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Monday, May 1, 2017

Melissa Bradley_To Celebrate A Life Well Lived


"The World is always darker 
when a light dies 
than if it had never existed at all."
 - Samuel McCord


Ernest Hemingway once wrote:

 “Madame, all stories, if continued far enough, end in death, 

and he is no true-story teller who would keep that from you.

 Every man's life ends the same way. 

It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.” 


In that respect, I have no doubt that Hemingway would say Melissa Bradley lived a very distinguished life.

Life is no story.  

It bleeds too much for comfort at times.  

Yet, each life well lived contains beauty and hope -- as did Melissa's.

She brightened each meeting with her.  

And with her resolved, brave determination in fighting cancer, she gave inspiration to us all. 

She hurt and admitted it.  

She fell victim to depression. 

 But each time she fell, she rose to struggle on, never giving up, never losing her wit, her humor.

She is, to me, a light that will never burn out.

Melissa, I will miss you.
Madame, all stories, if continued far enough, end in death, and he is no true-story teller who would keep that from you.
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Madame, all stories, if continued far enough, end in death, and he is no true-story teller who would keep that from you.
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/e/ernesthemi152942.html

12 comments:

  1. I heard the news this morning. She fought until the end. We will miss her indeed.

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    1. We never met but by her words, I felt warmed to know her.

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  2. That's really sad to hear, and this is a very thoughtful post to let us know. RIP, Melissa, and know you will be missed. The circle of life and death continues, regardless of what we humans want.

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    1. I want the circle of life to slow a bit as it reaches the end of the circuit! Each moment becomes increasingly precious. Thanks for visiting.

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  3. She shared her passion and her will to party until the end, she will be missed... She is rocking the Heavens.

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  4. Hi Roland - so sad to read this about Melissa - she certainly showed her character through the posts I read about her. We do gain friendships via our blogging world that ring true and aren't ephemeral ... I'm sure she can now rest and not hurt ... we will remember her ... all the best Hilary

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    1. Melissa lives on in the hearts of those who knew and cared for her.

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  5. Oh how sad. I'd read on Michael's blog that she'd gone into Hospice recently. Cancer is so evil.

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    1. Sad that she suffered so at the end. :-(

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  6. Excellent post, Roland! Riveting, and so touching. I smiled with tears in my eyes. And it's good to see a few new book titles to check out.

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