronni - I hope I can be even a fraction as supported by friends when I'm dying as you are. You are a hero and role model of mine.

Thank you so much for sharing so wisely, bravely, and with a sense of humor, this "journey" that we'll all take! It's definitely an "eye opener!" You are awesome!

While I certainly admire the way you faced the news about your returning cancer and possible demise, I must say that I was a little surprised at your resignation. Ronnie, please don't take this the wrong way, but it sounds as if you have just given up.

Ronni, I've been reading your posts since shortly after you started blogging...a long time... And have always been humbled by how you have let your readers into your life. People don't often share the intimate joys and struggles with life, illness and eventual death, in the way that you do. I'd guess that many of your readers are living a similar journey or have had someone they love go through stages of illness and dying. Your frankness and openess are beautiful and your observations and wit keep life in perspective. Having experienced similar illness in my family, many things you write echo and resonate with me, too. Like everyone else, I'm sticking around as long as you want to share with your readers. Like many others, I read often and comment rarely. So thanks, Ronni, for carrying us with you and letting us carry you, too. As for the name of the ship? How about This End Up.

Have been sitting with your news for days, and am so happy you feel our respect, affection and community.

Wanting you to have every support-tangible and otherwise-that you desire and need. Everything. You have been such an activist, educator, observer and confidante.

And another "I now get to": you can forget the bra if you wanna.

Your blog has been a guide to me over the years on the reality of growing old.
Terrific shock to read your latest news. Our thoughts are with you.

Yes, we all have something....an adrenal mass is my something. You are doing it all with so much class...and sometimes that's what matters. For years, I read you first with my morning coffee. Now you are first in my thoughts.

Have you named the boat?

Perhaps it was the talk about boats and ships that brought to mind John Masefield's "Sea Fever" which includes the line "and all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by." It ends with "And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover / And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over." A beautiful poem -- but you're definitely going to need a
bigger ship.

Ronni, such sad and discouraging news. I have a rare blood cancer, in remission at the moment, but when I thought I might die last year at age 65 I decided that would be ok. I grieved, though, for those who would be left behind. So, I grieve for those of us (so many!) you will leave behind. I hope that will happen later than your doctors think, and that it will be as painless as possible.

I'm on board, too, Ronni, and sending you love and gratitude, too, for your skill in sharing information, fire when fire is due on a given topic, and your personal choices, losses, fears, and pleasures through these years. We're not about to abandon you now, and in fact look to you, as always, as our captain. From all that we know of you, how could we have anything but absolute faith in your ability to navigate this with dignity, grace, and humor, too?

I think that you are loved by so many because you reflect our basic common humanity and have put it into words for us. It shares with us that there are others in this world who know and understand how we feel. The responses your blogs get, the comments, reassure me the way I feel is OK, that there are others who feel as I do, and that gives me the courage to continue.

Ronni, we may be separated by miles, but the comfort and tears and laughs and peace you have given us is beyond riches. Consider yourself warmly hugged!

I'm another TGB-with-my-(late) morning-coffee reader. I don't comment very often--other commenters are so much more eloquent that by the time I scroll through the replies, all the beautiful things have been said. But I love you, have loved you for a long time, and will continue to join you and our fellow passengers on this good ship every morning. Thank you, Ronni, for this, the only blog I never, ever miss.

Ronni, I just read your last two blog posts and am so sad.

Sad, shocked, crying, pissed off at cancer and feel like punching a rock.

You are a friend, a mentor, a tell it like it is writer and researcher on everything to do with ageing.

Five stars for your work.

We have been friends since you began TGB, back in 2004. Look at all the cyber friends you discovered here.

Like you said many times, we will continue to stand up against ageism in all its forms, and we will continue to share our stories at Ronni's Place.

Keep the lights on.

Take care,

Your Montreal Fan

Always.

It's a rainy day in Montreal.

