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It sounds like your years living in Manchester have influenced this elegiac song of lost love. Any projects in the pipeline? So much so that it feels strangely ordinary referring to him as Alan Wilkes, so playing the card of artistic license, he's going to remain, in my mind, as Vinny Peculiar. A man who's been afforded much deserved acclaim from many sources, his solo work reaches into double figures in album releases, his collaboration with Oasis' Bonehead in Parlour Flames another brilliant band name was a particular favourite - possibly enhanced by lying on the grass listening to them play at Ramsbottom Festival one gorgeous Sunny afternoon.

I digress. As the album title says, he's back with a set of songs that furnish the reputation with narratives that wouldn't be out of place coming from the pens or being tapped at the keyboards of some of our nation's favourites that see him readily compared with the eloquence of Ray Davies and the routine drollness of Jarvis Cocker. So, how do what he calls "the past and present collide in the imagination"? First impressions? Swagger is the word that comes to mind.

A full and punchy mix heralds the riff driven namechecks for cricket club discotheques, T Rex and Tony Blackburn, immediately striking a chord and pulling in us old timers who are on the same wavelength. It's the first of several perk up and smile moments as the Malvern Winter Gardener sits and reflects on dreams of Wishbone Ash, "hiding in the potting shed, listening to The Grateful Dead. The gentle poignancy of 'The Singing Schoolteacher' is a tribute to one of his inspirations, a North Bromsgrove teacher who encouraged the young Peculiar to go with his musical leanings - the name of Clifford T Ward.

Their briefly shared vision "homework was the enemy…and the NME" and the sudden shift to the sombre reality of his passing. Calling up 'Detroitwich' love the name - has no-one else thought of that? It's a brief interlude in a run of songs that take on a more reflective hue.

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There's a hint of sadness about David Swan the river man and the Hawley fuelled first person character of the broken man who finds it hard to find the words. I'm sure Vinny appreciates those words that rate him as an undervalued national treasure, but I'm also sure he would be just as satisfied if a shedload more people would listen to some of these marvellously observed songs.

The bar was nevertheless high. Only two years ago Silver Meadows, a concept plate about life as it is in a psychiatric clinic, was immediately marked by press and public as a highlight in his now fairly extensive oeuvre. The emotional impact of Return Of The Native may not be as great as that of its predecessor - the new album is more compact and stylistically more consistent - but it shows a Peculiar that never sounded better than today. Did we just say concept board since the punk wave about the worst insult that you can swing a musician to the head?

That will be because, just like at Silver Meadows and Down The Bright Stream, the reference to his birthplace Bromsgrove is again a thread through the album. After almost a quarter of a century in Manchester, Peculiar recently returned to his home; Bromsgrove not only formed the setting for his adolescent wanderings in the s, but today also of the eleven songs on the record. Some songs are therefore strongly autobiographical. In it he, as an Adrian Mole, picks up some episodes from his secret diary. In other songs, Peculiar is the dilettant-with-nothing-escape-look and he puts some striking figures in the spotlight.

One of them is "David Swan Riverman" guitars and cello's galore , the man who, when he goes to see the swans and ducks on Sundays, attracts so many swimming birds that he has become a real attraction in the meantime. The psychedelically tinted folksong "The Singing Schoolteacher" is about the teacher who first passed on his love of alternative music to his students, and then became a reasonably successful pop star himself. Did you know that the biggest rock gods in the 60s and 70s regularly sank to the Malvern Winter Gardens, the local concert hall?

The gardener of the complex, herself a fallen music star, tells everything about it in the almost eponymous song. Sometimes Bromsgrove is simply the background for Peculiars with the late absurdist, humoristic fabrications. In "Detroitwitch" - pumping beat, touch of disco - a lost Eminem by P Diddy is saved from the clutches of a local gang in the nick of time. In "Blackpole" - which could safely go through one door with "Camouflage" by Stan Ridgway - he displays his love of black humor: an actor is killed while replaying a battle from the English Civil War, but continues to return as a ghost to his house.

In the end, his beloved will then escape into the arms of the local funeral director. That a love break was initially the basis of the move, you hear in the more reflective songs. The dreamy "Golden City" had - when the program still existed and the compilers had no ear- and blinkers on it - stood on the playlist of Nachtradio. However, it gets even darker in the acoustic "On Rainbow Hill" and in the doll of "Game Over" waterlogged in melancholy. As Vinny Peculiar manages to make the ordinary extraordinary in his lyrics, he now manages to transcend the middle distance with traditional, classical songwriting.

Alan Wilkes has not been awake for a long time from hits or a major breakthrough. The advantage of operating in the lee is that he is his own boss, he should not be concerned about hypes and trends and can just remain himself. That's fine, and that's how Vinny Peculiar has been at its best for several decades now. This sparks off memories of how their romance, carried on from school into college, came to an awkward end after he found her kissing the girl in the next door hall-of-residence room to her. There are two wonderful moments of fantasy too.

