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What do you want to leave behind?

When you take the long train out of town what are you going to leave behind? We're all leaving something behind to somebody...even if it is just memories dispersed amongst those that knew us. What are you leaving around for the next generation when you split...apart from the tab?

Kam's grandfather the revolutionary

The Hungarian Uprising of 1956.
I have a friend who told me a story that deeply touched my heart. A few days ago Kam's family held a memoriam for her grandfather who passed away a month ago. He had been suffering from a type of cancer that had embedded in his jaw. I don't know the details of the condition, but the pain was unbearable and he decided to take his own life. Poverty and pain had proved too formidable. He left behind a letter explaining his actions. In that letter he poignantly left to my friend Kam, his grand daughter, all that remained of his original writings...six poems he had written as a refugee following the 1956 Hungarian Revolution.

Six poems.

He had no stocks, bonds, properties or cash to leave behind.

Six poems.

With those six poems my friend has been able to see into her grandfather's soul and into her own. They represent a bounty to her of no equal.



My uncle the Republican

I got 50 pairs of black shoes that looked just like these. I was the lucky one.
My staunchly Republican uncle died a mult-millionaire. The man was not hurting for money, and hadn't been in decades. Had his will set up and changed a couple of times to reflect how what he left behind after death would be disbursed into the world. Mostly it was his desire to leave all his wealth to big business. That sounds odd, but it is true. Marriage late in life caused him to renig on that a bit, and he did eventually set up a trust fund for his wife. As one of his remaining four blood relatives I received a share of his wealth. In fact, I got a larger share than either my two siblings or my son. I got fifty pairs of shoes. My sister got some ice tea instant mix, but my brother and my son got squat. So I can't complain. I did get the shoes.

Fifty pairs of shoes.

He had lots of stocks, bonds, properties and cash to leave behind.  

Fifty pairs of shoes.

I think I only got the shoes because he must've intuited that it would be me who would end up doing his eulogy. I guess that's fair repayment for the spin I put on his life at his funeral. I still reluctantly think fondly of him though. He had a great sense of humor, but he just couldn't help being what he was. He suffered from a type of mental illness wherein the afflicted believe anyone to the Left of them is destroying the world, and worse, is enjoying life in the process.

What are you going to leave behind and to whom? Shoes, poems, stocks, property, memories or what?

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Uniting Kansas: Recap of Meetup, Hutchinson (Video)


by tmservo433for Kansas & Missouri Kossacks

tmservo433 organized a successful event featuring 3 candidates and a AFL-CIO endorsement.

Despite 100+ degree temperature, and a normal size crowd (about 50/60) the event in Hutchinson quickly went viral, with a few thousand watching the streams online, thanks to agressive sharing, emailing and people encouraging others to spread the live stream of the video.
Please visit tmservo433's diary for the videos of this event. You can still REC it. You can join Kansas & Missouri Kossacks by sending a Kosmail to tmservo433.
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Connecting Kansas:
Democrats Unite in Emporia


by tmservo433for Kansas & Missouri Kossacks

So our latest hero, tmservo433 provides a great re-cap to the event we promoted here for him.

At the time Paul Davis spoke, I had an in room headcount of 166, which is a heck of a turnout.   Sam Brownback couldn't bring in 200 in the Kansas City Metro when Rick Santorum came to town.

Kossacks showed up.  Several Kossacks were in the hall, as well as individuals who noticed I still had on my Netroots gear, and were happy to come and tell us how they are working for change in our communities.
tmservo433 is doing great work seeking out Kossacks and moving his state's progressive agenda forward.

Please visit tmservo433's diary for more photos! Enjoy! You can still REC it. You can join Kansas & Missouri Kossacks by sending a Kosmail to tmservo433.

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Los Angeles Kossacks June 28th Meetup Report


by susansfor Los Angeles Kossacks

The Los Angeles Kossacks ranks have increased by 40% in the last few months. New members attended the latest recreational field trip to see the retired space shuttle Endeavour at the California Science Center in Exposition Park near downtown Los Angeles.

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Back Row L-R: Vyan, Chiwere, susans, Otoelbc, mommyp00ka, Ducktape
Front Row L-R: Robin, 714day, Little Loner, Moody Loner, jakedog42 and grandaughter, SanFernandoValleyMom

Please visit susans's diary for details on the Space Shuttle. You can still REC it. You can join Los Angeles Kossacks by sending a Kosmail to susans.

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Event Organizers! Please contact wink from Netrootsradio.com by KosMail to schedule airtime with them to live broadcast the date of your Event. Wink & Justice will then promote it on The After Show radio program!

