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Thank you for visiting! To post a comment to this message board, please send an email message directly to Mary with the subject line: Simon's Place Message Board. Your message will be added to the Web page as soon as I can get around to it! My apologies to anyone who visited during the storm of porno spam. Yuck. And apologies if you have sent a message that I did not manage to post. 7/16/09

For those who would like to post using a Captain Underpants name, feel free! If you haven't converted yet, or you can't remember your new name, take a look at the Captain Underpants silly name converter.--Mary

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 -- 05:47:00 (EDT)
Name: Mary Craig --
Location: Berlin
  • Liebe Sibylle,

    wie schoen von dir zu hoeren! Und dass du in Hohenheim nach Simons Baum suchst finde ich sehr ruehrend. Ich bin selber seit Jahren nicht mehr dorthin gekommen und weiss, der Baum hat einen Schaden mal gelitten. Du gibst mir aber einen Anstoss, mir den Ort wieder mal genau von Simons Grosseltern zeigen zu lassen. Dann kann ich berichten. Ich habe in Erinnerung, ein Labyrinth aus Rosmarin war in der Naehe.

    Ganz liebe Gruesse

  • Monday, August 11, 2014 -- 15:57:07 (EDT)
    Name: Sibylle von Rosen --
    Location: near Hohenheim, Germany
  • Liebe Mary,

    Du wirst bestimmt ueberrascht sein, dass ich Dir schreibe!
    Gestern spazierte ich mit Annette Siegl (frueher ISD) durch den Hohenheimer Park, und ich erzahhlte ihr, dass es einen Baum gibt, der Deinem Sohn Simon gewidmet ist. Den Baum versuche ich immer noch wiederzufinden, was mir bisher nicht gelungen ist. (Vor Jahren hatte ich ihn mal gefunden). Ja, und dann habe ich nach Dir im Internet "geforscht" und schliesslich ueber LinkedIn gesehen, dass Ihr wieder in Deutschland seid.
    Du hast einen wunderschoenen Blog, dem ich heute ein wenig gefolgt bin. Es hat mich sehr beruehrt, dass vor einigen Tagen bereits des 10. Todestages von Simon gedacht wurde.
    Da ich oft im Hohenheimer Park bin (ich wohne ganz in der Naehe), denke ich auch immer an Simon's Baum, wenn ich dort laufe, wo ich ihn vermute.
    Mit diesen Zeilen wollte ich Dir einfach mitteilen, dass auch von unerwarteter Seite an Euch gedacht wird.
    Ich hoffe sehr, dass es Euch allen gut geht.

    Sei sehr herzlich gegruesst
    von Sibylle

  • Friday, December 13, 2013 -- 17:27:00 (EDT)
    Name: Ellen Williams --
    Location: Salt Lake City, UT USA
  • Hello,

    It's has been so long I don't know if you will get this message; but this is Ellen Williams, Simon's close friend in 1st grade. I just found this website and it brought back so many memories of this amazing kid. He has such a special place in my heart, your whole family were always so good to me. Simon's grave is in the cemetery right next to my school, I visit him as often as I can and make sure it's being taken care of.

    I'm really glad I got the opportunity to tell you all this even after 10 years. I hope you are all doing well.


  • A note from Mary: Ellen's message was a lovely surprise--nearly ten years after Simon died. She and their first grade classmates are nearing the end of high school! You can see photos of Simon's grave on my blog in slide show #4. In the photos lower down the Message Board (Kim's message in 2008), Ellen is the girl in the dark pink striped top.

    Monday, July 15, 2009 -- 18:42:07 (EDT)
    Name: Lauren Rowe --
    Location: Hamilton, MA USA
  • Dear Mary,

    I read your "Five Years" posting from June 2 and found myself once again with tears in my eyes, sighing. I wonder, is Simon's death any less shocking today than it was five years ago? Only you know the answer to that question. I suppose it's a life-long quest, the task of trying to understand the meaning of his illness and passing. Your comment about things just not feeling "right" without Simon made so much sense. Yes, of course that's how it would be. So simple, so true.

    What is Miriam up to these days? How is she spending her summer?

    Blessings to you all,
    Lauren Rowe

    Hamilton, MA

    P.S. So glad I got to meet you at Starbucks when you were visiting Dotty.

  • Monday, November 14, 2008 -- 10:25:04 pm (WDT)
    Name: Kim Thanos --
    Location: Portland, OR USA
  • Dear Mary,

    I hope that this email address is still live and that my message reaches you. It has been 5 years now since our boys were in first grade. Nick Pearson has just finished his first term of middle school. Still, Simon is always in our thoughts and our lives - a little boy who touched us all in such a profound way. I cannot look back on the website without such strong memories of the year that we shared and the many small and large experiences of our boys.

