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Subject: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Sorcha
Date: 18 Mar 01 - 07:10 PM

This is actually Part II. For Part I, see here . If you can scroll down to Big Mick's message of March 18th, you can read his own words.............


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Sorcha
Date: 18 Mar 01 - 07:12 PM

Perhaps this clickie will take you directly to Mick's post.........


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: wysiwyg
Date: 18 Mar 01 - 07:13 PM

... where he asks for thoughts and prayers for the others concerned, more than for himself.

~S~


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: SINSULL
Date: 18 Mar 01 - 07:18 PM

I posted there and will add here:
If only we were all blessed with friends like Mick. You are a treasure, Mick. Mourn for your friend but celebrate him too. And lean on your friends here for support and sympathy. I am lighting a candle tonight for you. Be well.
Mary


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: wysiwyg
Date: 18 Mar 01 - 07:20 PM

And Mick... I remember every word you wrote about this... it's all in there, and I am feeling with you as much of it as I can.

~S~


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Noreen
Date: 18 Mar 01 - 07:34 PM

Mick, thank you for sharing that with us, you describe it so well. I can see you and Jim there, and hear you singing the Parting Glass... You couldn't have done more for him.

Noreen


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: alison
Date: 18 Mar 01 - 07:55 PM

Mick, you know I love you....................... and there are lots of hugs, and prayers, and good thoughts heading to you, Jim, Darla and all the others from all the way over here..........

what you did for Jim was wonderful, very moving (howling and tears from me too).............. I hope someone does the same for me when its my turn... that was a wonderful send-off........

love

alison


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Amergin
Date: 18 Mar 01 - 08:09 PM

Mick, just think of all the music you'll make with him when next you meet....


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: katlaughing
Date: 18 Mar 01 - 08:16 PM

Alison just played a beautiful tune she'd written for Darla, now for Jim, too, in Paltalk. It was just incredibly beautiful.

We love you Mick, darlin'...hugs all round.


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: GUEST,Amos
Date: 18 Mar 01 - 08:49 PM

Mick,

Whatever you need, whenever you need it, friend. My heart goes out to you; stay the course, don't forget to nreathe, and come through even wiser for it (if that is possible!). If you need to run off for a bit, you have a pied a terre in San Diego by the healing waters of the Pacific should you need it. Two Martins, an autoharp and a fivestring at your call.

With warmest affection,

Amos


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Sorcha
Date: 18 Mar 01 - 09:01 PM

"nreathe" Amos? I really like that one. Sort of breathe, need and grieve all in one word. Appropriate typos.....


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 18 Mar 01 - 09:03 PM

Thanks Mick for letting us have that.

Here is a song I wrote a couple of years ago when my wife's mother died. Last week (March 6th 2001)my brother Brian suddenly died over in Ireland, and I found myself remembering it as I walked up to his place, and I sang it in the pub after we buried him on Sunday. It seemed to fit him well.

I just sang the first two verses - the last one didn't seem necessary. (Maybe it might work better as a first verse, with the other two to follow.)

I find songs can help a lot sometimes. I hope maybe this one might - and I've put it up on my website tonight, with chords, but no notes, - "Over the edge of the world".

Now you've left us behind and you've gone on your way,
over the edge of the world.
You left without warning with so much to say.
Are you just round the corner, or far far away?
Well, goodbye, and I hope I might see you some day,
over the edge of the world.
Now you've gone where nobody can find you,
over the edge of the world.
To follow a star, like the wise men of old,
to search for a treasure, far richer than gold,
and to find a great secret, can never be told,
over the edge of the world.


I'm watching and waiting and trying hard to see
over the edge of the world.
Now your prison is opened, and now you are free,
and that's how I always have known it must be.
And maybe now somewhere you're waiting for me,
over the edge of the world.
Now you've gone where nobody can find you,
over the edge of the world.
To follow a star, like the wise men of old,
to search for a treasure, far richer than gold,
and to find a great secret, can never be told,
over the edge of the world.


Well, I stood at the cross at the far end of town,
and it felt like the end of the world.
The cars and the lorries went round and around,
there were some headed up, there were some headed down -
but there's none of them headed for where you were bound,
over the edge of the world.
Now you've gone where nobody can find you,
over the edge of the world.
To follow a star, like the wise men of old,
to search for a treasure, far richer than gold,
and to find a great secret, can never be told,
over the edge of the world.



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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Sorcha
Date: 18 Mar 01 - 09:10 PM

(oops calling a JoeClone) Kevin, that is a beautiful song, I wish I had had it for my mother's service. I am sorry for your troubles, too, my friend. '01 is not shaping up too well for us is it? It just feels like if you could open the right door, or turn the right corner, they would still be there. It takes a while to realize that they are not "Here".......


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: CamiSu
Date: 18 Mar 01 - 09:18 PM

Mick,

My condolances all around, but I must admit, if I had a choice, I'd like to have a sendoff such as you gave Jim. While I know it hurts to love so much, how empty it must be without love. And I think you're right about folkies. We tend to accept the emotions and keep them closer to the surface. I could wish more of the world were this way. It might solve some of the problems we engender by not communicating. God bless you and Darla and their loved ones...ALL of them.

CamiSu


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: alison
Date: 18 Mar 01 - 09:32 PM

that was gorgeous McGrath.... thanks

yep Mick I played "Hold me close" for all of you in Paltalk tonight........ felt like the right thing to do..

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Tinker
Date: 18 Mar 01 - 09:38 PM

Mick, I've been away from the net a few days (work I couldn't delay), but your Irish way with words has the tears streaming down my face. There'll be a candle burning in the morning and a blessing winging through the night.

Tinker


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: MMario
Date: 18 Mar 01 - 10:14 PM

At times like these, words fail me. But my thoughts are with you Mick, and with your band and Jim's family.


