Saturday, March 24, 2018

Lorraine has left us

I wish I were saying this with a heavy heart, or even with a broken heart, but the fact is my heart was taken from me early this morning when my beautiful wife and best friend, Lorraine, passed away.

She had been fighting a terminal cancer diagnosis for over a year in her usual fashion. She called this last year our "early retirement" and we spent it, as we have spent almost every day for the last 17 years, together. She was the brightest, kindest, most loving soul it has ever been my privilege to encounter and while I will miss our days together so very much, I know she will be with everyone who loved her for a long time to come.

The astronomer, Carl Sagan, once said "The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.”

Earth Hour is tonight. Turn off your lights, go outside, look up at the night sky. Tonight, there is a new star in the sky, brighter and more beautiful than any other.

Paul - Mr SDSC

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  1. Hello Paul, I am so sorry to hear your devastating news. Even though you had known this was coming it is the saddest, most terrible time. My first husband died at the age of 58 from cancer. I only knew Lorraine through her blog and Artisans Square, but I am sending you my heartfelt condolences for you and your children.

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  2. Sad news. Lorraine’s talent and lovely nature shone right through her blog. Sending you loving thoughts from England xx

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  3. She was a style inspiration to me and her sweetness and fierceness radiated.

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  4. I am so sorry for your sad, sad news. I will definitely look at the stars tonight . . . and will be looking for her. She will shine on you forever.

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  5. I am so sorry for your loss. I can't tell you how much she will be missed. I will be looking up tonight.

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  6. I'm just so very sorry for your loss.

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  7. A very wise teacher once said of those departed: "They're not here but they're not far." And that's the way it feels even though I type this with tears in my eyes for your loss and ours.

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  8. So sorry for your loss, Paul. Keeping you in my thoughts as you move through this difficult time. Peace.

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  9. Thank you for letting us know of Lorraine's passing. I am so sorry for such a great loss to you and for us.

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  10. So sad for your family but I will look for Lorraine's star

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  11. I'm so sorry ,there is nothing like being part of a great relationship.i hope the memories keep feeding your soul in the days to come ...hugzz

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  12. Paul our hearts are with you. If the sky was clear, I would be looking up at them tonight but will be thinking of Lorraine of whom I thought was a genius in so many ways. Take care at this time.

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  13. Thank you so much for taking time to let all of us know about her passing, to think of all her fans in the midst of your own grief is so generous. She touched many lives with her joyful and inspiring nature. Im so sorry for your loss.

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  14. I am so very sorry to hear this news.....thank you for letting her community know....she will be sorely missed. Praying for you.

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  15. Paul, my deepest condolences. Lorraine was truly a shining star. She gave inspiration to many of us from the Artisans Square Stitcher's Guild sewing site, which is where I knew her. I appreciated her sewing talent, bubbly enthusiastic personality and generous spirit. She is missed.

    Kathryn

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  16. Paul, my deepest condolences to you and your family. It is with tears and sadness that I read this and type these words. And yes, I will go out and look for the latest bright star and toast Lorraine and the impact that she had on our creative community. Healing to you and your family.

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  17. What sad news. I, too, offer my deepest condolences. I knew Lorraine/TwoToast from Artisans Square and was inspired by her Lagenlook and Tina Givens sewing. I remember her SWAP garments from a couple of years ago - just made me say "Wow!" And she had such fun! Thank you for thinking of us and letting us know of her passing. She's missed by many.

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  18. So sorry and so sad. I was a blog fan. She will be missed.

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  19. Thank you for taking time to tell us of your very sad loss in this time of grief. My condolences to you and all the family. Lorraine will be sadly missed by me and many others who followed her and loved her through her blog, PR and Artisan Square, despite never meeting her in person.

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  20. I am so sorry to hear this news. She was a gifted artist and writer. And I will miss her very much.

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  21. So sorry for your loss. Even though you know it's coming it's still extremely difficult. I only knew her through the SG community and her blog. Such talent. I will definitely be looking at the stars tonight and thinking about her. Prayers and hugs
    Marcia

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  22. So sorry to hear this devestating news. You lovely wife was insirational to many sewists through her blog. I'm sending you and your family my best wishes from Wales xx

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  23. Paul, I am so sorry for your loss. Lorraine will be greatly missed by many, and especially by you.

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  24. Dear Paul,
    I am so sorry Lorraine has gone.
    I will go out later and watch for her star.
    Take care,
    Dale

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  25. Dear Paul, I am so very sorry for your loss and I, too, will look for her star. God bless.

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  26. Dear Paul,
    Such sad news, please accept my deepest condolences. The worls has lost one of the most wonderful smiles.

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  27. Dear Paul, Count me among the many who are so very sorry for your loss. With love and caring, Tammie in Virginia.

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  28. Paul, I am so sorry for your loss. Please take care of yourself.

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  29. Paul, i am sending you love and light. May Lorraine's star shine as brightly as she did in her earthly form amd may you draw comfort knowing that the love you shared will never die. ✨๐Ÿ™

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  30. I am so sorry for your loss--your Lorraine was very inspirational to me.

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  31. I'm sorry. She will be missed at Stitcher's Guild. :(

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  32. I’m looking up right now! So sorry for our, and especially your, loss, Paul.

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  33. Paul,
    How sad we all are here on Stitchers Guild. She was a part of a group who enjoyed and admired her. So sorry for your loss.
    Leslie

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  34. Such beautiful words. You are clearly a wise soul and Lorraine was lucky to have found you. Sending love x

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  35. We will miss Lorraine's cheerful posts, her enthusiasm and generosity. Deepest condolences and thoughts from a stitcher's Guild member.

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  36. Paul, my sincere condolences for you and the family and friends that are part of yours and Lorraine's universe. I hope memories of happier times will sustain you through these dark days. Thank you Lorraine for the stitchery and sunshine…you will be missed, my dear.

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  37. So sorry for your loss, Lorraine was an inspiration to many of us within the sewing world

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  38. I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved wife.

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  39. please accept my condolence and some purrs from my kitties x

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  40. I am so sorry to hear of Lorraine passing, she was someone who I enjoyed knowing, if only on line. M

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  41. I am so sorry for your loss, Paul.

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  42. Paul
    I'm so sorry for your loss. Our styles were very different but I read her blog for her wit and charm, both of which were considerable. I will miss the updates. I wish you all the best.

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  43. Ooh Paul, I'm so very, very sorry to hear this. Lorraine will be missed. g

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  44. Thanks for sharing this very sad news. She touched so many lives through her blog, and I know she must have touched so many others in person throughout her lifetime. Condolences to you and rest of her family.

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  45. Grief is such a high price to pay for love. May her memory be a blessing.

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  46. I am so sorry for your loss. My heart is breaking for you.
    Lauraborealis

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  47. My sympathies to you and your family and friends. I loved your wife’s style and wit and will miss this little blog. Abbey sews

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  48. So sorry for this huge loss - a creative person never fully leaves, they just inhabit two planes - there's so much left behind to remind us of them.

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  49. So sorry for your loss. We in the sewing community have lost a talented and generous member as well. Reading her blog and contributions fo the Sewing Guild were always such a pleasure.

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  50. this is so sad. I've had so much pleasure seeing Lorraines makes and reading her blog commentary over the years. I greatly admired her style. She will be sadly missed by me and many others in the sewing community

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