    Nick has long since moved on from Yu-gi-oh cards. He now collects NBA basketball cards and has the same larger-than-life view of Kevin Love and Chris Paul that he once had for Blue Eyes White Dragon. He still has a remarkable love for his 6th grade teachers, just like he had for Mrs. Eaton. Each year we do something - a lemonade stand, a special prayer, a quiet loving remembrance - to carry our Simon forward with us. I remind Nick and Zack of the pack of Yu-go-oh cards that Simon chose not to open even when he knew that the end was near. We talk together about the amazing experience, what even the boys can now recognize as the chance to learn so much from the wisdom and resilience of an amazing little guy.

    As a mom, I fear that as time passes you see his legacy as something that touches only your family. Please know that our lives are more full and more relevant because of a little angel named Simon who will always, for us, be a little boy.

    All our love,
    Kim, Nick and Zack

  • A note from Mary: Kim's lovely message (which I refound on August 14, 2009) inspired me to post two photos from Simon's 7th birthday party. Nick is the boy with the dark purple and multi-colored tie-dye t-shirt.

    Simon's 7th birthday

    Simon's 7th birthday

    Saturday, May 17, 2008 -- 23:24:50 (EDT)
    Name: Lara Weberling --
    Location: The Woodlands, TX USA
  • Just a note to say that I loved your this i believe essay. I followed the link from the listserve post. nicely done:) I have started one of those essays, but haven't completed it.
    Wish I were only stopping by to wish Simon a happy 11th birthday.
    The Crusty Pants Family - Booger, Flunky, Cheesball and Crusty...

  • Friday, May 16, 2008 -- 13:29:58 (EDT)
    Name: Whitney Evans --
    Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Oprah Girdlefanny?? Oh my. I have known you, Mary and Miriam, and have been lucky enough to work with Markus for some time now. But I did not know Simon. As the fourth-annual lemonade stand arrives, I spent time getting to know Simon on this site. I spent time getting to know you three during Simon's illness and passing on. Tears flow. My mouth turns up a sudden smile. Tears flow. I love you all from a depth in my heart. My love is for your bravery, your sorrow, your joy, your perseverance through time and the way I know you today. May you be blessed with shooting stars as Simon says hello and the continued amazement of Miriam's smile, vitality and growth.

    I love you all,
    Whitney (aka Oprah Girdlefanny)

  • Sunday, March 30, 2008 -- 20:12:06 (EDT)
    Name: Stinky Pizza Chunks --
    Location: oberlin, oh
  • I'm so glad to see the message board activated again and enjoyed the chuckle about my name.

    Mary: We're going to be visiting SLC this summer--check your umich email for a note from me!

  • Tuesday, March 18, 2008 -- 15:31:58 (EDT)
    Name: Poopsie Pizza Shorts --
    Location: Oakton, VA USA
  • Greetings from Poopsie Pizza Shorts (a.k.a. Jacqui S.). I think of you often and hope you're well.

  • Wednesday, March 12, 2008 -- 10:54:10 (EDT)
    Name: Anne --
    Location: Belmont, ma usa
  • Stinky Diaperfanny! (Johannes is Poopsie Pizzabuns, Tommy is Falafel Pizzabuns; and Anneke is Stinky Pizzabuns). We're excited to see you next week, Mary!!!

  • Tuesday, February 12, 2008 -- 13:10:12 (EST)
    Name: Jean Watson --
    Location: Bolivar, OH USA
  • Yikes - I'm Poopsie Chucklechunks!

    As for writing tips, you know Mary that I always looked to you for the writing style. Whether we were writing for the Trib or for the school paper, the words were always yours.

    Glad to see you back here. Jean

  • Friday, February 01, 2008 -- 01:39:19 (EST)
    Name: Anna
    Location: , WA USA
  • My silly name is:

    Stinky Monkeyfanny :)

  • Monday,January 21, 2008 -- 21:10:37 (EST)
    Name: Stan Link
    Location: Nashville, TN USA
  • Hi, Mary--

