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Khephra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:05 PM
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Khephra's Cause of Death
The preliminary results are that it was a blood clot that traveled from his leg to his heart.

Toxicolocy may take weeks before they will issue a death certificate.

I know this looks strange that his name comes up, but maybe after the funeral someone can help me figure this out and I can sign on as Mamma Khephra.

Also there are so many different recorders in this room that I don't know what goes where. I was able to hear Mike Malloy, but just barely. I couldn't tell which machine was controlling the sound and had to put my ear to the speaker to hear it.

Someone offered to download it and bring it to the funeral, I would greatly appreciate that, as well as the memory board.

Sitting here the last three nights reading how valued my precious son was far and wide in this world has helped me tremendously. My son was and is in great company.

I know Scott is around me...I was sitting in the living room and without anyone near the remote control, the television suddently came on ... the SciFi channel. Scott wanted me to know he was with me.
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:06 PM
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1. Thanks K-Momma! *hugs and prayers*
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Would Jesus love a liberal? You bet!
http://timeforachange.bluelemur.com/
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:07 PM
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2. I feel him, too.
And I am glad he's still here.
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Zomby Woof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:07 PM
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3. Hi MommaK
Thank you for the posting. I can't summon the words to offer you comfort during this heartbreaking time, but we are all glad you are here, and I do know you are right, Keph is with us.

Love,
ZW
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BlueEyedSon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:08 PM
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4. Momma Kef, we are mourning with you.
:cry:
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Kahuna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:08 PM
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5. Thanks for letting us know, Momma Keph.. ..
My thoughts are prayers are with you. You raised a fine young man. That's a testament to you.
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karlrschneider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:08 PM
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6. Thanks for the information, Mamakef, remember that we DUers are
thinking about you and Scott and sending our love to you in this awful time. Be well, dear.
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:08 PM
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7. Thanks for letting us know, we're all with you. nt
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Downtown Hound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:08 PM
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Thanks for the info
Terribly sorry for your loss. We all miss Keph around here.
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Catherine Vincent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:08 PM
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8. How sad.
My condolences, Mamma Kephra.
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:09 PM
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9. Bless your heart, Mamma Khephra!
Edited on Tue Jan-11-05 09:10 PM by zidzi
You sound like a really strong woman and I'm glad that Scott was able to send you a message!

Thank you for sharing this with us.. :hug:
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alittlelark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:09 PM
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10. I was shocked to see his screen name,
and very happy that 'Mamma Kephra' is back. There will be many who send you info on how to work w/ your son's equipment.

I hope you are holding up, and wish you peace. Your son was loved and respected here!

Gina
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stepnw1f Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:09 PM
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11. My Condolences...
:hug:
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latebloomer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:10 PM
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12. That's so amazing about the TV
but I have heard that many, many times. My mom doesn't believe in life after death but shortly after my dad died the TV came on by itself at the exact time when he used to wake her up every morning. And I have heard many other stories, often around electricity-- lamps and TVs in particular-- it sees to be a way they can contact us.

I'm glad that you know that he's near and that you are finding some solace in the messages of so many people who loved Scott. Please take care of yourself-- we are all thinking of you and sending you thoughts of love and peace.

:hug:
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jdj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 11:05 PM
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71. I've had this experience.
Edited on Tue Jan-11-05 11:05 PM by jdj
I am agnostic, but I've continued to have this experience with a pet that passed on in 01.

And I continue to be graced by the presence of a great blue heron on days when I feel the weight of the world. This herons in particular have shown up on hard days in my life after his death.

I always used to see one at a lake I went to with my pets all the time. Then I moved and the neighbors have a pond, and out pops this heron all the time, I seem to see a great blue heron every new years day, and everytime my spirit feels heavy and burdened.

Sometimes it scares me because most of the time I don't believe in this stuff.

Thanks for sharing Momma Keph, you will be in my thoughts and prayers. When I shared about the heron and my sightings of black bears someone told me that these animals are totems of strength.
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Lorien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 10:04 PM
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127. My physicist friend says that energy
Edited on Wed Jan-12-05 10:05 PM by Lorien
can't be destroyed, including the energy that is our life force, or "soul". He believes that the dead are able to communicate through lights, radio, and TV by manipulating energy. He rarely posts on DU (under the user name ldb). If I can I'll ask him to post his insights into this phenomenon.

Wishing you peace and comfort, Mamma Kheph. :hug:
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nothingshocksmeanymore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:11 PM
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13. IT would be really cool if you could learn to work that thing
and take over making sure late breaking news is up to date :D

It has been wonderful getting the updates from you. You, of course, don't owe us any explanations...but the fact that you are keeping us updated in your time of grief is just so generous.

