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Dave the Bass
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Hi Molly,
it's been a while since I posted here, but everyone else is telling you about their Christmas services, so I though I'd join them.

Our carol service was yesterday evening, with the first choir practice yesterday morning! Didn't give us much time to learn everything, but most of us are pretty good at sight-singing. We sang a tricky piece by Benjamin Britten, and got it more or less right (unlike last year); we had a go at Gaudete, which was good, except that I brought the basses in on the wrong note [Embarrassed] ;and we sang an old Irish carol (Good people all this Christmas time) in unison over a drone provided by a didgeridoo!

I'll be thinking of you and your family in my prayers over Christmas - may you all know God's peace, now and for always.

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sakura
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Dear Miss Molly,

I've found a way into this thread! Lady A said -
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We had visiting our school an Australian Basketball team from Bendigo (I think!) near Melbourne (yes, I looked it up on the map, and it is close!)
Bendigo is about 2 hours drive from Melbourne, which is where I live, in the state of Victoria in south eastern Australia. Bendigo is a lovely old town filled with buildings from the Gold Rush era in the 1850s. From reading your posts on this and other threads I think you would really like it there - there is an old world charm to the town, and the cathedral is simply amazing - a beautiful and prayerful place. Bendigo also has a famous pie shop where one can buy meat pies that are the equal of any in the world. So both body and soul are fed when one visits Bendigo!

I have been wanting to post on this thread to tell you what an honour it has been to participate in the prayer vigil and to read about your life both before and during your illness. I hope you know how much you have given to us all and I thank you for it.

Last Saturday my choir performed Britten's Ceremony of Carols complete with a harp. I posted sections of it on the vigil thread. As I said there, I thought of you as we sang. It is a beautiful setting of old English carols and really made me feel like Christmas is on its way.

Then on Sunday - which is Rose/Gaudete Sunday, as you know - we all dressed in pink to sing Mozart's Coronation Mass. It was cheating a bit to sing an accompanied mass setting during Advent, but it did sound lovely. Our organist wore a shirt of such a vibrant pink that it hurt the eyes to look at him! I never liked pink as a teenager - I think I overdosed on it when I was a little girl when I refused to wear any other colour! - but as I enter my fourth decade I find myself warming to it. Are you a pink wearer?

I am glad to know a comfortable chair has arrived for you and hope that you are able to enjoy it and the company of your family and friends.

with love

sakura (means cherry blossom in Japanese - another sign that I now like pink!)

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tomb
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Hi, Molly,

Today is the first day of the last nine days up to Christmas. I didn't go to any service today, but walking home from work, I prayed Evening Prayer and sang to myself the first of the "O" antiphons to the Magnificat. Today it was for "Emmanuel"--God with us. Tomorrow, it will be for God as the giver of Knowledge/Wisdom.

I pray that our Lord will be mightily present with you, especially during the night when you suffer so. And I pray that he will disclose himself to you in ways that both challenge you to love him more and give you peace and security through the knowledge of his love for you.

Rest well, dear heart.

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Amos

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Dearest Miss Molly,
Yesterday I took my offspring into London to see her medical specialist. It was an incredibly grey day--almost like twilight as we set out and again at 2:30 when we returned. All the horses in the fields between Kidderminster and London were wearing blankets, rather than their own shaggy coats. A friend had arranged for us to travel First Class, so this observation was made while reclining in opulence among the shirt-sleeved businessmen, and being served coffee with hot milk. Of course I thought of you, of your station, and your train. We do keep checking the notice boards to see if its platform has been announced yet. Every moment we have with you is precious. Dear Molly, may you feel the love that surrounds you; our love, but around and above and beneath and through it, God's love for you, whom he made and redeemed, and who he cherishes.

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Gill H

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Dear St Seb, you have done (and are doing) so much. Please don't go on a guilt trip, and try to relax over Christmas and get that back feeling better.

