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benburch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:12 PM
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Andy Stephenson Medical Update 7/7/2005 - 9 PM CDT
Andy Stephenson's family have asked me to release this statement;

"At this hour, Andy is resting comfortably with his family at his side."

http://www.AndyThanksYou.com/
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proud patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:13 PM
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1. Sending Strength
Thanks Ben
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Sydnie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:14 PM
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2. Hope you are on the mend at last Andy
Thanks Ben for the update. :grouphug:
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greatauntoftriplets Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:14 PM
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3. Thanks, Ben...
nt
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knowbody0 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:15 PM
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4. thanks for posting
get strong Andy
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enigmatic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:17 PM
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5. We love you Andy
:hug:
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helderheid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:44 AM
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125. yes we do
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karlrschneider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:19 PM
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6. Uh, that phrasing is a little scary...
Actually very scary. I sure hope it doesn't mean what it often does...
Andy, you have to get over this crap! We need you!
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MissB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:21 PM
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9. Actually, it isn't half as scary
as the threads about him earlier (which were pulled after his family requested privacy).
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BurtWorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:24 PM
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10. I got the same feeling.
I also hope it doesn't mean what it usually means. But I do hope he is resting and is comfortable, and I'm glad his family is with him.
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karlrschneider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:29 PM
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15. We need for him to know we aren't giving up on him and he can't give up
on himself either!
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:36 PM
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75. Karl, we are now into the realm of managing, not fighting.
I'm so sorry to be the messenger.

Andy is fighting the good fight. No one could have done more. But, there are rough times ahead.

And I will never ever forget your kindness.

:grouphug:
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jab105 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:39 PM
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76. I'm crying...I'll never forget what this community did a few months ago...
for such a special friend...

Hoping for peace and calm, surrounded by love Andy...
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Pithy Cherub Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:40 PM
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80. Peace & Kindness to Andy & everyone
who go out of their way with kind words and good deeds for Andy and his family! :grouphug:
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benburch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:14 AM
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107. Thanks for posting that.
I was constrained from saying more than I said.
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UrbScotty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:27 PM
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13. That's what I was thinking.
Pope John Paul's last days came to mind.
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BattyDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:40 PM
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30. I thought the same thing. Damn ...
Edited on Thu Jul-07-05 10:50 PM by BattyDem

Andy, please get better! We're all pulling for you. :hug:

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Tsiyu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:20 PM
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7. Thanks, ben
Hope he is getting stronger and beats this nasty illness. He is very special indeed.

:hug:
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Bozita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:20 PM
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8. Thank you, Ben.
Praying for a good man and his friends.

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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:25 PM
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11. Thankyou Ben.
.
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roguevalley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:25 PM
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12. for him, his friends and family, I will pray for you. thank you for the
update.
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NVMojo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:27 PM
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14. Healing to you, Andy! Peace!!!
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i miss america Donating Member (822 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:29 PM
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16. God bless you Andy
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WilliamPitt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:31 PM
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17. Mourning is forbidden
A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning

As virtuous men pass mildly away,
And whisper to their souls, to go,
Whilst some of their sad friends do say,
"The breath goes now," and some say, "No:"

So let us melt, and make no noise,
No tear-floods, nor sigh-tempests move;
'Twere profanation of our joys
To tell the laity our love.

Moving of th' earth brings harms and fears;
Men reckon what it did, and meant;
But trepidation of the spheres,
Though greater far, is innocent.

Dull sublunary lovers' love
(Whose soul is sense) cannot admit
Absence, because it doth remove
Those things which elemented it.

But we by a love so much refin'd,
That ourselves know not what it is,
Inter-assured of the mind,
Care less, eyes, lips, and hands to miss.

Our two souls therefore, which are one,
Though I must go, endure not yet
A breach, but an expansion,
Like gold to airy thinness beat.

If they be two, they are two so
As stiff twin compasses are two;
Thy soul, the fix'd foot, makes no show
To move, but doth, if the' other do.

And though it in the centre sit,
Yet when the other far doth roam,
It leans, and hearkens after it,
And grows erect, as that comes home.

Such wilt thou be to me, who must
Like th' other foot, obliquely run;
Thy firmness makes my circle just,
And makes me end, where I begun.

- John Donne
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lala_rawraw Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:17 AM
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111. Something
And death shall have no dominion.
Dead mean naked they shall be one
With the man in the wind and the west moon;
When their bones are picked clean and the clean bones gone,
They shall have stars at elbow and foot;
Though they go mad they shall be sane,
Though they sink through the sea they shall rise again;
Though lovers be lost love shall not;
And death shall have no dominion.

And death shall have no dominion.
Under the windings of the sea
They lying long shall not die windily;
Twisting on racks when sinews give way,
Strapped to a wheel, yet they shall not break;
Faith in their hands shall snap in two,
And the unicorn evils run them through;
Split all ends up they shan't crack;
And death shall have no dominion.