BTW...you should also know Kef spoke very highly of you when he posted about you ...
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Nikepallas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:12 PM
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14. MotherKhephra my thoughts are with you and your family.
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mahina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:12 PM
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15. So sorry, he was wonderful...
Sending you a prayer, he was a great Democrat and a good man!
Aloha
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bobthedrummer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:12 PM
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16. We really are a family, you take some time for yourself when you can.
:hug:
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smbolisnch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:13 PM
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17. Thanks for letting DUers know MommaKeph!
:hug: :hug: :hug: :hug:
Kick!
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roguevalley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:13 PM
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18. Oh sweetie, that was so sad. I hope you stay with us. There is a
lot of comfort in these dark days here. Thank you for the update. He mattered to us as you know. Be around. It makes us all feel a lot better too. Hugs- RV
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henslee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:14 PM
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19. I really dug Scott in the little communcation that we had. He was
the first person who sent me a private message and was instantly friendly. We spoke about SciFi and the remake of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory My thoughts are with you.
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Tinoire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:14 PM
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20. He's still with us!
:hugs: to you and thank you for taking the trouble to update us during this difficult time. Scott was a real mensch and he won't be easily forgotten.
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AmerDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:15 PM
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21. May God Bless You
Scott is in our prayers.
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proud patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:15 PM
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22. I wish I could offer to help with the technical stuff
but I'm a dunce when it comes to that .

Skinner can help with the DU account information.

Hugs to you :hug:
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Shopaholic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:18 PM
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25. He will be missed
but I'm so happy that he sent you a message to let you know he's still here with you--and with us!
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bigwillq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:17 PM
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23. Thanks for the update, Mamma K-My thoughts are still with you
Stay strong. Your son brought so much to so many people. You should be proud.
Thinking about you at this difficult time. :hug: :loveya:

R.I.P. Scott :cry:
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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:17 PM
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24. Thank you MamaK
I'm glad that our threads have been some comfort to you. He was well loved here and is thought of often and fondly. Although we, as a community have no geographic "place" we Are a community, and Scott was a valued member.
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RBHam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:18 PM
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26. We're with you in our thoughts and prayers...
In life, Khephra touched us all with his work and passion.

In death, his legacy will always remain here at DU.

Thank you for bringing him to us. We DU members were lucky to have been associated with him in any way.
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Ironpost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:19 PM
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27. Deep Vein Thrombosis
I was one of the lucky ones, in saying that, mine was found early.
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American Tragedy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 01:49 PM
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106. Self-deleted - question addressed on another thread
Edited on Wed Jan-12-05 01:54 PM by American Tragedy
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Ironpost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 05:48 PM
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115. What thread is this on. Thank you
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Amaya Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:20 PM
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Mamma Kef,
We're with you. Your son was so very special. We love him and always will. Thank you for this post.

:hug: for you and your family.

My thoughts are with you Mamma Kef.
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catgirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:20 PM
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28. Mamma Khephra
Edited on Tue Jan-11-05 09:20 PM by catgirl
That was him with you in the living room. The same
exact thing happened to me when my close friend
Ruth suddenly passed. She turned the television on
and the volume was really loud.

Can you share a photo of Scott? That would be really
nice. Looking forward to seeing Scotts legacy live on
with you being here.
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Swamp Rat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:20 PM
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29. Momma Khephra, I made this card for you and Scott
Edited on Tue Jan-11-05 09:26 PM by Swamp Rat
I've posted it elsewhere and I'm posting it again in case you didn't get it.

:hug:

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SammyWinstonJack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 10:01 AM
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89. That's very beautiful and very thoughtful.
:hug: for MommaK.
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MoonAndSun Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:20 PM
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30. Love and light for you and your family, Mamma Khephra
Your son will always be with you, and also with us here at DU.

MoonAndSun, sending love your way.
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diamond14 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:20 PM
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31. Our prayers are with you, Momma Khephra....be strong and live well
Edited on Tue Jan-11-05 09:24 PM by diamond14
yes, Scott is around you and all of us....he'll be there always...you'll get used to it, and he'll watch over you and protect you....



Michael the ArchAngel conquering evil...fighting for justice
Patron of grocers, mariners, paratroopers, police and sickness.
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livinginphotographs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:20 PM
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32. Haven't been here long enough to know him personally...
But the latest breaking news forum which he constantly posted to was the main reason I lurked at DU for so many years.