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: catspaw49
Date: 18 Mar 01 - 10:31 PM

I thought it might be a good idea to bring all of this to one thread, so below ar all of the posts after Mick's on the original thread. From experience, its a lot easier to save or print this way.

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Subject: RE: BS: Big Mick needs good thoughts & prayer From: Justa Picker Date: 18-Mar-01 - 03:56 PM

I just went and read the original thread and now this follow up and it sent shivers down my spine. What can I say? My heartfelt thoughts go out to you Big Mick and to Jim's family.

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Subject: RE: BS: Big Mick needs good thoughts & prayer From: CarolC Date: 18-Mar-01 - 04:04 PM

I'm sorry for your loss, Big Mick. My best thoughts and wishes go to you, and to your friend's family and loved ones.

Carol

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Subject: RE: BS: Big Mick needs good thoughts & prayer From: Amergin Date: 18-Mar-01 - 04:04 PM

MY thoughts to you as well, Mick, and to your dear friend's family. May you meet with him again.

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Subject: RE: BS: Big Mick needs good thoughts & prayer From: Jed Marum Date: 18-Mar-01 - 04:04 PM

Sorry to hear the sad news, Mick, but inspired by the love and goodness you put in your thoughts here. My prayers for Jims' family and friends at their loss. My thanks for your telling of the tales.

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Subject: RE: BS: Big Mick needs good thoughts & prayer From: Ebbie Date: 18-Mar-01 - 04:06 PM

Oh, Big Mick...

The only thing I can say, as I once did with a loss of mine, was that the people who are hurting are the fortunate ones- they got to know the person. And I can add, the person who got to have you in his life.

Blessings on you and on those left behind.

Ebbie

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Subject: RE: BS: Big Mick needs good thoughts & prayer From: Dave Swan Date: 18-Mar-01 - 04:09 PM

Mick,

I'll raise a pint to you and Jim. I count myself lucky to have heard CCB when all of you played. He's lucky that you were his friend.

The loss of a bandmate hurts in a way nothing else can, and you all have my warmest wishes.

You know the song I'll sing for Jim.

Best,

Dave

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Subject: RE: BS: Big Mick needs good thoughts & prayer From: Morticia Date: 18-Mar-01 - 04:13 PM

My sincerest condolences Mick, to his family and to his friends, clearly you were a good one.

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Subject: RE: BS: Big Mick needs good thoughts & prayer From: Micca Date: 18-Mar-01 - 04:23 PM

Mick, my thoughts and sympathy go to you, the band, and to Jims Family too, It is hard to let someone go, I am glad you had the chance to sing to him too, especially "Parting glass" reading about that brought tears to my eyes too.

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Subject: RE: BS: Big Mick needs good thoughts & prayer From: Seamus Kennedy Date: 18-Mar-01 - 04:24 PM

My sincerest condolences to you, Mick, and to Jim's family.

Seamus

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Subject: RE: BS: Big Mick needs good thoughts & prayer From: Willie-O Date: 18-Mar-01 - 04:35 PM

yeah, mick, what they said.

my dad, who played piano for over seventy years, is disappearing to Alzheimers. Still responds to music though. seems like the best thing I can do is sit by his bed and play for him. last time he said "I'm loving every note."

The Parting Glass, what a great song. All it's about is, we're none of us perfect or even particularly adequate, but we do the best we can in the time we've got.

spent it in good company.

love, W-O

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Subject: RE: BS: Big Mick needs good thoughts & prayer From: Animaterra Date: 18-Mar-01 - 04:37 PM

Oh, Mick, what a loss. We would all love to hold you and let you cry and tell you we're here for you- hang in there, buddy, consider yourself hugged and know you are loved.

((((((((BIG MICK))))))))

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Subject: RE: BS: Big Mick needs good thoughts & prayer From: Little Neophyte Date: 18-Mar-01 - 05:20 PM

I feel so deeply for your tremendous loss Mick. I will light a candle for Jim and send prayers for Darla and their kids. My thoughts are with you. With much love, Bonnie

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Subject: RE: BS: Big Mick needs good thoughts & prayer From: Jeri Date: 18-Mar-01 - 05:56 PM

Mick, Jim was lucky to have you as a friend, and it sounds like you were lucky as well. I don't think there's a better way to go than with a song from a good friend lingering in the air.

Love and unlimited hugs to you, and for you to spread around. Jeri

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Subject: RE: BS: Big Mick needs good thoughts & prayer From: Dave (the ancient mariner) Date: 18-Mar-01 - 06:17 PM

My condolences Mick.... At least Jim got his song from you. Another angel got his wings mate. Yours, (in sympathy) Aye. Dave

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Subject: RE: BS: Big Mick needs good thoughts & prayer From: WYSIWYG Date: 18-Mar-01 - 06:28 PM

Love and lap, Mick, all, for you.

~S~

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Subject: RE: BS: Big Mick needs good thoughts & prayer From: kat/katlaughing Date: 18-Mar-01 - 06:35 PM

Oh, Mick, you have such a big heart and we are so blessed at your willingness to share it. I am so sorry for the loss of your mate and for his family. I, too, will light a candle, as soon as I dry the avalanche of tears, for Jim and all of you. You always share in such an eloquent and beautiful way. Thank you, my friend,

luvyakat'leen

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Subject: RE: BS: Big Mick needs good thoughts & prayer From: Sorcha Date: 18-Mar-01 - 06:46 PM

Dammit all, it's hard to type when you can't see......My deepest condolences, Mick, to you and Jim's family. Raising a glass, here. My lap is not very big, but you are welcome to cram as much of you into it as you can, darlin'.

