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February 1, 2008
By: Kevin Drum

I'M BACK....A million thanks to Steve Benen for taking over the blog on short notice yesterday. He's a real lifesaver, and I just want to say publicly as well as privately how much I appreciate his help.

The reason I got called away so suddenly on Wednesday was because we learned that Marian's father had passed away. He had been fighting cancer for several years, but at the end he died peacefully and among family at his home in the desert, which is probably as much as any of us can hope for. He was one day past his 79th birthday.

He was the rock of Marian's family, and we're all going to miss him terribly. Rest in peace, Harry.

Kevin Drum 11:22 AM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (68)

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my condolences

Posted by: mr. irony on February 1, 2008 at 11:22 AM | PERMALINK

I'm very sorry for your and Marian's loss.

Posted by: nonplussed on February 1, 2008 at 11:24 AM | PERMALINK

I'm sorry to.

Posted by: Tripp on February 1, 2008 at 11:25 AM | PERMALINK

I'm sorry to hear that. My condolences as well.

Posted by: Tripp on February 1, 2008 at 11:27 AM | PERMALINK

Condolences.

Posted by: cek on February 1, 2008 at 11:36 AM | PERMALINK

May you and all who mourn be comforted.

Posted by: Dabodius on February 1, 2008 at 11:39 AM | PERMALINK

Very sorry to hear, Kevin...condolences to you and especially Marian and her family.

Posted by: Glenn on February 1, 2008 at 11:39 AM | PERMALINK

Sorry to hear about your loss. May he rest in peace.

Posted by: Jasper on February 1, 2008 at 11:43 AM | PERMALINK

My family's condolences to your family...
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Posted by: Aris on February 1, 2008 at 11:43 AM | PERMALINK

Kevin and Marian - Please accept my sincere condolences. Hope Harry's soul rests in peace.

Posted by: RV on February 1, 2008 at 11:44 AM | PERMALINK

He was the rock of Marian's family, and we're all going to miss him terribly. Rest in peace, Harry

Nothing is more difficult than losing a loved one. We're very sorry for your loss and wish you strength in your grief.

Posted by: Windhorse on February 1, 2008 at 11:47 AM | PERMALINK

Words are inadequate at a time like this, but words are all I have. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Marian.

Posted by: Lifelong Dem on February 1, 2008 at 11:50 AM | PERMALINK

My condolences as well. It's so difficult to lose family.

Posted by: Mike on February 1, 2008 at 11:50 AM | PERMALINK

I pray that you may find comfort in so many good memories. God bless.

Posted by: LAS on February 1, 2008 at 11:50 AM | PERMALINK

Blessings to you and your wife. Prayers for Harry.

Posted by: Taylor Marsh on February 1, 2008 at 11:51 AM | PERMALINK

How lucky the family was to have someone like that, and how awful to lose him.

My condolences.

Posted by: CaseyL on February 1, 2008 at 11:52 AM | PERMALINK

Requiescat in pace.

Posted by: lampwick on February 1, 2008 at 11:53 AM | PERMALINK

Condolences to you and to Marian and her family.

Posted by: phoebes on February 1, 2008 at 11:53 AM | PERMALINK

Prayers to your family, Kevin. Take care of each other.

Posted by: stuck in 200 on February 1, 2008 at 11:54 AM | PERMALINK

I'm sorry for your loss. It sounds like Harry left in the nicest possible way--surrounded by love.

Posted by: QuakerLiz on February 1, 2008 at 11:56 AM | PERMALINK

I'm sorry for your loss, Kevin, and please give Marian my condolences.

Posted by: scruncher on February 1, 2008 at 11:56 AM | PERMALINK

It's hard, and there's no easy path through the grief. But at the other end of the road, you'll be left with the memories of the good parts. Condolences from myself and Mrs. T.

Posted by: thersites on February 1, 2008 at 11:58 AM | PERMALINK

My condolences to you and Marian, Kevin.

