Missing you / Mom
It's a chilly Sunday afternoon, perfect for giving you a call and railing about politics, movies, current events. Greenwood Cemetary was featured in our paper today. They give tours near Halloween and tell many interesting stories about those who are interred there. You probably would like those stories and being connected to such a famous site.
There's a baby shower for Vicky Wheeler today. Heather and I had a stroller sent. I thought of it as being on your behalf.
We had a party last night and Heather stayed over. She talked about how much you influenced her in college and wishes you had hung out together more.
I came across a metal rose in a slender vase you gave me when you were a child. I have it by my computer.
Still talking about you... / Cheryl Snodgrass (Old OLD Friend )Read >>
Still talking about you... / Cheryl Snodgrass (Old OLD Friend )
I was sitting at a bar in Chicago, Illinois with Scott Smith and we were thinking of the people that made impressions on us during our time in Iowa City. Your name came up and we marveled at your beauty and wonder. I came home to search for you and found you here. You're still a presence. Peace. Close
Just thinking of / John Murray (friend)
Shannon. Wish that I could find a mutual friend of ours - Zoe Glassman - but I don't have her info any more. I've been listening to New Order recently (things come and go) and it's great to hear it on this site. I think "Temptation" is one of the greatest songs ever written.
Would Shannon like Tapes n Tapes, or Clap Your Hands? I think so, but I'd like to hear his take.
The Best Birthday Ever / Heather Hamann (sister)Read >>
The Best Birthday Ever / Heather Hamann (sister)
Yesterday was my birthday -- you missed it. Again. JKOC. But was reminded of the year Mom & Dad flew you from New York for my birthday. OMIGOD! I mean you knew, right? You saw my face -- you heard my shriek and how I jumped up and ran to you when the sliding screen door from the deck screeched open and produced YOU!!! I get a thrill just thinking about it all over again. Those were such fun days we spent...and the party. I was so proud to have you there and meet all my friends. I love the pictures from then...you're so cute. God, I just think it was the single most awesome moment of my life. I was a winning game show contestant, the hero who rescued the kitten from the burning building and got on the nightly news. And thanks to Mom & Dad -- they knew what I really wanted! Also, I have that gold Nancy Sinatra single hanging over me right now. It's on the wall behind my monitor, so always in field of view. Wow, what a gift. Too cool and I was so honored you thought of me when you thought of "These Boots"! And the dresses in the closet. You were awesome. Oh! And a boa! What a brother -- like no other! Thanks again Sweetness! Your tree Andrew bought last year is huuge...just so you know. Sugar Banana Cookie Tree. We love it. Close
Remember that Easter (2002) you were with us recovering from your waverunner accident. We had your friends over. You wanted an Easter Egg hunt. We stuffed over 100 plastic eggs with chocolates. I hid the eggs in nonobvious places so you and your friends would have to genuinely search. We were finding eggs for months afterward. Yesterday, I took down a hanging artificial plant to rinse off accumulated dust in the shower. I left it to drip dry. When I returned to pick it up, a turquoise plastic egg rested in the corner of the shower. Remember Easter, your poem, my favorite. Love, Mom
hey you owe me $30 / Andrea Ryder (friend)
but shannon -- don't worry about it, you've paid me back in millions by dragging me out to that black tie party. you know it and i know it. you feel kinda near today -- the city feels good today. you'd like my new hood. lots of urban decay that i like to get lost in.it somehow feels private, like it's not comletely taken over by the predictable. kinda like your old hood. and just a short bike ride apart... Close
New music and ramblings / Heather (sister)
Hope you like it...I know it's 'college-y' and just plain old and there's another word, but I won't write it here! But my mind goes directly to you when I hear some of these lyrics and we did enjoy the synth-y techno back in the day. Remember turning Mom on to "Blue Monday"?! (Chicken wing-chicken wing) I'm confident that "I've never met anyone like you" is a sentiment widely shared. I know I will never meet anyone remotely like you! Forget about 'quite' like you... We should all be so lucky! And while, 'we've lost you, we've lost you, we've lost youuuu'...you will always be ours. Mine. My Baby Brother Doll. Close
Rise dammit / Heather Hamann (sistah)
Mom had my exact idea. Why doncha make like Jesus and pay a visit? Actually you are with me every day. Did you hear me bragging about you last nite? Everyone loves your tattoo...you know that huge framed picture I have of it. You gave Easter such import. I think about what you said today -- that Easter should be bigger than Christmas. Close
Easter, My Shannon Experience. / Myra Heuer (grandmother)Read >>
Easter, My Shannon Experience. / Myra Heuer (grandmother)
It is Easter, and I am prompted to share my Shannon experience.
Last August, 2005, I visited Victoria in Oregon. We decided to go to the movie, "The Lion. The Witch and the Wardrobe." Towards the end of the movie, there was a battle led by the lion Aslan [Lord] to overcome the witch and her evil followers.