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Subject: RE: BS: Big Mick needs good thoughts & prayer From: Bill D Date: 18-Mar-01 - 06:54 PM

I hope my passing is easier than Jim's, but no matter how or when, if someone can make my last day as meaningful and 'right' as you two did for him, it will be fine.

There is no easy way to say goodbye to a friend, but "The Parting Glass" will do.......

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Subject: RE: BS: Big Mick needs good thoughts & prayer From: catspaw49 Date: 18-Mar-01 - 07:05 PM

Lotta' wet keyboards Sorch...........

I hope the strength that has sustained his family through Darla's illness continues to be as strong and that they can find some solace in the the knowledge that both Jim and Darla have had the best life offers.....the love and concern, caring and laughter, songs and love, of true friends. I hope for them the same.

And as for you Mick, its all been said. Soon the void left by Jim will be filled to overflowing with the memories of happier times and better songs. Our hearts are made not of tissue, but made from the spirits of friends who have touched them.

All Our Best,

Pat and Karen

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Subject: RE: BS: Big Mick needs good thoughts & prayer From: SINSULL Date: 18-Mar-01 - 07:12 PM

Mick, Jim and Darla are blessed with good friends and a loving family. They made his passing easier. Take care of yourself and celebrate his life in your music. I am sorry for your loss. Mary

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Subject: RE: BS: Big Mick needs good thoughts & prayer From: gnu Date: 18-Mar-01 - 07:16 PM

Condolences to Jim's family and to you, Big Mick.

g

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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: katlaughing
Date: 18 Mar 01 - 11:17 PM

My condolences to you, too, McGrath. So sorry to hear about your brother. You song is absolutely beautiful.

Pat/Spaw you, my dear one, have outdone yourself in eloquence. That is one on the most beautiful expressions I have ever read: Our hearts are made not of tissue, but made from the spirits of friends who have touched them..

Mick, maybe a wee smile through the tears, if Amos' offer is enticing, I'll up the ante with a dulcimer, fiddle, 3 pianos, a cello and all the other instruments at my sister's in the Rockies, as well as my mom's old taterbug mando...lots of respite and fresh air...a bit like your hill.

luvyakat


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Bert
Date: 19 Mar 01 - 12:16 AM

Crying with you Mick.

Bert.


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: IvanB
Date: 19 Mar 01 - 12:46 AM

Mick, I'm so sorry to hear of Jim's death. I know from experience that it's especially hard to lose a friend when you feel there are still things that each of you had to say to one another. Although now is certainly a time for tears, hopefully those tears will resolve themselves in a rejoicing for all that you and others shared with Jim. Through that process Jim will continue to live on through the lives of his friends and family. My most positive thoughts go out to you and the other members of CCB as well as to Darla and the rest of Jim's family.

Thanks for your sharing. I hope that, when my time comes, I'll have a friend as good as you to help ease my parting.


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 19 Mar 01 - 12:47 AM

Mick, you're in our hearts.

Rick and heather


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 19 Mar 01 - 12:54 AM

Bless you, Mick


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Sandy Paton
Date: 19 Mar 01 - 01:01 AM

Ah, Mick.

Our hearts are aching along with yours. But when one must go, what better way to say farewell than with a friend at your side and a song in your heart.

Caroline and I will be traveling near you soon, Mick. I hope we can meet somewhere along the way and deliver our hugs in person. Our last program is in Chesterton, Indiana, on Sunday the 8th of April. Then we'll have a visit with Caroline's father and turn toward home. Let's see if we can work out a rendezvous. Give us a call, lad. We love you.

Sandy


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Art Thieme
Date: 19 Mar 01 - 01:21 AM

If the docs'd let me, I'd be downing a Laphraoig and sending a toast in all you folks' directions. Be glad for the memories that remain. Sincere condolences to you all. 'Tis sad that life sometimes seems to be made up of a series of losses-----but oh, the wonders interspersed throughout ! Mick, be well.

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Sorcha
Date: 19 Mar 01 - 01:30 AM

Well said, Art, well said. I hope that when my time comes I will have a good enough friend to do for me what Mick was abpe to do for Jim......maybe that is my wish for all of us.

((((((((((BIG HUG for MICK)))))))))


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: BEK
Date: 19 Mar 01 - 02:07 AM

Mick,

It's a true gift for someone to make a person live on paper and the screen. Jim lived for me. I will not forget. And, each of us will carry a memory of your friendship and kindness with us to light our own paths.

Blessings and light to all of you. God keep you safe and know what an honor it was to have shared a part of your memories.

BEK


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 19 Mar 01 - 03:50 AM

Sue and I return your hug, MIck, along with one two two of our own.

Sue & Steve


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Gervase
Date: 19 Mar 01 - 03:59 AM

Shit, it's Monday morning; I'm in an open-plan office and tears and flooding down my cheeks. What is it about the people here that makes me weep as much as laugh and feel enriched by both?
Mick, you don't need me to tell you this, but you're a remarkable man. When my time comes, I'll consider myself blessed if I'm fortunate enough to have a friend like you nearby.


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: bbc
Date: 19 Mar 01 - 05:41 AM

Dear Mick,

No eloquent words come to mind, but I am so sorry for your loss & will lift you & the family in prayer. So often, we can't control the dying, but the quality of life preceeding it was great!

love to you & yours,

bbc & Duane D.


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Wolfgang
Date: 19 Mar 01 - 05:42 AM

Sad tales of loss and final goodbyes. However, the memories remain. You've done great. Condolences.