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Fudge

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Dear Molly,

I pray you won't have so many disturbing hallucinations. It's not fair that you have to have this at the end. Try to imagine (and its true anyway) your angels standing guard around you, with their big shiny swords. They won't let anyone harm you.

Dear St Seb,

yes, I echo everyone else - don't stress anymore. God is looking after Molly - He knows when she's going home. The Son said and still says "My peace I give unto you, not as the world gives, but the peace that passes all understanding," i.e. doesn't matter if you're in the midst of the storm, you can still sleep in the bottom of the boat!

love to you and Molly

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Moo

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Molly, I am praying that any hallucinations you have will be pleasant and relaxing.

I am praying that you have peace day and night, and that you always feel God's arms around you.

Moo

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Dear Miss Molly,

I know I've never addressed you personally before, but seeing that you like cats I thought I'd tell you about my feline flatmate (and the second place love of my life), Yo-Yo.

She's a five month old tortoise-shell, but she is so pretty and such an unusual colour that everyone who's seen her falls in love instantly (except my girlfriend who Yo-Yo insists on attacking every time she visits!).

From a distance she looks black and white but when you get close you can see that she's flecked with her mother's tortoise-shell markings. I didn't realise it at the time but Yo-Yo's an incredibly appropriate name for such a scatty cat.

We've become convinced that she's part Tasmanian devil with all the destruction she wreaks around the place. All my photos and ornaments have been placed in the most inacessible of places and on Friday I came home to find my Yukka plant uprooted and dumped in the farthest corner of my lounge.

Having said that she is good company and her beauty more than makes up for the increase in my household insurance that's bound to happen soon.

You have the love and prayers of my girlfriend Krissy, my family and their church as well as myself.

lots of love

David

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Janine

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Molly dearest:

I do hope the hospice people can get you set up with round-the-clock, hot-and-cold-running loyal attendants, anxious to do you slightest bidding.

[Not worthy!] [Angel] [Snigger] [Big Grin]

You deserve the largest entourage that can be assembled.

Love & [Love] Hugs & Chocolate & Extra Oxygen for that Giddy Well-Oxygenated Feeling

Janine

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Janine

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Actually, I'd rather they did your slightest bidding... [Embarrassed]

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dolphy

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My dearest Dame Molly,
Not much exciting news from Dolphyville. The 'love birds' are as ever; still giving us sleepless nights and still like little angels [Two face] . They are little darlings really, as you know but they also know howe easily they can wrap us round their little paws! Jessie had a bath last night - much to her disgust,she was busy playing with Brandy and really didn't feel that it was an appropriate time to have to have a bath (how like a child she is!!).Still, she loves a bath once she is in it and then takes great pleasure in shaking all over the house afterwards. Brandy even came up to the bathroom to see where she was, he ran away at top speed when he saw what was going on, we think he thought he'd be next!
I have spent this morning starting work on the Music and Healing part of my PhD - have used what you did for me [Wink] Other than that, have had an online snowball fight with Beets and PaulC; well, we all need relief from work!
Talk again soon my dear,
With love from us all here in Dolphyville!
xxx [Love]

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Gill H

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Some good news: I've managed to get onto CD a photo of my beloved cat Sappy (short for O Sapientia), who lived to 18. With the cross-stitch pattern software I get for Christmas, I will be able to create a pattern of him for me to stitch!

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ChastMastr
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*More hugs from Florida*

*and prayers*

[Love]

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Ariel
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Hello Molly. Had a visit from a friend at the weekend who was on her way to collect a prize she had won in a competition organized by an animal sanctuary. As they hadn't told her what it was, much wild speculation and we assumed it must be a rescued pet, but weren't sure what. I suggested a boa constrictor - then remembered she has 4 cats so this would probably come in quite useful. She didn't seem very keen on this idea somehow and hoped it might be a fifth cat instead. As if one wasn't more than enough.