"Weeping . . as you . . re-read them all - -" So poigniant, Ronni. And you, yourself have already named 'the boat'. So many times. As you've used these words:
"Our Journey"

Ronni
I have only commented a few times but I wanted you to know how much you have guided me through my life. I found you after my husband passed in 2010 and have, as others have, been the first thing I go to each day. I had no words for Friday's post but I just wanted you to know how much you have helped me. I only wish I could do the same for you. I will continue with you and we will move forward together. My sadness is more than words can say but know you have so many with you on your "journey" Hugs

I didn't comment on Friday because the news made me very sad. I had hoped your good news would continue. I wish you peace and love and acceptance for what's ahead. We love you.

Hi Ronnie
Piling on here. I’m in the TGB with my Coffee club, too. And like others, a cancer (lung) survivor - Not that such things mean much!
You make a wonderful difference for me and so many others, pointing a way to face all the stuff of aging with passion, humor, and appreciation.
Hard to resist saying some sort of cliche next, but there really are no words other than thank you

Ronni: I am so saddened (as I am sure hundreds are) by your recent diagnosis. Please do not be discouraged, as there are many miracles in this life. I find prayer such a help in this journey and I will include you in my long list of prayers. I am so glad you will enjoy your days, no matter how many there are. Your blog has been a daily read of mine for many years. You bring joy to many. God bless you.

Ronni's Ark. That is beautiful. I am crying. Big, gulping, soggy, drenching tears. Save me a place on your Ark. I will be there when my time comes. If I go before you, I'll keep her in ship-shape and ready for Captain Ronni and all our partners in this crazy little thing called life. Godspeed and sail on. <3

Ronni,

I'm so sad to hear the latest bad news. But so very happy that I've had the opportunity to know you here on the blog, and that you've so openly shared your experiences good and bad, and your thoughts and wisdom. I will never forget you and all I've learned from you.

Keeping you in my prayers.

Susan

I tried to read this post of yours to my husband but I couldn't contain my tears, so we both read it together and cried together. And yesterday I also read every single comment from yesterday's post and have added a few books to my library that sound like just what I need. I really like Ronni's Ark, as we go forward through this journey together. You created this ship, and with all my virtual friends I thank you.

Although I commented earlier regarding your disconcerting/sad news, Ronni, just reading the outpouring of affection from your readers is uplifting for anyone following TGB. Such kindness expressed is like a pebble into a pond with the ripples going beyond our vision. Thank you to all.

So many responses about your journey and the ship analogy brought this to mind from Oliver Wendell Holmes: " To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it - but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor."

In the 8 months I have followed TGB daily you have never "drifted'' my friend, and brought me true valuable insight. Thank you again!

But YOU shouldn't have to be courageous, you have US to lean on now. We, who read and savor your humor, wisdom, philosophy, irreverence and class. Your readers will hold you up until the very end and help you return to the stardust from which we all came. Onward into this journey, be it a final one or not. May we all have a wide and smiling crew to help us on our way.

If future lives await, I'll hope to meet you in the next one!

And here's a little Japanese story.

A little boy is terrified of a tsunami coming to his fishing village. Every day he dwells on this and worries, sometimes cries. He does not want to die. His father sits him down for a talk. About how he cried and cried when it was time to leave the life in his mother's womb, how he did not want to be born into this world, he wanted to remain where he was, safe in the known. Now it is the same again, he wants to stay safe, never have to move to whatever comes next.

I’m so sorry. You have a well lived life. I’ve been reading your blog for about 5 years. Your youthful outlook on life helped me decide to marry a 75 yr old man 2 1/2 years ago. I’m 65 yrs old and I know there’s no guarantee. I embrace each day.

Dear Ronnie

Like you I have many diseases togheter and I feel more weak everyday.
I am 79 now
It is difficcult to walk and I feel most of the time tired.

I think you shoul enjoy every day like it comes and do not think like you used to be but make the better with you can do now.

The end of the life is so good as the begining and should be enjoyed.

I read you every day and I miss you when you are not around.