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler
Date: 19 Mar 01 - 06:18 AM

I might not be able to reach all the way round, Mick but one from me as well.
RtS


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: BlueJay
Date: 19 Mar 01 - 06:34 AM

Mick- I really can't find the words, but all of who have suffered similar losses are grateful for your most eloquent post, as well as the responses. I really hope that when my time comes, a true friend such as you is near. Thanks again. My coffee and eggs will taster better tomorrow. Best regards, BlueJay


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From: Quincy
Date: 19 Mar 01 - 07:25 AM

Love and prayers to you and yours Mick....
...yesterday (18th) was the tenth anniversary of my husband's death. Time doesn't heal but it helps a little..

much love, Yvonne


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: GUEST,Skarpi Iceland.
Date: 19 Mar 01 - 07:33 AM

halló dear Mick, I will send an E-mail tonight to you. All the best skarpi Iceland.


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From: Kim C
Date: 19 Mar 01 - 02:12 PM

Hugs and kisses to you and all your friends.

Kim


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Steve Latimer
Date: 19 Mar 01 - 02:40 PM

Mick,

My Condolences to you and Jim's family.


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Giac@Brian's
Date: 19 Mar 01 - 04:45 PM

My thoughts are with you, Mick, and with the rest of Jim's family.

Mary


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Hollowfox
Date: 19 Mar 01 - 04:59 PM

Blessings on you, Sir, for having the insight to understand what he needed, the heart to give it, and the grace to share it with us.


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From: GUEST,Pseudolus
Date: 19 Mar 01 - 06:15 PM

So many things that seem sad at the time turn into the most wonderful of memories. the opportunity to sing for your friend at a time when it was needed most....most of us will not get that opportunity. this is memory in teh making. It's hard to see anyone go, but when I'm about to go on to "bigger and better things", I hope I get the kind of send off your friend got!!

All the best, Frank


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From: mousethief
Date: 19 Mar 01 - 06:39 PM

As we say where I come from,

May his memory be eternal.

Alex


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Susan from California
Date: 19 Mar 01 - 09:08 PM

Mick,

What a wonderful thing you did for your friend Jim. The music no doubt helped to ease his way. Here's a huge hug, along with love and prayers from Southern California.

Sue


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From: DancingMom
Date: 19 Mar 01 - 10:41 PM

Good friends are such a blessing. Mick, What an incredible gift you gave to your friend. I hope you and Jim's family are lifted up by this outpouring of love, and may you find comfort in your sweet memories. Thanks for letting me be a part. A hug from Virginia. S.


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From: Susan A-R
Date: 19 Mar 01 - 10:48 PM

'nother wet keyboard. Love and prayers to you Mick.

Susan A-R


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From: GUEST,Bedridden Barry
Date: 19 Mar 01 - 11:11 PM

Hi Mick, I haven't seen your reply in this thread, I hope that means no news is good news, God speed & good luck to you & yours. Barry


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From: georgeward
Date: 20 Mar 01 - 03:22 AM

Mick, may we all do as well for those we love as you have done. May we all have someone to do as well for us. God bless. -George ::-.--O


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From: GUEST,Fibula Mattock
Date: 20 Mar 01 - 07:23 AM

Mick, I am sorry for your loss.


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From: GUEST,Skarpi Iceland.
Date: 20 Mar 01 - 07:38 AM

Dear Mick, I am sorry but I coult not send an E-mail last night but I think you know that my thoughts are with you and your friends. I got a book It Is called " Anam Cara " I thank you Mick for telling me about it. A soul friend I am, A lot oh hugs and preyer to and your friends. All the best from Skarpi Iceland. P.S. I ´ll be trying to be a member again very soon. Bless.


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From: Ferrara
Date: 20 Mar 01 - 10:30 AM

Ah, Mick, what a loss. Will be saying special prayers for Darla now. She has two battles to work her way through now, facing grief for Jim on top of the cancer, and I hope there will be many people there who can give her the kind of support and loving magic that your love gave to Jim.

Rita


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Jande
Date: 20 Mar 01 - 10:32 AM

Mick,

I have just finished reading both threads, and my heart is breaking. I'm no stranger to the pain and grief of loss, so my breaking heart and my prayers and blessings go out to you and to Jim's family and finally to Jim himself. May your next meeting with your friend and bandmate be as full of meaning as your last.

I have printed your last post (Mar 18/01) to keep as a reminder of the spirit of love in the world, as a light in those dark days that sometimes suddenly come upon us, as they have suddenly come upon you. I have wept over the replies almost as much as I did over your eloquent post. Thankyou for sharing it with us.

{{{{{{{{{{HUGS TO ALL}}}}}}}}}}}

~ Jande


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From: jeffp
Date: 20 Mar 01 - 11:35 AM

Mick -

Thank you for sharing your pain with us and allowing us to help you bear the burden. My condolences go out to all Jim's friends and family.

jeffp


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Peter K (Fionn)
Date: 20 Mar 01 - 01:43 PM

What a strange, precious, ephemeral gift life is. We are indeed smiled upon each time we survive one day to the next. There but for fortune, as Phil Ochs said.

Anyway, keep your pecker up, Mick, and that'll be some comfort for Darla.


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From: Barbara
Date: 20 Mar 01 - 02:32 PM

Ah, Mick, ya know, we always grieve our losses, and yet none of us get out of this place alive. I can't think of a better way to go than to be sung on my way by a dear friend and bandmember. What a blessing. Buy him a pint on me next time you're all together.
Blessings,
Barbara


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Big Mick
Date: 21 Mar 01 - 12:19 AM

For all the growing pains and lumps, this place is still a wonder to behold. Thanks to all of you for your concern and care.

The old fart couldn't even wait til Monday. It was just like him to take off on March 15, just two days before St. Pat's. I can just hear him, "you people have to concentrate". To say that Thursday, Friday and Saturdays gigs were tough would be classic understatement. But we pulled together and got it done. In fact, Saturday we were on fire.

