Shannon Hamann
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oh wow  / Ben   Read >>
oh wow  / Ben
the memory of you came rushing back all at once today and i didn't know what to do with it.  i think if one of us had just moved away we wouldn't remember each other at all, but now you're part of my internal dialogue, dropping a comment every once in a while and then i'm reevaluating everything in that context.  i dunno, i thought i had something more profound to say here but really guess i'm just remarking on the silence that is you not knocking at my door. Close
I miss kibbitzing with you about the upcoming elec  / Eloise Hamann (Mom)  Read >>
I miss kibbitzing with you about the upcoming elec  / Eloise Hamann (Mom)
I know we would have spent hours and hours on the phone about our candidates.  I know you would have supported Hillary in the primaries and we would have had grand debates over whether being black or being a hated cheater's wife would have meant more baggage.  I think you having met Hillary and having been charmed by her would have gone for her.  I decided the hatred of the Clintons was more of a liability, but it was a close call.  Once I made my call, however, I became annoyed with Hillary and we would have gone round and round no doubt.

However, we would have both had our yuks and feelings of wanting to vomit over the negative turn of the McCain campaign. Speaking of yuks, the moose woman would have had both of us howling our heads off.  It would have been great fun and a great release.  Obama is ahead, but I'm so nervous.  The RNC sent out this mailer associating Obama with terrorists absolutely approved by McCain.  Am I wrongly giving you credit for the name Repuglicans. 

I don't know if you read or would have read any Harry Potter.  At any rate, Voldemort is such an evil witch or whatever they're called that throughout the series, you must not say "Voldemort".  You must instead say "He who must not be named."

Your wonderful city's paper runs articles by Paul Krugman.  One of the things he said ---and I can picture you being as creative ---of the Repuglican Convention is that there was no mention of
"He who must not be named". It is in imho one of the most ingenious things I've ever read in a newspaper column.

You won't believe that a friend of mine sent me a bogus email containing a column purportedly written by Maureen Dowd claiming all of Obama's internet donations came from the middleeast.  The information was ludicrous so you know no reputable columnist wrote it and certainly not Maureen Dowd whose columns are full of wit and humor and of course the phony column was full of boogey man scare tactics.  What is it about this phony shit which sounds so much alike?  Do they only have one neanderthal writer?  My gawd, if you're going to make stuff up why not be suble, creative, maybe even believable?  What's funny is a site which talked about the real column on the date the phony one was supposed to have appeared said the hoax was an insult to the American intelligence. While I agree, whoever said that didn't know how dumb and ill informed some people are.

We plan a party on 1/20/09, the end of an error, no matter who wins,  You'd better come down from your perch and attend.  Should have Chris and Vic over on election night, but I don't want to jinx it.  Obama is ahead in the polls, but the negative shit is piling up from the other side and I, for one, don't underestimate the average voter so I'm scared.

This is a long winded way of saying, I miss you especially at this time as we had some marvelous political discussion.  I've lit your candle which stands near me and it is waving in the breeze.

I Love you so much,
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* / Leif   Read >>
* / Leif
i miss you boldly, underlined and in italics. Close
Truly Arrived  / Eloise Hamann (Mom)  Read >>
Truly Arrived  / Eloise Hamann (Mom)
You would have been amused by my recent crossword puzzle.  The clue was M. Stipe's band, 3 letters.  You can be sure your friend has arrived when he appears in a crossword.  It indicates not only gravitas but also permanency.

Love, Mom Close
Generation Kill  / Eloise Hamannn (Mom)  Read >>
Generation Kill  / Eloise Hamannn (Mom)
The book, Generation Kill, that you edited has been made into a mini-series that will air this weekend.  It should be interesting.

Love you,
Mom Close
Just thinking of you  / Eloise Hamann (Mom)  Read >>
Just thinking of you  / Eloise Hamann (Mom)

We babysat Astrid yesterday fir the first time.  She is such a sweet baby, she's a tad over one year old. She's on the verge of walking and took one step on her own between me and the cupboard. She got a little fretful when tired or teething or missing Chris and Vic but she's easy to distract.  It's just fun to watch a baby explore the world.

We call ourselves Grandma E and Grandpa K.  You'd be Uncle S.  Pam's book club is reading your Brad Pitt novel.  I'll let you know what they think when they meet in June.

I don't think I mentioned I have Easter on a dusty taupe background framed on our wall. 