Love

God Bless us

Beatriz

Your blog is one of the highlights of my day and I will miss it greatly when you are gone. We all die sooner or later although many call dying "passing". I am not sure to where one "passes" as I am not a believer in an after life. Sometimes I wish I believed in that as it can make one "feel better' about the loss of loved ones. I think that "immortality" is having those we leave behind have good memories of our lives. I never knew my paternal grandmother but she lived on in my father's stories and now in m stories about my father's stories.
I wish for you a peaceful and painless ending. I wish I lived close to you so that I could be of help in your final days. Hospice can be a great help and you live in a state where you can have the choice to control how it all ends. You will live on in my mind as a strong and determined woman who brought enjoyment to many of us who are "older" and helped us deal with age.

xx

I read this in the early morning and have tried all day to come up with a name for the ship we are all sailing on. My old (say ancient ) brain is no longer creative and the best I can come up with is "Serendipity" and that was to be the name of my second blog that I never got around to creating.

That said, I do think the ship should have your name somewhere in the title. "Ronnni's Journey "has been suggested and I can think of several variations. "Ronni's GreatAdventure", "Ronni's Port of Call", "Ronni's Ship of Friends", etc.

Whatever we call the ship, it is one of a life well lived and one of the most important success stories in the Universe. To have so many friends who love and admire you is a life worth celebrating.

So hoist the sails, pop the champagne as we sail into the great adventure called death.

Ronni, Time Goes By is the first blog I ever read on aging, and after reviewing a number of others, it quickly became the only one I rely on regularly. Beginning immediately my thoughts will be with you all the way. I cannot repay you for everything I have gotten from you through Time Goes By. Your writings have allowed me to go into my 60s (I'm 68 now) feeling positive, unalone, and empowered. Thank you for everything. May your upcoming journey be peaceful, and now that you have been a true light for so many. Cheryl Bancroft

I like the Ark de Triomphe.
Does that make me the First Mate, or just the cabin boy?

After reading this latest blog in the morning, I thought of the name "The Love Boat" since we do all love you and your blog. But, I know, it has some baggage attached to it.

If some line in this Lullaby, by Cris Williamson, hits home, feel free to make it my official entry.

Like a ship in the harbor,
Like a mother and child,
Like a light in the darkness,
I'll hold you awhile.
We'll rock on the water,
I'll cradle you deep,
And hold you while Angels,
sing you to sleep.

Have read every comment over the years I have subscribed to your blog, Ronni, and did not yet comment about how sorry I was to read your latest medical news. Know you are loved by all your followers and we will miss you.

Lot of good ship names suggested; here's another: how about "Ronni's Rebounders"; that's what a lot of us try to do each day: rebound.

Thank you for your blog. I started reading it both for your information on growing older and your political feelings against “he who shall not be named”.

I too read your blog daily and often share what I’ve read with my husband. I find myself thinking about your comments and the comments of those who also read your blog.

I just want to thank you for sharing your thoughts as you have traveled through this experience.

Ronni’s Ship of Friends gets my vote.... Lynn

You said it best Ronni.....you plan to live until you die. Enjoy every moment and may it be much longer than expected.
I would only hope to be half as brave as you are in carrying on "business as usual"
Much love

Always had looked to you as a mentor/older sister who had experience in things that I would some day be dealing with. Now I see you will be teaching me the "last best lesson". Thank you for your willingness to share.
Carmen

💞

Subscribe but rarely, if ever, comment. The time has come to participate. So sorry for what you are going thru. I am a lung cancer survivor. Had a lung removed a year ago, still have multiple nodules in the other lung which are scanned for change every few months. So frequent I don’t feel much of a survivor. It will always be there. Your attitude is so inspiring. I can learn from you. You are amazing.

Vive l'Ark de Triomphe!

I've dropped by your blog, randomly, for the past few years. I was aware of your illness. Today, on reading this post, it was obvious something was up. I then read Friday's post.

From my view point, death is the end for us all. I'd rather go out dementia-free, than not. Old age is definitely not easy, for self nor for carers. So, in this regard, I envy you that your boarding call has come.

My husband died some years ago. The children are married and busy in their families. I am adrift, after a life of busyness and purpose, and with too much time on my hands to repent/regret past mistakes.