Then came Monday. Jim was buried at St. Patrick's in Parnell, Michigan. This wonderful old church is located in a small, 4 corners village that was named after the great Irishman. I always thought it funny and prophetic that the town, with its Roman Catholic Church was named after a Protestant. The service was wonderful, and all the people that the old man had touched were there. He had shared music with so many people over the years. You cannot imagine the number of folks that came up to us and told us stories of how Jim had got them started on this instrument or that. Just listening to these, or stories about his cantankerous ways, made me miss him all the more. As we walked across the road to the cemetary, I was struck by how appropriate it was. Walking into that cemetary is like walking into another time. All the old Paddy's are there. The giant celtic crosses, all the old families........one can't help but feel the bond between the old land and the new. After the good Father did his duties, the Irish took over. The band and others played his favorite tunes. Jim always liked "Soldiers Joy" and "Over the Waterfall". He had asked that we sing "Hard Times" and we did. Then we sang his favorite song from the band. Jim just loved "The Ferryman". But the old coot could never get the name right. He would say, "Mick, sing me that Liffey song..........you know about the strawberry beds....." For some reason, he just loved that damn song. Then came the hard part. We sang "The Parting Glass" with a special verse just for Jim and his Darla. To say we all broke down is classic understatement. But we made it. We then cracked a bottle of Jameson's 1789, poured a little on the coffin (I think I saw the lid move.......LOL) and passed it around. I then took out the 22" inch bodhran with the big voice and drummed the coffin into the ground. Our way for one drummer to remain behind and to keep the pulse going until the coffin touches down. At exactly that moment, It stops and we leave. Parnell is a farming community, and one of the old timers said to me later that the drum sounded just like an old John Deere two cylinder. Perfect. Rest well, old friend. God be good to you.

Mick


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Sorcha
Date: 21 Mar 01 - 12:33 AM

aaahh, Mick, another beautiful description of a beautiful memory. I wanted my mother "drummed down" but the cemetary workers/mortuary people would not let her down until EVERYONE had left. No argument. We did manage to send her with the last portion of Dad's ashes,(guess where?), both wedding rings and a red rose from each of her children and grandchildren. Had to fight hard for just that much.

It is such a lovely thing to be able to walk to the graveyard, but not often possible in these days when it is miles from the Church.

Sounds like Jim had a great send off, and will have grand craic where he is now. Was Darla able to attend the service? I hope so.........and sure, he was in heaven before the devil knew he was dead.


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From: Big Mick
Date: 21 Mar 01 - 12:41 AM

Yes, Sorcha, she was there. I have always said that Irish women walk with grace, and a griddle. That is so they can put up with Irish men. This astounding woman, living with all the indignities that this disease puts on her, still manages to carry herself through this ordeal with such a sense of propriety and caring for others. Her children continue to amaze all who see them. You should have heard the tribute that their son read to Jim. It was a very touching moment. Well done.


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From: wysiwyg
Date: 21 Mar 01 - 09:15 AM

Mick, do you think they would like it posted here? And will you be posting that special verse?

~S~


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Big Mick
Date: 21 Mar 01 - 09:25 AM

No, my friend, that was all very private. I don't mind sharing the general details, but the real personal stuff, especially the poem written by the son, are theirs to cherish. I feel the same way about the verse.

I guess I should tell you also that we waked the old man proper.

Thanks again for all of your support. I will pass it on to the family. And I will keep you posted on Darla's progress. All prayers and good thoughts, healing energies are appreciated.

Mick


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: SINSULL
Date: 21 Mar 01 - 11:22 AM

Tears on the keyboard, again. My fellow inmates at work think I am a little daft. I read this just after looking at the picture of Mick and Barry at the Getaway. So much strength and dignity in trying times. Bless you, Mick.


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From: wysiwyg
Date: 21 Mar 01 - 11:37 AM

Mick, the prayers will continue.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: WyoWoman
Date: 27 Mar 01 - 01:27 PM

I arrived to this thread somewhat late and am moved deeply by its unfolding. Thank you for opening this story up to us, Mick.

This is the true value of community, isn't it? In our times of transistion, community and tradition are what enable us to keep marching on. I know what you wrote here, in both threads, will deepen our own ability to provide this kind of connection and support to the people in our own physical communities, and with each other here in Mudcatland as well. Again, you increase our bounty by the sharing of yourself, Biggus Mickus. I love you.

ww


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From: Greyeyes
Date: 27 Mar 01 - 06:28 PM

Nothing to be said. Feelings run deep.


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From: Liam's Brother
Date: 28 Mar 01 - 03:10 PM

I hardly know what to say, Mick.

The last 12 months have been very tough on people we know and love and there's more bad to come of course. I've seen many older people grieved with the death of friends and family members. The older I got, the older they seemed to get and it seemed to go on for them without affecting my generation. Our turn came up and 2000 was like being hit with a two-by-four. If I tell you that I feel sympathy for Jim's family and friends, it's because I share their pain.

All the best,
Dan


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From: Big Mick
Date: 28 Mar 01 - 10:31 PM

Thanks Dan. Your heart and your pain show right through in that post. I understand and appreciate the difficulty that the reading and writing caused. I am sorry for your loss as well.

WW, I am very glad that I dropped you that email asking where the hell you were. The simple act of coming back brought a great deal of happiness back to this place. I love you as well, and appreciate your feelings.

To GreyEyes and the rest of you, you should know that this place has become a very important part of my developement as a musician, singer and human being. You are the reason for that. Thanks for all the kind comments. I will keep this going as this plays itself out.