Nice to know that a real person actually wins competitions - the only thing I ever won was a jar of Russian mustard in my school raffle. Got it home to discover that someone else had taken a spoonful out of it, and obviously disliked it enough to give up and donate the jar to the raffle. When we tried it we understood why, but my mother turned down my suggestion of putting it back into the next raffle and put it in my father's sandwiches instead.

However as my friend won a large umbrella, I expect she'll keep it. Not quite in the same league as a jar of Russian mustard - or yet another cat - but one can't have everything.

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Mamacita

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Dear Molly,
I hope you enjoy reading the Shipmates' descriptions of their Advent/Christmas services and music; I surely have and would like to add mine. Sunday was the winter music festival at our daughter's high school. It is a large school -- about 4,000 students -- and about 900 musicians performed on Sunday. Seven vocal groups and eight orchestra/bands, including an excellent visiting ensemble from The Pittwater High School, Mona Vale, Australia (near Sydney). Much of the music, of course, was secular, but there was sacred music as well, including a rousing "Hallelujah Chorus" as the finale. Our daughter's choral group looked very spiffy, the girls in cranberry-colored tea-length dresses (nice for Advent III) and the guys in tuxes. They sang the Austrian carol, "Still, Still, Still," and it was absolutely transcendant. It got me thinking of you, and I wished they could be there to sing you to sleep and calm those visions that are so disturbing. I pray for peace and comfort for you and your family.

St. Seb, you are a model of Christian hospitality and kindness. I hope your time away in NC will be well-deserved R&R.

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DMarie

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Dear Molly, I'm sure this speaks for all of us

A treasure to be cherished,
A gift from God above;
Is the beauty of a friendship,
Touched by unconditional love.
A love that asks no questions,
Believes in all the best;
Never doubting, ever trusting,
Withstanding any test.
A love that weathers any storm,
And yet that love still stands;
Through the very darkest hour,
It still reaches out a hand.
There in that hand the sweetest gift,
That you can give a friend;
A heart that cares, a love that shares,
That will be there till the end.
A treasure to be cherished,
A gift from God above;
Is what I share with you my friend,
An unconditional love.

~ Allison Chambers Coxsey ~

Adding my love and prayers to all those coming your way. Love and prayers also to your mother, St. Seb, Marian, TimothyL and everyone who loves you.

Thanks St. Seb for keeping us posted. I echo everyone else in saying that you've already done so much, please don't feel guilty. Enjoy your Christmas and come back refreshed and ready to take on whatever needs to be done (I actually mean that to sound kinder than it does, don't quite know how to phrase it).

DM

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St. Sebastian

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Thanks for the encouragement, everyone. I don't feel guilty, it's just that the need is so great it bugs me not to be able to do more. That's different from guilt, it really is.

I just spoke to Donna, Molly's sister. I didn't go over last night as Donna had called and said they'd gotten Molly to sleep and were going to try to snatch some for themselves. As it turns out, that didn't last. Molly was hallucinating all night and well into today. Donna said she was fighting the War of 1812 and was all upset because she needed to get oxygen to the boys at the front and was worried they would die before she could. Then she spent some time snatching at butterflies, then trying to write to people (she frequently moves her hands as if she's writing a letter). Marion came up with a phrase to calm that down, which worked. She said, "Molly, you've finished all your chart notes and you're taking a leave of absence. You're all caught up; you can stop writing now." That worked for a few minutes, then Molly started moving her hands as if she were typing, and murmuring to herself. No doubt posting on the Ship!

She hasn't had much in the way of lucid moments since Sunday, and was convinced that there was no food in the house and someone needed to buy some. When Donna said there was plenty of food, she said, "well why haven't I seen any of it?". She hasn't been eating much because it takes so much energy, and she, the nurses and the family agreed that the family would stop trying to make her eat and only provide food when she asks for it. In her confusion, though, she sometimes thinks there isn't any or that they are hiding it from her.