From what I've read, he sounds like the kind of news junkie that would put me to shame, and I salute him for that.

He was an incredibly valued member of this community, and I don't know who will be able to stand in his shoes. I'm very sorry about your loss.
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mhr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:21 PM
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33. Our Thoughts Are With You Momma K.
eom
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NightTrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:21 PM
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34. We're here if you need us, Mama K!
Just remember that. :pals:
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NYC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:23 PM
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Transcription of Mike Malloy:



..I would like to just pause for a second and say something about a guy named Scott Lowery who posted at Democratic Underground under the name Khephra.

Cathy and I met him at the first anti war march, anti Iraq war march a couple of years ago in Washington, D.C. That was when we first met Will Rivers Pitt, and a lot of other folks who are Democratic Underground supporters, posters, stalwarts, members of that community.

We met Khephra just that one time, and we liked him enormously. And on Saturday, he was found at his computer terminal at his desk dead. There' s no official cause of death. It's my understanding there is going to be an autopsy, but he was a good guy. He was an American; he was a patriot; he was a Howard Dean supporter, and unless you were a regular (at) Democratic Underground, his name really doesn't mean anything, and I apologize for asking people who don't know who I'm talking about to take just this brief minute to listen to me go on about this guy.

I didn't know him that well, but I just knew that he was a man of deep political conviction and compassion and understanding, and Cathy and I liked him. That's all I have to say about that.

Cathy just said in my headphones that he contributed quite a bit to the program. He sent stuff in to Cathy that we used, Cathy used, so that's all.
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 01:41 PM
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105. Thanks for that transcript..
I wanted to know what Mike had to say about Kheph..and it was really nice!
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BeFree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 09:51 PM
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125. Wow, way to go Kephra
Gonna miss your links and wisdom. Your impact on the world was, as is proven from Malloy's comments, significant.

DU won't be quite the same without you. I wish I had gotten to know you better. Peace.
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JimmyJazz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:23 PM
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35. Children should not go before their parent - I am so sorry for your
loss. :hug:
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fluffernutter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:23 PM
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36. comforting hugs, mamma khephra.
i know he is with you too. i can't even imagine what you are going through, just know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
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CornField Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:23 PM
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37. Big hugs, MommaK
I hope you do decide to hang out with us. We'd love to have you here.

For the record, I don't think those we love ever truly leave us.
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Gman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:24 PM
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38. God takes you when he wants you
and we don't have a lot of say in when that is. You miss your son. But what we feel in this world after we lose someone are our earthly feelings. They are really feelings for ourself and our loss rather than for the one that has left us. Rejoice and be happy for Scott because he is with God and happier than we can possibly imagine. Scott was a good man and you have every reason to be overjoyed for him right now. After all, going to where Scott is at right now is really what this whole thing is about.
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fujiyama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:25 PM
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39. I regret
not knowing your son as well as some of the others got to know him, but his death been on my mind an awful lot. He has touched many people and this board for one won't be quite the same without him.

You and your family are in my thoughts.
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greatauntoftriplets Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:25 PM
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40. Thanks so much for the update.
I think that everyone of us here would feel honored if you carried on your wonderful son's legacy.

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JI7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:26 PM
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41. Mamma Khephra
i'm sure he is with you also. thank you for keeping us updated on your son. a lot of people who knew him personally or didn't know him personally like myself will miss him just because he was so much a part of DU .
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Bake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:26 PM
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42. Your son was loved and appreciated, Mama K!
By a huge, huge number of people. My prayers are with you, that your pain will be eased, if just a bit, by the knowledge that we loved Scott and miss him greatly. He was truly the heart and soul of this community.

Bake
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meti57b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:27 PM
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43. Momma Kef, may G-d bless you and comfort you.
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surfermaw Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:30 PM
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44. My Heart goes out to you
There is nothing so hard as loosing a child...unless you have been there you will never understand..God Bless you dear lady,and may God help you with your Grief.
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:31 PM
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45. I got chills when I saw the post from Khephra. He is here.
Thanks for your post with a loving hug.
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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:32 PM
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46. If I may...........
.....let me say that this news of the diagnosis serves as a reminder to those of us who are in our chairs for many hours of the day to get up and stretch at least hourly. Sitting for long periods of time can allow the blood to pool in the lower extremities. A clot could happen to any of us.

Bless you, Mamma. We're thinking about you a lot.
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Redneck Socialist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:34 PM
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47. My thoughts are with you
Edited on Tue Jan-11-05 09:55 PM by Redneck Socialist
I knew Khephra only through his posts here, but I read enough to get the sense he was a good person. Good children come from good parents.