After his death he continues as a ghost to watch over his girlfriend, who stays on in their house in the Worcester village of Blackpole and promptly finds a new love in the local undertaker. One of our finest singer-songwriters, he takes the often ordinary and makes it extraordinary. Macho guys may well scoff but reconstructed males will find much to identify with as Mr Wilkes explores the perils and guilty pleasures of voyeurism and fetishism.

Much in the manner of Jarvis Cocker, the saucy songs tell you more about masculine insecurities than the fairer sex. This is not hardcore. Meanwhile in House Of Girls there are mirrors on the wall and condoms on the shelf in rooms where the promised moments of bliss occur in a suburban setting. The other tune , No Reply, is a touching rainy day piano ballad about a lost love to prove that when operating in the guise of Vinny Peculiar, Alan Wilkes has more than just a one track mind. Who is Vinny Peculiar? Is he a poet? Explorer of societal mores?

Well, he is all of these things and more. He investigates areas of societal belief and invites you to do the same. A concept E. His words do not bludgeon or rant at you but rather, gently creep up and whisper in your ear. Gain your attention gently, tease you into taking note. I Came Back As A Girl looks at reincarnation as a woman with all the ensuing stereotypical assumptions. House of Girls — views of underworld webcam sexual activities. Yet again, Vinny Peculiar produces songs that on the surface seem whimsical but have a much deeper message to convey.

He does this with clever lyrics and solid musical accompaniment. Yet again, he delivers. A gem. Slap Magazine review Feb It captures a world of contrasts in which while some patients plan escape others have become totally institutionalised and in which periods of dull, regimented routine are broken up by both patient episodes and sudden eruptions of violence.

Peculiar, however, saves his best trick to last. It is an enthralling album and a remarkable achievement. Concept album with the theme of the life and workings of a mental health institution would have stopped me in my tracks ready to flip open the bin but for the artist, Vinny Peculiar.

His musical history of acute observation and quintessential Englishness have thrilled me in the past, but I was still a little cautious. But no need as it turns out. And he is well placed to comment on this particular theme — a former mental health nurse and familial visitor. All of them astutely conceived, perceived and performed. Vinny handles all of these with a delicate touch, not shying away from the truth but also not shouting from the rooftops. He maintains a fine balancing act — says it how it is but with great lyricism and literacy.

And therein lies his appeal. He rarely fails to write graceful lyrics — sometimes profound, sometimes with humour but always intelligent and these are carried along by some masterful melodies. With each track you just want to hear what the next one will offer. What was I hesitating for? This is a gem. And yet he manages just about to release an album every few years for a small but appreciative audience who recognise his awkward kind of brilliance. Last thing I want is a man around! Best friends died a year apart. Hi Susan! Sorry for your loss; it sounds like a good idea for revamping a spare room.

Just be careful. I am alone as well. I just need to find some friends. I can easily talk to people at the park and they sit and talk to me but nothing ever comes of it. I never run into them again. There are women my age where I live but they never seem to want to do anything but talk about others. I would love to meet a few friends I can get together with and becomes close friends to do things with. My eyes are just not what they use to be. I love to go out to eat lunch, go to the movies, go to festivals or just about anything.

Everything is fun when you have someone to share things with. Please let me know where you are in NC. Perhaps we can meet and get to know each other. Good luck meeting others. Hi Susan…Where in MA are you. Good movies coming up. Maybe we could meet halfway. I am friendly and often chat with others but I seldom see them again. I feel like I am in grade school, lol. I hope to find friends outside my housing. I still want to see and try new things. It is definitely more fun with a friend. I hope you find a friend, Kristina, and all others in search of friendships as well.

Hi Susan, I, too, live in North Carolina. I am in the Charlotte area. I became an empty nester at the precise time as my long and painful and drawn out divorce ensued. I lived alone for three years and the loneliness became in bearable. I recently moved back to my hometown and my two daughters live close by. Before it was all crushing because I lived in Florida with absolutely no relatives in town. And not necessarily for a husband though that would be nice too. Have one daughter and an older sister.

I work but have literally no friends anymore. Used to in my younger days but I guess took the friendships for granted and lost them. By the time I woke up and tried to reconnect, it was too late. I long for the intimacy of a good friendship. Someone to talk to on a deep level. Someone to laugh spontaneously with. Just looking for a real friend. Not a great experience. Susan I, too, am in NC. I am a 70yr old man looking for a pen pal or someone to tex or talk to on the phone. I live with my daughter and.

My hobbies is working with wood tree ornaments, funeture and small things out of wood.

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I am religesous but not a fanatic. I love my grandchildren and great grandchildren. I hope I hear something it gets lonely around this house during the day by my self. Hi I am 67 years of age and although married it is non communicative and deeply lonely, I crave for the friendship of a lady in a similar state, purely for friendship, and social.

I enjoy cycling and walking and am very active,,. Gordon, I am 65 years old and maybe in a similar situation. I am not deeply lonely or craving female friendship, but do have a non communicative and lonely marriage of over 20 years. Yesterday I biked 35 miles and today I am getting ready to run five miles.

I wonder how you are doing with your search? I am interested in talking to men about working to improve our enjoyment of life. So, maybe we can help each other. I might have some decent feedback about your efforts. And you might suggest where I look to find all the old men who are still making the effort to do new things. Looking for a pen pal for my 65 year old grandma. Ideally, she would love to speak to someone who is also Christian as religion is very important to her and maybe knows how to use FaceTime so you can chat face to face.