And death shall have no dominion.
No more may gulls cry at their ears
Or waves break loud on the seashores;
Where blew a flower may a flower no more
Lift its head to the blows of the rain;
Through they be mad and dead as nails,
Heads of the characters hammer through daisies;
Break in the sun till the sun breaks down,
And death shall have no dominion.
-Dylan Thomas
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katinmn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:19 AM
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113. lala
:hug:
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MissB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:32 PM
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18. Andy, you are in my thoughts
:hug:
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SCRUBDASHRUB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:33 PM
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20. Hang in there; I don't know you but am thinking of you.
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BeHereNow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:33 PM
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19. Thank you Ben-
I am comforted to know that Andy is surrounded
by his loved ones and that he is in peace and comfort.
Such a beautiful person deserves all the love and support
we can provide in this time.
In person and in prayer.
Love to you,
BHN
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Cassandra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:34 PM
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21. Andy, get better...
now...please! :hug:
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Botany Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:35 PM
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22. Andy .....
..... i sent you $25.00 I will expect you to pay me it back in person ......
10 years from now ...... got that?
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Jack Rabbit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:36 PM
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23. Hopes and parayers



Douglas fir grove from the website of the Ministry of Froests and Range, British Columbia
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In_The_Wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:36 PM
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24. love to you Andy
((((((((( :hug: )))))))))
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Swamp Rat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:36 PM
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25. Sending you Prana Andy
:hug:
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lildreamer316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:39 PM
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26. Love and strength.Love mostly. n/t
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alittlelark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:39 PM
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27. I am happy to hear he is resting comfortably.
:cry:
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goodboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:39 PM
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28. On Friendship: To my friend Andy...(photo)
Edited on Thu Jul-07-05 11:27 PM by goodboy
Your friend is your needs answered.

He is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving.

And he is your board and your fireside.

For you come to him with your hunger, and you seek him for peace.

When your friend speaks his mind you fear not the "nay" in your own mind, nor do you withhold the "ay."

And when he is silent your heart ceases not to listen to his heart;

For without words, in friendship, all thoughts, all desires, all expectations are born and shared, with joy that is unacclaimed.

When you part from your friend, you grieve not;

For that which you love most in him may be clearer in his absence, as the mountain to the climber is clearer from the plain.

And let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit.

For love that seeks aught but the disclosure of its own mystery is not love but a net cast forth: and only the unprofitable is caught.

And let your best be for your friend.

If he must know the ebb of your tide, let him know its flood also.

For what is your friend that you should seek him with hours to kill?

Seek him always with hours to live.

For it is his to fill your need, but not your emptiness.

And in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures.

For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.
from "The Prophet" by Kahlil Gibran

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edited to include smaller picture
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hiley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:48 PM
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37. goodboy
your post is beautiful and full of love.
Andy we love you
hiley
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goodboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:51 PM
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44. back at you, Hiley.
:hug: :hug:
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:49 PM
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39. Thankyou for that, goodboy.
Just.... thankyou.
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goodboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:54 PM
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45. you're welcome...(nt)
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katinmn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:05 PM
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57. That's beautiful.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts through that piece. :hug:
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goodboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:30 PM
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67. the people who came through for Andy are beautiful. What we accomplished
made our souls beautiful.
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faithnotgreed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:57 AM
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137. right on goodboy. thank you dearly for seeking this
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fooj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:29 AM
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189. You represent all that is good in this world, goodboy!
An authentic heart and soul...just like our friend, Andy. He has given us such priceless gifts. Community. Humanity. Love. Respect. Truth. We are truly blessed. :grouphug:

Peace.
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AmBlue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:39 PM
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29. Still praying for you, Andy
Please get better..... pretty please???
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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:40 PM
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31. Hang tough, dude. We're here for you.
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im10ashus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:41 PM
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32. We continue our vigil.


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StaggerLee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:42 PM
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33. Andy has touched so many in such a short period of time
I don't think that is lost on anyone here.

It is comforting to know that his family is with him.

All strength and prayers to you Andy.

:hug:

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troubleinwinter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:46 PM
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34. All my love and good thoughts
to Andy, Ted, Andy's family and all of his friends and loved-ones.
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understandinglife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:48 PM
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35. Dear Andy, you know my wife and I are thinking of you constantly.
Peace, my friend.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:48 PM
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36. for Andy
THE PASTURE
I'm going out to clean the pasture spring;
I'll only stop to rake the leaves away
(And wait to watch the water clear, I may):
I shan't be gone long. -- You come too.
I'm going out to fetch the little calf
That's standing by the mother. It's so young,
It totters when she licks it with her tongue.
I shan't be gone long. -- You come too.

Robert Frost
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Botany Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:50 PM
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41. Keep this kicked 24/7 ......
..... for Andy! please
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:19 PM
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61. Yes, what else would we do?
Edited on Thu Jul-07-05 11:20 PM by sfexpat2000
I know you're not asking us to kick this thread and you would never ask us to do it 24/7. And certainly, we shouldn't attend to it with hearts & souls. Not that.

Thank you, Botany.

:) :grouphug:
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im10ashus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:47 PM
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85. Oh man.
I love Robert Frost.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:06 AM
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182. He had a lot to say,
Edited on Fri Jul-08-05 03:06 AM by sfexpat2000
Try to listen to him read sometime. It will make you happy.

