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Source: (consider it) Thread: RIP Kenwritez
koshatnik
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Goodbye Kenwritez. You were one of the great originals and the ship is both more and less foolish for your passing.
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iGeek

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quote:
Originally posted by Ye Olde Motherboarde:
... being at a shipmeet with Ken was like being in such a happy place full of laughter. I remember Estes Park and the house we stayed in (thanks to our Marmot) He was writing his wedding vows on the big table in the dining room (a few days before the event, mind you!)

These are my fond memories of Ken as well -- thanks MB for recalling them.

I loved his ready wit, thoughtful and well reasoned responses and his larger-than-life personality.

So sorry to hear this and hope that all those who loved him will be comforted. He touched the lives of a lot of people in very good ways. He will be missed because he was and is loved.

[Votive]

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The Blessed Pangolin
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I've been off for a few days, and just noticed this thread. So sad. I encountered KenWritez on chowhound, as well, where he displayed similar wit and wisdom. Very very sad. [Votive]
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teddybear
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May his memory be eternal! [Votive]
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Hugal
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What can I add. I have been a shipmate for a good number of years now and his posts have consistently been interesting and excellent.

Will miss him.

[Votive]

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Ecclesiastical Flip-flop
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Never met Kenwritez, but still very sad news.
[Votive]

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Tom Day
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[Votive]

I will always remember hosting with Ken - the conversations and fun we had getting the Circus started and running. And the disagreements we had over certain threads. The ship won;t be the same without him.

[Votive]

Prayers for SW and family.

Tom

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Alicïa
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[Votive] RIP Kenwritez.
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AdamPater
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Oh... [Frown]

I had to read more than a few posts to convince myself that this wasn't another Kenwritez work.

Some of my earliest and happiest memories of the Ship are of bouncing the conversational ball around in the Cafe with Ken, Scot and Mousethief. Ken is one of the Shipmates with whom I've spoken by phone and looked forward to pressing the flesh with. [Frown] (*)

My world is a better place for him having been in it.

[Votive] thanks for Ken, and [Votive] for SW.

[Frown]

(*) Maybe later, D.V.

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Anselm
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how absolutely sad

"O Death where is your victory?
O Death where is your sting?
...But thanks be to God
who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ"
[Tear]

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PrettyFly

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Unbelievable [Frown]

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The Ship's loss is Heaven's gain. RIP. [Votive]

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[Votive]
CuppaT

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pete173
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May he rest in peace and rise in glory.
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Nunzia

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What can I add? You've already said it all. Such a loss.

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Scot
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Thank you all for your reminiscences, thoughts, and prayers. I have printed a copy of this thread, which I will give to the Sturdy Wench tonight after Ken's memorial service. I know she will be touched and comforted by reading your words.

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Left at the Altar

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Ken, gone? I can't believe it. He was my absolute favourite shippy.

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Tractor Girl
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[Votive]

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Lynn MagdalenCollege
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Amazing Grace & I were able to attend the memorial service for Kenwritez; we met up at the Fairfield Inn in Clovis and drove together over to The Well for a 5:30 service. There was a queue out the door and we discovered almost immediately that we were amazingly!! standing directly behind Scot and Thumbprint. Ken's love of The Ship was in evidence even in the narthex, his 2009 Simmie for Interpretive Dance prominently displayed along with wonderful photos from his marriage to the Sturdy Wench and the actual red high-top sneakers they both wore (SW's were sparkly! [Big Grin] ).

It was neat to hear some of Kenwritez' family talk about his early years (including his 'Texas family' speaking of his university years) and have a chance to fill in some of those puzzle pieces and I especially enjoyed hearing church folks tell about their interactions with him, including the small group Bible study where Kenwritez suggested they should study nudity in scripture - the graciously flummoxed fellow threw it back at Kenwritez and said, "that would be great, why don't you lead it?" - and he did. It proved to be a wonderful study, by all accounts, and one *I* would have enjoyed.

It was lovely with photos and tears and laughter AND a light supper. Actually it was quite a buffet: ranging from fresh veggies & dip, a serious cheese board, to meatballs, a whole salmon, pot stickers, chicken satay, chicken wings, sushi - and then there was dessert. [Help]

According to Amazing Grace, this "dead spread" got top marks and I figure she should know because she brings the eye of a professional to these things.

