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Re: Passing of Laurel Gene Fechner Clan Sinclair USA Historian Emeritus

Early on, when I was starting these web pages, a source of energy
appeared and set to building. Laurel wrote most of the FAQ before
she branched out into the Clan Sinclair USA history pages.
And of course she was a fixture on the discussion list.
Her spirit was instrumental in attracting members and enthusiasm.

Like Pete Cummings two years ago, now she is gone. Others will have
to sift and sort and build history.

Although I corresponded with her for years, and we collaborated on a
few projects, I never met her, but I will miss her.

 Because we don't know when we will die,
 we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well,
 yet everything happens only a certain number of times,
 and a very small number, really.
 How many more times will you remember
 a certain afternoon of your childhood,
 some afternoon that's so deeply a part of your being
 that you can't even conceive of your life without it?
 Perhaps four or five times more, perhaps not even that.
 How many more times will you watch the full moon rise?
 Perhaps twenty. And yet it all seems limitless.

 --Paul Bowles, <em>The Sheltering Sky</em>

A collection of messages sent in commemoration of Laurel Fechner is in


John S. Quarterman <jsq@quarterman.org>
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