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Related: Editorials & Other Articles, Issue Forums, Alliance Forums, Region Forums# RainDog is dead

I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news. I knew her a little bit in real life - I met her on DU.

A good friend of hers posted about it on Facebook this morning. I messaged the friend and she said that 'RainDog' died yesterday.

She had posted about being in pain, and being depressed in recent weeks.

She was quite a lover of books and music.

This is from a blog that she contributed to:

http://electronpencil.com/2014/07/24/hot-air-110/

her Facebook book page:

https://www.facebook.com/BookSavoury

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#### joeybee12

(56,177 posts)I hope she's at peace.

#### La Lioness Priyanka

(53,866 posts)#### mimi85

(1,805 posts)What sad news. I'll miss her. She was such an understanding and compassionate person.

#### Hassin Bin Sober

(26,155 posts)#### bigwillq

(72,790 posts)#### hrmjustin

(71,265 posts)#### a kennedy

(29,261 posts)RIP RainDog.

RainDog, I hope you are at peace.

#### DisgustipatedinCA

(12,530 posts)I always appreciated her posts, and I wish her loved ones comfort. You'll be missed, RainDog.

#### William769

(54,906 posts)#### enigmatic

(15,021 posts)A well needed voice of reason here on a number of subjects.

Safe Passage, Rain Dog.

#### bemildred

(90,061 posts)A sterling poster here.

#### petronius

(26,568 posts)Condolences and best thoughts to her friends and family.

#### myrna minx

(22,772 posts)#### nomorenomore08

(13,324 posts)R.I.P RainDog. This is really shocking news, though admittedly I didn't know her very well.

#### sabrina 1

(62,325 posts)RIP and condolences to her loved ones

#### sheshe2

(82,790 posts)#### IronGate

(2,186 posts)#### cyberswede

(26,117 posts)I always appreciated her posts.

#### Iggo

(47,439 posts)#### closeupready

(29,503 posts)Separately, can someone post some of her "greatest hits"/best posts? TIA.

#### Kali

(54,947 posts)#### alsame

(7,784 posts)Condolences to her family and friends.

#### Comrade Grumpy

(13,184 posts)#### DoBotherMe

(2,339 posts)to her friends and family. Dana

I always looked forward to her posts.

#### Aerows

(39,961 posts)RIP RainDog.

#### Hell Hath No Fury

(16,327 posts)#### Tuesday Afternoon

(56,912 posts)#### raccoon

(31,054 posts)#### think

(11,641 posts)#### Tikki

(14,520 posts)Tikki

#### Uncle Joe

(57,749 posts)RIP RainDog.

#### Ichingcarpenter

(36,988 posts)This is the only response to this week that I can share

Just this. - with none of the fancy guitar pyrotechnics, the walls of guitars, without the show. Just this simple dirge carried by a rhetorically profound irony ... With every mistake we must surely be learning. Surely. Gently weep.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1017203676

rip

#### No Vested Interest

(5,150 posts)James Garner's death.

Sorry to know of her passing.

Sympathy to those who knew her and cared for her.

#### blm

(112,759 posts)Last edited Thu Jul 24, 2014, 02:44 PM - Edit history (1)

My buddy, my compatriot.

Peace to all who loved her.

((raindog))

We met after my Mother and I passed out news articles, (mainstream ala nyt) about concerns in the lead up to the war in Iraq, at the local farmer's market.

Later that day she posted about someone handing out news articles at her local farmer's market.

We met for coffee later that week.

I always counted on wise, passionate, yet tempered words when she weighed in on topics.

What a deep loss for our communities (DU and local.)

#### blm

(112,759 posts)geez, salin, so many at this point.

#### joshcryer

(62,259 posts)Very kind, very practical, very true. She helped motivate me to work on Colorado's legalization efforts. Quite literally (there are hundreds of posts of us discussing it).

This is an incredible loss, I am in total shock.

#### mylye2222

(2,992 posts)My though are with you, and her family. blm.....

#### uppityperson

(115,672 posts)#### Zorra

(27,670 posts)Another awesome longtime DUer gone. RIP, RainDog.

#### msanthrope

(37,549 posts)#### PeaceNikki

(27,985 posts)#### bluesbassman

(19,200 posts)#### herding cats

(19,516 posts)I enjoyed reading her and sought out her posts. I'm going to miss her here.

I hope she's found peace.

#### bloom

(11,635 posts)It's something I had been thinking about as well...

#### JimDandy

(7,318 posts)R.I.P. Raindog.