:hi:
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Tommymac Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:48 PM
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38. Peace, and strength, my friend who I have never met.
May all beings everywhere plagued
with sufferings of body and mind
quickly be freed from their illnesses
May those frightened cease to be afraid,
and may those bound be free.
May the powerless find power,
and may people think of befriending one another.
May those who find themselves in trackless, fearful wilderness
the children, the aged, the unprotected
be guarded by beneficial celestials,
and may they swiftly attain Buddhahood.

- Buddhist Prayer for Peace
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greatauntoftriplets Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:49 PM
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40. Love to Andy.....
:hug:

:loveya:
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Garbo 2004 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:50 PM
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42. Andy & his family are in my prayers. n/t
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peekaloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:51 PM
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43. Come on Andy!
Damn it, pull through!
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KerryReallyWon Donating Member (297 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:55 PM
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46. We may lose a hero tonight...
one of our own...
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goodboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:56 PM
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48. Where there's life, there's hope. Continue to hope please....
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Ladyhawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:55 PM
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47. Oh Andy, please get better.
We're all behind you.
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BooScout Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:56 PM
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49. Peace and love to Andy and his loved ones.
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mongo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:56 PM
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50. Lots of hope and love to Andy for a speedy recovery
and thanks to you Ben, for keeping us updated.

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bobbieinok Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:57 PM
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51. payers , love, admiration, respect ....and thank you for all your work for
Edited on Thu Jul-07-05 10:58 PM by bobbieinok
the US
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thinkingwoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:59 PM
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52. Dear Andy
you are loved by people who have never even met you.

Rest easy. Be at peace. Be well.
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katinmn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:00 PM
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53. Thanks, Ben. Bless you, Andy.
:grouphug: Hugs for all of DU. :grouphug:
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Janice325 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:01 PM
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54. Love to Andy and his family
Thank you ben for keeping us posted.
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johnnie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:03 PM
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55. My thoughts are with Andy, his family and friends
I can only hope for the best outcome. I don't know what to say. To all his friends here at DU, my thoughts are with you.
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Individualist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:04 PM
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56. Tell Andy he's very special
and that we're there with him in spirit.
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Catherine Vincent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:06 PM
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58. Yes, get some rest Andy.


We'll be waiting for you!
:loveya:
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BamaBecky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:16 PM
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59. Goodness....this all sounds so serious.......praying for you Andy...
I missed the other posts....have been gone all day getting ready for the storm........

Bama

:grouphug:
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:33 PM
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71. Take good care of you. We'll be here.
Thank you for checking in, Becky. :hug:
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bigluckyfeet Donating Member (559 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 01:57 AM
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159. Just Said a Special Prayer For You Andy
God Bless!
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Sannum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:17 PM
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60. We love you, Andy.
Edited on Thu Jul-07-05 11:20 PM by Sannum
I don't think you can even begin to realise how much love and respect that you have all around the country, and even the world. You have fought for us, we have stood behind you. Tonight, you fight for yourself and we continue stand behind you with all of our love and support. You are our hero.

We all love you so much.
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Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:19 PM
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62. A prayer
Giver of life and health, Comfort and relieve your servant Andy and give the power of healing to those who minister to his needs, that he for whom our prayers are offered may be strengthened in his weakness and have confidence in your loving care.

(adapted from the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer)
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:27 PM
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65. Oh lord. I can barely read this. I think I need some of those
Unitarian jihadis.

Please protect Andy with the Affable Caress of Your Howitzer of Love.

Because it would make him laugh.

:loveya: ANDY :loveya:




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goodboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:30 PM
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69. Amen (nt)
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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:14 AM
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109. Amen. nt
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Flying Dream Blues Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:22 PM
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63. Love, peace and healing to you, Andy!
Thanks for being a hero to us all. We are with you tonight!
XOXOXOXOXOXOXO








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Bouncy Ball Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:22 PM
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64. This thread made me cry.
I hope he's going to be ok!!! I haven't participated much in these threads, but I've read every single update, every single post on him!

Please get better Andy! :hug:

And hugs to his family and friends.

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cry baby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:28 PM
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66. kick with love...
for Andy
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LeahD Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:30 PM
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68. Love to Andy, his family and friends.
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progmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:32 PM
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70. Andy - you are in my thoughts and prayers.
You have meant to much to us.
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:34 PM
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72. Thanks Ben
Hang in there Andy. Hang tough.

:grouphug:
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EC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:34 PM
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73. Love and hoping for the best... n/t
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Amaya Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:36 PM
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74. Peace to Andy and his family
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helderheid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:40 PM
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77. Ben thanks for this
Please send him my love and thank him too for being the torchbearer - he is my evote fraud inspiration as I know he is to so many. I will be meditating on him and sending him healing energy.
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wovenpaint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:40 PM
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78. Sending a prayer your way
and many more for you and your family....sending healing thoughts, too!

:hug:
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OzarkDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:40 PM
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79. We're with you in spirit, Andy
You and your family are not alone, we're all right there with you.

Prayers for strength, for healing and for peace.



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merh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:41 PM
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81.  What I Did For Love
Edited on Thu Jul-07-05 11:53 PM by merh
What I Did For Love

Kiss today goodbye,
The sweetness and the sorrow.
Wish me luck, the same to you.
But I can't regret
What I did for love, what I did for love.
Look my eyes are dry.
The gift was ours to borrow.
It's as if we always knew,
And I won't forget what I did for love,
What I did for love.