King Peter was leading the good forces against the evil ones. Suddenly, very large on the screen, there was King Peter in his armor and on a unicorn. But what I saw in the face of King peter was the face of Shannon, very vividly Shannon.. I gasped, and said something like, 'that's Shannon or that looks like Shannon.' Victoria agreed. It was not just a passing thing, it stayed with me, very vividly Shannon.
Victoria and I agreed we would not share this ---yet, because we wondered, if you, his family would get the same effect should you see the movie.
Now back to Shannon as a little boy. I recall how he would draw a picture for me of the 3 crosses on a hill.
Easter, the time when Christians celebrate Christ's death and resurrection, opening the gates to everlasting life.
I believe Shannon loved good over evil. seeing his face in the battle for good over evil left a lasting impression on me.
Have a Happy Easter tomorrow, Eloise, Kenn, Heather and Andrew. I'm sure Shannon will join you. Blessed be his memory.
Got it. / Michael Weholt (Pal)
Shanny: Got the G.C. for Peter Luger's. I was shocked, to say the least. This sort of Heavenly Intervention qualifies as a miracle, doesn't it? All you need is two more and you'll be on your way to beatification. I'm pretty sure there isn't a St. Shannon yet, so you're practically a shoe-in. Anyway, thanks again. I really appreciate it and will think of you as I tuck in. Love, M. Close
Happy Belated Birthday Shannon / Lori Aspaas (Cousin)Read >>
Happy Belated Birthday Shannon / Lori Aspaas (Cousin)
Happy Belated Birthday to you Shannon!! Sorry this is late, just wasn't sure of the date. You are always on our minds, you share a March birthday with our daughter Holly who turned 20 on March 7th. Happy 40th from all of us in Arizona!! Close
A tribute to Shannon's friends / Eloise Hamann (Mom)Read >>
A tribute to Shannon's friends / Eloise Hamann (Mom)
The candles and tributes show that Shannon lives on in our memories. This is of great comfort. Thank you for your thoughtfulness. Shannon would be pleased. Close
Ollie Ollie Oxen Free / Leif Bloor
wish you would come back. happy birthday. Close
You still owe me $60 / Michael Weholt (Pal)Read >>
You still owe me $60 / Michael Weholt (Pal)
OK, maybe you paid part of that $60 back already, I'd have to check, but whatever you still owe me I'll give you a pass on that if you'll be our guardian angel for a while. I don't know what the rates are up there, if it's by the hour, or what. You figure it out and let us know. You must know how much we could use guardian angels down here, so do what you can. Maybe you could make it your birthday present to all of us on your birthday. Kind of weird, I know, but endearing too. That's how we'll know it's you. Anyway, happy birthday, pal. I'm thinking of you today (and a lot of other days, too). And not just about the $60 part, either. Love, M. Close
You were right about how amazing the lyrics of T Rex's "Bang A Gong" are but I would never admit to it in New Orleans. My head has become a lot softer than it was twenty years ago though the front of it still smiles when I think of trolling the seedier bars with your photo after your "disappearance". You walking barefoot, tattered and drunk into Commander's Palace. A braver bodyguard I'll never find. Happy Birthday, Dammit.
Baby Brother Doll / Heather Hamann (sister)
I like to think I'd be in New York City with you right now planning and ultimately throwing the biggest bestest 40th birthday party ever. Hard to imagine you 40...even though you threw yourself a 40th birthday party when you were 38. Did you know something we didn't? I can't believe you left us -- you did -- but thanks for leaving me/us with a pile of incredible memories. My God, your wicked humour, keen sense of justice...when you were sweet you were profoundly so...that clumsy hug you managed to give me the last time I saw you... your creativity was boundless...you always had great ideas about what to do, wear, where to go, etc. That time you forgave me. I've always maintained a broken (and taped) heart for you, for all the pain you experienced. I knew I was capable of murder when I found out someone had threatened you. I'm glad you got to see so much of the world, and apparently be a force in the lives of others. I do so adore your friends and am so thankful for them and all they've shared with us about you. Sometimes I'm just thankful for friends period, because I think you can 'try one's patience.' ;) Anyway, your spirit skitters across all our conversations. I hope you like your website. You probably wouldn't remember but after your head injury I put walkman headphones on you...this song was playing...and you pulled them off, your eyes welling up, saying 'No, it's too beautiful'...You'll always be a young dude, eh? Close
Birthday note from NYC / John Murray (friend)Read >>
Birthday note from NYC / John Murray (friend)
I'm still waiting for your phone call, Shannon, I'm bored. Nothing wrong with having a personality. We need them. Spring is almost here but then it's a trick and will turn cold again. The 'Ides of March' ... even though we weren't sure that really meant anything.
Thank you for the web site. Happy Birthday Shannon. Close
Happy Birthday / Donna Hurth ^i^ Sarah's Mom Read >>
Happy Birthday / Donna Hurth ^i^ Sarah's Mom HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHANNON! SENDING LOVE, HUGS AND PRAYERS. THINKING OF YOU ALWAYS.