#### KoKo

(84,711 posts)#### ms liberty

(8,375 posts)I always enjoyed RainDog's posts. I will miss her.

#### hlthe2b

(101,275 posts)I am so saddened to hear we lost RainDog. I can only hope that she is at peace and spared of suffering that I believe had plagued her over the years.

RIP, dear RainDog

#### ReRe

(10,597 posts)... linking to her OP. I just read the whole thread and it was amazing. What a brilliant mind.

#### G_j

(40,365 posts)so sad..

#### Bluenorthwest

(45,319 posts)nt

#### redqueen

(114,902 posts)Condolences to all who knew and loved her

#### LittleBlue

(10,362 posts)RIP

#### A Little Weird

(1,754 posts)She will be missed.

#### LoisB

(6,867 posts)#### tridim

(45,358 posts)I miss her already.

#### WillyT

(72,631 posts)Peace...

#### closeupready

(29,503 posts)Is there any obituary, or perhaps did she ever put down an epitaph? I didn't know much about her, but I'm curious to know how she passed.

#### bloom

(11,635 posts)#### REP

(21,691 posts)If you knew her well enough to ask, you'd know the cause of the death or would have been told.

I am very tired of Nosey Parkers demanding to know the cause if my mother's death. If only they had showed that much interest in her while she was living, but no, I'm not going to feed their need for gossip. Cause of death was Nunya Business.

#### closeupready

(29,503 posts)Peace.

#### hlthe2b

(101,275 posts)But, I do not believe those who ask mean any harm.

Death, especially sudden, unexpected death is just so hard to fathom sometimes. I guess that the questions are only natural, if painful for those closest to the loss.

to all who experience (and share) that pain.

#### REP

(21,691 posts)But to ask the family and those close to the deceased what the manner of death was - especially so soon after - is so unimportant; the manner of life is what matters.

Those who were closest to the deceased know or were told; everyone else's curiosity can wait.

My mother died May 21 and I am getting emails from people who barely knew her wanting to know "how." I cannot imagine asking someone in mourning that was not a close relation or friend that question. I'd rather err on the side of not asking if it spares Raindog's family and friends the same feelings and pain. They have other things to do than satisfy the curiosity of strangers.

#### MADem

(135,425 posts)the gatekeeper for anyone save your own family. That's not to say that your POV isn't understood. But people do wonder and it's wrong to assume they have "bad motives" for so doing. Unless RainDog was a family member, you shouldn't be finger wagging at those of us who wonder why this happened.

A lot of us knew this poster because she was such a strong advocate for legalization. It's only natural to wonder if that battle and her battles converged.

If that is the case, that doesn't detract or denigrate in any way. It merely increases the empathy quotient.

#### thesquanderer

(11,894 posts)Closeupready asked if there was a public obit or epitaph that anyone knew of. Understanding people's natural curiosity, asking if such info had been made public actually demonstrated sensitivity, IMO.

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#### bloom

(11,635 posts)She was 58.

#### MADem

(135,425 posts)#### bloom

(11,635 posts)I expect it will be in Indiana - but I don't know. I think she was born in Tennessee.

#### Harmony Blue

(3,978 posts)#### Mugu

(2,887 posts)So so sad.

Peace be with you, RainDog.

#### City Lights

(25,171 posts)RIP, RainDog. Peace to your loved ones.

#### xchrom

(108,903 posts)#### progressoid

(49,616 posts)RIP RainDog.

#### Renew Deal

(81,693 posts)She was a long timer. This is bad news.

#### KT2000

(20,518 posts)RIP RainDog.

#### Bossy Monkey

(15,863 posts)#### boston bean

(36,167 posts)#### blackspade

(10,056 posts)My condolences to friends and family.

#### underpants

(181,564 posts)#### The Velveteen Ocelot

(114,537 posts)#### Throd

(7,208 posts)#### riderinthestorm

(23,272 posts)I was hooked.

I will miss her here... she was a great poster.

RIP

#### Raine1967

(11,588 posts)This makes me so sad. I enjoyed her posted and intelligence. RIP RainDog. I can't believe this.

#### muriel_volestrangler

(100,974 posts)She will be missed.

#### Laurian

(2,593 posts)I have enjoyed her wisdom for many years and will miss her greatly.

#### Half-Century Man

(5,279 posts)Good night RainDog. I wish things had been different.

#### randome

(34,845 posts)#### Louisiana1976

(3,962 posts)#### LiberalLoner

(9,756 posts)#### Arugula Latte

(50,566 posts)She was here on DU a very long time and it will be very strange to not see her name on any more threads.

