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It was almost one year to the day I was down and out about the state of the country
and not much has changed with that and even though it has been a whole year,   it feels like yesterday.  It hurts like yesterday.   The gratitude of the candles held to me feels like yesterday.  I was working on a diary when in the middle of it, I get the phone call my Daddy had died.   OPOL jumped into the diary and took the comments for me.  
OPOL then posted this diary announcing the reason for my sudden departure from my diary.  I had Kosmailed him and said, " I can't comment...my Father has died".

OPOL is now in Costa Rica, and I never met with he or Rachetracks as I was so griefstricken and in no state to meet anyone either but I think they understood.   I did call both and hugged you all here in another diary after I got back but never forgot your words of sympathy and lighting of candles that night.  I appreciate all of you and you got me through that horrible night.  I have friends on here and I do so appreciate your encouragment and kindness through my advocacy. It gives me strength and I may not tell you enough how much you mean.

The Funeral home put up a video of his life that I will share here.  A lot has happened
since Daddy died. My husband's health has fallen, we have not had our meetup yet, the people all over are hurting one way or another and in states like Florida, maybe more so.
We got a year older and the pie fights start up and we have a lot of more money infiltrating our electoral process and yet we meet and write and advocate.

 My Dad  lived a long life.  He lived an honorable life and was a democrat through and through till the day he died.  He was more important than Billy Graham as far as I am concerned because he represented the teachings of Christ and not the judgemental fundie prejudices.   He was a poor man as far as money but the richest man I ever knew.  He never raised a hand or voice to we three girls.   He taught us to love people and to be forgiving and most of all truthful, not hypocritical.  He died with Alzheimers mid April 2013.  There was no Breaking news, No headlines, just a small write up and this video but over 400 showed up for that funeral.   Over 800 words of symathy and that spell success to me..His life was not measured like a Koch brother but much richer in humanity.  He lived below the poverty line all of his elderly years.   He kept his head high.   He helped others before himself and he set an example to his offspring that we can only hope we meet with as much dignity and love that he walked everyday of his life as an example.. My Daddy WAS a christian and not a right wing nut job.   He was faulted for that too as he called them out when they got their judgmental way and prejudices left on his doorstep and he would say,

" Check yourself, you don't sound like you got any Love of God in you".
  He could not stand Bush or any of the republicans who called themselves Christian conservatives.. I can still see the look on his face when Bush's name was mentioned.  I was a Daddy's girl.
He left a huge imprint on my soul and heart and I feel he is with me in everything I try to do..  I wish every winger who thinks they own patriotism and God had known my Dad.   He exhibited both inside and out and was not only a democrat but IMO, a liberal democrat.  
No, No to the self righteous wingers, your party does not own God and Country, the liberals show more morality and good will than any of you will ever understand !   They walk the talk.  My Daddy reminded me in many ways of Jimmy Carter and he loved Jimmy Carter.  

I may have should  of waited and put this in the Grieving room but you all were on my mind today along with the night I was writing another Diary when I got the news.  
As a community, you came together to say,

" We are sorry for the loss".  
Those are words one never forgets.  

I think of many who have faced loss on here.  I think of you all everyday.  Too many to name, Lorikeet, Ottery Scribe, and I am afraid to name anymore because I will surely leave someone out but I know who you guys are  and I think of you all very often.  Thank you and let's keep building communities because sometimes one needs Daily Kos Community to just light a candle and give a hug.   It is something that spans the miles and dries the tears to march forward in life.  We need each other more than ever.

I had it on my mind and wanted to simply say, " I haven't forgotten the kindness nor the thoughts and sympathies".  One year later and I still go back and read the words, hold my quilt and Thank members here for just being not only heros in so many ways but also helpers of humanity and their fellow man or woman.   Blessings to you all.

Watch the video and again..thank you.  I made sure he got his military honors at his graveside  and the funeral home made sure he had a much remembered life on DVD

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