    I just stopped by Simon's Place and read your recent postings about the pumpkins--and came across the question of "keeping the flow of time straight." Time is kind of an obsession of mine--at least in terms of how we experience it. It seems that the question of "keeping time straight" would be like asking how to keep water straight. At room temperature--at the temperature of life, that is--it flows. Straight doesn't seem to work for water much better than time. They both find their own course. Water can be straight only in the absence of sufficient warmth--when frozen--or when constrained--held artificially by a container. When frozen, the moment you touch it, it starts to flow again. When contained, you can't touch it, but can only see the shape of the container. Seems like that might be true of time as well. Any time I've tried to put down in writing some sort of recollection, the linearity of language feels at odds with time until finally I let go, and let the language of writing take the shape of the time's flow. Capturing and preserving became less meaningful to me than letting the memory flow through me during the process of writing it down. Whatever we end up with is one possible telling--but as I tell my history classes here sometimes--history is not to be confused with what happened. It is, rather, the story of what happened. In some odd way, this seems like a reason to go on telling the stories that are significant to us. The events don't need us at all. They took place, and that's it. The story is a different matter, as it is wholly dependent on the shape we give it.

    Anyway--that's sort of where I've gotten with it.


    [Note from Mary: Stan's message came to me via email, with a postscript (below). I received his permission to share his insights on the Message Board. I did not get his permission to do his Captain Underpants name conversion, but here it is anyway: Snotty Liverbutt! "p.s. I was going to post to your message board, but from what I can tell, I consistently get a 'tone' that people don't like....and I don't want to ruin your vibe." Wouldn't you agree that's Stan's willingness to engage philosophically is anything but ruinous to the vibe on Simon's Place?]

  • Saturday, January 12, 2008 -- 16:46:16 (EST)
    Name: Christine
    Location: , NY
  • Name conversion: Buttercup Pizzafanny

    I think of Simon and your family all the time.

  • Friday, January 04, 2008 -- 13:52:10 (EST)
    Name: Dotty Seiter --
    Location: S. Hamilton, MA USA
  • Gidget Pizzabuns here! Mary, as ever, thank you for the gift of your sharing.

    —GP, aka Dotty

  • Thursday, January 03, 2008 -- 10:34:12 (EST)
    Name: Buttercup Gizzard Chunks
    Location: Madison, WI
  • Thank you for sharing your writing.
    -- Buttercup (aka Carol Roan)

  • Wednesday, January 02, 2008 -- 19:58:57 (EST)
    Name: allyson devenish --
    Location: london, England
  • I write as Stinky Bubbleshorts! I hesitate to think of what my children would do with that name...! Mary, Markus and Miriam - I think of you all constantly along with constant prayers for Simon. I find myself strolling through this site, waiting (patiently!) for your entries, Mary. Your writing has helped me walk my own unsteady grief at losing a child. Your strength and clarity of expression are like a light. Love to you all.


  • Wednesday, January 02, 2008 -- 12:17:45 (EST)
    Name: Mary Craig --
    Location: Salt Lake City, UT United States
  • Hello!

    I'm testing out the re-enabled Message Board form. I hope somebody out there will give it a try, too. Wouldn't it be funny to see a bunch of silly names here, a little tribute to Simon's spirited sense of humor.

    --Pinky Gigglepants : ~ ]

  • Thursday, October 19, 2006 -- 23:41:07 (EDT)
    Name: Mary Craig --
    Location: Salt Lake City, UT USA
  • Dear Linda,

    Yes, I remember you! And I remember the amazing box of gifts you brought to us from all the Timbuktu stores in the spring of 2002, just when Simon's initial treatment was failing and we were in such need of comfort. You were the one who got us started on all the cool bandaids.

    But even more startling is this. On the Saturday that you sat down and wrote to the Message Board, I had decided to go shopping for new pants. I pondered where to go and wished I could find a Timbuktu Station, and I thought about you and all the fun times I had shopping at your store. I headed off to Chico's, which is not Timbuktu but sometimes has interesting things. I ended up walking out of the store empty-handed. When I got home, I checked my email. There was your message. I think I must have been thinking about you around the same time you were writing to me. Pretty amazing, considering that it's been several years since we last saw each other.

    I hope all are doing well in your family and that you like it in Florida.


  • Saturday, October 7, 2006 -- 14:57:27 (EDT)
    Name: Linda Kraljevich --
    Location: Orlando, FL USA
  • Dear Mary,

    I wanted to let you know that I think of you often and I am praying for you and your family. I'm not sure if you remember me, but I used to run Timbuktu in Ann Arbor. Our store is now gone and I am living west of Orlando, FL, but I have carried the website with me to see how you are doing. I read once that God holds all the children that have gone before us close to him so that all they feel is pure love and joy. I hope you find that a comforting thought. Our prayers are with you today.