Posted by: Melissa McEwan on February 1, 2008 at 12:01 PM | PERMALINK

About two weeks ago, a very close friend of our family died. He was 90 years old. He was like a substitute grandfather to me (my last surviving grandfather died when I was 3, my last grandmother in the fall of '99) as I don't have Grand Parents. But he was in so much pain the last few weeks of his life, he wanted to die. He passed away quietly and while we were sad to see him go we were happy that he could be without pain at last.

I hope that your father-in-law was able to be as pain free as possible. Condolences.

Posted by: MNPundit on February 1, 2008 at 12:04 PM | PERMALINK

My deepest condolences. I lost my Dad six years ago and I miss him every day.

Posted by: Randy Paul on February 1, 2008 at 12:04 PM | PERMALINK

My sympathies to Kevin and his family in this sad hour.

Posted by: Zathras on February 1, 2008 at 12:11 PM | PERMALINK

My wife had her dad pass last December. My sympathies my man, to you and your family

Posted by: george on February 1, 2008 at 12:15 PM | PERMALINK

My condolences, too. One of the reasons I love this blog so much is that you open up as a real person and do more than just political pontificating. As a result, I think all of us can feel genuinely sorry for your family's loss.

Posted by: Steve on February 1, 2008 at 12:21 PM | PERMALINK

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Posted by: dontcallmefrancis on February 1, 2008 at 12:25 PM | PERMALINK

Let me join others in offering our heartfelt condolences.

Posted by: gregor on February 1, 2008 at 12:26 PM | PERMALINK

Very sorry to hear this. Y'all take care.

Posted by: shortstop on February 1, 2008 at 12:27 PM | PERMALINK

I'm very sorry about your family's loss and hope everyone recovers from it soon. Also, this is the best blog on the web, hands down.

Posted by: Doc at the Radar Station on February 1, 2008 at 12:35 PM | PERMALINK

Very sorry to learn of your loss, Kevin. Take care of each other.

Posted by: Tenebrous on February 1, 2008 at 12:38 PM | PERMALINK

My condolences to Marian, you, and her family.

Posted by: Goof Beyou on February 1, 2008 at 12:39 PM | PERMALINK

Condolences to your family and the friends who have lost someone who matters to them.

Posted by: Scorpio on February 1, 2008 at 12:40 PM | PERMALINK

My deepest sympathies to you and Marian.

Posted by: PS on February 1, 2008 at 12:41 PM | PERMALINK

My condolences on your loss.

Your remark that your father-in-law was the "rock" of the family reminds me of how much a certain personality and their wisdom can really define and bind together a family beyond all their other attributes.

I can never think about such people without recalling the African proverb, "When an elder dies, a library burns."

Posted by: frankly0 on February 1, 2008 at 12:44 PM | PERMALINK

I raise a glass of beer to the man and wish him a good journey!

Posted by: Dublin on February 1, 2008 at 12:46 PM | PERMALINK

Our duties: to family, to country, to planet. Notice these heartfelt expressions from what can only be described as an extended family. This is how we should behave. These feelings, understanding that in the end, we are all just people, and so finite, give me hope that humanity has the potential to save itself from it's own baser instincts.

You have a big family out here, Kevin. Our deepest sympathies and fondest wishes to Marian and to you.

Posted by: Greg in FL on February 1, 2008 at 12:47 PM | PERMALINK

I'm very sorry to hear about your wife's loss of her father and your loss of a father-in-law.

Posted by: Dr. Morpheus on February 1, 2008 at 12:57 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin & Marian, I'm so sorry to hear this. Take care,and prayers for Harry.

Posted by: greynct00 on February 1, 2008 at 1:04 PM | PERMALINK

my condolences - I will remember your family in my prayers

Posted by: genome on February 1, 2008 at 1:21 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin,

Please accept my condolences on your and your wife's loss.

Posted by: Yancey Ward on February 1, 2008 at 1:22 PM | PERMALINK

I'm very sorry to hear that. I wish you the best.

Posted by: Aaron on February 1, 2008 at 1:34 PM | PERMALINK

So sorry for your loss. You and Marian are in our thoughts.