Gone,
Love is never gone.
As we travel on,
Love's what we'll remember.
Kiss today goodbye,
And point me t'ward tomorrow.
We did what we had to do.
Won't forget, can't regret
What I did for
Love

What I did for
Love

What I did for...

Love
Love is never gone
As we travel one
Love's what we'll remember
Kiss today goodbye.

And point me t'ward tomorrow.

Point me t'ward tomorrow
We did what we had to do.
Won't forget, can't regret
What I did for love.
What I did for love.

What I did for love

Love



From the musical A Chorus Line

:loveya: Andy :loveya:

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nothingshocksmeanymore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:41 PM
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82. Sending my love to Andy, Termite and his family
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Lady Effingbroke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:43 PM
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83. Peace and love to Andy and his family.
:hug:
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Kadie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:46 PM
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84. Our thoughts and prayers are with Andy and his family.
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blue neen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:47 PM
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86. Strength and peace to you, Andy.
You are such an inspiration to us all. :grouphug:
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helderheid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:50 PM
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87. I've lit you a candle online and will now light mine offline
All of you reading this, please take a minute to quiet yourselves and send Andy loving thoughts and healing thoughts - please picture what is making him ill melting away and his body healing.

http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/view.cfm?id=742443&...
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BattyDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:03 AM
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94. Thank you so much for this link!
I just lit a candle for Andy. :-)

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grace0418 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:11 AM
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103. Lovely site.
I lit one too.
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cry baby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:26 AM
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117. me, too
:cry:
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Individualist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:04 AM
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96. Very nice
Edited on Fri Jul-08-05 12:18 AM by notsodumbhillbilly
I just went to the site and lit a candle for Andy.

http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/mycandle.cfm?id=742...
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AlwaysDemocrat Donating Member (326 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:06 AM
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97. I lit a candle there too
Andy and his family are in my thoughts and prayers.
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goodboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:11 AM
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105. Here's my candle:
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lildreamer316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:28 AM
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119. Cande lit n/t
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proud patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:34 AM
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121. I just lit a candle
Thanks for the link

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Tess49 Donating Member (606 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:38 AM
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123. I lit a candle for Andy. Thanks for leading us to this site.
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medeak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:57 AM
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138. lovely link
candle lit
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blue northern Donating Member (190 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 01:38 AM
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155.  Andy, you are so loved here.
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xmas74 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:17 AM
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164. Done.
I lit two candles just now-one for Andy and one for my uncle who suffered a possible stroke on the way to work this morning.

Thank you for the site.
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Ladyhawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:09 AM
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184. Thanks. I lit a candle.
I don't know what else to do or say.

Andy, I give you what strength I have.
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grace0418 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:51 PM
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88. I'm thinking of you Andy.
You are surrounded with love.

xo
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helderheid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:54 PM
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89. kick
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VelmaD Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:56 PM
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90. I just want to say thank you to everyone...
who has posted on this thread and others like it. It means the world to me to know that you have Andy in your thoughts and prayers and I know it means a lot to him too. Thank you all, you have no idea how much it helps. :grouphug:
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alittlelark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:59 PM
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92. sigh............
Edited on Thu Jul-07-05 11:59 PM by alittlelark
:grouphug: :cry: :grouphug:
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troubleinwinter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:08 AM
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100. My thanks too...
for all of the loving messages and thoughts.
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understandinglife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:57 PM
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91. We are all with you Andy; we always have been.
Peace, my friend.
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kayleybeth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:01 AM
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93. Sending prayers and strength
for Andy and his family.
:grouphug:
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linazelle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 01:25 AM
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151. And I am as well. nt
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earthboundmisfit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:04 AM
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95. Andy - you're the spirit of DU. We love you.
Our hearts are with you, friend.
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benburch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:07 AM
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98. Meditation XVII - John Donne
PERCHANCE he for whom this bell tolls may be so ill, as that he knows not it tolls for him; and perchance I may think myself so much better than I am, as that they who are about me, and see my state, may have caused it to toll for me, and I know not that. The church is Catholic, universal, so are all her actions; all that she does belongs to all. When she baptizes a child, that action concerns me; for that child is thereby connected to that body which is my head too, and ingrafted into that body whereof I am a member. And when she buries a man, that action concerns me: all mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language; and every chapter must be so translated; God employs several translators; some pieces are translated by age, some by sickness, some by war, some by justice; but God's hand is in every translation, and his hand shall bind up all our scattered leaves again for that library where every book shall lie open to one another. As therefore the bell that rings to a sermon calls not upon the preacher only, but upon the congregation to come, so this bell calls us all; but how much more me, who am brought so near the door by this sickness. There was a contention as far as a suit (in which both piety and dignity, religion and estimation, were mingled), which of the religious orders should ring to prayers first in the morning; and it was determined, that they should ring first that rose earliest. If we understand aright the dignity of this bell that tolls for our evening prayer, we would be glad to make it ours by rising early, in that application, that it might be ours as well as his, whose indeed it is. The bell doth toll for him that thinks it doth; and though it intermit again, yet from that minute that that occasion wrought upon him, he is united to God. Who casts not up his eye to the sun when it rises? but who takes off his eye from a comet when that breaks out? Who bends not his ear to any bell which upon any occasion rings? but who can remove it from that bell which is passing a piece of himself out of this world?