I am 67 years Old from Canada. Get your grandma to reach me via my email I need a lady pen pal to lessen the loneliness that aging brings. Ii am 66 years recovering from the loss of my 45 year old son 2 years ago. My only daughter lives out of state. I used to live with her and her children. I miss that. My life partner of 30 years also lives out of state. He is younger than me and no longer interested in a relationship because, due to serious health issues, I can no longer be physically intimate.

I miss the closeness of someone special. I miss my fAmily. I have one friend who is married. I try to keep busy, I have many hobbies and interests, but I cannot travel far because of my health. Hello Dianne. Just curious of what you decided to do as I myself am in similar situation, no family wanting to move.

Not sure where to. Being alone and lonely are two different things, for sure. Take care. I used to feel the same! Happily divorced for many years and love being single but did not like living alone per say so i opted for a roommate and love it!!! I am a woman looking for a companion been widowed since I was left with four children who are grown up. Am very lonely need someone to talk and be with till death do us part. Am a church goer.

Hi my name is Di. I am severe arthritis and do not leave the house much. I carve in wood and make my own things also. Last thing I made was a sculptured dragon……wingspan 3 feet …. I am good but super slow due to arthritis in my hands. I sell my work whenever I can. I live in Hawaii and do not travel due to back issues. I live alone, so always fixing broken things.

I get lonely also…. My friends are all dead, died young…. Family and friend in the mainland are too busy to even talk. Get to see children and grandchildren but they are also so busy with sports and life…. My hobbies are all kinds of art, exotic garden design, pet cats…reading books….

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I am As yourself, I am handicapped to the degree I can walk only short distances, and typing goes slowly for myself as well. I paint. Watercolor,pastel, ink etc. May we speak further? Di, Wow — I am 63, have severe arthritis; live alone with my 2 yr old Zoe. Female puppy. My favorite thing in the world is to keep my hands in the dirt. I plant and maintain as many plants as I can take care of.

I love to watch them bloom, see them grow. I love cactus and succulents as well. Gardening and being in the yard is the best medicine for me. I stay home most of the time because of the arthritis but, I would love to learn to sculpture, paint furniture , make jewelry — so many things that you could enjoy doing at home. I have never thought about carving. That is such a great way to display your artful abilities. With all of the things that I want to do and learn to do I am in pain quite often from my the arthritis in my knees.

There are times when it does get bad, but I just try to take good care of myself and carry on. Maybe we can become pen pals. I am very lonely and halved alone for 5 yrs now. I did not expect my Phase Iii life to be like it has been so far, but I really want to improve the quality of it. Where do you live? My home is Charlotte, NC. I live alone and drive. If so perhaps we can get to know each other.

I just turned 68,. It does for some. For many. We are not all the same, and I find nothing stimulating or satisfying about being at a senior citizen gathering of people I have nothing in common with except that we are all old. I do not want to sit and talk about aches and pains and the past, cards and board games bore me.

My only intellectual stimulation is online research about a lot of topics, and social media where I get into deep discussions on my Christian faith, politics, important world events. Yhats says a lot right there. I stay up late and i have to force myself to start winding down from whatever im into at abot 3 am. Usually cant though. I compose or arrange music and send it to an agency looking for background or film music.

It keeps me busy, bur some days im just not into it. Ive got things to say too and im not amused at age descrimination ven though I have done it myself Getting sick of the lies and false politics and illogical thinking in politics. Seems like pople want to talk about the same irrelevant crap every day. Theres things going on in the world too that we just plain dont hear about anymore. Seems like only adversity makes people think outside themselves. Do i sound negative? I am and I mean it! I understand.

It can be quite distressing. Been divorced for over 25 years and live alone and keep active by volunteering with people that are as active as I am. I have two daughters, 5 grandchildren and 3 Great Grandchildren. Would you like to chat with me? I want to read f2f more I want to read more. I wouldD like to talk to you. This site keeps knocking me off. I am shocked at how many people on this site are lonely and sound like reasonable people. Volunteer at some task you are actually interested in and everything will work out. I was in the library recently and met a man who was shelving the books that had been returned that day.

I started the conversation and he told me that he was a widower who had no intention of sitting around at home feeling sorry for himself. I asked what else he did with his spare time. He volunteered at the local school to help those whose language was not English. He helped kids learn and he told me he thought they were hopeful for their American futures. I started the conversation.

If I had not I would never have found out what this man was doing. I am a 79 year old woman who has been a widow for almost five years. The only time I have ever felt lonely was when I was in second grade and my father died in front of my sister and me of a ruptured brain aneurysm. If that is the key to not being lonely, it is also an answer for many.

It is so important to get out of yourself. Surely, someone can benefit from what you have experienced and learned in your long life. Oi am 75 and not needed. Spent life raising four on my own then dads ca then bro emphysema then mom passed. I have never not needed to do or be somewhere. I am lost. My adult kids ass ume a lot due to the n u m b e r of my age. I live alone, bus everywhere. Am an introvert which no one believes…. I am today lost. Need to lose weight, exercise, walk…. I live in a 62 plus community have been around it since when I moved muy mother in….