You did well, you raised a good man.

You have my deepest sympathy. He will be missed deeply here at DU and everywhere else as well, of that I'm sure.

on edit: typo
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underseasurveyor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:37 PM
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48. Thank You Momma Kef
*sigh* ;(
:pals:
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bear425 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:40 PM
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49. Mamma Khephra, thank you for keeping us informed...
Khephra, as so many have expressed more eloquently than I, was such an integral part of this cyber-family that we call DU. Though he is still with us in spirit, he will be greatly missed on this plane. Please check in with us once in a while to let us know how you are. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
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Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:42 PM
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50. Thank you for taking the time to communicate with us, Mama K
We've had experiences in my family, too, where it seemed as if the recently departed were telling us they were with us and all right.
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Nite Owl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:43 PM
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51. All our love and
condolences Momma K. You are not alone, we are here and Scott is too, he really is.
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Reverend_Smitty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:44 PM
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52. Momma K...
I admire your strength and am grateful that you were able to keep us all informed. Your son was a good man and I hope that you will join our community, I know that you will be welcomed with open arms!
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havocmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:50 PM
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53. Glad you check in with us from time to time. Thanks, it means a lot.
Glad you got a sign that Scott was with you. When you are up to it and things settle down, you might wanna consider dropping into other forums at DU. You might find some new friends who will agree that we sometimes get a message or two. ;)

Peace and strength to you, Momma Kheph. Love is in the air. Hope it helps you make it through this.
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Renew Deal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:51 PM
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54. That's how they get you.
They like electronics. A lamp used to light on its own just after someone I knew died. It was her mothers house. That never happened to them before.
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patdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:52 PM
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55. Maybe you can keep the account in his name...because it will live on.
Khephra is an icon..and I know MommaKhephra would be an icon also... my condolences to you and all Scott's family. I have cried for two days and thought it was over on Monday..now I cry again today with the memorial and your posting...I am willing to cry EVERYDAY in honor of Khephra...he meant so much to us here...AND I KNOW YOU WILL TOO! :hug:
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CatBoreal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:53 PM
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56. Many, many hugs Mamma....
...hang in there. :hug:
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Rowdyboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 09:55 PM
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57. Did any doctor mention the word "phlebitis"? That sounds like what
Edited on Tue Jan-11-05 09:56 PM by Rowdyboy
you describe. Richard Nixon right, before his resignation, developed severe plebitis and nearly died from it. I remember they said it could result in a bloodclot to the heart.

We offer you our prayers...
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American Tragedy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 02:31 PM
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107. Isn't it odd, that's exactly who I thought of, too.
I had never heard of it, until I read about Nixon's condition after he went into exile.
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BurtWorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 10:03 PM
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58. Even those of us who weren't here from the beginning and didn't know him
well knew of him well enough to be shocked to learn of his death. He was a large, compelling presence here. I can't think of a single exchange I ever had with him, I'm very sorry to say, though I did read his posts. But I was aware of him from the very beginning, pleased to know that he, like me, was a supporter of Howard Dean, and very sad to learn of his sudden passing. I'm so glad you can take comfort from the outpouring of genuine feeling for him here.
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G_j Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 01:28 PM
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102. I agree
his presence here was (and is) one of the greatest integrity.
We have been truly blessed to have had his sincere and focused input.
He was obviously genuinely committed to educating and raising awareness with his consistently informative posts. His presence here was a very positive one and I always thought he helped raise the general quality of discourse in these forums. He is sorely missed.
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katinmn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 10:05 PM
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59. Thank you, Mama Kef
I hope you keep coming back. It helps to talk when you are missing someone. And as you can see, everyone misses Khephra.


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Jackie97 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 10:08 PM
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60. First.
I just want to say again that I'm sorry about your son.

I would start a seperate account if I wished to keep posting here. That just seems easier. I hope you have plenty of family and friends to help you through this.
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Individualist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 10:14 PM
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61. Thank you for the update, Momma K
Edited on Tue Jan-11-05 10:14 PM by notsodumbhillbilly
I'm a firm believer that our loved ones who pass on are still with us in spirit. It warmed my heart to hear about the TV.
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Mikimouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 10:15 PM
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62. You are always welcome here, Mamma Khephra!!
We will all mourn with you, and remember that Kheph is out there watching us and is smiling. Many hugs to you!
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alexisfree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 10:16 PM
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63. oh my god...!..
Edited on Tue Jan-11-05 10:21 PM by alexisfree
I am sorry to hear that.........he is in peace ,we believe it. :hug:
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nothingshocksmeanymore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 10:19 PM
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64. Sitting for long periods compresses the femoral artery
causing blood to become sluggish on return flow to the heart...if Keph had bumped his leg and had a bruise, this might have caused that to occur.