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were: any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee. Neither can we call this a begging of misery, or a borrowing of misery, as though we were not miserable enough of ourselves, but must fetch in more from the next house, in taking upon us the misery of our neighbours. Truly it were an excusable covetousness if we did, for affliction is a treasure, and scarce any man hath enough of it. No man hath affliction enough that is not matured and ripened by and made fit for God by that affliction. If a man carry treasure in bullion, or in a wedge of gold, and have none coined into current money, his treasure will not defray him as he travels. Tribulation is treasure in the nature of it, but it is not current money in the use of it, except we get nearer and nearer our home, heaven, by it. Another man may be sick too, and sick to death, and this affliction may lie in his bowels, as gold in a mine, and be of no use to him; but this bell, that tells me of his affliction, digs out and applies that gold to me: if by this consideration of another's danger I take mine own into contemplation, and so secure myself, by making my recourse to my God, who is our only security.
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all.of.me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:08 AM
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99. thinking of you, andy
i did not see the other thread, but i hope he is ok. prayers and good energy to you, andy!
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in_cog_ni_to Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:09 AM
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101. We love you, Andy!
My thoughts and prayers to Andy and his family. :hug:
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earth mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:09 AM
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102. Sending Prayers, Peace and Strength to you Andy....
:grouphug:
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hedda_foil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:11 AM
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104. We are with you, Andy. We will always be with you.
Hold Fast To Dreams
by The Unknown Poet

Hold fast your dreams,
they shelter you through lonely nights,
gently they become the pillow,
that puts destination in your sights.

Hold tight the memories,
the heart ach that burns,
for the one who wins,
is the one who remembers and learns.

Nurture the moments,
handle with care,
for destiny states,
for each heart there`s a pair.

Cast off the anger,
and its deep rooted seed,
remember t'was anger ,
that caused your heart to bleed,

Snuggle each memory,
a warm blanket held tight,
bringing you vision,
guidance, sunlight.

Push away despair, nurture the hope,
so impossible it seems,
but the only way out,
is to hold fast to dreams.

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CoffeeCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:13 AM
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106. Thinking of you Andy...
...and sending you loads of sparkly light and glowy, peaceful thoughts.

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doublethink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:14 AM
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108. Prayers Andy ........
You are a big part of not only this site, but our world. Get well, rest, keep the faith, and Peace. :)
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GardeningGal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:15 AM
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110. We love you Andy
Thoughts and prayers for you and your family.
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faithnotgreed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:17 AM
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112. so many thoughts and a special prayer andy
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demodonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:21 AM
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114. Andy, we will will not drop the ball... we will fight for our Democracy.
You are a true Patriot, and you know how much I love you my little brother...

MB
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katinmn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:22 AM
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115. verified paper ballots and health care for all!
NGU
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faithnotgreed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:28 AM
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118. big love kick
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flyarm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:24 AM
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116. sweet sweet friend..be well my friend...
Robert Louis Stevenson

Fear Not, Dear Friend, But Freely Live Your Days


Fear not, dear friend, but freely live your days
Though lesser lives should suffer. Such am I,
A lesser life, that what is his of sky
Gladly would give for you, and what of praise.
Step, without trouble, down the sunlit ways.
We that have touched your raiment, are made whole
From all the selfish cankers of man's soul,
And we would see you happy, dear, or die.
Therefore be brave, and therefore, dear, be free;
Try all things resolutely, till the best,
Out of all lesser betters, you shall find;
And we, who have learned greatness from you, we,
Your lovers, with a still, contented mind,
See you well anchored in some port of rest.
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merh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:45 AM
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127. fly
:hug:
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suffragette Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:29 AM
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120. Sending prayers of strength, hope and health.
:hug:
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Redstone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:36 AM
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122. Go easy, Andy.
Go easy.

Redstone
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helderheid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:40 AM
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124. Something I need to say to you my friend
Edited on Fri Jul-08-05 12:42 AM by helderheid
http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm

Andy, I want you to survive and I am sending you healing to help you to. However, my dear friend, if you are ready to go, let me assure you - your cause will carry on. Don't worry for a moment about that. You, our torchbearer, have shown us the way. We will go forth and expose the evote fraud IN YOUR NAME. Andy, we all must go and though I don't want you to, just know that when you do, you will live forever in your work - in your cause - because we will be living you in every step we take to make elections fair. God bless you Andy. How honored I am to have shared an email or two with you.

My candle:

For Andy Stephenson http://www.andythanksyou.com / God bless you and thank you for fighting for fair elections. I love you and send you healing energy and love

from United States
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merh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 01:11 AM
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142. That is wonderful.
:hug: Thank you. :hug:

:loveya: Andy :loveya:

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Gemini Cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:45 AM
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126. Andy:
When people tell me there are no American heroes, I tell them about you. You are a hero and a patriot!

Peace and be well, Andy!

:hug:
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gardenista Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:47 AM
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128. Wishing Andy peace and comfort right now.
Edited on Fri Jul-08-05 12:48 AM by mgdecombe
Keep on fighting Andy, we are all behind you.