Here's to you, RainDog. You will be missed.

#### RiffRandell

(5,909 posts)Thoughts go out to her family and friends. She will be missed.

RIP.

#### Le Taz Hot

(22,271 posts)I was corresponding with her about 6 weeks ago and she was laying out all kinds of plans and getting ready to tackle new challenges.

Go with the goddess, dear Lady.

LTH

#### Starry Messenger

(32,341 posts)What a terrible shock. Peace to her family.

#### Tetris_Iguana

(501 posts)#### hamsterjill

(15,166 posts)My sympathies to those that loved her.

#### stonecutter357

(12,669 posts)#### RockaFowler

(7,429 posts)#### Mike Nelson

(9,812 posts)...we'll miss you, here

#### one_voice

(20,043 posts)I liked her very much. I always enjoyed reading her comments. She was an asset to DU. I will miss her.

Peace and strength to her family.

#### Liberal Veteran

(22,239 posts)RIP RainDog

#### Unknown Beatle

(2,671 posts)I never knew you but it still hurts when a DU family member passes.

#### rocktivity

(44,537 posts)so she can be added to the DU In Memoriam page.

**rocktivity**

#### tishaLA

(14,176 posts)#### UtahLib

(3,179 posts)#### LeftishBrit

(41,166 posts)#### get the red out

(13,453 posts)#### Dr. Strange

(25,891 posts)RIP Paris

#### Skidmore

(37,364 posts)I looked for her posts. She will be missed greatly.

#### Mnemosyne

(21,363 posts)#### TheKentuckian

(24,769 posts)no

#### Gormy Cuss

(30,884 posts)She always was passionate and unwavering in her beliefs. I had deep respect for her.

#### greatauntoftriplets

(175,561 posts)My deepest sympathies to her family and friends.

#### gejohnston

(17,502 posts)#### bravenak

(34,648 posts)I really liked her. She was a great writer.

#### CreekDog

(46,192 posts)Interesting person, good poster here.

Sorry to hear this news. Way back when, we'd chat on FB quite a bit.

Thinking of her and her family and wishing them all well.

#### Kaleva

(36,027 posts)Condolences to her family and friends. She'll be missed.

#### laundry_queen

(8,646 posts)#### Tsiyu

(18,186 posts)This just cut me to the bone.

She was one of my favorite DUers.

As some of you know, been having a tough time myself and can't be here very much until things get resolved. I know the deep feelings of worthlessness our society heaps on those of us who aren't wealthy or physically perfect.

It kills me that Raindog is gone because of politics and social attitudes that degrade the soul, dehumanize the human, undervalue and undercompensate those who work so, so hard.

Be kind to those you know who are poor and struggling. Send them a few bucks. Get off your high horse and realize they probably work their asses off and your snubbing and judgmental attitudes about their position in life are SOUL-KILLING.

There are many on DU who aren't insufferable snobs, many who will help a fellow person in need, but those of you who are insufferable snobs know who you are. Help somebody else you know who is suffering as Rain Dog suffered. That's what she would want from you right now.

I loved you, RE Paris.

May you find the peace and acceptance you sought but never found in this corrupt, greedy world

to all who knew and loved her.

#### me b zola

(19,053 posts)#### Oilwellian

(12,647 posts)She was a long time DU'er and will be greatly missed.

#### GreenPartyVoter

(72,376 posts)#### lunasun

(21,646 posts)#### pnwmom

(108,874 posts)I have no words.

#### roguevalley

(40,656 posts)#### Peacetrain

(22,827 posts)RIP RainDog

#### sinkingfeeling

(51,008 posts)#### Hissyspit

(45,788 posts)Go here: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1017203676

Here's my favoritest post of hers: http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=966864

#### MoonRiver

(36,926 posts)#### calimary

(80,155 posts)Thank you for letting us know, bloom.

#### magical thyme

(14,881 posts)#### MerryBlooms

(11,673 posts)My deepest condolences to her loved ones.

damn

#### randys1

(16,286 posts)#### Solly Mack

(90,705 posts)Very sad news.

#### appal_jack

(3,813 posts)I never met RainDog in-person, but her presence in a thread here at DU was a sure sign that it was worth reading. I knew her as a calm, reasoned, compassionate, and reliably progressive presence here.

She will be missed. Condolences to all her family and close friends.

Go in light, sister RainDog.

-app

#### DinahMoeHum

(21,644 posts)#### H2O Man

(73,029 posts)Thanks for letting us know.