Perhaps this should serve as a warning to all of us that are at a deak for long hours.
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 10:35 PM
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65. Hugs and prayers...Keph is still here....his spirit is...and our love
is with him. I can believe that the SciFi channel was his gift to you so that you know he is there.

For now, when you post it's good to see his name out there. Someone will help you with changing it, later. But..for now..it's comforting, to see it.

:grouphug:
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sonias Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 10:41 PM
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66. Thanks for the update Mamma Kephra
Scott is around us all. We will never forget him. You take your time to grieve his loss. We all miss him. I'd like to take comfort in the fact that we're all like family here. Please do keep posting here and we'll do our best to keep you company and make you feel loved.

The first time Kephra and I exchanged mail it was over Babylon 5. Anyway I finally realized that losing Kephra on this board was like loosing Kosh (a major character) on B5. Kosh had always been there on B5 and Kephra had always been here too. He was one of the first ones, and I mean that in a very good sense. The Ancient/first ones are the leaders that showed the newer races how to live. Scott taught us all a lot even if it was just virtually through our web board here.

My Dad died of exactly what you describe Scott died of. He was in the hospital at the time after coming out of knee surgery. Two days later a blood clot from his knee traveled to his heart and stopped his heart. And they still couldn't save him. It was all very unexpected. These blood clots are very serious. Luckily my Mom was at the hospital at the time and he was with her. She took a lot of comfort in that he was not alone.

Love and big hugs to you Mamma K.

Sonia
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Aristus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 10:45 PM
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67. Thank you for your son, Mamma Keph. He was the greatest.
God bless you and keep you.
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 10:54 PM
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donheld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 10:56 PM
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69. Mamma
Here's a :hug: to help get you through.
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Isere Donating Member (920 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 10:56 PM
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70. Many blessings upon you
and upon all your family.

Please know that your son was a treasured being here.

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ronnykmarshall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 11:06 PM
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72. Can I give you a cyber smooch, Mama K?
:loveya:

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AwakeAtLast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 11:14 PM
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73. Please know that my heart goes out to you!
If all goes well, I will be there to meet you on Saturday. I want you to know that I am a better citizen because of the work your son did. I never realized how and why I was getting such good information until his posts were linked from the archives. He was truly a committed person who made a huge difference in our lives.
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AlienGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 01:43 AM
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74. Thank you, Mama Keph, and
Is there anywhere I can send some moneyy to help defray funeral costs?

DUmail me your address, if you can, so I can send you a card. Keph was very dear to me.

Tucker
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juajen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 02:34 AM
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75. It's so good to hear from you, Momma Kheph
Edited on Wed Jan-12-05 02:52 AM by juajen
I am thrilled that you're considering posting on DU. I'm sure there are many techies here that will willingly walk you through Scott's equipment. I'm a computer dummie.

I'm glad you feel Scott in that room. We feel him here. Love to you and hugs galore.

:grouphug:

edited: for spelling
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sandnsea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 02:36 AM
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76. We'll be looking for you Mamma Kheph
I can't imagine anything more difficult than losing a child. You just sign on any time, somebody will be here to help. All our love and prayers are with you. :hug:
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Solly Mack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 02:38 AM
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77. Thank you.
:hug:

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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 02:43 AM
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78. you need to stay with us Mama Khephra
we are family
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Piperay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 03:16 AM
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79. GLAD you come here Mama K
and it helps. :hug: Kef has been on my mind every single day, he will not be forgotten. :grouphug:
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rman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 03:36 AM
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80. "blood clot traveled from leg to heart" - can happen to anyone
just sitting down for long periods of time can cause blood to clot in the legs, due to gravity and lack of movement of the legs.
(sitting down for long periods of time is one of those things that 'internet junkies' do.)

it is a known problem in the passenger flight industry.
(media compliance to commercial interests is the reason why we don't hear much about it.)

older age increases the chance of this happening.

taking in fluids regularly and getting up to walk around for a bit at least once an hour can help prevent this.


strength to you mama Khephra.
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JohnOneillsMemory Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 03:36 AM
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81. You still have a big family here...family. n/t
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Cooley Hurd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 05:39 AM
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82. Mamma Kef, that surely was a sign from Scott!
I'm still speechless. I wish I could be in Indy this Saturday for the funeral. I never had the opportunity to meet Scott in person, but feel I know him from our conversations here on DU.