Last night the power suddenly went off for an hour which, of course, turned off the oxygen machine. [Eek!] Fortunately they had some cannisters of oxygen from when Molly was still mobile and were able to use those for the duration.

Hospice has increased her meds and are going to give her Thorazine at night, which they are optimistic will enable her to sleep (and enable Mrs. Dillon and Donna to sleep). Those poor women are suffering so. [Tear]

Next update tomorrow.

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St. Sebastian

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I knew I'd leave something out. Donna did talk to Hospice about respite care, and they are going to try to round up some volunteers who can come in a couple of times a week so Mrs. Dillon and Donna can get out of the apt. I'm praying they'll be able to provide a nurse to stay overnight at least one or two times a week so that her Mama and sister can go sleep at my place and get some real rest.

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duchess

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Would that be cool if she really was there in 1812 helping out? Just an esoteric thought...

I do hope these visions are not terrifying but interesting.

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Spong

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quote:
Originally posted by St. Sebastian:
I'm praying they'll be able to provide a nurse to stay overnight at least one or two times a week so that her Mama and sister can go sleep at my place and get some real rest.

Seb, to state the obvious, if money would help make any of this happen, let us all know...

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marmot

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I'm with Spo-o-ng. Will send what I can to hire a nurse if that's what will help most.

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Scarlet

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quote:
Originally posted by SpO-On-n-ng:
quote:
Originally posted by St. Sebastian:
I'm praying they'll be able to provide a nurse to stay overnight at least one or two times a week so that her Mama and sister can go sleep at my place and get some real rest.

Seb, to state the obvious, if money would help make any of this happen, let us all know...
Ditto to this. I wish I could magically transport myself to come be Molly's night nurse. Since that's impossible, I would be honored to contribute so someone in SLC could.

St Seb and Molly, sorry I haven't posted in a while.

The Nativity play has diverted my attention from other threads, even this one, it seems. It's been a blessing to be in the play, though. I echo welsh dragon. It dawned on me the other day that the Ship (in addition to everything else wonderful) is giving me a creative forum as well. Someone at work today said I had a new sparkle in my eyes. It's quite fun to come online every afternoon at 3pm and ad lib live posts with other cast and crew members around the world and watch our unique version of St. Luke's Gospel unfold. (I suppose he'd turn over in his grave at our irreverence....) [Wink]

Be assured I'm praying those arrow prayers throughout the day. Love and hugs, purrs from Fearless. [Love]

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Golden Key
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quote:
Originally posted by St. Sebastian:
I knew I'd leave something out. Donna did talk to Hospice about respite care, and they are going to try to round up some volunteers who can come in a couple of times a week so Mrs. Dillon and Donna can get out of the apt. I'm praying they'll be able to provide a nurse to stay overnight at least one or two times a week so that her Mama and sister can go sleep at my place and get some real rest.

St. Seb, had a thought and did a quick web search. There are (at least) 2 nursing schools there in Salt Lake City--Univ. of Utah, and Westminster College. Perhaps the hospice could contact them for volunteers?

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powderf1re
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I wonder, Molly: haven't gone through all 900-odd posts, so may have missed this, whether you've heard Eva Cassidy's version of "Fields of Gold"? I have it playing as we speak. She died tragically of cancer.
Also, the threads you post remind me of that beautiful, evocative story (since filmed) "Babette's Feast". Wondered if you'd come across it. Blessings to you

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Duo Seraphim*
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quote:
Originally posted by bessie rosebride:

The Nativity play has diverted my attention from other threads, even this one, it seems. It's been a blessing to be in the play, though. I echo welsh dragon. It dawned on me the other day that the Ship (in addition to everything else wonderful) is giving me a creative forum as well. Someone at work today said I had a new sparkle in my eyes. It's quite fun to come online every afternoon at 3pm and ad lib live posts with other cast and crew members around the world and watch our unique version of St. Luke's Gospel unfold. (I suppose he'd turn over in his grave at our irreverence....) [Wink]


Dear Molly and St Seb,

I too will miss writing Angel 3's lines. The wretched creature has developed a life and persona of her own - frivolous, obsessed with cocktails and crass commercialism. [Paranoid]

Today I finally get rid of the builders - after having made clear to them the urgent need for re-tiling my front step NOW and not "next year". They got the point...