    Linda Kraljevich

  • Sunday, October 1, 2006 -- 10:04:47 (EDT)
    Name: LaRue Thomas --
    Location: Highland, UT USA
  • Mary, Markus, and Miriam,

    Jonah, Savannah, and I have reveled all day in the joy of our new-found friends with a commensurate love of the outdoors. As I have looked over Simon’s Place, I have cried tears for the three of you and for all of your friends and loved ones that knew Simon. I hope and pray that our brief meeting is just the beginning of a meaningful relationship where we can continue to encourage each other in the trials and joys of this life. To many more hikes and camping trips in the great outdoors!
    Smiles, LaRue

  • Wednesday, September 6, 2006 -- 16:29:14 (EDT)
    Name: Whitley Hill --
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI USA
  • Hi Mary,
    Just wanted you to know I've been thinking of you and your family so much lately. August has always been the most bittersweet month for me; it's even more so now. As ever, your words and wisdom inspire, calm and clarify. I'm so sorry these months have been rough for you. Prayers and hugs your way.

    Just after he died, I wrote a song about Simon -- mostly based on things I read here on this site, and also on seeing him -- the few times I saw him -- in Ann Arbor, before you moved. I'd hoped to be able to sing it for you when you were here, but it was not to be. I've not yet taught it to my band, but hope to someday. I'll make a recording and send it to you if you like, but won't perform it unless you give your ok. I really like it. I wanted it to be a blend of boy-energy mischeviousness (I never know how to spell that) and wisdom -- both so apparent in Simon's quotes on the site. When and if we ever play it as a band, it will be LOUD.

    It's odd to have known you for such a short time -- when I left the Museum we really lost touch -- and then to be a sort of silent, lurky witness as you went thru Simon's illness and loss. Anyway, I just wanted to say hi and hey and howdy and that Simon is in no way forgotten and will never be -- even by tangential, long-ago friends like me!

    Love, Whitley

  • Wednesday, August 30, 2006 -- 00:08:10 (EDT)
    Name: Mary Craig --
    Location: Salt Lake City, UT USA
  • Dear Sheryl,

    Your message comes as a beautiful gift this evening. The past couple of months have been very difficult for us, especially for me. When my grief feels heavy, it can sometimes be hard for me to remember the joy and the love and the faith we felt so strongly with Simon. Thank you for finding words to remind me of my enormous love for Simon again tonight. I am deeply grateful.


  • Tuesday, August 29, 2006 -- 22:51:10 (EDT)
    Name: Sheryl Knapp --
  • Dear Mary,

    I was a classmate at Wesleyan, and learned of this website in one of our newsletters. Over the past 2 years, I have frequented the site but never posted a message... I just couldn't find the right words to say or the right time to say them. Well, I still don't have the words... but don't want to wait any longer to tell you what an inspiration you and your family have been to me over the years. You exchanged more love in Simon's final weeks than most individuals experience in a lifetime. I wish you all the best -- continued faith, strength and love.

    Warmest regards,
    Sheryl Knapp (Epstein)

  • Monday, August 21, 2006 -- 15:14:17 (EDT)
    Name: Katrina Zook --
    Location: Laramie, WY USA
  • Hello Mary,

    Thank you again for sharing your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. I was so moved by your mother's descriptions of the time surrounding Simon's death. I certainly do agree that the larger and greater the love, the loss is in equal proportion. Please know I am thinking of you all so often.
    Katrina Zook

  • Sunday, August 7, 2006 -- 12:24:58 (EDT)
    Name: Jamie Hine --
    Location: Washington, DC USA
  • Mary, Markus and Miriam,

    Carla and I send our thoughts, prayers, and love in a vivid swath of colors that will surround and comfort all of you. We think of Simon often and smile every time we do.

  • Sunday, August 6, 2006 -- 17:32:58 (EDT)
    Name: Ann Craig --
    Location: Oberlin, OH USA
  • Dear Mary and Markus,

    We, Simon's grandparents, have been reliving the sad days before Simon died two years ago. We recall how changed his appearance was. I arrived on July 27. The next day the visiting nurse was startled to see how much Simon's health had declined since the previous day. When I asked privately, she guessed that he might last 2 more days. But he hung on and stabilized. A week later on Aug. 3, Norm arrived, and we continued the vigil. You brought us news early in the morning of Aug. 6 that Simon had breathed his last. It ws all devasting.