Posted by: cowalker on February 1, 2008 at 1:43 PM | PERMALINK

My condolences.

Posted by: Mark on February 1, 2008 at 2:03 PM | PERMALINK

I'm sorry for your loss.

Posted by: Gregory on February 1, 2008 at 2:20 PM | PERMALINK

May he pass through the veils and reach
the seed.

Posted by: USC Trojan on February 1, 2008 at 2:23 PM | PERMALINK

My condolences also.

Posted by: nepeta on February 1, 2008 at 2:27 PM | PERMALINK

Best wishes to you and your wife, Kevin.

Posted by: The Conservative Deflator on February 1, 2008 at 2:27 PM | PERMALINK

Deepest condolences from here, too.

Posted by: lux on February 1, 2008 at 2:31 PM | PERMALINK

Much love to you and Marian and her family, Kevin.

Posted by: Tilli (Mojave Desert) on February 1, 2008 at 2:32 PM | PERMALINK

Very sorry for your loss. Heartfelt hugs to you and Marion.

Posted by: Zit on February 1, 2008 at 2:33 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin, may you and Marian remember nothing but good about her father. My condolences as well.

Posted by: bigcat on February 1, 2008 at 2:33 PM | PERMALINK

Frankly0 said: ""When an elder dies, a library burns." That is terrific, and deeply true.

All of us out here who read you daily are lifting you and Marian up for peace and healing.

Posted by: Winslow on February 1, 2008 at 2:36 PM | PERMALINK

My condolences to you, Marian and everyone feeling the loss of this beloved family member. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by: Kathryn on February 1, 2008 at 2:36 PM | PERMALINK

I'm sorry for your family's loss.

Posted by: Other Mike on February 1, 2008 at 2:57 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin

You seem like a decent guy. I think Marian's fortunate to have you with her at a time like this.

Posted by: ChrisO on February 1, 2008 at 4:26 PM | PERMALINK

My heartfelt condolences to you & Marian. Peace be with you & Harry & the rest of his family.

Posted by: bob in fla on February 1, 2008 at 4:45 PM | PERMALINK

My father passed three months ago. It left a tremendous void. My heartfelt sympathy on your family's loss.

Posted by: DevilDog on February 1, 2008 at 5:03 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin: My heartfelt condolences to your family.

Posted by: rational on February 1, 2008 at 5:07 PM | PERMALINK

Positive thoughts and energy headed your family's way.

Posted by: Mark D on February 1, 2008 at 5:49 PM | PERMALINK

I'm very sorry for your loss. I hope you and your wife take this comment thread as a huge hug.

Posted by: Babba on February 1, 2008 at 6:25 PM | PERMALINK

Condolences to you and Marian. It's good that you can take comfort in memories of a life well lived.

Posted by: Roger Bigod on February 1, 2008 at 7:01 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin,
Please accept my condolences too. My mother passed away a year ago, and, like your family, our family was lucky enough to be able to take comfort in knowing that her passing was peaceful among family in her home.

Posted by: Erika S on February 1, 2008 at 8:23 PM | PERMALINK

My thoughts are with you and Marian. My wife lost her father seven weeks ago, also at 79 years of age. Like your father-in-law, he was a good man who made his way in this world as best he could, and tried to do right by his fellow man. Would that we could all say that when our own time comes.

Aloha.

Posted by: Donald from Hawaii on February 1, 2008 at 9:00 PM | PERMALINK

Sorry for your loss, Kevin.

Posted by: Sock Puppet of the Great Satan on February 2, 2008 at 12:32 AM | PERMALINK

Kevin and Marian, my condolences to you. My mother-in-law passed away in 2006, far too young (early fifties), and we still think of her often. I miss her. But she did die in her own bed, and we have her blog's archives and her scrapbooks to remember her by. But goddammit. Goddamn AIDS. Frickin' cancer. May our dead loved ones rest in peace and may the curses of AIDS and cancer be abolished forever.

Posted by: Sumana Harihareswara on February 3, 2008 at 1:45 AM | PERMALINK




 

 

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