Hey Everybody!

Glad to see things are cooking here at Docudharma!  I apologize that I have been AWOL and probably will be for another few days.  My mother passed away Friday night.  The funeral is on Wednesday.  I’m doing fine, all things considered and will be back before you know it.  I’ll look forward to hooking back up with you then.

In the mean time, here are some thoughts from one of my heroes.


“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal. . . .”

Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776


“it is the great parent of science & of virtue: and that a nation will be great in both, always in proportion as it is free.”

Thomas Jefferson to Joseph Willard, March 24, 1789

“our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.”

Thomas Jefferson to Dr. James Currie, January 28, 1786

“nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle.”

Thomas Jefferson to John Norvell, June 11, 1807

“I, however, place economy among the first and most important republican virtues, and public debt as the greatest of the dangers to be feared.”

Thomas Jefferson to William Plumer, July 21, 1816

“bigotry is the disease of ignorance, of morbid minds; enthusiasm of the free and buoyant. education & free discussion are the antidotes of both.”

Thomas Jefferson to John Adams, August 1, 1816

“Every generation needs a new revolution.”

Thomas Jefferson

And a couple of thoughts from another of my heroes.

“The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall.”

~ Ernesto


Ciao!  Hasta luego muchachos!



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  1. I am so sorry. My thoughts are with you and your family.


  2. I am so sorry, my heart is with you and your Mom.

    Many, many blessings on your new Journey OPOL’s Mom.

    You left a wonderful gift to the world and a great legacy as well in your son.

    Go now and find your way to home and peace.

    We will take care of your boy, don’t worry!

    Bon Voyage.
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    Take your time Brother, and do the Important Stuff, whih has nothing to do with blogging….no one here will rush you and it will all come together exactly as it should at exactly the right time.


  4. please let me know  if there’s anything i can do.

  5. i offer you water

    peace out -and be well

    • Turkana on August 27, 2007 at 10:09 pm

    she must have been a proud mom, and a proud grand-mother.

    • srkp23 on August 27, 2007 at 10:20 pm

    for your mom’s passing.

    I send love and hugs and good energies to you and your wonderful son.


  6. OPOL, I’m so sorry to hear this.  Take care of yourself and family.  Hugs and blessings to you. 

    • melvin on August 27, 2007 at 10:54 pm

    No loss is quite like that of one’s mother.

    • pfiore8 on August 28, 2007 at 12:19 am

    i am sorry to hear that, OPOL.

    i think mommy is the best word in all language… it is so universal and yet so incredibly so absolutely personal…

    here’s to your mom and to you, too, OPOL…


  7. … for your loss, OPOL.  Take care of yourself.

  8. thinking of you and your family.


  9. …to you and your family mate.

    • lori on August 28, 2007 at 3:07 am

    At such a sad time, my heart is with you and your son.  Even without ever knowing your mom, I respect her to the hilt.  She raised you right and her legacy radiates through you.  I’m never very good coming up with the right words when dear ones are in pain, but I do have the sense that she is with you, and in turn, with all of us.  Life is so circular that way. 

    peace my friend. 

    • melvin on August 28, 2007 at 4:46 am

    Too straight, lacks all the character of the old one.

    • melvin on August 28, 2007 at 5:08 am

    Bring back the bodhi tree!

    Don’t make me take this over to the killing fields.

  10. I am so very sorry that you have lost your mother and grandmother.  That is a painful hurt that will take time to heal.  Give yourself the time and space to absorb your grief – it will insist on living with you for awhile so you might as well embrace it and learn from it that after it has had its way with you it will leave you with a calmer soul and gentler memories.

  11. and knowing that your mother’s funeral was, well, yesterday (Wednesday).

    My mother died early, early morning on this day five years ago. Right about now on that day and that year, she lost the last bit of consciousness.

    My mom was a pain in the butt and a kick in the pants – usually all at the same time. Moms can be that way. I’ve been assured this by my own daughters.

    Perhaps they’ll meet, your mom and mine, wherever the spirits of mothers congregate.

    My sympathies to you and yours, OPOL.

    • LoE on August 31, 2007 at 9:12 am
    • Losing a parent is big, a major life-defining event
    • Pretty much everybody goes through it, so you’re not alone
    • It doesn’t happen often (thank goodness!!)

    None of which means much when you’re in the middle of it yourself.  Kindness.  Be kind to yourself, and allow some room for sleeplessness, lack of focus, and out-of-the-blue over-reactions to seemingly unrelated things.


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