Love, Mom


Your Brad Pitt Novel  / Eloise Ham (Mom)  Read >>
Your Brad Pitt Novel  / Eloise Ham (Mom)
I am submitting it chapter by chapter on an online writers' group for review.  You would enjoy the reactions to your outrageous and hysterical Carol.  I see the novel as a tragicomedy, but many see Carol as so LOL funny that I hope they are not disappointed with the later chapters.  The site is a lot of work because in order to post one must earn posting points by reviewing other work.  It has helped me see whatI need to improve as a writer.  I wrote a 'practice' novel.  I am not so proud of it, but with more work it might become something I will be proud of.  It's in the genre of Steven King.

More and more companies are accepting online submissions which would have made life so much easier for you. 

Love you, sweetie
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Happy Birthday  / Sandy Borello (Aunt)  Read >>
Happy Birthday  / Sandy Borello (Aunt)
Happy Birthday Shannon,  It is hard to believe that this will be the 4th birthday you have missed on earth.  I believe that you are watching over your family and have guided them with your gentle touch.  Your life here was too brief, but you have touched many and through your death I have gotten to know you better. 

May today bring peace to all who love you.

Your Aunt Sandy Close
All excited for your birthday...  / Heather (Sistah)  Read >>
All excited for your birthday...  / Heather (Sistah)
I'm throwing your party this year! The daffodils ARE daffing! Dafinitely, and right there in the middle of the table. I have 3 kinds of whiskey...yum! And lots of beer. And the very best peaches I could find...they smell wonderful. I'm sure you would eat them ALL if you were here. It's a beautiful day here. On earth. Wish you were here - anywhere on this earth. Eating all the fruit, drinking all the whiskey... pissing me off, making me laugh so hard I could piss... Close
PPS / Eloise Hamann (Mom)  Read >>
PPS / Eloise Hamann (Mom)
I received an email that a guest had added a photo to your photo album which I needed to approve.  When I went to view it I discovered a picture of three children holding cats.  I recognized none of them.  It appears to be a mistake but I can't imagine how one could make such.  I've requested the email address of the donor to make sure.  Maybe you should go into edit mode and check it out.

Love, Mom Close
PS / Eloise Hamann (Mom)  Read >>
PS / Eloise Hamann (Mom)
I'm still at the computer and your Dad announced from the other room that Michael Stipe is on the cover of the entertainment section of one of our papers.  The headline is REM's fortune is poised to 'Accelerate'.  Their forthcoming album is named Accelerate and they will be participating in the SXSW festival in Austin.  I guess this is Michael's birthday gift via your Dad. 

It always makes your Dad sad to come to this site, but it makes me feel good to talk to you and to see that others remember.

Love, Mom Close
Your Birthday  / Myra Heuer (Nana)  Read >>
Your Birthday  / Myra Heuer (Nana)
I was just making out a check and realized Shannon's birthday.   I plan to have corned beef and cabbage, even if it is just me.
Blessings to Shannon, sure it may bring a tear, but they are healthy.
Love to tthose who are gone and love to those still here.    "Celebrate"
love mom/Nana
I had a dream about you  / Eloise Hamann (Mom)  Read >>
I had a dream about you  / Eloise Hamann (Mom)
I rarely remember my dreams but I dreamed about you last night and remembered it.  I guess it was a reverse birthday present.  You were an adult and not really dead.  You had just dropped out for a while.  You were in my car and I was driving so I couldn't get to you to hug you.  I couldn't wait to tell the world but somehow got lost trying to get home. The few other dreams I've had of you, you were still a little boy.

I still think of you every day.  Your novel, Brad Pitt Won't Leave Me Alone made the semifinalist list in a contest by Your cousins and aunts have read it or are reading it.  Pam is passing it around her book club.  I need to be less timid about submitting it for publication.  I've been doing it one at a time as I've done for Scheherezade's Pornography. 

Heather is having your corned beef birthday gathering this  year.  She has recently furnished her living room and even more recently bought new dining room chairs so she wants to entertain.  Chris, Vic, and Astrid are coming as they always do.  Douglas and Chris are also coming.  The red cake you love will be dyed green for St. Patty's Day.  I can't remember if I usually did that for your birthday or not.  I know I've made it in both colors.  It's hard to think that this is the fourth such gathering.  It helps for us to do this.

I don't think I told you that your uncle Les died.  Yvonne misses him, but seems to be getting along OK.

