Out of the Blue

With immeasurable sadness, our family had to let go of my mom yesterday. She died at 3:35 p.m., leaving a hole in my and many other lives that can never be filled.

Thanks to all of you who have expressed kind thoughts on the subject of her condition. She was a strong believer of the importance of community, and was quite familiar with her identity here as MamaBlue, and she would have considered the support so many have shown to be a fine example of the benefits of a communal spirit. Likewise, my own thoughts are with the many of you who have described your own families' struggles with illness -- you have my sympathies.

Finally, thanks to Frans for his help catching up on today's news. I'm sure there are many questioning the need for me to jump back into this so soon, but it's been a good distraction, and with a funeral this weekend I really wanted to clear my plate to keep the backlog of news from being stressful and to prevent it from getting any more overwhelming.

Links of the Day: National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations.
Story of the Day: Talk Like a Pirate Day. Thanks TRNutt.
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peace
Sep 20, 2003, 09:13
peace Sep 20, 2003, 09:13
Sep 20, 2003, 09:13
 
Blue, im truely sorry.

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My Condolances
Sep 20, 2003, 09:13
My Condolances Sep 20, 2003, 09:13
Sep 20, 2003, 09:13
 
...

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Re: Condolences...
Sep 20, 2003, 08:52
Re: Condolences... Sep 20, 2003, 08:52
Sep 20, 2003, 08:52
 
I'm sorry to hear the sad news. In time the pain will ease and you'll appreciate the time you spent with her.

Just hang in there - it does get easier.

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My sympathies
Sep 20, 2003, 08:51
My sympathies Sep 20, 2003, 08:51
Sep 20, 2003, 08:51
 
I'm sorry for you and your family... Je vous souhaite bon courage dans cette épreuve...

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Re: Condolences...
Sep 20, 2003, 08:43
Re: Condolences... Sep 20, 2003, 08:43
Sep 20, 2003, 08:43
 
So sorry to hear of your lose Blue but at least now she is in a better place.The pain is only for those left behind.

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My prayers and thoughts...
Sep 20, 2003, 08:41
My prayers and thoughts... Sep 20, 2003, 08:41
Sep 20, 2003, 08:41
 
May God ease your suffering and give you peace. My prayers are with you and your family...

R.

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Condolences...
Sep 20, 2003, 08:40
Condolences... Sep 20, 2003, 08:40
Sep 20, 2003, 08:40
 
I'm very sorry to hear MamaBlue has passed away, Stephen.
May she rest in peace.

Mickey

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Re: Condolences...
Sep 20, 2003, 08:31
Re: Condolences... Sep 20, 2003, 08:31
Sep 20, 2003, 08:31
 
I'm very sorry for your loss Blue,all of our prayers are with you.

"The trouble with quotes on the internet is that it's difficult to discern weather or not they are genuine"-Abraham Lincoln
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condolances
Sep 20, 2003, 08:25
condolances Sep 20, 2003, 08:25
Sep 20, 2003, 08:25
 
and my deepest sympathies to you, Stephen.

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Mom
Sep 20, 2003, 08:22
Mom Sep 20, 2003, 08:22
Sep 20, 2003, 08:22
 
I lost my mom this year I think about it alot, she was someone who always cared and was interested in what I was doing. Her home was a place that me and my family was always welcome no matter what. She was never too busy for me. She was a reason for the rest of family to get togeather and the center of the holidays. I am sorry for your loss.

Preston another gamer

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Re: No subject
Sep 20, 2003, 07:59
Re: No subject Sep 20, 2003, 07:59
Sep 20, 2003, 07:59
 
I think no one can really understand another persons unique inner pain on something like this, they remember them and feel their loss for their own set of intimate reasons, and we can but offer our sympathies from outside their world. Despite us being a bunch of strangers who never knew her or know blue in person those sympathies and thoughts must add up to something pretty damn worthwhile.

Thoughts to all out there in Blues and Walters position.