The Sturdy Wench was charming and beautiful (seriously, she was really beautiful, surrounded by family & friends and at peace, at least in *this* moment) and the four of us Shippies sat together and shared some Kenwritez stories--

We will miss him until Heaven and meanwhile, as jedijudy's sig says, we are peering through the cat flap, watching Kenwritez teach interpretive dance to the angels... God speed, friend.

[Votive]

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TomOfTarsus
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I am shocked. [Votive] for The Sturdy Wench and all his family and friends. May the love of the Father, the peace of Christ, and the comfort of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

One day the circle will be unbroken again... one day God will wipe away all your tears.

Peace,

Tom

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Custard
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I'm shocked. God bless everyone who is mourning his loss.

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Presleyterian
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I just heard.

Oh, God. Dear, God.

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TonyK

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Only just realised our loss..... it hadn't penetrated to DH...

Sometime ago I had a long and stimulating PM from Kenwritez - entirely out of the blue but quite germane to my situation at the time and very helpful. Alas, now erased - with hindsight I wish I'd kept it....

Prayers for SW, his stepson, all the family and his many friends, on and off the Ship. [Votive] [Votive]

[Votive] May he rest in peace, and rise in glory. [Votive]

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Yours aye ... TonyK

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Phos Hilaron
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[Votive]

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Melisande
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I rarely post, so I never actually "spoke" with KenWritez, but I was always in awe of his writing, his wit, and his candid wrestling with God. He made the Ship someplace I always wanted to come back to, for irreverent laughter or profound insights.

My thoughts are with those who knew him and will miss him so deeply.

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It is only a door.
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Sylvander
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I only just now stumbled across this news. How very sad. Ken was one of those shippies whose contributions quickly became recognisable for me by their style. And like the rest of us I enjoyed his wit and humour. ... It feels a bit unreal to think he'll never post here again.

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Og: Thread Killer
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[Votive]

He did good things here.

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Lynn MagdalenCollege
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quote:
Originally posted by TonyK:
Sometime ago I had a long and stimulating PM from Kenwritez - entirely out of the blue but quite germane to my situation at the time and very helpful. Alas, now erased - with hindsight I wish I'd kept it....

A possibly helpful aside: it's very easy to copy & paste PMs into a word processor or email program & thus save them and meet the Ship's need to limit the number of PMs we have at any given moment. I've saved Ken's PMs by doing that.

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comet

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quote:
Originally posted by Lynn MagdalenCollege:
it's very easy to copy & paste PMs into a word processor or email program & thus save them and meet the Ship's need to limit the number of PMs we have at any given moment. I've saved Ken's PMs by doing that.

and print them out or save to a flash drive. when my laptop died I lost whole folders of ship PMs and saved threads.

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Lynn MagdalenCollege
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good point, comet - back up, back up, back up is NOT the sound made by garbage trucks in reverse!

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TonyK

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Thanks, Lynn MC and Comet ... but this was not an accidental loss! I think I probably erased it when I cleared out my PM box at some stage....

Hindsight is such a wonderful thing [Disappointed]

Still, it inspired and helped me at the time - even if I can't now remember the actual content...

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Belisarius
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I was one of the many Ken sent encouraging PMs to as well. One very kind one I've kept had a salutation I had never encountered in written form:

quote:
Dude!

Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuude!

I regret not having kept in better touch with him.

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Lynn MagdalenCollege
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quote:
Originally posted by Belisarius:
I regret not having kept in better touch with him.

I suspect that is the most common response we feel, when a friend or even a family member dies: we become aware of what they meant to us and that piece of our life is gone. Not only that, we each lost KenWritez direct impact on us and on everyone else here on the Ship - I lost KenWritez' brilliant comments on my posts but also on everyone's posts; we lost KenWritez interaction with the Ship as a whole so even the folks who never had a direct exchange have lost the community exchange.

C.S. Lewis spoke of this after the death of Charles Williams; he observed that he lost Charles as CW related to him and he also lost Charles as CW related to Tolkien or Barfield and to Tolkien and Barfield together (which is different yet again) - that every relationship brings out a richer depth of who the friend is. Which is a great argument against jealousy in friendships...