Chambers is decorated for Christmas - I have blue and silver tinsel garlands draped around my desk. It's gone beyond kitsch.

Joy and peace, Molly. Stretch out your arms to the One who loves you, as He stretches out His arms to you.

Happy thoughts, happy dreams.

With love,

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jedijudy*

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Hi Molly, my friend! I've just now taken my Jedi Knight costume off. (It's nice to have my purple lightsaber back in my hand.)

Dearest, I am praying for your hallucinations to be peaceful and restful. I wish they wouldn't make you so agitated. [Frown] Poor Molly. When you feel distressed, I hope you remember all the prayers that are being prayed for you from all over the world. We are also praying for your mom and sister and all those dear angels you have around you.

This reminds me so much of being in labor. No rest, discomfort of one kind or another, waiting and waiting. The joy of a new, eternal life is near! God grant you (and us) strength through this time of waiting.

[Tear] Judy

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Janine

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Reminds me of labor, too. My last was just trouble enough to cause Dr. to put an oxygen mask on me. I'm sure they knew what they were doing [Disappointed] ... I'm sure it did trickle some extra O2 to me...

All it really accomplished, though, was to have the clear plastic mask, with its insufficient tiny ventilation holes, seal itself to my face with every inhalation! I'd tear the thing off, draw a few deep breaths, helpful Nurse of Doctor or Husband would slap it back on again... off, on, off, on... I hadn't the breath to explain to them why they'd best leave me alone or else!

I growled and gave them the Evil Eye. They "got" it.

Joe was born in decent time & health. He was pitifully small, compared to my other babies, but I understand 8 lbs. plus to be quite acceptable...

The journey you're on right now is like labor. It feels like hard work for you and everyone else there helping, wishing they could take some of it on themselves.

Prayer matters. You've got ours. [Love]

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tomb
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The entire creation strains until the children of God come into their own.
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Love you Miss Molly OXOXOX

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Fragile X syndrome is part of our lives. Someone I love makes me proud who has this syndrome. I love you Miriam.

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chukovsky

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quote:
Originally posted by powderf1re:
I wonder, Molly: haven't gone through all 900-odd posts, so may have missed this, whether you've heard Eva Cassidy's version of "Fields of Gold"?

She certainly has at least one copy of it because I sent a CD with it on. [Smile]

I am having a quiet week at work because all the students have gone away. Things are hotting up outside work, though, for Christmas. Yesterday night a friend had a "junk auction" party in aid of Shelter (a homeless people's charity... hard to phrase that right... a homeless charity? a charity for the homeless? hmm). We all brought things we no longer wanted, but which were too good to throw out. I went with some perfectly good but rather bulky household items (cushions, lampshades) that are surplus to requirements in my flat, and came back with an Andrews Sisters CD for my mother for Christmas! Tonight I'm playing in a carol concert for the church that hosts my orchestra's practices.

I don't know if someone else has posted this on here but the talk of trains and stations made me think of this song:

People get ready
There's a train comin'
You don't need no baggage
You just-a get on board
All you need is some faith
To hear the diesel hummin'
And you don't need a ticket
You just thank the Lord

Let me tell you
There ain't no room for the hopeless sinner
Who'd hurt all mankind
Just to save his own
Have some pity on those
Whose chances are growin' thinner
Cause there's no hidin' place
Against the kingdom's throne

I am very sad both about Molly and about my mentor, Liz, who has started chemo and writes that her platelets are low and when I go to see her after Christmas she won't be able to hug me. She does not believe in God and I am reluctant to tell her I'm praying for her; maybe you could make a place for her when you get up there, and put in a good word or two.