I am very blessed to be capable and basically healthy and ashamed I just sit. Which is more weight. Need a life! Hello my name is Ponda. I m Looking for an unmarried pen pal. I just had a senior moment,I pushed the wrong button and wiped everything I had texted out. For those seasoned saints,age cannot be the variable to believing life is over. We love and we commit and we pray our future blossoms.

Marriage is sacred. If you have no idea why you have stopped being in love,check whether you ever really were committed. Each note I read was filled with much just living to know your value,if anyone cares,if you matter. We,at our age need to be the examples for the younger generation of those who think only about themselves. How many people do you see homeless,younger than you. Love commits lust leaves when the thrill is gone.

If you are not an example,how will those who need to know learn? Living out your core values shows people that you truly are real,what you say is important and when your actions show what is in your heart words become unnecessary. Love to be around people but find lots of phoniness these days like older people, especially, seem unwilling or unable to just be who they are, warts and all.

Got myself stranded out west Ca. My daughter is here so love to be nearby. I would love to hear from someone who also feels lonely and who has little or no family to enjoy holidays, etc. Holidays are the most painful for me as I love family stuff but have had very little of family closeness. Art Foundation , I have no local significant friend to just go for coffee, lunch, shop, talk, encourage each other, for instance so feel pretty unspecial to anyone in Ca. If there is anyone who would like to do e-mail, write letters, or phone calls maybe later , please answer this blog.

I have a small farm here in NC. My home state is NJ on the shore … not having any success in sending you this message! Hi Molly — I hope I am doing this right and you are getting my reply to your message to me. How fortunate that you have a horse — I am a lifetime horse-lover but being a city girl, never had one of my own. I did, happily, get to help train two thoroughbreds in Va. Loved it. How do you spend your days? With a ranch, I assume you might have other animals besides your horse.

I love all animals, have always had more than one pet mostly cats but put my last cat down last year cried a lot for awhile and still miss her. Do you have family nearby? I just hope this gets to you — I am not very proficient on the computer. Hi Molly — thought I sent you an answer but will try again. I just put down my last cat after years of cats always more than one — up to four I am from Philly and spent many weekends on the Jersey shore barnegat Light for one.

Love the Jersey shore. I am kind of stuck out here Ca. I am an equine artist and love to produce a beautiful horse on canvas. Hi Claire! Crazy thing to happen …. SORRY for the delay explained in my blog hope this finds you! Hello Claire! Before it took several days. Oh well, I want to thank you for being so persistent in your efforts to get a message to me..

Really enjoy the seaside towns great memories. I have lived on this property close to 18 yrs. Precious are both! My knowledge on the computer is not the best, my go to guy is my grandson almost 9 yrs old. Today life is more complicated for young families then when I was raising my son.

I apoligze if this message is hard to follow. I am new to this site. I am responding to Molly from NC. IBefore I write more, let me know where this note will end and to whom. I can relate to Holidays. I have no family. The friends I do have are all male, I worked in a male dominated industry. They are married, so I cannot call them up and ask them to a movie or to go somewhere for a long weekend.

I have done all I can think of to move forward, although this is not positive,it is truth…. For me it is not worth existing, all people need to live, have life. We all need a sense of community, purpose and feel we our loved, cared about. I have none of this. I go out everyday, I volunteer, but it is not fulfilling. I do wonder if I will be here tomorrow. I do not mind being alone, I mind the lonliness. Hi Karen — It was good to hear from you. You and I seem to have a lot in common. I think of myself as very normal with normal human yearnings as in love and respect from others — family and friends, especially.

I was raised in a pretty normal family, a middle child — only girl of three kids and I understand my dad really wanted a girl when I was born they had a family party for me at birth but, for some reason, both parents espec. I asked that very question many times. I got kind of stuck out here; california long boring story — I do have one child — a daughter who lives six miles away.

I love her but we have little to no interests in common. I hope you will write back again.

I do understand your loneliness quite well, Karen, and I hope you will write back when you get a chance. I am 65 year old man interested in strengthening my mental health and helping others to find more interest in their lives. I am looking for groups on social media to participate in. I am married twenty plus years. We live together kind of like college room mates that are sick of each other and still have six months on our lease. I rode my bike 30 miles yesterday, and am getting ready after writing this to run five miles.

My hips and knees may not carry me to many more years at such activities. Where are older people on social media conversing about staying active, motivated, and helping each other with encouragement and understanding? Hi Karen I m married to an American soldier im originally from Germany. What im trying to say is married life can be very lonesome and boring. I wish many times I would be alone but can only imagine what it would be like. Hi Daniel I am a 67 year old widow from California. My husband passed away about a year ago.

Its not fun and I do volunteer. Would love someone to talk to we just need to be honest with one another and no games. Does that sound good? Thank you for your time. New here. I have been in a eight relationship with who I thought was my dream lady. Unfortunately, I was blinded by the light. Prognosis is very good for remission, but some side effects. Every day a bit of challenge. Even with treatment I do power walking and some yoga. But still a tremendous void, which is sort of downward spiral. I try church helps somewhat.

