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Thu Dec 05, 2013 at 10:40 PM PST

Love, death, and full-moon nights


It has been many years since my only diary on Daily Kos. Inspired by Dave in Northridge today, I decided it was time to post another one.

The image is of the full moon over the place where just this past September I deposited the ashes -- the "cremains," as the official designation goes -- of my partner of 49 years and 8 months and my spouse of ten days. We were married on 9 March 2013 and he made his departure on 20 March.

My reason for posting is not to ask for comfort or advice or virtual hugs, but simply to fulfill a need I have: to tell the story of how magnificently I have been loved and to pay tribute to the beautiful soul who loved me.

The orange symbol of many names now reminds me of those ashes swirling in the river below me on their way to the Thames. Follow me over that symbol if you want to know more.

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In another diary I posted as follows:
Why is every progressive blog not talking up Thom Hartmann's piece on Common Dreams about the BBC documentary "The Power of Nightmares" and demanding that it be shown in this country?

I was properly taken to task by Kagro X thus: "I don't know why every progressive blog is not talking about your particular favorite issue today. It could be that they're taking their cues from you. I notice you haven't written anything about it yourself."

Fair enough (barring some rather gratuitous sarcasm in the rest of Kagro X's post). So here is my first diary on Daily Kos, and with it I hope to show why I find it unconscionable that anyone who cares about our democracy will not pursue every available avenue to see that the Bush maladministration be blocked from governing -- between now and Inauguration Day if possible, and thereafter if it proves to be necessary. Excerpts from the Hartmann piece are below the fold.

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