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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Walk With the Dreamers, My Friends...

I post this in honor of my friend, Mark Franklin Warren, who died long before anyone who loved him was ready to lose him, but who lived his life fully - with great love, compassion, humor, and amazing (such amazing) strength... who not only walked with the dreamers, the believers, and the courageous, but who was a dreamer, believer, and courageous... and who most definitely left this world far better than he found it. We should all be so brave... and so lucky!


I leave tomorrow for his funeral, which is taking place Saturday morning. It's the last place I thought I'd be this weekend. It's certainly the last place I want to be. But although I know the tears will be flowing freely, I know the laughter will be as well. Because even in deep grief, it would be impossible to honor our friend without expressing the great joy he brought to our lives.

Take care, my bloggy friends... and do me a favor, will you? Laugh a lot this weekend, in honor of Mark, OK? I'll see you soon... XO

12 comments:

justsomethoughts... said...

will do.
peace and light, diane.

Lee said...

A sad loss, we need more like him.

A Mom on Spin said...

Hey, can I walk with you?

sherri said...

Hugs to you- I will laugh in his honor today.

blognut said...

I'm right there by your side, my friend.

Love you.

Live More Now said...

Ahhh, Diane. Thoughts are with you and all the others who lost a very sweet friend in Mark.

Rejoice in his life -it sounds like it was so well lived. I love your featured quote.

xoxo

dianne said...

A lovely way to honour your friend's memory...my thoughts are with you. ♡

Mel said...

We did laugh, didn't we? Loved seeing you (and your skinny ankles).

Jennifer Poe said...

You were prophetic. We DID laugh a lot. Okay, here they come ( the tears, I mean). Seeing you and Mel there proved once again how far reaching Mark's touch was.

J.Poe

Sometimes Sophia said...

Sorry for your loss. To have brought you much joy is a wonderful tribute to Mark. God bless him.

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Anonymous said...

Hi. My name is Michele, and Mark was a dear friend of mine as well. The world is DEFINATELY a MUCH better place due to Mark, and I feel certain that the world will continue to become a better place simply from the "ripple effects" that he has left behind! I know I will always be one of his many "Ripple Riders", as I have learned a great deal from this man. The only bad thing this man left behind would be this "extremely high bar" (the bar in which we measure the WORTH of a man), which has been placed so high that this single woman is having trouble finding her "Mr. Right". Thus far, the single men I have met can't even PRETEND to limbo underneath it! ; )
If you ever want to talk, feel free to e-mail me at silverbraidpa@yahoo.com
God Bless & much love...from one of "Mark's Ripple Riders" to another! : )