While I didn't know her as well as I do a few DUers, I always enjoyed and respected her contributions here.

#### villager

(26,001 posts)condolences to her friends & clan....

#### Agschmid

(28,749 posts)Thanks for letting us know.

#### seabeyond

(110,159 posts)#### Marrah_G

(28,581 posts)Heartbreaking.........

#### geardaddy

(24,908 posts)#### Worried senior

(1,328 posts)She was a beautiful woman and will be missed by many.

#### Ruby the Liberal

(26,211 posts)One of my closest buddies on here. RIP dear sister, cross gently. I will miss you more than words can say - and we will keep up the good fight in your name.

#### Cooley Hurd

(26,877 posts)#### Ghost in the Machine

(14,912 posts)Condolences to her family, friends and all who knew and loved her.

She was one of the few here who liked me, lol... we shared a common passion for getting cannabis legalized. She will be missed here... I feel a big void right now.

Peace,

Ghost

#### pintobean

(18,101 posts)I was just recently getting to know her a little better.

RIP RainDog.

#### freshwest

(53,661 posts)RIP to her family. The road can be very hard.

#### Ohio Joe

(21,534 posts)RIP my friend... you will be missed

#### Violet_Crumble

(35,954 posts)#### westerebus

(2,976 posts)A kind voice amongst the tempest.

my condolences to all she touched..

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#### CanSocDem

(3,286 posts)My deepest sympathy for the family and friends of this wonderful person.

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#### Gothmog

(142,834 posts)#### LadyHawkAZ

(6,199 posts)She was one of my favorite posters. I am so sorry and saddened to hear this.

RIP RainDog.

#### livetohike

(21,998 posts)#### peacefreak

(2,939 posts)She was one of the good ones. Lay in a peaceful field & sleep with the angels, dear one.

#### scarletwoman

(31,893 posts)#### salin

(48,954 posts)I keep hoping that it was a mistake and she will show up on the thread.

But I know better.

And I know that she has such a compassionate soul that she would never prank like that. Makes me have to deny my denial. And just be profoundly sad.

I am wishing the strength to her children.

#### scarletwoman

(31,893 posts)My deepest sympathies for her family, whose loss is so much greater. I can't help but think that however hard it is for us to lose her, how much harder it must be for them.

#### Ruby the Liberal

(26,211 posts)This has hit me rather hard. I hope she is at peace.

#### scarletwoman

(31,893 posts)I've been in tears on and off ever since I saw this news.

I've lost two partners to sudden death, 12 years apart - said good-bye to them in the morning, and before the day was done they were gone. It's just awful, there's no way around the pain of it.

I'm sure a good soul like Raindog IS at peace on the other side.

#### Ruby the Liberal

(26,211 posts)I am reeling tonight, SW.

#### scarletwoman

(31,893 posts)of everything. Our consciousness moves on to other places in the multiverse. It's just my belief, of course, so I can't offer any proof that I'm "right". (But I'm quite sure about it. )

#### Ruby the Liberal

(26,211 posts)But I selfishly miss her and the peaceful wisdom she brought to the most ornery discussions in the here and now.

#### gopiscrap

(23,618 posts)#### eridani

(51,907 posts)Safe passage, RainDog.

#### cantbeserious

(13,039 posts)eom

#### In_The_Wind

(72,300 posts)I enjoyed the PMs we shared.

#### Capt. Obvious

(9,002 posts)She was awesome. RIP rain dog.

The following sarcasm tag is my sigline.

#### Cha

(294,597 posts)#### malaise

(266,748 posts)We've been posting on the same threads for the past month.

Deepest sympathy to her family and friends. I'll miss her.

#### Triana

(22,666 posts)R.I.P. RainDog.

#### Ed Suspicious

(8,879 posts)#### spanone

(135,419 posts)#### mountain grammy

(26,459 posts)#### dreamnightwind

(4,775 posts)One of my favorite DU posters, though I didn't know her. RIP Raindog.

#### Liberal_in_LA

(44,397 posts)#### SalmonChantedEvening

(31,941 posts)#### countryjake

(8,554 posts)Peace

#### joshcryer

(62,259 posts)#### kdmorris

(5,649 posts)Gone with so many of the other great DUers.

I will miss her.

#### Mojorabbit

(16,020 posts)#### LostOne4Ever

(9,233 posts)#### Octafish

(55,745 posts)RainDog cared for a long time about DU, DUers and what DU is about. And she was on to the War Party and all its traitors and toadies.

The world will never be the same. There are never enough good people.