All the best,

Mick


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: katlaughing
Date: 28 Mar 01 - 11:18 PM

Mick and Liam, you may like the song I posted in the "Memoriam for Many" thread which I started, today. It is one that Holly Near sings and just seems appropriate, to me, at least, for what a lot of us are going through.

luvyadarlins'...with lot of hugs

kat


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Big Mick
Date: 13 Apr 01 - 10:10 PM

And so the great wheel has turned, and the sun has risen again. Today we got the word that one of Jim's children has agreed to join us and complete the CD playing the instruments that Jim played. Shelly is a wonderfully gifted young mother of two who gave up serious playing 10 years ago to raise her kids. Her devotion to her kids and her partner and husband is the stuff that stories are written about. I have always hoped that this band would have generational legs, in that our children would replace us as we got to old, which of course will never happen to me, but these other layabouts are aging before my eyes..........LOL. And lo, it has happened. Shelly's husband told her that no matter what it takes, he wanted her to do this thing. When our banjo player, Mike, approached her at all of our urging, she agreed. And when he told our Darla, she had tears on her face. We have found his voice, at least for a while. She has agreed to finish the CD in her father's stead, and may stay with us as well. I am so happy that I am repeating meself..............Weave and mend, weave and mend.

Mick


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Dave Swan
Date: 13 Apr 01 - 10:15 PM

Weave & mend, indeed pal. The wheel has turned in its time, which this time is pretty fast. Best to you all.

Love,

D&P


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Sorcha
Date: 13 Apr 01 - 10:23 PM

Ah, Mick, that's wonderful. Leaking again. The Wheel does indeed turn, whether we will it or no. My "band" does not have even one "generational" member, and it sort of hurts, but there are all my "other" kids out there, too. Good to hear this, thanks.


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Art Thieme
Date: 13 Apr 01 - 10:32 PM

Yes, amazing how the wheel makes things seem to come full circle and begin again --- different yet so similar it makes one amazed at the sight of it. And the envelope of ourselves is pushed yet another time...

Mick, I've got to send you a tape of the recording of Utah Phillips' radio show #77 where he used that tape I made of Paul Durst 40 years back. I always KNEW that was a valuable interview in the hands of someone who recognized what it was --- what Paul represented. Utah was the perfect one to see it for what it is---and he was in the position to utilize it and show it off. I'm truly glad it happened while I'm still around to see it (and hear it) happen. It drives me nuts when people are dead before some of their work gets noticed.

So----the wheel --- the same one you mentioned ---spun in this case too. I wish old Paul could know he's still being a factor at this latter date. Some would say he does know---but I really doubt that.

Onward...

Art Thieme


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From: catspaw49
Date: 13 Apr 01 - 10:44 PM

This damn place.................I'd try to tell you how special this is but I can't type well with all this sniffling I'm doing...................just grand Mick.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Dave (the ancient mariner)
Date: 13 Apr 01 - 10:52 PM

Great, Mick , the music plays on. Aye! Dave


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: bbc
Date: 13 Apr 01 - 11:11 PM

Love you, dear. Good news, indeed!

bbc


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Sorcha
Date: 13 Apr 01 - 11:24 PM

Waxing philosophical here, but what gets to me is that the older we get, the more we realize/accept The Wheel...sadness, maybe, but less fear and more acceptance. The Wheel IS, the Wheel will be, no matter our professed "faith" or religion......there is always the Wheel........

(whoops, I better get back to ducks, huh?)


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Liam's Brother
Date: 13 Apr 01 - 11:42 PM

Excellent!


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Amos
Date: 14 Apr 01 - 01:06 AM

Now, if we could only get OFF the damn thing once in a while, just to refresh ourselves, like...

A


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From: wysiwyg
Date: 14 Apr 01 - 01:25 AM

And I was just wondering how Darla was.

Mick, blessings flow through and from all that surrounds you.

Amos, I know how to do that. Read your e-mail for a clue about that, in fact.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: katlaughing
Date: 14 Apr 01 - 03:27 AM

That is just wonderful, Mick, really happy to hear that. You will let us know when the CD is ready, won't you?

Sorcha, have you been reading Jordan's Wheel of Time books?


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Gervase
Date: 14 Apr 01 - 05:13 AM

Grand news, Mick. I love the wheel concept of life - as in Dave Webber's lovely parting song, written on the death of a close friend, which seems very apt in this thread:

ALONG THE ROAD OF TIME
Soon the morning sun will rise
And dawn will bathe the sky.
There's time for just this parting song
Before we say goodbye.

So sing together one and all
And raise a glass of wine.
Here's hoping we shall meet again
Along the road of time.

We've shared our stories, yours and mine,
We've shared our hopes and fears.
In memories of distant youth
We've both rolled back the years.

The ever-turning fateful wheel
Must cause our ways to part,
And bringing untold mysteries,
Another day will start.

From endings come beginnings,
From the old shall come the new.
We've hopes for tomorrow;
We'll see our parting through.
( Copyright Dave Webber)


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Amergin
Date: 14 Apr 01 - 05:29 AM

Hey, katdarling, I love those books!

Mick, my friend, that sounds wonderful! Just let us all know when the cd becomes available!


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Big Mick
Date: 14 Apr 01 - 08:15 AM

Art, that is not a surprise to me. And I am tickled that he used it and made it part of the archive of labor/music history. I am amazed at it every time I listen to it and read your notes. I am trying to write a song about the whole thing with you in a narrator's role. The whole story, right down to the ending is just too good not to use. Paul was an extraordinary character and I feel like his story must be told. But then again, so are you. And so it goes.

All the best,

Mick


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Joy Bennett
Date: 14 Apr 01 - 09:04 AM

great news -- the wheel turns once again--


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From: karen k
Date: 14 Apr 01 - 09:14 AM

Mick, my dear friend, what wonderful news. I for one can't wait for the cd to come out. The Getaway would be a great place for a debut. Any chance?

Having just lost a good friend of more than 25 years (Bill Domler)a couple of weeks ago, I understand a little better what the loss of Jim has meant to you. How wonderful that his daughter can step in where he left off. The wheel truely is an amazing thing.