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Dkos Asheville
Monday, August 4th

Asheville Kossacks Connect for Lunch Before Moral Monday's Event with Reverend Barber!
Followed by a stroll through downtown to the Mountain Moral Monday event

TIME: 2:00 PM
LOCATION: Rosetta's Kitchen
111 Broadway St • Asheville

ORGANIZER: Send randallt a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. randallt
2. davehouck
3. Joieau
4. DawnN
5. Lamont Cranston
6. Gordon20024
Maybees:
Latest diary: [Waiting for linked diary]
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North & Central Florida Kossacks
Saturday, August 9th

Northern & Central Florida Kossacks Meet-up
with (D) DC Koller who is running for House Representative against Rich Nugent

TIME: 10:00 AM
LOCATION: Vetwife's Home
Kosmail Vetwife for address • Inverness

ORGANIZER: Send Vetwife a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. Vetwife
2. Vet
3. Gordon20024
4. nancyjones
5.
Maybees:
Latest diary: Fl Meetup update.. Short diary..lots of Info
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Saturday, August 9th

Kansas Missouri Kossacks Picnic - Local Candidate Speaks
Meet at the Hays city park to enjoy a free hamburger/hotdog/watermelon feed. Jim Sherow along with other local candidates will be speaking.

TIME: NOON
LOCATION: Municipal Park
1st and Main • Hays, Kansas

ORGANIZER: Send tmservo433 a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. tmservo433
2. Skohays
3.
Maybees:
Latest diary: Major Kansas Events: Your Chance to Change a State
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Saturday, August 9th

LA Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: 2:00 PM
LOCATION: Guild Restaurant
611 W. 7th St • Downtown Los Angeles

ORGANIZER: Send susans a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. susans
2. Shockwave
3. navajo
4. Meteor Blades
5. Knucklehead
6. SanFernandoValleyMom
7. Otoelbc
8. Chiwere
9. Vyan
10. 714day
11. Ducktape
12. Mugwump Blues
13. Just Saying
14. Just Saying's friend
15. Panorama City Chick
16. jakedog42
17. Santa Susanna Kid
18. La Gitane
19. Susan from 29
20. gmats
21. Dave in Northridge
Maybees:
Joe Bacon
Bruin Kid
Latest diary: Los Angeles Kossacks June 28th Meetup Report
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Saturday, August 16th

Nashville KosKats Meet-up

TIME: 2:00 PM
LOCATION: Shipwreck Cove at the Elm Hill Marina
3361 Bell Road • Nashville

ORGANIZER: Send ZenTrainer a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. ZenTrainer
2. Jon Sitzman
3.
Maybees:
Patrick is Lucky
Sow Hat
Latest diary: Nashville KosKats Meet-up. August 16th
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Saturday, August 16th

DC Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: Noon
LOCATION: National Mall
at the Smithsonian Metro stop • Washington DC

ORGANIZER: Send NinthElegy a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. NinthElegy
2.
3.
Maybees:
Latest diary: [Waiting for linked diary]
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Sunday, August 24th

NYC Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: Noon
LOCATION:  Spitzer's Corner
101 Rivington Street (Ludlow) • NYC

ORGANIZER: Send kathny a kosmail to RSVP

RSVPs:
1. kathny
2. belinda ridgewood
3. rubyr
4. joanbrooker
5. mconvente
6. ericlewis0
7. No Exit
8. sidnora
9. gchaucer2
Maybees:
BaritoneWoman
jfdunphy
David Nir
Lysis
Latest diary: NYC Meetup Sunday August 24 at Spitzer's
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Saturday, September 6th

Sacramento Kossacks Meet-up
Potluck with BYOB

TIME: 4:00 - 7:00 PM
LOCATION: Kestrel's home
Address given privately to RSVPs • Sacramento

ORGANIZER: Send cooper888 a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. tgypsy
2. cooper888
3. gotmooned
4. Kestrel
5. shigeru
6. TrevizOlga
7. paradise50
Maybees:
navajo
Meteor Blades
Latest diary: Sacramento (area) Kossacks Meetup With Featured Guest!
Join the Sacramento Kossacks Google Group to receive invites for future events.
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Saturday, September 13th

Pikes Peak Region Kossacks Inaugural Meet-up!

TIME: 6:30 PM
LOCATION: Panera Bread
7344 North Academy Boulevard (general address) or 7351 Atlas Walk Way (mall address) • Colorado Springs

ORGANIZER: Send thanatokephaloides a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. thanatokephaloides
2. tmservo433 (visiting from Kansas)
3.
Maybees:
Latest diary: Our First Meeting: An Announcement
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Sunday, October 19th

NYC Kossacks Meet-up with navajo

TIME: Noon
LOCATION:  Spitzer's Corner
101 Rivington Street (Ludlow) • NYC

ORGANIZER: Send kathny a kosmail to RSVP

RSVPs:
1. navajo
2.
3.
Maybees:
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