But friendship is paramount. Thanks to anyone who reads this. I have lots of friends, but, the more the merrier!!! I have twin grand-daughters and people often think they are my daughters!! Love working out and reading! Feminism has really destroyed many of us good single young men looking for a good woman to settle down with. And now unfortunately since so many of these women are very high maintenance, independent, very greedy, selfish, spoiled, picky, narcissists, feminists, and very money hungry, which certainly has a lot to do with it why so many of us men are still single today as i speak.

And since i know friends that are having the very same problem today as well, which they really do feel as bad as me since we never ever expected to be single this long either. And i wish that i could have been born in the good old days which i definitely would have met a real very nice woman since even i myself would have been all settled down by now with my own good wife and family today as i speak, instead of still being single and all alone now which my friends that i know really agree with me as well.

And being single and alone all the time can really be very unhealthy and depressing as well. Very obvious why married men live longer. Feminism has turned this country upside down! Only women can bear children. Only women lactate and can nurse their babies. As a former teacher, I have seen what having no one at home to raise children has done to society. Other people are raising these children. Both women and men can bring their special and unique qualities to the marriage.

I feel for you and hear your frustration. My prayers are with you. You are ill informed. My prayers are that you accept changes in the world and mind your own business about the choices of people different from you. Hi dear, you are so young just 33 years old , for such a pessimist vision. Maybe you are looking on the wrong places. For sure if you open your heart and stop generalizing woman, will going to find a real nice girl, and you are going to see her as God send gift to you.

Good luck!! Be happy no matter!! My children are grown and gone. I go days without speaking to people. I so desperately need someone. Hi Mailia — I just typed a blog comment on this site and see that you are struggling with lonliness, too, in your senior years.

This is Mar. Lonliness is a very painful place to be, especially as we age. Never thought it would be like this. You are free to contact me. I feel exactly as you feel. Often it is unbearable. I have never found myself where I am today. Hi Maili. I recently lost my Mother. I stayed with her a lot, but had to travel back to be with my husband. I understand your loneliness. Text me and let me know how your doing. Patrica, Quite a change today in the women compared to the old days unfortunately. Most women were real ladies back then, and the very complete opposite of today since most of their parents did raise them very well back then.

Thank you very much for your support. I have no intention of living single, unwanted, and unloved. You know your name means honey in Greek. No one has allowed me the opportunity to prove them wrong. It would make sense to have one from the immaculate father. Love is at your doorstep.

Remember to hold onto it when it arrives. Hi, I am a 64 year old male. All my kids live in different states. I am working a state different than where I grew up. I do have friends back home. But really none here where I currently live. Which is a small community. So all I do is go to work and go home to an empty place. Day in and day out. All my family and friends want me to move back home. I can not afford to live there. As the housing is so expensive. I do have a plan to pay off my vehicles. Then after that I plan on taking the deep sleep.

I am that lonely and depressed. They were celebrating their 28 Anniversary. For those of you who did not know, Chuck had many health problems that he has been managing. Sometimes well and other times not well. Here is what I know about my friend Chuck. He served in the Army during the Viet Nam era, though not in a war zone. He was an avid bowler, card and game player, had a remarkable memory for all things historic and He was a sing-along person to any song he knew, loved Musicals, adored his wife Robin and could almost always make me mad as hell and laugh in the same 5-minute window.

We shared our distaste for politicians with no moral compass or commitment to a cause, He simply had no time for people and elected leaders who were not altruistic. He always stood up for the right thing, like it or not! He was way too young, just 67 years old. Too young to be gone from all of us who loved and cared about him. We had many more card games to play, many more dinners to enjoy and many more laughs to have and plots to make for those on our joint list.

Not long but well deserved, good and bad. Rest well my friend your duty here is done. Those of us who mourn will watch over your family and our friend Robin.

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Chuck and Robin was my next door neighbors. He mowed the lawn and enjoying life. Maury was my grandpa, more than a year after his passing I'm just learning of this and I am just heartbroken. There is no single word that could sum up the man that was Maury, caring, funny, informative, stern, fair and Grandpa. I will always cherish the advice you gave, the love you gave and the Lawnmower you let me ride cause I was too young to drive the 56' Caddy R.

Grandpa love you always. I wish you was still here to talk to and tell you things and that you was going to be a uncle you always have a great personality and great head on should and that uhad spirit that brings me joy and happiness. So many wonderful memories of this wonderful woman. All our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We are thinking of you all. Burt, you left this earth way to soon, yet I hope that you are in peace now that your spirit is free of your human form.

Love and miss you. My condolences to the Stein family on Burt's passing. I hope your memories bring you some comfort as you celebrate his life. I was shocked to hear about Telsa. I didn,t know she moved. She was a very special person. Totally dedicated to the family. It took an "angel" to be able to live in that household, with her aunts and grandmother, and take care of everybody in the following years. Please accept my condolences. Where can we receive comfort when we grieve? To see proof of this from your Bible ask any one of Jehovah's Witnesses to show you.