Please keep fighting.
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RevolutionStartsNow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:47 AM
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129. I'm sad...
I don't know Andy but I have of course followed his story and his struggle, and there was one posted picture of him that made just instantly fall in love with him...I forget which it was, but he has the most open expression and beautiful smile.

I just hope he's not suffering too much right now and that he knows how many people are pulling for him.

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OmmmSweetOmmm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:47 AM
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130. Sending loving thoughts to you Andy and to all those who hold you dear.
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Must_B_Free Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:48 AM
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131. Hang in there, god_bush_n_cheney!
Edited on Fri Jul-08-05 12:49 AM by Must_B_Free
I hope like hell that you can pull it out. It's happened before. I'm not ready to give up.
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AlienGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:50 AM
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132. Andy...my thoughts are with you...
:hug:
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stepnw1f Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:52 AM
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133. Thank You Andy
You are an inspiration to the newbies. Bless you!
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sojourner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:52 AM
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134. Loving thoughts and hope for healing accompany this post...
Edited on Fri Jul-08-05 12:53 AM by sojourner
I've never had the pleasure of meeting you personally Andy, but associating with you here in this forum, and others, was a privelage.

The world is a richer place for having held a soul as true as yours - for however brief a moment. Hopefully that moment will stretch out a bit longer and we'll rally round the cause together once again.

Peace.

edit: typo
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AnotherMother4Peace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:53 AM
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135. A candle burns here for you, Andy & healing thoughts for you
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Debbi801 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 12:54 AM
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136. thanks Ben and thanks DU...
for everything each of us did to help. Andy really touched me and i'm honored that i got to spend time w/ him in Maryland.

:hug:
debbi
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expatriate Donating Member (853 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 01:05 AM
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139. I'm sorry I have missed the threads that were deleted
Peace to you, Andy. And thank you.
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WhoDoYouTrust Donating Member (476 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 01:05 AM
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140. Been rooting for Andy for a long time.
Not gonna stop now.

:loveya:
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medeak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 01:08 AM
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141. what a journey...
The Journey
Irene McIsaac
Whitby, Ontario, Canada
2004
We do not travel it alone
Nor do we know where it will take us
And to truly experience it
We must put our trust
In those who will be our guides.

We board the train full of anticipation
Not knowing where we will alight
Or what awaits us at each stop.
With faith, we hold the hands that welcome us
And let them lead us down the winding roads.

Each destination sets the stage and scenery
Where the curtain rises to reveal and tell the story
Of those who touch our lives,
Those who steal our hearts
And those who capture our love.

As the train travels farther afield
And fellow passengers depart one by one
We bid them adieu, sad to see them go
And we are left wondering
When and where we will meet again.

So much to see, so much to do
So much yet to be fulfilled.
So many blessings
So much to be thankful for
So many dreams to be realized.

Suddenly, before we know it
The wheels start turning faster,
The once long track grows shorter
And, as our train approaches the terminus,
We reflect and ask ourselves...

Did we appreciate those we met along the way?
Did we give a helping hand when needed?
Did we learn from our mistakes?
Did we care enough to make it matter?
Did we notice the beauty around us?

Did we accomplish all we hoped for?
Were many words left unspoken?
Now there is no turning back,
We must be satisfied with who we are
And accept the consequences of our deeds.

Did we choose it?
Was it chosen for us?
Did we live it to the fullest?
Would we travel the same roads again?
In this journey of Life!
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Avalon Sparks Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 01:11 AM
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143. Just wanted to say....
Edited on Fri Jul-08-05 01:11 AM by Avalon Sparks
Thinking of you tonight Andy, and sending hopes and prayers your way.
You mean so much to all of us and to this country.
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Bluerthanblue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 01:13 AM
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144. i see you
being wrapped in arms of love- so much love, and all are whispering in your ears, peace, comfort and love.

You are so loved- it spills out on all of us.
Tender mercies surround you, comfort, and fill you with peace.

from a friend who never touched you, but has been so touched BY and through you-

em

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BeHereNow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 01:19 AM
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146. That is so beautiful and a perfect tribute
to the beauty of Andy's soul.
Thank You EM.
Andy has touched so many of us,
He is a beautiful flame that will burn in our hearts forever.
Whether here, or from the other side, Andy's light
will continue to illuminate the hearts of all who have been touched
by his beautiful soul and being.

BHN
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 01:26 AM
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152. Let me not to the marriage of true minds


Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove.

O, no! It is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wand'ring bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.

Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.

If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.


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question everything Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:53 AM
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176. Thinking of you, Andy
and kick
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mzmolly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 01:24 AM
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150. That's wonderful.
Thank you.
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crispini Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 01:16 AM
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145. You are in my prayers, Andy.
Sending love.... :loveya:
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OhNoTheyDidNot Donating Member (412 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 01:19 AM
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147. I'm begging you Andy - please please please get better
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Janice325 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 01:20 AM
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148. Another candle lit for Andy.
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mzmolly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 01:22 AM
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149. Andy, you are a special person. I pray for your continued healing.
Even some of the conservatives who slandered you are praying for you now.



