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01 August 2009


Beautiful writing Greg.
Made me cry for your loss and her passing.

Thank you, John. I wasn't able to write anything longer than a few sentences until now. With the passage of 4 weeks, it was less painful.


Hi Greg

A wonderful poignant piece of writing. At times like this it's impossible to understand when others say the pain of grief will ease. Hopefully it will in time.

A beautifully written and moving tribute to a great lady.

What a gorgeous blog and tribute to an amazing talent and mother. I am so sorry for your loss...and having lost my father to lung cancer...so appreciate you sharing these beautiful words. My thoughts for peace and comfort are with you and all the Ogarrio family.

Great piece Greg. No, the pain will never end. We can only find solice in the passing of a loved one by feeling the love we shared with them and by finding peace in the fact that they are suffering no longer.

Hi Greg,

very moving tribute. I am sure your mum was very proud of you.

All the best,

Hi Greg
What a beautiful and very moving tribute to a special person- I'm close to tears reading it.I don't know you personally (but was at your excellent birthday do in Amersham and feel that I know you a little through your postings) but am very sorry to hear of your loss. Having lost my stepfather at the end of May unexpectedly I share the sentiment that you express and although the pain of loss does not leave, it does lessen by remembering with much affection the person and the great pleasure that knowing them bought.

Your Mother was my art teacher in high school
I have very find memories
her. I am very sorry for
your loss,

Greg; I swear I could feel your heart breaking through your words; memories beautiful,tinted with grief. Your mother was one of my favorite teachers - - she inspired and positively influenced so many of us; and instilled in me a lifelong appreciation for all forms of art.

Michael, Barbara: Thank you so much for your kind comments. I've heard from so many of her students; it's just all so heartbreaking to realize how she touched so many lives beyond her own family. I could just cry.


In 1971 my family moved next door to your family, in Half Moon Bay for a little less than a year. I remember how impressed I was by you and your brother always getting along so well together playing basketball in your driveway. I remember thinking that your Mother sure did a great job as a Mother raising you guys!

I was also an Art Student of hers later on in High School.

I am sad to hear she is gone. She was a great lady.

Dane Mortensen

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