    But it was also a marvelous time because the house was overflowing with love. Mary and Markus were at Simon's side as he rested and slept in the middle of the king-size bed. They were constantly feeling his needs and acting out their needs to keep attentive to him. The visiting nurses were dependable and supportive. The needed medications arrived. Simon's first grade teacher came and read to him, not knowing, but hoping he could hear. Two school friends came, one with a mother who played guitar and sang to Simon. The cancer doctor made a house call and made a practical suggestion to ease Simon's medication-induced constipation. Food kept arriving on Mondays and Thursdays from the community of your church. Neighbors stopped in daily to check on your grocery needs. Your ministers came. Miriam told Simon that she would be OK and he didn't need to worry about her. We took turns telling him goodbye. But the days went on, and the love never faltered. Then on Aug. 6, it was time.

    We cherish so many memories. Most are of the charming healthy Simon and even the charming not-so-healthy Simon. We also cherish memories of those last days because Simon received a full measure of love and a near-perfect sendoff. How we miss him. How blessed we are that he came to our family.

    It is hard not to be with you today. We are missing you both and Miriam.


  • Sunday, August 6, 2006 -- 12:22:47 (EDT)
    Name: Cristina Negrut --
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI USA
  • Dear Mary,
    A note to let you know I have been thinking about Simon and you all even more since August and the approaching anniversary. I am keeping up with the posts and I understand it is so hard for you to write. I feel I want to say so many things but they do not come easily into words.
    (we met once at WDI when you came to visit in early 2005)

  • Tuesday, August 1, 2006 -- 09:11:16 (EDT)
    Name: Amy Sheon --
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI USA
  • Dear Mary, Markus and Miriam,

    Please know that as the second anniversary of Simon's passing approaches, hundreds of people are sending you virtual hugs and thinking of all of you. I'm picturing Simon in his Superman cape, soaring above the clouds and basking in the love and warmth of his family and friends.

    Amy R. Sheon

  • Saturday, July 29, 2006 -- 00:42:18 (EDT)
    Name: Laura Seasholes --
    Location: Seattle, WA USA
  • Hi Mary....We so enjoyed your amazing tribute to Simon....neat kid! We also liked how you clearly articulated improvements. We hope the hospital took steps to make the important changes you suggested.

    I also appreciate your willingness to be so open....Because I knew Simon had died, I felt like I could connect with Miriam in an appropriate way when she was explaining the photo scavenger hunt. When she pointed out Simon's photo on the tree, she said her cousins were thinking they could see him, that he would be there in person. I said he was there... in all of their hearts.

    Thanks to your website, now he's in our hearts too...Thanks for sharing!
    - Laura Seasholes

  • Saturday, July 1, 2006 -- 11:51:07 (MDT)
    Name: Mary Craig --
    Location: Salt Lake City, UT USA
  • Jennifer,

    Thank you for your message. Thanks for reminding me that I haven't posted the results of the lemonade stand on Simon's birthday, which drew a good crowd and generated $1800 for Alex's Lemonade Stand.

    It means a lot to us that you are thinking of us. It is lovely to think of a luminary burning bright in Simon's name.


  • Saturday, June 24, 2006 -- 12:04:21 (EDT)
    Name: Jennifer Sharpe --
    Location: Lyndhurst, OH USA
  • Hi Mary and family! :)

    This is Jennifer Sharpe - Laurens daughter. I haven't been to simons website in a long time but i just visited it and its so wonderful all the things still happening for him. THe ski resort - wow thats awesome and i hope the lemonade stand on his birthday went well. I'm always thinking and praying for your family. I hope all is well.

    My mom and i were part of a team last night in Relay for Life. Its a relay the american cancer society holds all over the country and we were on a team wth a bunch of people from our church. the "track" was set up in the parking lot of one of our church buildings and bordered in luminaries people had bought in memory, honor and graditude of others. I just wanted to let you know that i bought a luminary in memory of Simon.

    hope you are having a wonderful summer!

    Lots of love!

    Jennifer Sharpe

  • Monday, June 5, 2006 -- 08:45:18 (EDT)
    Name: Rachael Coleman --
    Location: Boonton, NJ USA
  • As the four winds have blown me to and fro since last year, Simon’s Place remains a haven of calm and love. What a blessing that Simon can still bring that to my life. Thank you.


  • Wednesday, May 24, 2006 -- 09:00:34 (EDT)
    Name: Gari Stein --
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI USA
  • Hello Mary, it has been way-way too long since I have written. But, I literally think about Simon and you all everyday. I spent some extra time in thought on his birthday. I have a new grandson born in March in NYC, so after 20 years of no flying I have been there 3 times to see him. And, of course, it is such a blessing. I am also in the process of writing a book about the value of music in a young child's life and in the midst of it all, I turned 60! Shocking, but true....Hope you are well and know how much I miss and think of you and your beautiful family. Much love, Gari

  • Wednesday, May 17, 2006 -- 12:23:42 (EDT)
    Name: Mary Craig --
    Location: Salt Lake City, UT USA
  • Dear Jan,

    I immediately remembered your name when I saw your message in my email this morning. But I appreciate your sensitivity that I might be confused. I have to admit, keeping new acquaintances straight is one of the things I struggle with constantly now.

