May 13th, 2008

Message from Karen

As virtuous men pass mildly away
And whisper to their souls to go
Whilst some of their sad friends do say
The breath goes now, and some say, no...

This is how Michael left us, at about 2:30 yesterday afternoon.  Surrounded by family love.

From him, among his last days of talking much, and from me, great, deep thanks for all your help, letters, wishes, prayers, and of course Blood! 

No flowers, thanks.  My yard is in splendid bloom.  Any gift you'd care to give would be welcome I'm sure,to a cause you know he cared about,  If you've meant to, but haven't quite gotten to a blood bank yet,please do.  (And please don't feel bad if you're unable to, for any reason.)  The best gift of all that you can give, truly,is to ask friends to give blood in his name.  Preferably, but not necessarily, at the UCSF blood bank.    He took so very much from the supply that it is still an enormous act of love to him to replace some of it.  Who knows?  Perhaps for some who are not already regular donors, it will become a habit.  I get such a good feeling when I go to a blood bank, because it's one of the things in society that is simply and completely for the common good.  Cuz obviously,  it's a supply that one day either we, or someone we dearly love, will desperately need.

We are still putting together love notes to, and now about, Michael.  If you'd like to send one, it's to:  1409 Bonita, Berkeley 94709.  Thank you, too, for those.  Though he just couldn't reply at the end, they meant so much to him.

We'll get back to you when we've got the memorial planned.  Anybody care to guess how many people to plan for?  I can't begin to figure it out...

An apology for not getting this out yesterday.  And a hope that I'll be able to figure out how to send it to Michael's list as well as my own. If you don't get it till evening, apologies, for I'll have had to wait for the tech support...