And speaking of the new, that new little grandson of yours, Conner, is absolutely precious. What a lucky little guy to start out life in the arms of such a loving grandfather. Thanks for including me among those gifted with the photo of Conner and his proud grandpa. Of course I printed the picture and it is now hanging right near my computer where I can see it often. Wish I had a color printer though. May Conner have a long, healthy, musical life. Boy, there's that wheel again! It just never stops, does it!

Much love,
k


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Dani
Date: 14 Apr 01 - 12:14 PM

OK, come clean, Mick. Can we see the picture? PLEASE...

Dani


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Peg
Date: 14 Apr 01 - 12:35 PM

Mick. I don't know you and haven't really exchanged a lot of words with you but since all these fine folk think so highly of you, you must be worth the trouble! ;0

I lost a dear friend myself recently (28 years old, horrible car accident) and it is a shocking and sad event that changes everything...

Here's hoping you will come through it, the sadness and shock, happy and healthy and ready for what comes next...

Peg


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Big Mick
Date: 14 Apr 01 - 12:47 PM

AAAHHHH Peg, I am so sorry. I know how rough this is. All I can tell you by way of my own experiences over the years is to grieve hard, get it over with, and start looking for that persons voice in others. Pass it on, and they live. Withdraw into a shell, you die and they die. Comes down to that for me. Thanks for your very kind words.

I love you too, Karen K, but you knew that already. I will print the picture in color and send it to you.

Dani, the fact that you haven't received it already is only a mistake. I thought I had emailed it to you, my friend. It is on the way.

Joy, I sure hope we see you at FSGW this year!!

Mick


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 14 Apr 01 - 04:02 PM

Great, Mick! That's as it should be. Put me down for a CD when it come out.

Sedamus


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 14 Apr 01 - 04:04 PM

Sedamus? That's the last time I try typing without looking at the keyboard.

Seamus


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: catspaw49
Date: 14 Apr 01 - 05:17 PM

I dunno Seamus.....sounds kind of regal.....SEDAMUS .....or at least biblical or something.

"Let me introduce you to Sedamus."
"Glad to meet you....What do you do Sedamus?"
"I dredge the crud on the river bottom."

Spaw


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Big Mick
Date: 17 Feb 02 - 12:26 PM

And so this chapter ends. We buried Darla yesterday. Her long, hard journey is at an end.

Jed and I returned from our ramble to Toronto. Mary Lou let us share and babble over the wonderful time we had before she shared the news that Darla had passed away just before we got home. My 10 year old daughter, Ciara, said that Darla just got lonesome for Jim and wanted to be with him on Valentines Day. That is plenty good enough for me.

Let me try to describe this woman to you. We all have friends we make along the way. Despite efforts to say otherwise by some, most of the folks I run into along the path are great folks and it makes me happy to have met them. But their is that small group one meets in his/her life. You know the ones, they are without guile. Wouldn't dream of sniping at someone. Always have a smile when you need one. If another is in need of cooking, cleaning, painting, or just a shoulder to cry on, they are there. You can usually tell them by the children they raise. This is Darla. If one is fortunate enough to know 5 others like her in their life, then they are truly blessed. And her children................God, please continue to bless these children. How often do we see folks that forget the sacrifices that their parents made for them, when the parents are ill. Not these kids. They were there for their Mother in her passing, just as she was in their coming.

We gathered round the gravesite in the wind and blowing snow yesterday to lay her down beside Jim. There were autoharps, guitars, and mandolins. And not a dry eye anywhere. She left us after only 57 years, but we are blessed for her being here.

Mick


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: CapriUni
Date: 17 Feb 02 - 12:46 PM

{{{{{{{{Big Mick}}}}}}}}

Boy, oh, boy! What a chapter -- what an incredible pair of lives -- what a love!

What can I say except:

Individual lives may be fleeting as a cloud in the summer sky. But the love is eternal.

:::Singing "May the Circle be Unbroken" in my head as I type this:::


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 17 Feb 02 - 01:38 PM

Yup, ain't it the truth Mick. We are blessed to have folks like that in our lives.

Our condolences.

Rick and heather


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: SINSULL
Date: 17 Feb 02 - 01:43 PM

No words come. Bless you, Mick.


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Dave Swan
Date: 17 Feb 02 - 01:49 PM

Brother Fielding is right, we are blessed to have folks like that in our lives. Darla and Jim are blessed to have the Big Mick tell their story.

Our warmest,

Dave & Pam


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Steve Latimer
Date: 17 Feb 02 - 01:57 PM

My condolences Mick.


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Tinker
Date: 17 Feb 02 - 02:02 PM

A heartflet prayer and a huge hug

Tinker


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: IvanB
Date: 17 Feb 02 - 02:12 PM

Mick, my eyes welled up with tears as I read this last bit of news. Although there must be rejoicing in heaven that Darla and Jim have been reunited, it's certainly a sad time for those left behind to cope.

I'm sending warm hugs and love your way. Please pass on our love and concern to Darla's and Jim's children.


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Bill D
Date: 17 Feb 02 - 02:42 PM

I was a long struggle, but you...and she..faced it with strength & dignity....sounds like the kind of goodbye she would have liked..

take care


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Jeri
Date: 17 Feb 02 - 02:46 PM

Mick, because you told us about Darla and Jim, I feel like they were part of our community here. I've heard people say that to some extent, people pick their times to go. Ciara may have got it right. My condolences to you and Darla's family.

Love,
Jeri


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Amergin
Date: 17 Feb 02 - 03:06 PM

Quote from Mick....Always have a smile when you need one. If another is in need of cooking, cleaning, painting, or just a shoulder to cry on, they are there. You can usually tell them by the children they raise.