    We are happy for you to share Simon's Place with your class. Let me know if you have a student that has a research question we might assist with.


  • Wednesday, May 17, 2006 -- 09:45:52 (EDT)
    Name: Jan Hare --
    Location: Menomonie, WI USA
  • Hi Mary, Happy "birth day"! Ijust happened to log on to this site today because I'm preparing to teach my Death and Bereavement class 5/30-6/16. This is such a valuable and instructive website that I'm creating a link so my students can visit. I hope that will be ok with you. If not, please let me know. I hope you are well. In case you are bewildered who I am -- we met in SLC end of March when I gave a talk on Parental Bereavement. Have a lovely summer. Best wishes and again -- happy remembrance of Simon's birth and life. Jan Hare

  • Tuesday, May 16, 2006 -- 22:42:12 (EDT)
    Name: Kathy Duderstadt --
    Location: Natick, MA USA
  • Hi Mary, Markus, and Miriam,

    Happy Birthday, Simon


    Kathy, Nathan, Marina, and Jane

  • Monday, May 15, 2006 -- 15:42:11 (EDT)
    Name: Lawrie Williams --
    Location: Seattle, WA USA
  • Hi guys,
    We have been thinking about you all lately as we are approaching Simon’s birthday. I just finished listening to your NPR piece – what a great tribute. Miriam – you were great “on the air”. We love you guys – We are sending you great lemonade selling you vibes!

    Love to you all,

  • Friday, May 11, 2006 -- 13:26:57 (EDT)
    Name: Dotty Seiter --
    Location: South Hamilton, MA USA
  • Mary,

    Delighted to discover the update at Simon's Place! Thank you, as ever, for writing.

    I follow the moon's cycles with new awareness ever since Simon's death, knowing that you and I, from our distant geographic spots, connect with our eyes and hearts focused on the moon together. I confess, however, that what with rainy day after rainy day (after rainy day) here in New England this week and for some of last week, I've lost all sense of where we are in the cycle. Thank you for the reminder.

    The Simon candles are radiantly beautiful!

    Best wishes on the 17th at the lemonade stand. I envision a huge success.

    Give Miriam a huge smooch for me! What a beautiful note she wrote. What poignant wishes.


  • Friday, April 14, 2006 -- 10:11:24 (EDT)
    Name: Sherry Powell --
    Location: Knoxville, TN USA
  • What a beautiful tribute to Simon! Wish I could be there in person For the dedication, but know that I am with you in spirit. Maybe Someday we can visit this special place in person.

    Wishing you much peace & warm memories of Simon,
    Sherry Powell, mom to Josh,

  • Monday, April 13, 2006 -- 9:15:53 (EDT)
    Name: Lindsay Gross --
    Location: Lansing, MI USA
  • Just a quick note to say that I think it's FABULOUS that a run will be in Simon's name!!!! I hope you have a wonderful dedication day tomorrow . . . we'll be thinking about you guys. I can't wait to tell Andre tomorrow when he gets up. He'll think that's pretty cool - he's become a pretty avid skier. Next time we join my parents in Park City we will certainly make a pt to make our way down "Simon's Way". Tell Markus & Miriam hello. -Love, Lindsay

  • Monday, April 10, 2006 -- 11:24:07 (EDT)
    Name: Karen Brittain --
    Location: Salt Lake City, UT USA
  • I will be in Dallas on the 14th, but was thrilled to hear about Simon's Way. I am a season pass holder at Brighton and learned to board on that very slope. How delighted I am to hear of this recognition. I will smile each time I see it. I also plan to send Brighton an email to say how wonderful I think this is. I would be there if possible, but will be thinking of your family.

    Karen Brittain

  • Tuesday, April 05, 2006 -- 11:44:57 (EDT)
    Name: Mary Craig --
    Location: Salt Lake City, UT USA
  • Dear Kathy

    I'm so happy to hear today from my favorite "space cadets"!! The NASA Kids Web site looks great. Do you know, we haven't changed the Simon's Favorites page since we first created it when Simon was four years old. There would be a lot to add to that now, wouldn't there. I wonder what his favorite things would be now, coming up on nine years old?