I'm not a prayin' man, Mamma K, but I will direct all positive energy and thoughts to you and Scott. He was a helluva guy - truly one of a kind on DU.

We're all richer to have known Scott. :cry:
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supernova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 06:03 AM
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83. Here's a hug for you Momma Khephra
:hug: :hug:

I enjoyed Scott's company here so much. I always read his posts and we talked frequently about whatever gothica we were into. His intelligence and his warmth and uniqueness came through quite clearly to me. Like others, I wish we would have gotten the chance to meet in person at a DU gathering.

Thanks for telling us about the cause of death. It's so hard when it's a young person. Scott had his whole life ahead of him.

Please take care of yourself, Mamma Kheph. :hug: I'll be thinking about you.

When you have time, it would be lovely if you could joing us here at DU. I hope he doesn't mind, but we have another poster who we roped in :D after a family death. His granddad posted here and was much loved, AllJunkMail. ProdigalJunkMail now posts here too. :-)


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WritersBlock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 06:12 AM
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84. I really wish I could have known your son.
I have never seen anyone spoken of so highly, by so many people, so spontaneously. You must be very proud of the way he touched so many lives. I hope that thought can give you some comfort.
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CWebster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 06:20 AM
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85. I think of him everyday
and everytime I go to Democratic Underground, I will always think about him.

When a close friend of mine died, his favorite picture, a picture that had always hung on the wall, fell, and the wire on one side was unraveled. The next day the picture fell and the wire was unraveled off the other side.

There will be a comforting presence with you.

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tokenlib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 09:30 AM
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86. This needs a kick
I almost missed this thread,and hope everyone sees it.
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ChickMagic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 09:33 AM
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87. Thank you Momma Kheph
I appeciate the update and I mourn for Kheph and for your loss. You have all my best wishes. He will be remembered here as long as DU exists, so he will always be with us. :hug:
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hippiechick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 09:53 AM
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88. Blessings, MamaKef ...
I sent a message to Skinner asking about your own account.
I can stop by after work this evening if you'd like me to help you set one up.

:hug:
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wicket Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 10:07 AM
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90. Bless you Mamma Kef
I am sorry about the loss of your wonderful son. He was incredibly smart, helpful and one of the nicest people around. He is very missed :(

:hug: :hug: :hug:
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King Coal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 10:11 AM
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91. I feel a kindred now for Khephra. God Bless you and take care.
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Cuban_Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 10:25 AM
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92. Prayers for comfort, healing and strength go out from Illinois.
:hug: :loveya:
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MamaBear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 10:40 AM
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93. Thanks, Mamma K
I'm a little late catching up, but I'll be watching for news. I know you'll let us know if there's anything we can do. In the meantime, just know that he will always be loved and remembered.

MamaBear
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DemExpat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 11:56 AM
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94. Kick
so other DUers can see this thread.

DemEx
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demnan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 12:07 PM
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95. I'm so sorry
I wasn't on much yesterday and just found out. Yes, your son was well loved and will be sorely missed here.

Please do join us and in his memory become part of our community!
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Old and In the Way Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 12:20 PM
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96. So sad.....
No mother should experience what you have gone through. I hope we can supply you a small measure of comfort and hope you'll join us in the days ahead.

Perhaps some local DUer can help you figure out Scott's system.....
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Ripley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 12:24 PM
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97. I'm sure Skinner would be happy to give you your own User Name.
I know a lot of DUers are kicking his posts to keep his name around, but frankly it does seem disconcerting. We would love to have you a part of our board!

I'm glad you find some comfort from reading the posts here. I didn't know Scott other than he was dedicated and a Dean supporter like me. I'm sorry he had to go so young.

Take care Mamma Khephra.
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Maat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 12:24 PM
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98. Our thoughts and prayers are with you!
Blessings and comfort and peace to you! I know that Scott's energy is with us, protecting us and helping us get to enlightenment and peace.

I appreciate his posts, and his insight, very much.
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shrike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 12:48 PM
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99. I didn't know Scott
Since DU is my news source, I don't pay much attention to screen names -- unless I get into a dust-up with them. (And I do have a temper, so that does happen occasionally.) Never got into a dust-up with Scott, and from the sounds of things no one else did either.