Mick, those words describe to a T my own gramma....you are right...we are very fortunate to have people like them gracing our lives....

Like Jeri, I feel that Jim and Darla are members of this community....because you have told us so much about them....While I am sad for those she had left behind....I am happy for her....She is now with the love of her life....the love of her spirit.

Take care,

nathan


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Feb 02 - 03:32 PM

Yours, Aye. (you know who)


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: RichM
Date: 17 Feb 02 - 04:33 PM

All the right words have already been said here , beautifully, ....add my condolences to you and to Darla and Jim's family.

Rich McCarthy


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: DougR
Date: 17 Feb 02 - 05:08 PM

As Rich says, all has been said. My sympathies, Mick.

DougR


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Kernow John
Date: 17 Feb 02 - 06:56 PM

Mick
It's all been said much better than I can.
Take care my friend.
KJ


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: kendall
Date: 17 Feb 02 - 09:22 PM

Thanks for sharing this Mick, it was real nice of you Mate.


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Janie
Date: 17 Feb 02 - 09:49 PM

Mick,

Prayers and blessings on all of you who loved them both.

Janie


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Bobert
Date: 17 Feb 02 - 10:04 PM

Jim and Darla are dancing with the angels tonight. Nuthin' wrong with that... Bless them...


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Bo Vandenberg
Date: 17 Feb 02 - 10:51 PM

Prayers and Blessings.

Carry their joy onward to share.

Bo


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: katlaughing
Date: 17 Feb 02 - 11:21 PM

Peace in your heart, dearie mon, and joy at their reunion. All my love and condolences to you and their family. We are better for your sharing.

luvyakat


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: catspaw49
Date: 17 Feb 02 - 11:35 PM

Blessings do abound in all of this.........Darla and Jim together had a wonderful life, their children are blessed as well as their friends for knowing them. And we here have been blessed to know their story through our mutual friend Mick. Yeah....it's a sad time, but it was a pair of fine lives shared by many and the world is better for their living in it.   Many blessings...........

Oft I sing for my friends,
When this cold form I see
When I reach my journey's end
Tell me who will sing for me

Chorus:
I wonder who
(I wonder who)
Will sing for me (will sing for me)
When I come to the cross by the silent sea,
Tell me who will sing for me

When friends have gathered 'round
And look down on me
Will they turn and walk away
Or will they sing one song for me

So I'll sing until the end
And helpful try to be
Ever knowing there'll be some
Who will sing one song for me


So tonight we sing for Darla and Jim and for their big friend who will always have a song for others as we do for him........Hang in there Bro.......I love you.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: PeteBoom
Date: 18 Feb 02 - 01:46 PM

Much sympathy Mick - Hang in there - gimme a shout, eh?

Pete


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: SharonA
Date: 18 Feb 02 - 03:03 PM

Mick: I wasn't here at Mudcat when the first chapters of this story were written, but it sounds like your Jim and Darla are the sort of people who are gone too soon no matter when their time comes. My condolences to you and your band, to Jim and Darla's family, to all who knew these two fine folks.

Sharon


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Kim C
Date: 18 Feb 02 - 06:00 PM

(hug)


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 18 Feb 02 - 06:04 PM

Thank you for sharing that with us, Mick, and for looking to us as people who want to be with you in your trouble even at a distance, while you are with Jim and Darla's family in this time.

Here's a song I wrote which came to mind as I read the thread.

Stand up at last, there's nothing that can hold you.
Time goes so fast, there's no time for regret.
All dreams must end, no matter what they told you,
and when it's time, you will wake, and you'll forget.
So stand up at last, it's time that we were going
Time that we rose, and went upon our way,
Out down those roads where the winds of time are blowing,
we must go to our home, to our home so far away.


There are hard days and good days.
There are some days best forgotten,
and days to remember, winter, summer, spring and fall
and the best days are hard days, as often times as not
and the day we are born, that's the hardest day of all.
So stand up at last, it's time that we were going
Time that we rose, and went upon our way,
Out down those roads where the winds of time are blowing,
we must go to our home, to our home so far away.


Times passing fast. It's time that we were doing
those things that so long we meant to do at last.
the walls may be down, but there's still life in these ruins.
The ship may go down, but the flag is at the mast.
So stand up at last, it's time that we were going
Time that we rose, and went upon our way,
Out down those roads where the winds of time are blowing,
we must go to our home, to our home so far away.


(Here's a link to the words with a streaming sound file for the tune.)


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: GUEST,Den
Date: 18 Feb 02 - 08:31 PM

Mick, I'm sorry for your trouble. Den


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: alison
Date: 18 Feb 02 - 09:37 PM

all my love Mick, to you and to their family....

you can be sure Darla & Jim are happily together again

love

alison


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: KathWestra
Date: 19 Feb 02 - 12:02 PM

Love to you, Mick. You were a good friend to Darla & Jim, as they were to you. Sharing your sadness. Big hug, Kath


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 19 Feb 02 - 01:13 PM

Sorry to hear it, Mick. And McGrath, beautifully put.


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: Fortunato
Date: 19 Feb 02 - 01:31 PM

You were right there, man, right to the finish, and if there's a good way to go, it's with a good friend singing you away. Your privlege to sing, his joy to listen. Congratulations, well done. Chance


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Subject: RE: NonMusic, NonBS:Big Mick Needs Hugs
From: GUEST,karen k
Date: 20 Feb 02 - 05:11 AM

Mick

My thoughts are with you and Jim and Darla's family. I know how much you've helped me across the miles that separate us and it means the world to me. I can just imagine how you've been there for this whole family. How fortunate they are to have you close by. My love and hugs to you. You are quite a friend to all you meet. May Jim and Darla continue to make music in their new home.


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