    Did you notice the announcement on the site about Simon's Way, the new ski run at Brighton Ski Resort? We're looking forward to the dedication next Friday. Now all of you out-of-towners really need to plan a ski trip to Utah!

    A belated Happy Birthday to Marina!



  • Tuesday, April 04, 2006 -- 20:50:15 (EDT)
    Name: Kathy Duderstadt --
    Location: Natick, MA USA
  • Hello Craig Family!

    Just a note to say that we have been thinking of you and remembering Simon.

    Here's a cool website that you all might enjoy


    Marina, Jane, Kathy, and Nathan

  • Tuesday, March 21, 2006 -- 20:55:42 (EST)
    Name: Dotty Seiter --
    Location: S. Hamilton, MA USA
  • Mary,

    Thank you so much for the gift of the recordings you posted of your performances in May 2005 during your 20th reunion at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Magnificent! Brava!

    It will take me awhile to recognize you in that new-to-me voice; heretofore I've known you only through your writing voice and through your speaking voice as it reveals itself as a backdrop on some of the video clips of Simon et al -- your singing voice is different from those voices!

    I LOVE the photo of Miriam in front of the piano with new friend Emily : )


  • Monday, March 08, 2006 -- 12:45:03 (EST)
    Name: Mary Craig --
    Location: Salt Lake City, UT USA
  • Amy--

    I would love to share an audio clip from my Mahler performance, but, alas, we did not record it. Elizabeth and I intend to make a recording for ourselves, but we still have technical issues to resolve. I have found that serving as one of the primary implementers on the church music committee of our new concert series, I am unable to cover all the bases when I am also a performer in the concert. We're still piloting the series and learning a lot. For my part, I can't tell you what a revelation it has been to me how totally preoccupying it is for me to be the performer, rather than the organizer. So far, I can't be both. Maybe with more practice. . .? Or identifying others who can help?

    Some of my work on the music committee harkens back to my days with Arts at Michigan. The same applies to my German teaching. This week, I'm taking 10 students to see Utah Opera's production of The Magic Flute. It's as if I gave myself a "Course Connections" mini-grant, and I'm working to build the arts event into my teaching and, I hope, entice my middle-school students to make opera a part of their lives into their futures. We also took an exciting back-stage tour yesterday morning. It wasn't exactly a German lesson, but it's a great way to take advantage of teaching at a school that's within walking distance of the theater.

    As my energy slowly returns, I find myself exercising some of the things that used to be part of my work at Michigan. It feels pretty good.

    Meanwhile, I'll look for another recent recording that I can share. Thanks for asking!


  • Monday, March 07, 2006 -- 14:44:11 (EST)
    Name: Amy Sheon --
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI USA
  • Mary--I was so touched reading about your performance of the song cycle. As always, your presence is hauntingly moving and beautiful. Any chance of an audio link to a snippet of the performance? My best regards to you.

  • Sunday, March 03, 2006 -- 09:039:10 (EST)
    Name: Elizabeth Shearon --
    Location: Salt Lake City, UT
  • Mary- just visited Simon's beautiful site. Wow! a journey that has many openings. Love the picture of Simon and his Sis. I will share Simon's Place with my friend, Lynda. Thank You. Elizabeth

  • Friday, March 3, 2006 -- 16:035:38 (EST)
    Name: Kathy Duderstadt --
    Location: Natick, MA USA
  • Hi Mary!

    We are settling in to our new home in Natick, MA and I am starting to try to reconnect with friends.

    I am looking for a playgroup like the one we had at Northwood. It was quite a special place... I long for the friendships again...

    We are doing well. Glad to be back up North and in the Blue. Nathan loves being a Professor at B.U. Marina has adjusted well to her new school and has made a close group of friends. Jane and I are bonding and discovering the great programs at the Framingham YMCA.

    We think of you all often.



    p.s. Please feel free to visit!!!

    Wednesday, February 13, 2006 -- 18:55:37 (EST)
    Name: Dotty Seiter --
    Location: Hamilton, MA USA
  • Mary,

    Tell us, tell us, tell us! We're eager for details about (and photos of?) the 9:00 and 11:00 AM performances of Arkansaw Bear and the acting workshop during the All Church Worship service on 2/12/06 at First Unitarian Church SLC. Great idea, Simon!


  • Wednesday, February 08, 2006 -- 14:55:28 (EST)
    Name: Mary Craig --
    Location: Salt Lake City, UT USA
  • Hi Dotty,

    Thanks for giving the "new format" on the Message Board a try. I just go into the actual files and turn a spammer's message into a real one and then delete the rest of the junk. It's not as easy as it used to be, but I guess that's what I have to do until I find a better solution. Any ideas out there? I've seen Message Boards that require verification codes and such, but so far this option isn't offered through the University of Michigan service that hosts this Web site.