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Re: Condolences...
Sep 20, 2003, 07:47
Re: Condolences... Sep 20, 2003, 07:47
Sep 20, 2003, 07:47
 
I can't imagine how you feel Blue, I have been lucky to have not experienced a very close loss so far, however I really dread the day I do lose any immediate family (my dad in particular).

You have my sincere condolences.

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Condolences...
Sep 20, 2003, 07:37
Condolences... Sep 20, 2003, 07:37
Sep 20, 2003, 07:37
 
My condolences on your loss Blue!

Greetings from Olav (Staff at http://www.strategycore.co.uk, Slaughter)
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No subject
Sep 20, 2003, 07:06
No subject Sep 20, 2003, 07:06
Sep 20, 2003, 07:06
 
We love ya', Blue.

I hope you understand that these sentiments from us all aren't hollow ones. I think there are a great many of us who, even though we've never spoken to or met you face-to-face, consider you a real live person in our lives. At news of your loss, we are truly, even painfully, sorry.

You've always suprised me with your grace, Mr. B; now more than ever. I believe I'm paraphrasing what someone else has written here in the last few days, but it's my beliefe that your personality reflects on your upbringing. That said, and if the descriptions & annecdotes that you've shared with us about your mother over the years are any indication, we are all, as a race, short one less exceptional person, now.

May we all (us guys, we gals) do our best to pull up this new slack. It would be the right thing to do.

I'm so very sorry for your loss, Blue. If there's ever (now or later) anything we (as a mob, or as individuals) can do (in general or in particular), please say so.

Thoughts on you and your family,
~Rayme


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No subject
Sep 20, 2003, 06:37
No subject Sep 20, 2003, 06:37
Sep 20, 2003, 06:37
 
For what it's worth, very sorry to hear about your loss, my condolences.

Dave

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Re: Recent Loss
Sep 20, 2003, 06:33
Re: Recent Loss Sep 20, 2003, 06:33
Sep 20, 2003, 06:33
 
My sympathies.

stick in there dude.

Never argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.
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Recent Loss
Sep 20, 2003, 06:27
Recent Loss Sep 20, 2003, 06:27
Sep 20, 2003, 06:27
 
I've been coming to Blues for about a year, and when I read of your loss I showed the site to my wife. We had tears in our eyes. We have both lost parents, and both feel for you now, man. This is what the internet should be all about, sharing the human experience - the bad and the good. Whatever you believe in, may you find comfort.

Old enough to know better, young enough not to care.
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No subject
Sep 20, 2003, 06:08
No subject Sep 20, 2003, 06:08
Sep 20, 2003, 06:08
 
My sympathies goes out to you and your family in this difficult time, Blue.
-Garrote

Pale Death with impartial tread beats at the poor man's cottage door and at the palaces of kings.
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Le mie piu' sentite condoglianze
Sep 20, 2003, 06:07
Le mie piu' sentite condoglianze Sep 20, 2003, 06:07
Sep 20, 2003, 06:07
 
Terrible news, Blue, nothing compares to the loss of the person who gave us life, but keep in mind that you're part of her legacy, and judging from what i see here it's a very good one.
She believed in the importance of community, and you honour her every day with your efforts, even in grief times like these.
It's not just an escape route.

Again, my deepest condolences to you and yours, and thank you for your consideration.

Filippo

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Hole in my heart
Sep 20, 2003, 05:28
Hole in my heart Sep 20, 2003, 05:28
Sep 20, 2003, 05:28
 
Stephen,

I've been hitting your site daily since you began back in 95. Now I'm in South Korea serving in the Air Force, away from my family for a year. I am very close to my Mom, and after reading about your loss, it makes me want to give her another hug and tell her how much I love her. Life is so short, and tomorrow doesn't make any promises with any of us. I'm so sorry for your loss! My hurt of being apart from my family doesn't compare to what you are going through, but I feel some of your pain. Anyone who still can... pick up the phone and tell your Mom how much you love her.

Take time to heal man!

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