Too often in my life I've wanted a letter or note I threw away so when I clean out my PM box, I copy the PMs & save them (haven't always backed up the saved copies, as Comet points out) because it doesn't take much more time and it makes me happy to think I can find it again, if I want it.

Nonetheless, TonyK, you have the memory (however vague!) of that PM and how KenWritez reached out and encouraged you - and that's worthwhile in itself.

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Matrix
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No.

Just..no

I discovered this news by clicking onto his blog, having not read it for a few weeks, and thought there must have been some humorous responses to the "Please God, bless my farting" post and read this terrible news.

[Votive]

rest in peace and rise in glory.

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I've been ashore for a few weeks, and just learned of Ken's death.

It is a horrible shock. Prayers ascending for him, and for all who loved him.

(The cats forgive him.)

Ross

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luvanddaisies

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Popped online tonight for the first time in months tonight - so sad to hear about one less 'holy fool' spreading wit through the medium of interpretive dance. I'm sitting in the pub where I get internet access here trying very hard not to cry, so I think I shall just chuckle at the memory of some witty posts and comments instead.

[Votive] indeed for Sturdy Wench.

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May he rest in peace. [Votive]

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May he rest in the Eternal arms.
Sad news indeed.

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Kenwritez was one of my favourite Ship mates - a treasure of wit and cleverness. I had no idea he had died until, on Via Media, I noticed a Ship mate had deleted his signature line (a quote from Ken) in Ken's memory.

[Votive] May the angels lead you into paradise. May the martyrs come to welcome you and take you to the Holy City, the New and Eternal Jerusalem, where Lazarus is poor no longer.

May he rest in peace and rise in glory. I have this sense I can hear the angels laughing with him right now.

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I was at the memorial service for a co-worker yesterday and one of the readings brought up a vivid image of Phil the Wise Guy at the manger in the Nativity Play. So to myself I honored the life and contributions of both Jim and Kenwritez at the service. And somehow I don't think either would have minded sharing.

The Ship will miss him. [Tear]

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Ethne Alba
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not been here for awhile
Sad News indeed
such a very lovely and intelligent yet humourous poster.

prayers for family and friends

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Aggie
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[Votive]

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And in the stars the glory of his eyes,
His body gleams amid eternal snows,
His tears fall from the skies.”
(Joseph Mary Plunkett 1887-1917)

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Paige
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I was a regular SOF reader and occasional poster for a number of years, but work and family responsibilities grew greater, and I haven't been around for a good while. For some reason, I decided to pop back in, and saw Mousethief's sig, which led me here.

I am so very sorry to learn of Kenwritez's passing. I always enjoyed his posts, and--as a freelance writer myself--felt some sort of kinship, however ephemeral.

May he rest in peace and rise in glory, and may the peace that passes all understanding surround Sturdy Wench and those who loved him, now and in the time to come.

[Votive]

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Pax Romana
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Damn!

He was one of the best, and certainly wittiest, posters on The Ship.

He will be missed.

[Votive]

Pax Romana

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Lietuvos Sv. Kazimieras
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I'm coming very late to this sad news. May light perpetual shine upon him and may Our Lord and Blessed Lady grant all consolation to his loved ones.
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Bean Sidhe
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I can't believe it, Ken was always bursting with life. I only just twigged when I saw MT's sig. Prayers for all who loved him, who must have been many, but especially for those close.

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So rarely do I visit the main boards that I have only just heard of this. Sad to lose a fellow writer, and [Votive] for his wife and family. Must have been an agonisingly short marriage.

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Sorting through my emails last night I found a supportive message Ken had sent me. It was the right word at a time when I was overwhelmed.

I wish i could find the right words as well ad he did.

Huia

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I'm another that got the news via Mousethief's sig line after about a month ashore, and oh God I'm just shocked. How strange to feel such a deep personal loss for someone I never met in person! I wonder if Ken knew just how many people his life touched? I've been a serious lurker/seldom poster for many years, and always looked forward to Ken's posts for his clear intelligence, his quick good humor, his authentic faith. My heart grieves for his beloved wife and family--
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