    I'm always glad to have help with memories of times with Simon. I'm glad you sent me back to the photos from January 2002 at Wild Swan Theatre in Ann Arbor. We all love that company so much. We are still hoping to have them perform at a benefit in Simon's memory (I would love it to be The Rainbow Crow, which is the show we saw that day). Simon also hoped to commission them to write a new play based on a favorite book of his. We still need to pursue that idea.

    I find now that going back on a particular "mission"--like Dotty's recollection of a similar photo--really helps me have good memories about Simon. Trying to remember his whole life is far too overwhelming, but little trips back in time are like seeing him again. What a joy and blessing that is whenever it happens.

    The same is true whenever someone shares with us a photo or story about Simon that we never saw or heard before. That is such an important gift, and I try to offer the same thing to others who mourn loved ones: help them know and "visit" with the person they miss.

    It's a sunny day in Utah and only a little hazy. It's a good day for happy thoughts.



  • Wednesday, February 08, 2006 -- 10:32:34 (EST)
    Name: Dotty Seiter --
    Location: Hamilton, MA USA
  • Thanks for the colorful, life-full reminiscence of Celebration Sunday in 2004. What fun that you identified Simon, Miriam, and yourself among the magnificent gathering of folks photographed soaking up the excitement of that performance two years ago. Seeing Simon in that photo where he's sitting with Liz Martin and apparently conversing with Ava triggered a memory of one of my favorite photos: that of you, Simon, and Miriam attending a performance at Wild Swan Theatre, January 26, 2002. (Let's see if I can create a link to that photo: Wild Swan Theatre, January 26, 2002). In that photo, I love the eye contact and conversational connection you and Simon share while you and Miriam simultaneously share a nursing connection.

    As ever, thanks for ongoing postings at Simon's Place.


  • Monday, February 06, 2006 -- 23:43:38 (EST)

    Location: Salt Lake City, UT USA
  • I see that so far no one wants to take me up on hand-posting your messges to the site. But it really would still be fun to hear from people on this Message Board. So, if you're tempted, give it a try (see above for instructions). --Mary

  • Sunday, January 08, 2006 -- 16:06:46 (EST)
    Name: Amanda Stiebel --
    Location: St. Louis, MO USA
  • I'm the editor of the anthology to which you recently submitted Simon's story. I wanted you to know that of all the emotional tales of medical issues, yours is the only one that made me cry while I was reading it. I have a small son, and I cannot imagine the pain you went through. Thank you for sharing, and I am so sorry you had to face the worst a parent can face. I will hug my son tighter every day.

  • Thursday, January 05, 2006 -- 20:00:55 (EST)
    Name: Dotty Seiter --
    Location: Hamilton, MA USA
  • Mary,

    So good to hear your voice again.

    I visit Simon's Place several times a week. As I clicked on the link this evening, I thought to myself, "It's been a month; I wonder when Mary will next write."

    Today, evidently! Thank you for sharing yourself and your journey with us again.

    I've decided that the spam on this message board is going to force me to strengthen spiritually, as it gives me opportunity after opportunity (after opportunity) to exercise the power of now -- i.e. to accept what IS. The spam IS, no two ways about it!

    Have you had a reply to the submission of your essay??

    I began reading Joan Didion's THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING this morning. Powerful. Reading Didion made me think of you often; then, reading your thoughts this evening about grief and living with loss made me think of Didion -- in relation to both her experience of grief and to your appropriation of a line of her writing as an exercise in your 2005 writing class.

    With love,

  • Thursday, January 05, 2006 -- 12:16:54 (EST)
    Name: Mary Craig --
    Location: Salt Lake City, UT United States
  • Happy New Year to everyone who visits Simon's Place! (Except you pesky spammers--as if anyone interested in Simon's story really CARES about the ridiculous web links posted here as spam!!!)

    I've just archived messages from the second part of 2005, and you can read previous messages by browsing around the archive links below. Many of you probably remember the outpouring of love for Simon and all our family in August of 2004. I recently went back to the Message Board pages from that month and was truly overwhelmed to read the messages there. It is so hard for any of us (me included) to sit down and type into a computer anything that feels "right" in response to Simon's beautiful life and terrible death. As you can see from the forum of this Message Board, many people have gone ahead and tried anyway--much to the benefit of all of us.


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