Also you can see a short vedio "Is There Hope for the Dead? Sonny, as his Mother, Father, sisters and brothers knew him had a full and colorful life full of loving close family. Always one of my closest uncles no matter how the miles separated us. My Mom would giggle like a teenager when he called. He is missed. So sorry to read about the passing of Telsa. Through my many years of friendship with Freddie, and even though I may not have personally met you, I feel I know the whole family.

I always admired how devoted Telsa was to Freddie I always felt good being around Telsa as she was so easy to talk to and so giving of herself.

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I am certain your beautiful memories of your Mom, Grandma, great-grandma and friend will keep her alive in your heart. Stan was my brother-in-law and a good friend. He was a gentle man with a sweet spirit. He loved family gatherings, intellectual conversations and trout fishing. He loved to read. He was a man of faith and I look forward to the day when we meet again. My Condolence to you and your family, Sir! Your Dad has touched so many hearts in Revere Ct , May he truly be missed!

You will truly be missed Mr. It was surely nice to have met you,one whole yr of me working in RC! Dad I love you and you will always be in my heart. Thank you for being the best Father a Son could ever ask for. Love Chip. On behalf of my family, we extend our deepest condolences at the passing of my dad's last brother. My dad has fond memories growing up in Rochester and often mentions his brother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

John Dickinson Reeves Sr. My condolences and warm thoughts to Uncle Herb's extended family. Fond memories of that visit return often. Warmest regards to all. Alter called me one evening. I was so happy because I just read read his book. He told me I was the epitome of everything he wanted as a child. I loved him and he was my hero.

Dear Alter. Al loved coming to Patton Middle School OR because he so much enjoyed interacting with two particular teachers, one especially, who helped to develop the Holocaust unit based around study of "The Diary of Anne Frank. As you can see, the student who did this wonderful work found her inspiration in Al. This is an autographed copy and Mr.

Taiblum wouldn't even take any money for it. To Mr. Taiblum's family I express my sincere condolences. Alter Wiener A numbers man A numbered boy, But some numbers do. Chrzanow, Poland birth 8 10 Liberation 9 5 Prediction of years to live By a Soviet doctor who had looked Into death and statistics But not into the soul of this Death-defying man.

Countless assistance to those in need and inspiration to live and accept. Always clothed in a suit. And in his 90th year of life Only two vices! There is always hope. You have touched our family by spending time with us. What a generous spirit, sense of humor, and optimism for humanity. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and beautiful words. We did not know you personally but you have made a difference in our lives. We saw you leave this earth and learned of you after. Thank you Alter for changing lives and your love will go on for ever. God bless you and your family.

Our condolences to all So very sorry for your loss. I meet Alter this year and I had the joy of visiting him and sharing one of his home cooked vegan meals. Alter was the most humble, kindest, loving man I have ever known and I will miss my beautiful friend Alter very much. He was a precious! I am proud to say that Al was a friend of mine. I have known him for many years.

Many years back now I went to do a video history with Al. He invited me to lunch as did all the Survivors I interviewed and I recall being a little nervous, knowing Al was vegetarian actually vegan. I hoped I would be able to eat everything. Well, I couldn't stop eating it was so delicious. Al Wiener was a kind man, a man who connected so easily with students when he went to schools to give a talk. Al told me of a young Muslim girl who came up to him after his talk.

She told Al he would probably hate her as she was a Muslim and he, a Jew. Al's response was that he would not hate her, could not hate her. You cannot be blamed for anything your ancestors did. They hugged. Al was indeed, a mensch. Alter was a remarkable man. I first met him at my club, one of our members worked at a school he spoke at.

He should serve as a teacher to all. We are stronger than we think and can survive and be thankful. He will be missed. Forever in my heart You are a true hero to me. All my love to you Alter Wiener. RIP my friend. You did not teach us just about loving each other and those around us, but about respect, friendship, accountability, hard working ethics, and perseverance. You put life into perspective and we are all forever changed for it.

Thank you for everything and for pushing me to improve my Scrabble game. I will forever have a place for you in my heart. I love you dear friend. Rest In Peace my Friend! I had the great pleasure of meeting your father at my sister's house in Portland decades ago.

He was an amazing human being. Our sincere condolences to you and your family. Al had a profound impact on me as a teacher, and on the lives of countless students at South Salem High School. I feel like I've lost a Grandfather. His work sharing his experiences during the Holocaust has been so important to building understanding across generations.

I shall miss him always. Especially that smile and the twinkle in his eyes. Thank you Mr. Weiner for keeping the memory of the Holocaustalive for children in our schools and for telling your story to others to insure it never happens again. Rest In Peace. I so enjoyed knowing Francine in the French conversation group on Saturday mornings and in a smaller group where we met in homes. She was a delight and although she knew French better than most of us she was generous in only helping when asked.

I have moved away now so do not attend but I treasure her friendship in the two groups. What an incredible life. Though I knew few of the details, there was never any doubt that Francine was a woman of wit, grace, curiosity, intellectual prowess and generosity, all of which she showed and shared in countless and often surprising ways. I'll miss her smile, her parade of gorgeous scarves and pins, her perfect posture and her strength.

