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  1. Judith Starkston
    February 19, 2012 @ 3:47 pm

    Kelli, All my love to you. Your bittersweet portrait has made me weep for your mom and dad even though I never met them and for the sadness you’re feeling. Wishes of warm sunshine on your face, deep laughter and good will of friends surrounding you, and the well-deserved satisfaction from your work–not the same as mom and dad, but what life has to offer when we’re down.

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    • Kelli
      March 2, 2012 @ 5:44 pm

      Thank you so much, Judy, and love back to you. Hope to see you soon, good friend.

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  2. Dianne Emley
    February 15, 2012 @ 9:22 am

    Wonderful,Kelli. Clear-eyed, compassionate, full of luve with all its complications.

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    • Kelli
      February 15, 2012 @ 12:48 pm

      Thank you, sweetheart. I hope you and your hubby are well, and that we get to see you up here or in LA soon.

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  3. Maura Eastman
    February 14, 2012 @ 8:28 pm

    What a lovely tribute to love – yours and theirs! Your gift of words – of which your mother was so proud – served you well once again.
    Maura

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    • Kelli
      February 15, 2012 @ 12:47 pm

      Thank you so much, Maura! And I hope I finally get to thank you in person next time I’m in Humboldt (which will be next month).

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  4. Jenny Milchman
    February 14, 2012 @ 7:05 pm

    This is a moving, painful, beautiful post, Kelli. I was saddened to hear of your losses on DL, but glad for the perspective you have them in.

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    • Kelli
      February 15, 2012 @ 12:43 pm

      Thanks so much for the kind words, Jenny! Loss is the toughest thing to handle in life, and the pain is always in proportion to the love. It’s the price we pay–and still worth every second.

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  5. Judith Heath
    February 14, 2012 @ 6:34 pm

    An incredible, moving story, Kelli. Your mom told you should write their love story, and you wrote the socks off it. I’m sure she’d be proud and pleased with what you have done, (again), as we all are.

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    • Kelli
      February 15, 2012 @ 12:40 pm

      Judy, my dear friend, thank you so much. Words seem like clumsy instruments when it comes to my parents–and really, any deep emotion. Thanks for reading and being such a stalwart and supportive friend!

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  6. Janet Rudolph
    February 14, 2012 @ 6:07 pm

    Oh, Kelli, what a wonderful and so personal story– a tribute to them both –for their love of each other and for your love for them. Thanks for sharing with us all.

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    • Kelli
      February 15, 2012 @ 12:38 pm

      I’m happy and even compelled to share, my dear friend–one way to keep their memory alive is to share it with my extended family. Much love!

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  7. Cindy Angell Keeling
    February 14, 2012 @ 5:26 pm

    Kelli, what an amazing story and tribute. Thank you for sharing it with us.
    You have a beautiful attitude. Love transcends and transforms, doesn’t it?
    My sincerest condolences.

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    • Kelli
      February 15, 2012 @ 12:34 pm

      Thank you so much for the kind words, Cindy! Love is definitely the strongest force in the universe.

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  8. Rebecca Cantrell
    February 14, 2012 @ 3:07 pm

    What a wonderful tribute, Kelli! We are all richer because they met, loved, and created you.

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    • Kelli
      February 15, 2012 @ 12:31 pm

      My dear, dear friend. The writing world is infinitely richer with you and your books in it. Thanks for helping anchor me the last few months. xoxo

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  9. Mary Alice Ker
    February 14, 2012 @ 2:49 pm

    Dear Kelli – we are embracing you, Mom and Dadwith much love today…Mary Alice and Anna

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    • Kelli
      February 15, 2012 @ 12:28 pm

      And I am embracing you back, my dear friends and agents. I’m so happy we had a chance to spend time together. Mom thought the world of you. xx

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  10. katherine tomlinson
    February 14, 2012 @ 2:14 pm

    What a lovely tribute Kelli. You definitely won the parent lottery. And your post makes me feel like I was lucky enough to have known them as well. So sorry for your loss…

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    • Kelli
      February 15, 2012 @ 12:27 pm

      Thank you, Kat. I’m the luckiest person I know in terms of my relationships. They were such unique people, so different yet so bonded on a deep level. I’m proud to share a little bit of their specialness, and very glad that you feel you got to know them.

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