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PaulC

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My dearest Florence

Before I begin today, I would just like to assure you that despite evidence in these posts to the contrary, I do love Christmas. I love Jesus with all my heart, so how could His birthday be anything but the most special of occasions to me? I also note that there has been some speculation amongst our fellow shipmates as to the nature of your true name. For the edification of these others I suppose I could reveal that it is in fact an obscure reference to the highly esteemed Goon Show, a light entertainment programme broadcast by BBC radio in the 1950s, and something which I once promised I would tell you more about. Perhaps later. In the mean time, the first person who can guess the reference will perhaps recieve a small prize. Answers on a piece of batter pudding to the usual address please.

I meant to post again sooner but the days leading up to our festive season, which previously seemed to whiz past, are now moving at the speed of light. Too much to do and too little time in which to do it. Matters are not helped by the amount of time I spend each year struggling with my Christmas tree, which I am starting to suspect really does hate me. The feeling may be mutual. Many moons ago when I first moved into my current abode, I decided in my infinite wisdom to buy an artificial Christmas tree. This I reasoned, would be easy to put up, not drop pine needles on the floor, and could be re-used for many years thus proving a wise and frugal investment. Ha!

I am sure it lies in wait for me each year just waiting to attack me the moment I try and get it out of it's box. First there's the pulling, then the yanking, then comes the yelling, grunting, straining, scratching and swearing. I am always much relieved that living on my own as I do, there are no ladies present whose delicate sensiblilities might be offended by this annual performance. Finally having forced said tree to achieve a modicum of verticality, I step back with bleeding arms to survey the results of my efforts. The floor is absolutely covered with little green bits of plastic. Can I hoover this up now? Sadly I cannot, for next I must apply the decorations which will no doubt shed another layer of small green bits in the process. I am sure each year it is looking less and less like a tree and more like a festive arrangement of wire coathangers, and each year it seems to require more string, wire, duct tape, luck, prayer, and careful balancing for the thing to simply stay together. Well at least it's up, and now it sits, lights twinkling at me malevolently from a darkened corner of the lounge, waiting for me to try and take it down again.

But now sadly I must fly and do battle once more with the last of the Christmas shopping. Why is there always just one more thing to get? Dearest Florence I pray that you are more lucid today and are able to receive these loving messages from your shipmates, and just in case those mean ol' halucinations bother you again tonight, I am praying that Cherubim and Seraphim will guide you to your bedpost, where the Good Lord assures me you will find your chewing gum in very much the same state as you left it. I pray too that your loving family will also be able to get some much needed rest. Toodle pip and all that, love Thunderbird One.

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sophs

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My dear Molly,
i am now going to say to you something that i have wanted to for along time, because you have said it to me so many times...

I love you today and every day the sun rides in the heavens

lots of love hugs and prayers

sophs [Tear] [Tear]

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Robert Porter-Miller

Tiocfaidh Separabit
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Hi Molly,

I was in Baltimore at the weekend. Very nice place (although I think I'm just biased because the most wonderful person in the world lives there). I was able to spend great time with Melissa and seeing the city and meeting people together was wonderful. It was a really good taster for when I go back for two weeks in March.

I'm also getting quite used to the East Coast (and it's airports) I was in Philadelphia, Baltimore and Charlotte in the space of 48 hours.

Anyway love and prayers for you and your friends and family

Dia Duit (God Bless)

Robert

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Let's all "Release Some Tension"

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Songbird
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To all Molly's faithful shipmates...

You don't know me except thru St. Seb memos... but I'm Molly's little sister... or younger or something like that...

you will never know how much Miss Molly has appreciated all the wonderful - kind messages you have sent... the marvelous cards and letters you have sent...
They have meant so very much to her...