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tblue37 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 01:29 AM
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153. In my thoughts
and prayers, Andy.
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lavenderdiva Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 01:34 AM
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154. thank you for this update benburch...
Andy, I hope you can feel the love and hugs that we are all sending you... You and your family are in my prayers, and have been for a long time. The first time I 'met' you here on DU, you were scared and posted, and I prayed for you then. You posted back and said that it really helped. Many, many of us here are holding you close in our hearts and in our prayers. You are so precious to us here, and to so many throughout this country. We love you Andy!! :hug: :hug: :hug:
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Demonaut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 01:40 AM
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156. Hang in Andy, your work ain't over yet.
sending good vibes your way
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KT2000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 01:46 AM
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157. Dear Andy, you are in our
thoughts and our hearts. Whether it was the the voting, your campaign or the fundraising, you have given us higher mountains to climb. Thank you for that. You made us better people.
Peace and love to you -
Kathy
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satya Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 01:51 AM
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158. Andy, you have touched so many lives. Sending love and gratitude and
lighting a candle for you.

Buddhist Prayer for Peace

May all beings everywhere plagued with sufferings of body and mind
quickly be freed from their illnesses.

May those frightened cease to be afraid,
and may those bound be free.

May the powerless find power,
and may people think of befriending one another.

May those who find themselves in trackless, fearful wildernesses--
the children, the aged, the unprotected--
be guarded by beneficent celestials,
and may they swiftly attain Buddhahood.


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redacted Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 01:59 AM
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160. My Pancreatitis Treatment
I understand the gravity of the situation, but I sent this to Ben over PM with the hope that it might help. Thought I'd post it here as well.

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Ben: Ive been recovering from a moderate to severe case of acute pancreatitis caused by a drug reaction since an 18-day hospitalization in April. I wasnt alware of the severity of Andys situation until a few hours ago, I was very lucky to receive some of the best care in the country and just wanted to quickly share with you the treatments that helped me, in the hope that this information might somehow be useful to Andys family or physicians.

Here are the most important points.

I was given the powerful antibiotic cocktail Rocepin followed by Imipenem/cilastatin. My understanding was that this was not well known or often used, but extremely effective for infections in sterile areas of the abdomen.

For acute pain management I was treated with a combination of MS Contin and Vicodin. These medications allowed me to have fairly good mental acuity while still controlling the pain to good degree. Pain nurses were effectively able to manage breakthrough pain with injections of Dilaudid on an as needed basis.

Id be happy to pass on any additional information or contacts that might be helpful.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Andy.

-redacted

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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:08 AM
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161. Thank you, redacted.
:grouphug:
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redacted Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 04:40 AM
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191. Thanks sfexpat2000
Received a reply from Ben a short while ago, and just sent him web links and technical info about the IV antibiotics I was treated with.
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prairierose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:17 AM
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162. I lit a candle for Andy ....
& I send thoughts of strength, healing and peace to him and his family.

:grouphug:
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yvr girl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:17 AM
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163. Andy, strength and peace
:grouphug: to you and yours.
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dogonarug Donating Member (170 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:21 AM
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165. Andy's song...
You once told me you had written a song, "paper trails" sung to the tune of "happy trails" Figures, that you would write a song about voting issues...LOL...Someday, when you find the time, I hope that we can record that song as you wished. As always, the doors to the studio are open to you and my thoughts are with you tonight.




O8)
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demodonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:28 AM
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169. Paper Trails To You
Some Trails are Happy Trails
Some Trails not so fun
It's the way you use the Trail that counts
Rigging Vote Machines is FUN

Paper Trails to You,
So we can steal your vote.

Paper Trails to You,
We'll do it by remote.

Cryptography's hypocrisy's it's secret,
What we really want 's a paper ballot.

Paper Trails to you,
So you'll think you won.

--- Andy Stephenson
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:49 AM
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175. LOL!
:rofl:

Bartender, a big hug for my friend here.
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demodonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:56 AM
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180. Taught to me by 'da man himself!
:P
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helderheid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:44 AM
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196. Ben, please post that song Andy wrote on his site.
It will make everyone smile while they are wiping their tears.

Rest in peace, my friend. You are so loved.
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hlthe2b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:23 AM
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166. Andy, we want to fight for you, to battle the infection and the
cancer that threatens to take you away from us. We are selfish. We want you here with us. But, my friend, most of all we want you to be at peace.

You are in our hearts and we will treasure whatever time you are able to share with us. But, I hope and pray that can occur with you here, healing, and prepared to spend many many years with us. Love to you and your family and friends. We are here for you.
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Stinky The Clown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:24 AM
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167. A sweet and gentle song for a wonderful man
who worked toward making this a ......

(WHAT A) WONDERFUL WORLD
sung by Louis Armstrong (imagine his wonderful happy voice as you read these words) .......

(George Weiss / Bob Thiele)

I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world

I see skies of blue and clouds of white
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world

The colours of the rainbow, so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people going by
I see friends shakin' hands, sayin' "How do you do?"
They're really saying "I love you"

I hear babies cryin', I watch them grow
They'll learn much more than I'll ever know
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world
Yes, I think to myself, what a wonderful world

Oh yeah

That's for you, Andy .... what you work so hard to bring us all ..... a **more** wonderful world ......
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:42 AM
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172. Yes! A mo' wonderful world.
Thank you. :hug:
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Bozita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:55 AM
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177. my very favorite tune ... sung by a real legend
It's been on my hard drive for years.