He was apparently a mainstay of the LBN forum, meaning I have him to thank for keeping better informed than almost anyone I know. We are a community here, and we all impact each other's lives, more so than we realize, I guess.
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0007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 12:54 PM
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100. I'm so sorry, you have my deepest condolence
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NYYFan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 01:12 PM
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101. May God continue to watch over you Momma Kef
:loveya:
:grouphug:
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maveric Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 01:36 PM
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103. My condolences Mamma Keph. I cant imagine the pain of burying a child.
I only knew Scott from his very informative posts and he seemed like a great guy. He is in a far better place than we are at right now and I'm sure he will be watching out for you.
Please try to find peace and reason from this, somehow Ma'am.
We will keep his spirit alive and you can carry his torch.

I'm very sorry for your loss.

MAveRiC
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gademocrat7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 01:41 PM
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104. Deepest Sympathy
Dear Momma Khephra,

Please accept my deepest sympathy in the loss of your beloved son.
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GCP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 04:08 PM
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108. Thank you for posting, Mamma K
And please continue to post with us. We all miss Kheph hugely, and feel like a part of our own family is gone.
Kheph had an amazing knowledge of all sorts of sci-fi and fantasy fiction and it was always interesting to read his posts, and his work on LBN will be sorely missed.
He was a very good man and you should be very proud.
:grouphug:
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DancingBear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 04:28 PM
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109. Thank you for staying with us, Momma Kheph
Edited on Wed Jan-12-05 04:29 PM by DancingBear
You bring us the strength we need to grieve, and I hope we bring you the strength to carry on.

May peace be with you during these difficult times, and may you always know how much your son was loved in this community.

DB

:hug: :hug:
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ewagner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 04:33 PM
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110. Thanks MommaK
We'll miss Khephra greatly........

My thoughts are with you as is the entire DU community.....

:hug:
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joeybee12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 04:47 PM
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111. Please be assured you are in our thoughts and prayers....
...as is Scott.

I loved hearing about the Sci-Fi Channel! That's wonderful!
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nomatrix Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 05:28 PM
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112. Did you ever read the threads with Scott before this time?
I know I call members of my family to read some important piece of information posted (often from Scott).

Sonias posted her Dad had knee surgery, then had a clot cause a heart attack. Same thing happened with a good friend.

Since this is what we do here at DU, and I don't know if you will be back again, I hope it wouldn't be too inappropriate to mention there are some side affects (blood clots, strokes) with drugs like Vioxx or Betrex. If you know of any medication he had taken, you may want to look into it, as manufacturers of these drugs are being forced to take responsibility.

This site lists different drugs, and lawsuits. I found it very informative when I was taking Vioxx.

http://www.class-action-lawsuits.com/heart.html

If you know he was taking something like this, do not throw out the prescription bottles, it may be your only proof.

I know this is a difficult time for you, but I wanted to mention this because sometimes, we don't know what we might need to hang on to for information. Since you mentioned the Toxicology report taking weeks, the prescription bottles may help.

You will be in our thoughts.
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SCRUBDASHRUB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 05:40 PM
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114. You are in my thoughts, Mamma K.
:hug:
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October Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 05:32 PM
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113. I'm so sorry for your loss.
This is so shocking.

Even those of us who are "low number" posters knew your son's contributions to this forum/board were amazing. He was everywhere.

Always a gentleman.

Sending blessings your way.
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Pied Piper Donating Member (363 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 07:15 PM
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116. Momma K...
I, too, am a long time lurker with a low post count.

God bless you for bringing Keph into the world to share with the rest of us.

I never met your son, but his contributions to DU made it the place to be.

I wish you many condolences in his passing.
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indepat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 07:22 PM
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117. A blood clot in the leg almost took my 92-year-old father out 20 years ago
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ignatius 2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 07:23 PM
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118. I am so glad that through the internet you are able to see what a
difference Scott made in our lives and others. He was a decent,kind and wise person and in this day and age that is a rare combination.

It is good to know that the outpouring of wishes and sentiments has helped you in your grief. Take good care of yourself and be proud that you had such a wonderful son. God bless.
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DUgosh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 07:35 PM
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119. Momma Kef
So sorry for your and our loss. Scott was amazing man. Thanks for sharing the Kef's Sci-Fi message. I smiled again.
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puerco-bellies Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 07:41 PM
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120. My Love, and prayers for you in coping with your great loss.
Your son touched and inspired many. Peace to you.
P-B
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ulysses Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 07:56 PM
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121. all best to you, Mamma K.
Scott was, and is, deeply valued and well remembered.
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yardwork Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 08:03 PM
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122. I miss Khephra every day
He didn't know me from adam - I was just one of tens of thousands of DU posters he was nice to, helped along, provided with an enormous amount of information.