There will always be a hole on the left side of the back row of the gym, and in our hearts. Carlos Sposito. Certainly miss you guys. Good to see your memorial online. Thank you so much. Your life such a gift you give. Blessed Be. Contact me Debbie. Love, Rachel. I remember your Dad Debbi, Love him and love you too. Thank you for being you carlo and your daughter Deborah. Miss you. Francine was my French teacher over the past several years. I so looked forward to our Monday afternoon sessions. She was one of the most interesting people I ever knew. I never tired of her stories.

I miss her very much. An interesting life in troubled times. Your mother and dad were very determined and gifted people with lots of accomplishments. We understand the feeling of loss when a parent is gone. The memories and the knowledge of having lived a good life is what we hold and keep in our hearts ,. Hey Mark, I can't believe it's been more than 2 yrs since we last talked. I miss the stories of your girls, the funny things that happened at school or the misadventures on vacation! I miss all the funny inflection in your voice or the expression on your face at the punch line of whatever joke you were telling!

It's been too long since we last talked and I wanted to say really miss our time together making your hair look great! Forever your friend Vinnie the barber. Marie was such a class act and so sweet and warm. We all grew up together and attended St. Phillip Neri. Oh the fun we all had together. Marie always had a smile on her face and was so kind with her words of wisdom. I am sadden to hear this news and am in the Midwest and cannot attend the services or I would be there to celebrate her life.

Peace and love to such a wonderful family. I remember when Bonnie was little I loved fixing her curly hair. I would stand her up on the toilet and comb her hair she was so cute an a happy little face. I love you Bonnie. Cousin Jeannie. Joe and I as well as children, Collin and Julie have often remembered our visit many years ago to Portland. Your Father and Mother were very gracious hosts as was your Grandmother while we were there.

Your parents taking us to see the devastation at Mt. So many lovely memories we have! It is a privilege to have known Ray. A great man, who cared deeply about his family, friends,and his many employees.. We will remember the trip down to Mexico and all the other RV outting that we had with you and Jean. YOU will be missed happy RVing. You are like a big brother to me and you gave us so many wonderful memories we will never forget. We will always remember you. My condolences to the family for the dear loss of Cheryl.

May God who can bind up the wounds of the brokenhearted be a support for you during this difficult time. I wish that I could be there to honor Jerry's memory. I am there in spirit. My brother-in-law, Ray, was a super guy! Always enjoyed his sense of humor and his larger than life smile!

I will miss him but I have many wonderful stories and memories that will be treasured. Peace and prayers are wished for his family. Ray was a very fortunate man to have created such a such a wonderful life and family. Wishing the Salvi family well and our thoughts are with you all at this time. Always a smile Will be sorrily missed. You did a beautiful job describing Ray's life.

He indeed was a character that was loved by all who met him. I am so sad, yet when I think of him, I mostly smile My heart goes out to all the family. I hope you can allow your memories to bring you comfort. It was wonderful and loving for you to have him as a son. As well he was blessed to have parents and a loving family during his days here. To the family and friends, I am very sorry to here of the death of your loved one. God told Isaiah what to write as recorded at Isaiah It says: " Your dead will live.

My corpses will rise up. Awake and shout joyfully, You residents in the dust! For your dew is as the dew of the morning, And the earth will let those powerless in death come to life. In the mean time we can take comfort from the Holy Scriptures. Jehovah's Witnesses would be happy to study the Bible with you.

You can make a request online or ask any one of Jehovah's Witnesses to make arrangements. To the family and friends of Maxine please accept my deepest condolences. You will be reunited with Maxine again very soon right here on a brand new Paradise Earth under Jesus Christ Kingdom rule Daniel , that he taught his followers to pray to come in the Lord's Prayer Matthew , 10 no more sickness pain or death Life Without End Revelation jw. I met Barbara at Laurelhurst Presbyterian church and was an inspiration to me in all she did! I especially enjoyed her book reports and fellowship with her ar the monthly Circle meetings.

To this day she is an inspiration to me and I look forward to that special day when we shall all worship our Lord and Savior in heaven! My favorite memory is years later running into them at the ice skating rink at Lloyd Center and her comment as she watched the skaters , with a beam on her face. She pictured herself skating like they did one day in heaven, leaping and graceful.

I am sure heaven is much greater than that for her, but I love thinking of her that way now! Love to her family and friends, and see you later, Barbara :. Duane and family, my sincerest condolences for your loss. Maxine was a delight, and we all will miss her. I still think of you! You were such an inspiration to me and everyone who knew you at the gym. I was blessed to have gotten to know you and be in the presence of such radiant beauty. Her eloquent voice and wise commentaries about life will be greatly missed. Friedrich-Franz v.

We hope that this we be of some comfort. Sincerely, Friedrich-Franz v. Pressentin, Former Chairman. We didn't always see eye-to-eye but he was very good and passionate about what he did a former student of his I helped build some of the sets when I was in high school back in the s the good old days. Ginsberg was an onry sweet man, whom I enjoyed. I knew him for many years and even though we were not close or friends really, I will miss him. I am sure he is happy to be reunited with his wife whom he spoke greatly of. Both were often called as expert witnesses on drug trafficking organizations, and drug dealing techniques.