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Raksha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:28 AM
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168. Love and strength to you, Andy...
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merh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:36 AM
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170. ~
:hug:

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Janice325 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:39 AM
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171. My eyes are really starting to tear up
All of these posts are so poignant and beautiful. I think everyone is staying up with Andy tonight/this morning, and hoping for him to be with us much, much longer.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:48 AM
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173. Well, Janice, can't dance.
Welcome to DU. We're usually a lot more bickery than this. :hi:
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Janice325 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:57 AM
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181. Thanks.
I know. :hi: back atcha.
Kicking for Andy.
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bettyellen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:48 AM
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174. i can't say a thing that hasn't already been said.
and you already know i love you.
i wish i could be there to hold your hand.
b
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Horse with no Name Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:56 AM
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178. Thoughts and prayers to all of his family and friends
who have struggled through this with Andy and hopes for the best possible outcome.

Lay down your burden, I will carry you
I will carry you, my child
Lay down your burden, I will carry you
I will carry you, my child, my child

If I can walk on water
And calm a restless sea
I've done a thousand things you've never done

And I'm weary watchin'
While you struggle on your own
Call my name, I'll come

Lay down your burden, I will carry you
I will carry you, my child
Lay down your burden, I will carry you
I will carry you, my child, my child

I give vision to the blind
And I can raise the dead
I've seen the darker side of Hell
And I returned
And I see these sleepless nights
And I count every tear you cry
I know some lessons hurt to learn

Lay down your burden, I will carry you
I will carry you, my child
Lay down your burden, I will carry you
I will carry you, my child, my child


Amy Grant
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ninkasi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 02:56 AM
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179. Dear, gentle friend...
To Andy, the best of the best...

Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting; The soul that rises with us, our life's star, Hath had elsewhere its setting, And cometh from afar; Not in entire forgetfulness, And not in utter nakedness, But trailing clouds of glory do we come From God, who is our home.

William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

So it may be that what Andy goes to is another kind of birth, and here, or in another existence, he will be with us, and dear to us. May you heal, sweet Andy, I am sending many, many loving thoughts to you and your family tonight.
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AmBlue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:08 AM
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183. With love, for Andy...
O world, I cannot hold thee close enough!
Thy winds, thy wide grey skies!
Thy mists, that roll and rise!
Thy woods, this autumn day, that ache and sag
And all but cry with colour! That gaunt crag
To crush! To lift the lean of that black bluff!
World, World, I cannot get thee close enough!


Long have I known a glory in it all,
But never knew I this;
Here such a passion is
As stretcheth me apart, -- Lord, I do fear
Thou'st made the world too beautiful this year;
My soul is all but out of me, -- let fall
No burning leaf; prithee, let no bird call.

-God's World, by Edna St. Vincent Millay
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housewolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:09 AM
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185. No words...
just sending love and light
in the deepest trust


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Mnemosyne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:15 AM
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186. My prayers to you Andy.
I pray that you are not suffering much.
I pray for your loved ones to find comfort as they are by your side.
My heart is with you.
Vicki
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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:24 AM
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187. Comfort to Andy, his family, and his extended family. Hang in there...
everyone.
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Dem2theMax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:25 AM
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188. The true measure of a man...his friends.
Andy, I hope someone is reading these posts to you. I hope you can feel all the love, hope, healing light and strength that is being sent to you. We all love you and respect you so very much. And please know, :hug: , you are now being surrounded by hundreds, if not thousands of arms, holding you close to each and every one of us.
We will NEVER let go of you Andy. And we will NEVER give up your fight. So you do what you have to do, whatever choice you make my friend, whether it be time to go or time to fight some more, you have our support and our love.

Andy, it's true. The real measure of a man is who his friends are - you may feel blessed to have so many friends and caring, concerned fellow DU'ers that you've never even met. But it is we who are blessed to know you Andy. Sending so much more love than you could imagine. Peace be with you friend. Love, Renee (Dem2theMax)
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expatriate Donating Member (853 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 03:39 AM
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190. From The Wizard Of Oz
"Remember, my sentimental friend, a heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others."

If that is so, and I believe it is, Andy - you have a great heart.

Go well.
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Crunchy Frog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 05:05 AM
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192. Candle lit.


Don't know what else to say. :cry:
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donheld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 05:25 AM
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193. Your pain is over
Your soul is at rest. Peace be unto you.
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Botany Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 05:31 AM
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194. One more kick for Andy .......
Blessing and prayers on his spirt, family, and friends.
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soleft Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:10 AM
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195. Andy, good luck on your continued journey
We will miss you here as we toil on in ours.
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Nothing Without Hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 10:56 AM
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197. Resting now - we must carry on the fight now. He showed us how.
And he's leaving it in our hands.


Live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about his religion. Respect others in their views and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and of service to your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide. Always give a word or sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, or even a stranger, if in a lonely place. Show respect to all people, but grovel to none. When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself. Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision. When your time comes to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home.
-Tecumseh


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ooglymoogly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 11:02 AM
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198. wishing you the best andy
hope you will be bounding around the bloggesphere soon.
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