I didn't tell you you have a new first cousin once removed.  Evan is the father of a cute little baby girl, Ana.

Your Nana enjoys her great grandson Tanner.  She gets to take care of him from time to time. 

We got a picture of Taryn's Lola at Christmas time.  She is beautiful.  We have adopted Chris and Vic's Astrid as our surrogate grandchild.  I thought I'd never be a refrigerator grandma but we have a great picture of her on a bearskin rug guess where?  It is so funny as she has a bored supermodel expression on her face.  We love her chipmunk cheeks!

It's chilly here this morning.  I have to run out to get cream cheese for the frosting for your cake.  It's the only thing I'm making for your feast although we'll go in early to help. 

Love you so much,
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PS / Brenda Gaines Hunter (none)  Read >>
PS / Brenda Gaines Hunter (none)
PS The last message was in reference to your not always understanding your sons' poetry--and how our kids often turn out to be so different than we imagine they would. The dude was deep. Close
He was gifted  / Brenda Gaines Hunter (none)  Read >>
He was gifted  / Brenda Gaines Hunter (none)
Dr. Hamann,

I'm so sorry about the death of your son. He was gifted. I always thought of him as a future investment banker, stockbroker... because of his brains.

I have been around so many parents who wonder how their children turned out the way they did. I can tell you that you did nothing wrong. I've spoke with many people who have bipolar disorder, schizophrenia... who say there is no explanation.

Your son was brilliant and probably cared too deeply about things that he couldn't control. His writing was his way of taming his emotions.

I too will be looking for a publisher in 2008 for my memoir "This is How it Ends." It's been through critiques and editing and is ready to be published. I do have agent referrals. It's about my efforts to tame the grief I have around losing my mother years ago and finally for good. I don't know what we're to do with our grief. It seems that I've been grieving all of my life. Don't give up on Shannon's work, his songs and contribution to life.

You and Dr. Guzman have always been my favorite teachers and both have lost sons recently. I wish I could take away the pain.

Sometimes I think people are here for a short while just to give us joy; sometimes just to remind us of how special life is. I don't believe God ever takes people. I believe he accepts them.

Take Care Close
you are not  / Leif   Read >>
you are not  / Leif
forgotten Close
Three years  / Eloise Hamann (Mom)  Read >>
Three years  / Eloise Hamann (Mom)
Heather is coming for this 3rd anniversary of missing you. We will light your candle and put up our Christmas Tree.  You have a beautiful upbeat sister.  She is the light of our lives.

I will probably spend the day reading your letters and looking at pictures.  Heather has another part time job doing late afternoon traffic so won't come till about 7 p.m.  She has a new idea for the tree this year which she is keeping to herself.  I still want to use the white reindeer that you arranged flying up the tree.

I've been contacting publishers about your work.  I have gained much empathy about how hard it is to break into publishing.  There has been a positive reaction among friends and relatives to your Brad Pitt novel.  Lori has been thinking of who would play Carol in the movie.  I wonder who you would choose.

An article I wrote about losing you appeared in an online magazine.  Andrew works there.

Nana is coming to our house for Christmas.  Your cousin, Evan, is a father of a new baby girl. 

Your Dad and I are well and think of you often.

Love, Mom Close
There was an empty chair at my birthday dinner  / Mom   Read >>
There was an empty chair at my birthday dinner  / Mom
Your Dad, Heather, and I went to a wonderful restaurant for my birthday dinner.  Tables naturally accommodate four and I thought of you filling the empty chair.  I haven't written for a while, but I think of you often.

Chris and Victoria had a baby girl, Astrid, almost three months ago.  You would be amused by your friend Chris.  He is such a devoted father. 

I have been writing and have come to appreciate that getting published is harder than writing.

The world is getting to become less desirable with Bush at the helm.  I am glad I am as old as I am.  I am not so optimistic about what the world will be like decades from now.

I love you,
Mom Close
Guess who came to dinner?  / Mom (Mom)  Read >>
Guess who came to dinner?  / Mom (Mom)
We had a lovely evening with your friend, John Bruce.  He was in San Francisco on business.  Heather brought him out.  It was great to hear his stories about you.  I'm keeping part of the reason for his visit secret. 
Your Dad and I have always said that you have great friends! 
Speaking of friends, Chris and Victoria's baby should be born any day.

Love, Mom Close
i hear a voice  / Leif Bloor   Read >>
i hear a voice  / Leif Bloor
singing somewhere in time Close
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