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June 3rd, 2011
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Sad News
I haven't posted here for a long time and this is hardly a cheery way to break that silence. But I just thought I should say that my much loved elder brother, Joel Rosenberg, died last night very suddenly. He popped in here from time to time and I know that some on my f-list were fans of his work. He was the sci-fi/fantasy novelist Joel Rosenberg, not the evangelical Christian novelist Joel C. Rosenberg.

I still can't believe he's really gone. I was thinking this morning "It's so sudden. It's just like when Uncle Bob died when we were in high school - such a shock. I have to call Joel and tell him it's like when Uncle Bob died. He's the only one who will remember that." And then, of course, realized how absurd that was.

I'm off to Minneapolis middle of tonight/early tomorrow morning.

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From:marag
Date:June 3rd, 2011 04:11 pm (UTC)
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Oh my. I'm so sorry to hear that. May you be comforted with all the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.
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From:mofic
Date:June 3rd, 2011 11:05 pm (UTC)
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Thanks. I'm still reeling. And so, so sad. But I'm ready to go tonight. I got plane reservations, did laundry, handed off work and volunteer assignments, made arrangements for a post-shiva memorial thing when I get home, etc. And I called my mother and the estranged siblings to tell them. Not that I expected a response, but I think they should know.
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From:executrix
Date:June 3rd, 2011 04:15 pm (UTC)
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I am very sorry for your loss. Please take care of your own health.
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From:mofic
Date:June 3rd, 2011 11:05 pm (UTC)
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Thanks, Dana.
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From:devildoll
Date:June 3rd, 2011 04:23 pm (UTC)
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So sorry. *hugs*
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From:mofic
Date:June 3rd, 2011 11:05 pm (UTC)
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I'll take them! Thanks.
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From:wordplay
Date:June 3rd, 2011 04:25 pm (UTC)
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Oh, I'm so sorry. Travel safe. *hugs*
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From:mofic
Date:June 3rd, 2011 11:06 pm (UTC)
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I'll do my best to be safe. Thanks for the hugs.
From:fantasyenabler
Date:June 3rd, 2011 04:35 pm (UTC)
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I'm so sorry. Please be safe as you travel. *hugs*
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From:mofic
Date:June 3rd, 2011 11:06 pm (UTC)
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Thank you!
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From:hitchhiker
Date:June 3rd, 2011 04:45 pm (UTC)
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i'm so, so sorry to hear that :( *hug*
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From:mofic
Date:June 3rd, 2011 11:06 pm (UTC)
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Thanks, Martin. I'm having a hard time believing it.
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From:roxymissrose
Date:June 3rd, 2011 05:41 pm (UTC)
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I'm so sorry for your loss.
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From:mofic
Date:June 3rd, 2011 11:07 pm (UTC)
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Thank you!
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From:hominysnark
Date:June 3rd, 2011 07:06 pm (UTC)
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I saw the news this morning and thought of you. Please know how sorry I am for your loss.
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From:realpestilence
Date:June 3rd, 2011 08:30 pm (UTC)
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Honey, I'm so sorry for you loss. You and your family have my deepest sympathies.
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From:mofic
Date:June 3rd, 2011 11:07 pm (UTC)
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Thanks so much.
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From:lunabee34
Date:June 3rd, 2011 10:23 pm (UTC)
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I am so sorry.

My condolences.
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From:mofic
Date:June 3rd, 2011 11:07 pm (UTC)
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Thank you.
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From:kuriadalmatia
Date:June 3rd, 2011 11:06 pm (UTC)
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Thoughts and prayers for you and yours. So sorry to hear. Travel safe.
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From:mofic
Date:June 3rd, 2011 11:08 pm (UTC)
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Thanks, Terry.
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From:opera142
Date:June 4th, 2011 12:54 am (UTC)
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I'm sorry for your loss.
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From:melannen
Date:June 4th, 2011 02:04 am (UTC)
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Oh no! I'm sorry for your loss, and as a fan of his SF, I'm sorry for the world's loss, too.
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From:talktooloose
Date:June 4th, 2011 03:22 am (UTC)
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Your story about wanting to call Joel and remember your uncle with him made me realize that each loved one's death means we lose a piece of our memory. I wish you and rest of Joel's family peace and strength. May you share memories of Joel at the shiva and thus help each other recover something of the loss you are each experiencing.
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From:soukup
Date:June 4th, 2011 03:34 am (UTC)
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Not absurd at all! I wish you could talk about it with him, because I completely understand the impulse. I didn't know your brother or his work, but it sounds like he meant a lot to you. I'm so sorry this has happened.
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From:lilacsigil
Date:June 4th, 2011 05:25 am (UTC)
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All my sympathy to you and your family, and to Joel's family.
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From:sydni_64
Date:June 4th, 2011 07:14 am (UTC)
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Oh, I am so sorry. I can only imagine how difficult a time this is for you and your family. I will be keeping you all in my thoughts.
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From:monitorscreen
Date:June 4th, 2011 10:26 pm (UTC)
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I'm sorry to hear this. Take care.

*hugs*
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From:kestrelsparhawk
Date:June 5th, 2011 09:29 pm (UTC)
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I'm so sorry! I've not been reading lj for a long time and Pesti tipped me off to this. Are you sitting shiva in St. Paul? May I bring something?

If divvying up cars is difficult, my car is going mostly unused in the parking lot, and you would be welcome to borrow it -- sort of the opposite of sitting shiva, but to get to synagogue or whatever.

I'm sad to hear about Joel. I met him just once, and enjoyed him. Please pass on my sympathies to his daughters.
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From:mofic
Date:June 5th, 2011 10:32 pm (UTC)
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Thanks. I'm still reeling but glad to be with family.

I'm here in St. Paul. I left a message on what I thought was your phone. I'm here until Tuesday and I'd love to see you. I'm at S&T's. Call me on my cell at 917 292-4552. We're barbecuing tonight and you're welcome to join, or there's tomorrow or Tuesday.
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From:janedavitt
Date:June 16th, 2011 01:09 pm (UTC)
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I just found out yesterday. I'm so very sorry for your loss. I knew your brother online some years back; he and Felicia used to come to an AOL chat I co-hosted about Heinlein and I'm a big fan of his writing.

So sorry.
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From:mofic
Date:June 18th, 2011 11:51 am (UTC)
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Thanks for writing. Joel and I loved the Heinlein juveniles when we were kids and I read them to my kids, too.
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