They were inseparable, and "the very best! So sorry to hear of Jodi's passing. She was a bright and vocal light at Unity of Beaverton as she pretty much ran the place when Ed Townley was minister back in the 's. She certainly did love to garden and her pies were legendary! God Speed on her next adventure. I remember our beloved RHS classmate as reserved, loving and caring toward everyone.

Please know her family is in my prayers. Mike and I were so sad to here of Mike's passing. He was an exceptional individual. A good friend from the Police Bureau. One of the best on any team. Good bye to Bill and my condolences to his family and long time partner and friend Dirk. So sorry I cant make the services. Love you Billy! We Already miss her. Cathy was the big sister to my best friend, but I looked up to her as well. It was truly a pleasure growing up with her a couple houses down. I will always remember her kindness and her smile.

My sincere condolences to the entire Konick family at this difficult time. Cathy, It was a privilege and pleasure knowing you while growing up as a close neighbor. You will be remembered always and missed dearly. Cathy was that quintessential caring person who loved her family, friends, animals and our country dearly.

She was the glue who annually updated us on family milestones, made a wicked cole slaw, traveled widely and got the most out of life. I think we were all lucky to have had her in our lives, and she will be remembered for her kindness and wisdom. Cathy will be in my heart for as long as I live. Our condolences to all of you on the passing of Susan. She was so mellow and caring. Love, Eric and Susan. Susan was an incredible blessing to all of us at LifeWorks NW. She cared deeply for our mission and treated everyone with great respect.

She went out of her way to make everyone feel special. Her quiet strength, gentle spirit and great sense of humor will be greatly missed. We are so sorry for your loss. Susan was a quiet, strong force in the office, but mostly a very friendly face we could count on for help and encouragement. We are holding the family up in prayer and wishing you peace through immense sadness.

I always appreciated how Susan handled the craziness of a middle school office and actually got her work done. The last time I saw Susan was at Starbucks with a good cup of strong coffee. Please accept my sincere sympathy to her family. Susan was a a beautiful person inside and out. She was not only a colleague but a friend. She is at peace now and I am thankful for that. Blessings to Todd and Chelse. Susan was such a great friend and colleague. She was a beautiful person inside and out and I loved her dearly. RIP and blessiings to the family. I am honored to call you a dear friend. You truly changed my life forever.

I love and miss you. Dear Diane and Rick. My heart is heavy as I have just learned of Jared's death. I first met Jared when he and Erik were first dating, in Arkansas. Eventually, they moved west and I moved east, but we continued to cross paths and make time to catch up. Jared was a remarkable man and, as evidenced by the many comments here, had a tremendously positive impact on the world around him. My deepest condolences to you and your family. Your in my thoughts and prayers. It was a privilege and honor to work and share so much of my life with a partner like Bill.

He was a cops cop, courageous, calm and controlled under extreme circumstances. Bill was a quiet, humble, warrior with a contagious smile and a real prankster. He treated all with respect and dignity, even those at the lowest points in their lives. Bill's work ethic was unmatched, he at one point in his career was averaging 75 felony arrests a month and was awarded for his valor under fire on more than one occasion. He had huge impact on the heroin and cocaine distribution networks in the Portland Metro area and this world is a better place because of him.

Bill was like a brother and always had my back, he was a true protector, loyal, strong and intelligent. Miss You Brother, Godspeed, Dirk. He was a private and humble man,whom displayed great courage, calm and control in life and death situations and had a contagious smile and fantastic sense of humor. Bill was like a brother to me and it was a privilege and honor to share so much of my life with this man of integrity, who had my back for so many years. The world is a better place because of Bill and his contributions. He leaves behind a family that he so loved and spoke so proudly about.

A good friend, great neighbor, always a genuine smile and helping hand when needed. Bill was an outstanding father, brother, uncle and especially a soul mate to the love of his life. He will be in a friend in our hearts forever. I have known Jan and Mel for over 60 years and I have wonderful memories of our travel and playing bridge. I, and her friends, will miss her a great deal! I just went through the obituary listings in the Pine Bluff Commercial on-line and saw your son's name in the list.

Please know that we are so sorry for your loss of a son at the young age of only We will continue to pray for your family and his husband as the first year after a death is the hardest time. Sheryl was truly the most beautiful person I was blessed to call my sister. She loved her family, fur babies and her friends with her whole heart. I know my life is richer for having known and loved her. I will always be here for Josh, Danny and Zach. I miss her everyday. My heart is broken for you, Ted and Charlie.

This isn't supposed to happen to us. Having been so close for so long this feels very personal. Even though we haven't had contact for several years the feelings don't dissipate. I still feel like mishpocha. My heart is with you and the kids. I'm so sorry to hear of Judith's passing. What lovely and kind lady. I played Mah Jongg with her for many years when I lived in Portland. Please know how much she was loved. I played MHjong with her for several years.

She was always one of my favorite people. Bless her sole. She is pain free and able to Fly.