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Saturday, 25 April 2015


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I am sorry for your loss. One often wonders whether it is better to die quickly, but then there is little or no time to say goodbye. I've experienced close family members deaths in both ways, and I cannot come down on one side or the other. From what I've been able to glean from press accounts, Leonard Nimoy may have had the better way. Regardless, again, I'm sorry.

So sorry for the lost of your cousin. My Dad passed away last year after a 23 year battle with this dreadful disease. He was initially given 3 months to live after being diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. Your last sentence made me smile in memory of my Dad.Thank you...

sincere condolences Mike on your sad loss.

Mike, my condolences. People like your cousin are Saints that show the rest of us what the human spirit is capable of.

Just to take a wild, blind stab at the possibilities here, I find that Eli Harari of SanDisk is like the 157th wealthiest individual in the world, worth several billion dollars, and if you were sitting three abreast in the airplane's coach compartment -- you, the pilot and Eli -- on a flight into Indianapolis, I suspect (I could be wrong) that you had a different Harari. Or Harrari.

Indianapolis is a pretty good airport, although I think pilots have different criteria than passengers. I don't like LaGuardia, but I don't hate it, either -- but if I had to pilot an airplane in there, it'd scare the s--t out of me. Very quick into town, though. Still, I prefer Newark.*

As a passenger, Miami and Denver are at the top of my dislike list. Miami is the total third-world experience: you don't have to leave home to get it. At Denver, you can pay $80 (with modest tip) for a cab ride to town, or from downtown back to the airport. Are you kiddin' me? LAX is chaotic, but, you can work your way through it if you don't mind chaos. Big problem at Phoenix is that it's a tiresome fifteen-minute shuttle ride (on jammed shuttles) to the rental car complex; not good when it's 105F. Always kinda liked Seatac. In Minneapolis, it's a five-minute walk from the plane to a rental car, and the airport's okay, too. Austin doesn't have good reading material; maybe they don't read there. DFW is good; I'm always passing through, rather than stopping, so I don't know about the car rentals. Atlanta is one place you don't want to go if you're tripping on acid, with that underground tunnel and the lights; if I'd gone there in 1969, I might still be standing there. Don't know why people don't like Chicago, I've never had a problem with either of the big airports, although I once went to the wrong one. St. Louis is okay.

*Actually, piloting a plane into anywhere would scare the s--t out of me, since I'm not a pilot.

I am so sorry... This is something that we are hearing too often it seems.

Despite our "War on Cancer" declared by Nixon, we've not done all we can as a country in funding the science of cancer or cancer treatments. If we really did mean to fight a war on cancer, we'd be funding the NIH at levels we do for the DOD. A differential in funding that is sadly large and not in the right direction.

photos are important.

My sincere sympathy, Mike.
From the photo, it is very obvious that you were a much loved cousin.

Please accept my condolences for the loss of what sounds like an extraordinary family member.

The snapshot you've posted with this story is, of course, an excellent reminder of one of photography's most valuable and powerful roles in the world.

My heart goes out to you Mike. The best memorial we have in such times is to remember the person as they were were. Take care.

I feel as though somehow we all vicariously join in your sadness and send my condolences to your family.
Best to you all.

Deepest condolences on the death of your cousin. It is particularly sad when someone so young dies after such a hard struggle.

So sorry for your loss. Bill

Condolences to you and yours.

May I add my condolences to those already expressed.
There are no words that help much in times like this but pictures like the one you posted can do better. They help us remember the joys of happier times, - And they do become treasures.
Perhaps we should all take a snap of someone we care about in memory of your Cousin Liz, and as recognition of how important such pictures are.
Be Well, and Thanks for the reminder.

My condolences, Mike. She sounds like an amazing person.

I have lost a few close friends and both parents to cancer. Even though you know how it will end, it doesn't make it any easier, but it is extraordinary and humbling how bravely some people deal with it.

I am sorry for your loss Mike.

Dear Mike

Sorry for loss. It sounds as your cousin was very loved and she in turn returned that love. There is no better way to live a life than to love and be loved. I hope that you may find measure of comfort in that.

My condolences. Most of us never knew your cousin, but we are all saddened by her loss. As Donne wrote, centuries ago:

No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thine own
Or of thine friend's were.
Each man's death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.

A wonderful picture of the two of you. Surely a beautiful way to remember her. I offer my condolences for your loss. I lost my wife after nine years with this awful illness. Been there, bought the T shirts. The biggest loss is for all of the memories my daughter won't have. The greatest gift is all the lives she touched. I'm sure it was the same for Liz. Cherish them, as I know you will.
All the best to you and your family.

It is through photographs of my best friend who passed far too soon (Feb of this year) that memories of our time together are jogged free. Cancer took his body, but photos captured the soul of a life well lived.

My heart-felt condolences to you and yours.

This post really touched me, Mike. I'll echo what Ed Kirkpatrick said. This photo of her really captures the adoration and love she must have had for you. I liked her as soon as I saw the photo and your words confirmed my first impression. I'm so sorry to hear she passed. It's unusual for me to get emotional about the death of a stranger but the photo and your words effected me.

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