#### nolabear

(41,825 posts)I don't know what to say. Words just plain fail sometimes.

#### Ilsa

(61,633 posts)#### slipslidingaway

(21,210 posts)#### denbot

(9,894 posts)This sucks.

#### octoberlib

(14,971 posts)#### flvegan

(64,369 posts)#### nclib

(1,012 posts)#### PowerToThePeople

(9,610 posts)#### MannyGoldstein

(34,589 posts)Just feelings.

Peace to her, and to all.

#### aikoaiko

(34,077 posts)#### greatlaurel

(2,004 posts)#### PDJane

(10,103 posts)#### Warren DeMontague

(80,708 posts)She was a friend of mine.

I hadn't heard from her in a few weeks, assumed she was busy with a new gig she had talked about.

Rest in peace, R.

#### lovemydog

(11,833 posts)Thank you for posting it bloom.

Rest in peace RainDog, dear soul.

#### ellisonz

(27,703 posts)#### ReRe

(10,597 posts)You're gone too soon, and will be missed by so many.

#### Buns_of_Fire

(17,039 posts)#### U4ikLefty

(4,012 posts)very sad

#### CrispyQ

(35,948 posts)My deepest sympathies to her family & friends.

#### Tom Rinaldo

(22,909 posts)She touched and changed the lives of many thousands for the better.

#### BlancheSplanchnik

(20,219 posts)....... hard to believe.

#### jamzrockz

(1,333 posts)But RIP Raindog

#### JoDog

(1,353 posts)Peace be your journey. [Beagle yodels]

#### maddezmom

(135,060 posts)#### Skinner

(63,645 posts)RIP, RainDog.

#### noiretextatique

(27,275 posts)we will miss you.

#### Phentex

(16,329 posts)That's one of the oldest user names I remember. This is very shocking news.

#### ewagner

(18,964 posts)I guess, compared to Raindog, I'm a late joiner..I came to DU in 2003...I had been working 12-14 hour days as a Manufacturer's rep prior to do that and traveled in areas where the only radio reception I could get was right-wing nuttery of Limbaugh (who was the "darling" of the airwaves in those days)...

I felt the outrage of the 2000 election. I gasped with fear over the reaction to 9/11/01 and knew that the world would change...and yet, I was too busy with my life to "get involved"..

I left the job in 03 just before the invasion of Iraq...and when that happened I had to find an outlet for my outrage...I was surrounded by Bush sympathizers and good, loyal "patriots" who bought Bush and Cheney's lies without question and I felt alone and isolated.

Anybody who questioned Bush's motives was branded...either as unpatriotic or a muslin sympathizer or communist or worse...It was only when I found DU that I found that I wasn't alone...

I once worked for a Republican office-holder who said that in his part of the state, Democrats must "travel by night and live off the land". That's how it was for any Democrat in 01-02 and 03....we were despised by many

To have an "underground" where we could band together, find and share ways to fight the lies and hatred being generated by the right wing was a god-send to me and, I suppose to many like Raindog...

Newer folks won't understand that blogging wasn't as prevalent in those times as it is today...to communicate via the internet was new and exciting...radical...and UNDERGROUND!

I appreciate DU for what it gave me and my friends in those times.

I was connected to DU quite a bit back in the days of Bush. It was nice to have an online progressive community to be a connected with. I learned a lot from folks here.

I have gotten away from it in recent years. I still check in from time to time, but not nearly as much.

RainDog and I both love(d) jazz. I would see her sometimes at the local jazz dive.

#### NewJeffCT

(56,825 posts)her family & friends have my sympathy.

#### StevieM

(10,494 posts)#### demmiblue

(36,662 posts)Safe journey, RainDog.

#### sketchy

(458 posts)on Electron Pencil at the bottom of the page.

Link:

http://electronpencil.com/category/r-e-paris/

#### Uncle Joe

(57,749 posts)#### sketchy

(458 posts)and found that a lot had been added to it, so it's hard to find the place I was referring to. Here's what it says:

"According to her son, Eric, she began having trouble breathing at home Wednesday morning. She managed to call for an ambulance but by the time it arrived, it was pretty much too late. No details yet on why she had trouble breathing, although she’d been physically ill for a while, thanks in large part to being too broke to afford health insurance premiums."

They have also posted a more recent photo of her, and a link to her obituary.

#### MrMickeysMom

(20,453 posts)Just, Damn It…

My guitar gently weeps, but I suppose the next time I hear that song, I will be reminded inside those chords … you live forever.