Thank you for the guidance, information-sharing, and light you have provided these past few years. May the exit be painless and easy.

PS: I saw the videos you'd posted. You are very pretty and charming, and so genuine and warm!!

Mary

I'm so very sorry to hear your news. It certainly does put a kicker in that "What It Really Means to Get Old" tag line. And as usual, I so admire your writing - always one of the reasons I've loved this blog.

The other reason is that it's been so *useful* to me. You have been really helpful to me as I've been trying to figure out how to do this aging thing in a way that accepts reality--the complete reality, the grim and the good. Even when I've disagreed, you've always helped me identify and clarify my thinking.

I wish you many, many more good days than bad ones in the time ahead.

Ronni, I am so saddened by your news. I find it a lovely, curious thing to feel so connected to a person that I have never met. Praying and hoping your journeys in the future are full of love and joy and also acceptance of the things that cannot be changed. We are all on the same road, or should I say, the same ocean?

What a strong support community you have...my vote, and the first thing that came to mind, was The Love Boat. May the love of all of us carry you on!

Oh Ronnie - I hardly know thee!
I often don’t read Time Goes By because if I go there I am gone for well over an hour. Too many good words! My time is limited and there is so much to do while attempting to smell the many flowers!
My heart goes out to you (I can feel it going out to you] and my eyes want to overflow. I wish you many wonderful experiences and very little pain in the months ahead. Good coffee, good friends, good music [have you seen the Tower of Song hommage to Leonard Cohen - its on Apple TV], and do you know Apple TV also provides the words to their songs! - for singing and dancing. Speaking of singing don’t forget its not over until the fat lady sings - miracles still happen!
In any case this blog will make you immortal - isn’t that sweet?! How do we keep it going? I hope you will also do some videos - you have lived such an interesting life and I can only imagine you have had many stories you haven’t yet told. Most of all I wish you a good doc who won’t let you suffer unnecessary pain. I want to hope you see Trump's back but I am afraid that may not happen in time - but surely it will happen!
Take care,
Betty

How can this be? Your column and your humor and your common sense about getting old have entertained me for years. Now I am super sad for you and selfishly super sad for me. Perhaps the name of the boat should be Times Up.

Good Ship Lollipop?

Hi Ronni I want to put my two bits in to naming boat. I would like to say the Ark but. I see it as a very large Sail Boat. Drifting through the waves over the horizon. So I can find no better name than. Time Goes By !! Love you Ronni You are an amazing person n I will be forever grateful for your blog. I’m on the boat with you that’s for sure. Right here beside you. Can you see us We are here for you. God Bless you I’m praying for you Take care Ronni n kick butt along the way. Hahahahaha I’m sure you will. In the nicest of ways. 🤗❤️

Thank you for the honor of sharing your path. We shall all meet again at the end. Sending love. Julia

Long time reader. Seldom commenter. I feel like someone in my family has just gotten this news. I admire your courage and your ability to share openly the experience of life, old age and the process of decline. We are all learning from you and are the better for it. Amanda

Name?

Ronni's Runaway Rowboat - big enough for everyone to pile into, as Peter and Norma provide classic musical selections to accompany Crabby Old Lady's barking orders to the rest of us, who are doing our share to float the boat!

This sounds like a worthy adventure. Thank you for the invite to share it with you.

Thank you for sharing the Donald Hall quote. I will read his book.

You are remarkable, Ronni. Truly remarkable. Thank you for being you & living your life fully.

Maybe your boat could be "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" - book me a seat please Ronnie. Newcomer's section but plenty old! xxx

I vote for Ronni's Ark! I especially love the idea that each of us is a twosome with Ronni!

Roni, I have tried many retiree blogs, but yours is the one I kept coming back to again and again.

I want to thank you for all the work you have done. I have laughed and cried and learned somethings too.

I wish you well on your final journey and hope it is as peaceful as possible. You are a very special person and when you are gone, we will feel as John Lennon sang " there's a whole where you're supposed to be".

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