And to my folks and myself as well...
She didn't so well again last night... and as the dawns rays came thru the window... the stuff in her lungs has begun to break loose... she is unable to cough enough to clear her lungs... therefore she sounds like a small child with the worst case of bronchitis (sp) you ever heard. [Frown]

We are awaiting the nurse to look at her meds again today... as we habve been unable to get anything in pill form down since yesterday afternoon...

We are hopeful that if God has chosen this moment for her to leave... that he will grant her a peaceful ending... We are trying to keep ourselves together... but as you can imagine... it's more than hard... but knowing you all are praying for her... knowing that she will always be a part of your lives... makes it somewhat easier...

St. Seb has been a pillar of strength for my mom and me... He even came over last night to get me into Molly's computer and help set me up so that I could give you all updates on her condition

I hope I will be equal to the challenge - [Help]

Thanks you all again for your kindness!

Miss Molly's little sister

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dolphy

Lady of Perpetual Responsiblity
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Songbird,
Thank you for your post... I hope you will continue posting here when you feel like it.
Much love and many hugs to you all from the Dolphy household.
xxx [Love] [Tear]

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Looking forward to my rock moving closer again.

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dolphy

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I know this is a double post... but right now I don't care...

Molly,
If God has chosen this time for you to leave us..so be it.
God bless you my darling friend.
God bless your family and those closest to you..
May you sing with the angels and dance among the stars...
As our song goes Molly: You and me against the world [Wink]
Goodnight my dearest angel.
Love forever,
Dolphy, Jacks, Jessie and Brandy. xxx

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welsh dragon

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Thank you for the update songbird. God bless you and all of Molly's family. I hope that she will have relief from the discomfort soon. I will go pray. May you all have grace at this time.

with love to you all

WDxxx

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I wrote this today. For Molly.

I wondered if you’d like to have a sonnet,
So I am writing one designed for you.
I won’t lard too much highblown style upon it,
But it will have to have a cat or two.
It chases the world’s seasons in rotation
From heatwave to cold fog, from night to day
And resonates the round-the-clock oration
Of many friends who pause to chat or pray.
And in this poem many gardens flower
And sweet, red fruit is bottled to store well.
Thanksgiving meals are dished up on the hour
And silent angels smile as voices swell.
And past the ripening fields of golden grain
There sounds the whistle of a hopeful train…

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dolphy

Lady of Perpetual Responsiblity
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Songbird,
Please check your pm's.
[Love]

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St. Sebastian

Staggering ever onward
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Molly had a very bad night last night. Her lungs are failing and every breath is a tremendous struggle. Hallucinations continue unabated. Her lips have taken on a bluish tinge, as have her fingertips, though they pink back up from time to time. There are signs her kidneys are beginning to fail. It snowed last night.

I talked to Dona about the generous offer of funds for a night nurse. Ya'll made her cry. She said to thank you all from the bottom of her heart, but she doesn't think they'll need one, now. I suggested that even if it's only for two or three more days, it would be a help to her and her mom and maybe allow someone else to attend to the . . . medical issues at the end. She's going to talk to Mrs. Dillon about it and to the Hospice nurse today. They're both about half-crazy now.

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In Spite of Everything: Yes.

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dolphy

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My dear sweet angel molly,
I want you to know that i have written to a national radio station here in the UK... when the time comes there will be an airing of the song 'Fields of Gold' in your honour... I will be posting a thread to let other shipmates know about it in due course. God bless you and yours my darling angel. [Love]

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marmot

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Please don't hesitate to let us know, Seb. You know I'd be there in a heartbeat if I had any medical expertise to offer. Songbird, Molly's mom, prayers for you and all who are around you.

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Rowen
Shipmate
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ooops, posted with tears running down my face and forgot to check log-in details.
Here is my post again, as the other will go

God is holding Molly, and Songbird, and Mr and Mrs Dillon, and St Sebastian, and the others there very close indeed.

