Monday, January 24, 2011

I am here and I can't get my head around that you are gone from this life. Today we are going to have a memorial service for you and I don't know if I can talk. There is so much in my heart but I have never been good with putting it into words. I didn't get the gift of words that you were blessed with. Family has always been most important to me and I always felt I was trying to hold us all together and not always successfully. I feel with the loss of you I have now lost two impostant siblings. We had some difficult times in our childhood but I have always loved you and respected the person you grew up to be. I admired your tenacity and ability to stand up for all those things that were so important to you. From a distance I saw what a wonderful husband and father you became. From the time I moved out of California (many many years ago) we have only had moments together. I cherish those moments. I feel like so many people know you better than I do because they have had the priviledge of spending time with you. But my heart has a connection to you that only brothers and sisters can share and that is where my heart is breaking right now. I don't want to reflect on missed opportunities because I can't bring time back but I do remember so many good things about you and I love you. It was hard to be together with the miles between us, jobs etc. But thank you for being my big brother, thank you for my sister Peggy who I love with all my heart as if she were always in our family and for my wonderful niece and nephew. Thank you for caring about this world and doing your part to improve it. I admire you and wish I emulated you more. I will miss you more than you know. You will always be in my heart.
Your sister,


Blogger Tabor said...

Thank you for sharing these thoughts.

3:52 PM  
Blogger Peruby said...

Oh, God. I am reeling and am sick to my stomach. I am in shock. I am so sorry for your loss.

4:31 AM  
Blogger mel said...

This is so sad. I haven't read Jim and Peggy's blog for over a year - I used to read it every day.
Jim was a very inspiring man.

12:34 AM  
Blogger TaraDharma said...

Jim was such an inspiration to so many. This blog inspired, and his last post on the Arizona shootings is Jim to the core. I will try to keep his vow in my heart. Living in love is the ONLY way to go, and Jim did it splendidly.

Rest in everlasting peace, my friend.

9:16 PM  
Blogger newfarmlife said...

To the family of Jim--
My sympathy for your great loss. This blog was one that I read very often about five years ago, and was a great inspiration for me in making a very big change in my life.
I loved to read of the art, nature, and philosophical views of this man who loved life, his family and wife, and the earth.
Have great joy in sharing good memories of Jim!
Love to all of you,
Bonnie (of CA + MN)

9:01 PM  
Blogger David said...

i am so sorry for your great and sudden loss.

8:31 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Wow . . . .I just got the Big Bear Grizzly to find my friend went over to the other side! How sad & unexpected - yet how wonderfully releasing it is to know Jim went over as one of the good guys. Our Creator will be proud.

Peggy, please let me know when & where the Memorial is planned.

Love you, Jim. You were good for my soul. Jeff Beck

4:51 PM  
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Blogger Birsen Şahin said...

I'm so sick! I'm so sorry for your loss. I couldn't believe it for a couple of seconds.

just now I'm crying. at the same time I thought of Peg.

Peg, I'm deeply sorry for your loss. you and jim were like a neighbour for me. You inspired me to buy a house at the aegean cost here in turkey and I did it, and am so busy with my garden. thank you jim, thank you peg.

peg, my heart is with you.

jim, rest in peace my friend

4:55 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

This is my first read of your blog , I am so sorry for your loss. But you still have time to know his wife and children. Through them you will have many many more thoughts of your brother.And you will know him better. May God keep his soul safe. Till you meet again.
May God watch over You Your Sister ,and His Family.

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That was beautiful. My heart and souls goes out to you.

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Blogger David said...

reading this again, Linda, and hoping there is comfort for your loss. spent time in Jim's garden yesterday. the earth there is rich and making lovely scenes all the time.

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