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Blog entry by littlecope posted 04-26-2011 04:15 AM 3498 reads 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Where I live...
In 2001 I amused myself (for a week or so) making a scaled-down, portable version of where I live…
Nobody ever came over, so I thought to bring the apartment to them…
The thin plywood has since warped terribly, and even begun to peel, but originally I could have set it anywhere by a marked, true North, and had a fairly accurate representation of the Sun-cast shadows through the windows back home…
The Walls and Sides have tabs that slide into slots in the base…Walls & sides have tabs that slide into slots in base...
The “Doorways” of the little structure required each their own tab, because the openings extend to the “Floor”...
I’ll leave it to you to guess which room the shop is in, but I’ll give you a hint… the salt shaker is on the kitchen table…Hint: The salt shaker is on the kitchen table...

”Yeah, but what have you done lately?”

Two weeks ago, I began what was to be a very special box… actually a very special urnFour sides, cut to length and dadoedUnfinished Urn
Unfortunately, I am too slow a woodworker, with too little time… and the Lord has His Own Schedule…
My Older Brother Steve passed away last Tuesday. He had been diagnosed with Cancer in the summer of 2004, fought and won every battle, but couldn’t win the war…
There wasn’t enough time to finish the urn, because it all went very swiftly at the end…
I truly do not have words, but I felt a need to share this with you my Friends…
He was 57 years old, a Great Son, Grandson, Brother, Cousin, Uncle, Husband, Father, Co-worker, Friend, and Person…
He will be missed…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#1 posted 04-26-2011 04:35 AM

My condolences to you and your family.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#2 posted 04-26-2011 04:44 AM

thank you michael
for reaching out and sharing this with me
through this time of hardship
for you and your mother

i know we could only offer our thoughts
and feelings to each other
but somehow it helped
i know it did for me
and hope it helped you in your grief too

it may be that this box is yours
to remember steve by
like a personal conection
that’s how i remember joe

there may yet be other boxes for his wife and children

but i do feel you need to have this as your own

and again thank you
for helping me get my own pain and fears in perspective
in a calm and kind way

love you michael

we really aren’t that alone
when we can hold the memories
and the laughter shared
and be better through them

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 04-26-2011 05:01 AM

Hi Michael,
I knew how you feel with the lost of a loveone after such a struggle but we knew that there will be a day that will come. I had a sister who died of cancer too (30 years ago) and what we really felt is the pain she suffered the same way I see in your brother. He is in good hands now. Though he lost the war, he wins the glory in God. My condolences to you and loveones.

As for the urn to be… as David said… It is a way how Steve will always stay in you heart. Finished or unfinished, it will always serve the purpose … that you care.
God Bless.

-- Bert

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#4 posted 04-26-2011 05:04 AM


My thoughts and prayers are for you and all your family during this time when the loss is so stark and immediate. May you all have the strength to bear up under the weight of this tragedy.


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#5 posted 04-26-2011 06:48 AM

Mimi and I send our prayers to you and your family.
To have lost two very special people in your life, so close together, must be almost unbearable. I sincerely hope you can find comfort and solace in knowing Steve and Dad are at peace and without pain.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 04-26-2011 07:20 AM


My brother passed away 4 years ago and I have never recovered.
He died of a heart attack at the age of 51. He was perfectly healthy before that.
Reading your post is painfull; I trully feel your pain. I hesitated to post but l wated to reach with my thoughts and prayers.

God bless.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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Jamie Speirs

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#7 posted 04-26-2011 09:50 AM


It’s hard.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#8 posted 04-26-2011 11:54 AM

My condolences to you and yours Mike. God bless.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#9 posted 04-26-2011 12:19 PM

I´m sorry for your loss Mike. my condolence to you and the fammely


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#10 posted 04-26-2011 12:24 PM

Sorry to hear of your brother’s passing. I know he lasted so much longer than you expected… the extra time is like a gift….

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#11 posted 04-26-2011 01:29 PM

oh so sorry about your loss

(and I enjoyed looking at the apartment)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#12 posted 04-26-2011 01:52 PM

Hi Mike. So sorry to hear about your brother- my condolence to you and your family.
. I lost my best friend who I grew up with since 5 yrs old to cancer in 2007 and I really miss not being able to call him and discuss designs resolve problems like we used to. My friend Jim only lasted 3 weeks after he was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer.

That will be a very special urn you are making.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#13 posted 04-26-2011 02:47 PM

I´m sorry for your loss Mike. my condolence to you and your Family. Keep the all close. We all have only a short time to enjoy them!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#14 posted 04-26-2011 04:16 PM


I am sorry to hear about Steve. This has been a rough year for you, and your family. I looked up the obituary

and seen his picture, you two sure look like brothers. Steve, is the exact same age as my brother Pete, you are

the same age as me, your other brother Scott, would he be 61? My oldest brother Mike is 61.

Freind, our prayers and thoughts will be with you and your family today.

Bob Kollman

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#15 posted 04-26-2011 04:57 PM

So sorry for your loss. Our condolences to you and yours Mike. God bless.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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