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"May I live this day… compassionate of heart" (John O’Donoghue)...

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St. Sebastian

Staggering ever onward
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I just got back from Molly's. Hospice is bringing over a pump this afternoon that will provide morphine intra. . . intra-skinly (forget the word; the needle just goes under the skin). I don't think Molly was conscious; she was sitting up hunched over with short,very rattly, gurgly breaths. Her skin was cool and a little clammy. I think the last act has begun. [Tear]

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St. Seb

In Spite of Everything: Yes.

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Moo

Ship's tough old bird
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Songbird

Thanks for posting to let us know how Molly is.

I can't tell you how sorry I am about what you and your family are going through. Those of us on the ship are hurting for Molly, but we know your pain is many times worse.

God bless you and keep you.

Moo

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See you later, alligator.

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Michèle

Bunny sister
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ah yes my dear, from memory I do believe you are right. Dear Sweet St Seb - what a gent you are.

Dear Sweet Songbird! Thank you for your brave and loving post.

As the Lord gives He takes away. I comfort you in SLC and all the shipmates - today I was so blessed to witness a baby girl enter the world!

I praise God for the Life He Breathes in us.

with thoughts to the Dillon family,
Tim
Marian,
St Seb.

May Angels surround and protect Molly just like they did to my Dad last year.

[Angel] [Angel] [Angel] [Angel] [Angel] [Angel] [Angel] [Angel]
love Michele
xxxxxx

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Scot

Deck hand
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quote:
Originally posted by St. Sebastian:
It snowed last night.

Of course it did. [Tear]

St. Seb, if a nurse can help, please let me know, too.

For Songbird, Mom, Dad, Marian, Timothy L and St. Sebastian, my heart is with you, and I pray for your comfort and peace. This must seem a dark hour, indeed. I'm sorry.

Molly, I doubt if you'll read this (at least not on your computer screen) but I hope that somewhere deep in your soul you can feel the love of all of us who care about you. We are lifting you up in prayer continuously. It hurts to read of your suffering, but it only increases the glory of the new day that is about to dawn.

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Smudgie

Ship's Barnacle
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All my love to you, Molly, and to your family.
I'm praying for you, my friend, and I know God's waiting there with his hand outstretched to take you home.
I pray it will be soon.
And I pray for his strength for those around you.
God bless you, my friend.

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Ariel
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Songbird, thank you for posting. It can't have been easy for you. I hope God may give you strength. I will be thinking of you and praying for you tonight as I will for your sister.
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Songbird
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To shipmates all...

The saga continues... Molly just took a header of her own choice off the lift chair and onto the floor... Mama and I tried to hold her and talk her out of this course of action (ya think?) but Linda (oops Molly to you) definately can be out to lunch and still have a stubborn streak a mile wide [Devil] As we held her arms and tried to get her scooouuuuched back in her chair - Typical for Linda - she hitched her bottom forward and shot off onto the carpet [Eek!]

We had to call the paramedics to lift her - and they sent 3 units - seven strapping (sp) young men paraded into the tiny living room. I instantly felt better as they were trying tofigure out if they had enough guys to lift her... (here I thought I was a wimp for no getting her up there myself) [Help]

As of this moment Molly is back in her chair - rinsed off with a washcloth and breathing like she's underwater... but breathing very evenly...

The nurse today said we had maybe 24 - 72 hours depending on her reactions to the meds in drip form... they will give them to her sub cutaneous (under the skin - not in veins)

Will keep you all posted

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babybear
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quote:
Originally posted by St. Sebastian:
Molly had a very bad night last night..... It snowed last night.

For those who don't know, a very long time ago (or so it seems) Molly said that she wanted to wait until the first snowfall before dying. So we are reading things into this weather report.

Songbird, as other have said, many thanks for updating us on Molly's condition. We really do appreciate the information. You and your family are held in our prayers.

bb

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