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The treasures of a Lifetime

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Spangle
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I am sorry I have not been too active recently here at FS. So many things going on at one time can be very taxing. I appreciate this posting so much, Ralf, because of the sincerity and appreciation for the kinds of positive people you write about. (I am also sorry for your loss of those who were close to you and who wee such an important part of your life.)

I have lived in over fifty different places, so really do not have any lifelong friends. As a military child, we learned to just let go of the people we meet because we moved so often. I always admire getting to know someone who still lives in the town where they were born. They have memories stored up in hundreds of places where they can still go.

Even though your line spacing is a bit off in places, this was easy to read and the message is powerful. xo Janet


 Comment Written 12-Sep-2020



reply by the author on 12-Sep-2020
    Thank you so much Janet for this lovely review. Couldn't fix the line spacing. The edit was good but when it was posted it was crazy. Tom couldn't help fix it.

    PS: Did you finish Falling Up The Stairs?

    Blessings, Ralf.

reply by Spangle on 15-Sep-2020
    I did finish Bob's wonderful book, Ralf...and left a review on Google. It was an impressive work and an amazing story. Thank you so much for sending me this much appreciated gift! xo Janet
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This is a story of real life, of family relationships that seem like bedrock in our lives and when these people are gone, its like casting about for a place to put your hand and finding nothing there. The story about the shared dreams with your sister was eerie but illustrated the close spiritual and physical bond between siblings. Life puts us together and sweeps us apart, and we have to deal with it, internalize it, and rationalize it. The memories are poingnant here. estory


 Comment Written 12-Sep-2020



reply by the author on 12-Sep-2020
    Thank you for this eloquent review. You say it all as it is and then some. Bless you!

    Ralf
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A very well-written non-fiction story about the friends in our lives that all has a special purpose how to serve us and how we can serve them with a special bond of friendship that cannot be broken.


 Comment Written 12-Sep-2020



reply by the author on 12-Sep-2020
    Thank you for your review.

    Ralf
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This is a poignant story of friendship. I have lost my long-time friends, too. This is well written. Your illustration is lovely. This is very nicely done.


 Comment Written 12-Sep-2020



reply by the author on 12-Sep-2020
    Thank you for your fine review. I do appreciate your words and it means so much when you take the time to tell me.

    Ralf
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Your writing reminded me of the various friends I have in my life and how important they are. It is such a happy thing to have so many wonderful people you can confide in. My condolences on the passing of your sister.


 Comment Written 11-Sep-2020



reply by the author on 11-Sep-2020
    Thank you for your review and the essence of your understanding heart. It is so comforting to hear of others' treasures.

    Ralf
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Hello Ralf.

This is a touching explanation of the structure of your friendships with different people. John Donne said no man is an island. Some people have learned to evaluate their relationships during his pandemic. The things we thought we cannot live without, we are doing it everyday.

I once read that person never has less than ten true friends their whole lives. Lives are full of acquaintances but friends are rare.

Robert


 Comment Written 08-Sep-2020



reply by the author on 08-Sep-2020
    We do have so many friends but there are not too many that you wish to share your intimate feelings with.
    Thank you for your review and for sharing your thoughts.
    Ralf

reply by Robert Zimmerman on 09-Sep-2020
    You're welcome
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It sounds like those "velvet friends" were/are wonderful people and invaluable in your life. You honor them well with your comments about their qualities and the meaning they have brought to your life.


 Comment Written 06-Sep-2020



reply by the author on 06-Sep-2020
    Thank you for your kind assessment of my writing and my velvet friends. I am humbled by your words.

    Ralf
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I'm sorry for your losses of those so close. Things just never seem to be the same once we lose someone who plays a big part in our lives. But, we do have some special memories to look back on, although not nearly comparable. Thanks for sharing.


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reply by the author on 06-Sep-2020
    Your wonderful understanding depicted in these sentiments are deeply appreciated. Thank [you Ric.

    :)Ralf
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This story, Friends, begins with an uplifting assessment of three people with whom you have shared your life with, which is a fantasy for some. Then the reality of life sets in and all are gone. I hope you have found some small replacement for such wonderful acquaintances.


 Comment Written 06-Sep-2020



reply by the author on 06-Sep-2020
    Yes, of course. I have four wonderful sons who travel with me, often down memory lane. I still have my half friend in Connecticut, George.
    Thank you for your understanding sentiments.

    Ralf
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Hello Raffaelina, I like your story very much, well written and because I can identify with it. As we age, one by one friends and relatives pass away. I am so sorry to hear about your sister Mary - that is a great loss and I know how you feel. I lost my brother last year. He had a brain tumour, and like your sister decided against treatment which may have shrunk it. I cannot think about him without getting tearful. The little booklets celebrating the life of friends and relatives is building up. Life can be such a sad place. Grieve and weep for your sister Mary - she will hear you - she's close by. Good luck in the contest - Dorothy xx


 Comment Written 06-Sep-2020



reply by the author on 06-Sep-2020
    Thank you for a wonderful review. Yes, I have grieved and I weep for her. The strange thing is, she is almost in every dream I have, which is a comfort.

    Be safe..Ralf
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