I was one of the tens of thousands who counted on Khefra every day. Latest Breaking News isn't the same - despite the concerted efforts of many DU volunteers who are doing their best to fill the huge gap.

Hugs to you Mamma Khephra.
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Thtwudbeme Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 08:20 PM
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123. You have our deepest sympathies.
This has been quite a shock for everyone here but you must be reeling.

While I miss Kef I, we, wish you the best in this difficult time as well as in the furure.

Stephanie & Michael

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Beware the Beast Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 09:35 PM
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124. Thank you so much, Mrs. K.
I did not know your son well, if at all, but on behalf of my fellow DUers, we as a community will always be here for you.
:hug:
Brian a/k/a Beware the Beast Man
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Ilsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 10:01 PM
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126. Thanks, Momma Khephra
Big hugs to you for keeping us unformed. We'll miss K tremendously.
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truth2power Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 10:12 PM
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128. Thank you for keeping us updated, Mama Keph.
I remember reading many of Keph's posts when I first came here in 2001. He really was the spirit of LBN.

You are in my thoughts. :hug:

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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 10:20 PM
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129. Thanks so much for the update
My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Less than a week after my dad died, I woke up from a nap one day and could feel him hugging me. I know that sounds strange, but his arms were around me. That is how he used to wake me up when I was little; he would hug me and whisper in my ear that it was time to get up. I could also smell him. That was five years ago and I remember it as clearly as if it happened this afternoon.

My dad was also a very organized person and I am just the opposite. He was always trying to help me learn how to be more organized and to stop misplacing things. SInce he died, every time I lose anything, I ask my dad to help me find it and he always does.

So I know our loved ones stay with us after they are gone.
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FizzFuzz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 10:26 PM
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130. When my Dad died, I got some very clear messages from him too--
it was very meaningful and comforting.

Sending prayers to you both. :hug:
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bunny planet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 10:48 PM
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131. God bless you. I'm so sorry for your loss.
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Nik Jam Donating Member (46 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 11:00 PM
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132. My best wishes
I probably wouldn't be able to post online in such an event, so I admire the fact that you can. Hope he can continue to show his presence.
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KeepHopeAlive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-05 08:54 AM
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133. A hug for you, Mamma Khephra
Thank you for keeping us updated in your time of grief. I'm not at all surprised that Scott found a way to communicate with you to let you know that his spirit is strong and he's okay.

I'm happy that you are considering joining the DU family and look forward to Mamma Khephra's posts. As you already know, there are warm and loving people who post here, and you can find comforting words at any time.

I plan to burn a pyramid-shaped candle tonight in Scott's honor.

:hug:
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shesemsmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-05 08:57 AM
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134. I do beleive that people comfort us after they are gone
Edited on Thu Jan-13-05 08:57 AM by shesemsmom
take so comfort from it
Hugs
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Desertrose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-05 03:37 PM
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135. big big hug to you Mamma Kef
.....I know he is with you too......

:hug: :hug: :hug:
DR
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sffreeways Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-05 09:07 PM
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136. I'm very sorry for your loss Mrs. Kef
I lost my son suddenly last May and there is no greater pain. My thoughts are with you and your family and especially with my good friend Kef

Rest easy brother

sf
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HuckleB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-05 09:43 PM
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137. May you find some peace in the coming days and months, Momma Khephra.
My thoughts are with you and with Scott.
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njdemocrat106 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-05 10:00 PM
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138. Once again, best wishes to you
This has to be an awful, awful time for you. Please take comfort in knowing a lot of good people here are thinking about you and your son at this difficult time.

:hug:
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Rhiannon12866 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-16-05 10:30 AM
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139. Wow! And thank you.
I know that many of us on this board were hoping to hear what actually happened to Khephra, since it was so unexpected and such a loss, so thank you so much for posting this. You are truly amazing. O8)

I'm sure that anyone of us would be more than pleased to walk you through the process of registering on DU. It's not difficult, though, since I managed to do it, and you already figured the tough stuff out, when you were under incredible pressure. :-)

I have no doubt that Scott is still with you, and still with us on DU. I went through much the same thing with my Dad. I just thank you so much for sharing with us, since I know that it means so much to so many, and it would have been much easier for you to retreat into your own private place. Scott will always be a member of DU, since his ideas and his many threads will live on. And we have gained a new member. But he will always be missed, with his vigilance with the news and his intelligent fresh take on what's going on and what's important to all of us. But, again, I know that I am one of so many who are grateful to you for sharing his legacy with us. We miss you, Scott. ;(

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