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Honoring Chavi, Elspeth, and Marilyn on April 1st (2018)
« on: March 31, 2018, 10:51:39 am »
The 12th anniversary of one of the saddest days in the history of The Cauldron is almost upon us. If you were a member of The Cauldron any time from about 2003 to early 2006, you will remember Chavi (aka Storyteller Cat and, in offline life, Cathlene Patricia McKenna) and starting in early 2005, her ever positive reports on her battle with a rare form of cancer. (Some of these posted used to be available on our 2005 Archive Board -- but the software it ran on does not support modern versions of PHP.) The odds were against her from the beginning, but that did not stop her from fighting hard to try to be one of the rare survivors. And for a time it looked like she really might overcome those long odds. Unfortunately, it wasn't to be so. We lost Chavi on April 1, 2006.

Elspeth, one of the founders of this board passed over on April 19, 2010, after years of fighting congestive heart failure and other medical problems which kept her offline except for generally brief spells for the last five or six years before her death. She was a major participant here in the early years of this board and her posts can be found on our old Delphi forum. Some of her poetry and other writings can in old issues of our newsletter and in the Samhain section of our web site. The Cauldron would have never started if Elspeth had not wanted a forum to replace a small mailing list, The Grove, which she ran. Back then in cost money to run a user-ran forum on Delphi (where we were at the time) and I gave her a year of that cost and my help running the forum as a present.

Marilyn (aka Absent) was a long time active member of this board with many posts to her credit up until she suddenly passed on February 16th of 2013. She was a long time staff member whose expertise on the Tarot was appreciated by all.

Sunday, April 1, 2018, marks the 12th anniversary of Chavi's passing. Since the first anniversary of her passing, we have honored her on April 1st with 24 hours of candle burning. Seven years ago, we started honoring Elspeth on this day as well. Four years ago, we added Marilyn to this annual memorial. We are asking all Cauldron members who knew Chavi, Elspeth, or Marilyn; knew of Chavi, Elspeth, or Marilyn; or who did not know any of these three people but just want to help honor three wonderful people who meant a lot to many members of TC (and wish to participate) to light a candle in honor of Chavi, Elspeth, and Marilyn at 8pm your local time on April 1st and let it burn for at least an hour. The object is to have 24 hours of candles burning for them -- one hour at a time around the world. Given things like oceans and the like, this may not be completely possible, but we have always come close -- especially as some of us let our candles burn for much longer than one hour.

If you log in on April 1st, you will probably notice that many longtime members of this board have changed their avatar for the day to either an avatar of a hat or their regular avatar wearing a hat. These hats are usually somewhat silly. We do this in honor of Chavi who had a thing for silly hats.

If you want to participate, please post in here. Everyone, regardless of religion, is welcome to participate. If you can't participate at 8pm your time, feel free to pick a different hour, I can promise you that neither Chavi, Elspeth, nor Marilyn would have been sticklers about the time. Neither are we.

[I'm sorry very the very short notice -- and for the second year in a row. Whenever I thought of posting this I've been at a doctor's office, a gocery store, etc. where I couldn't post this. Lyricfox reminded me this morning, thankfully.]
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Re: Honoring Chavi, Elspeth, and Marilyn on April 1st (2018)
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2018, 05:47:41 pm »

Randall I didn't have the honor of knowing any of these people but I will light three candles for them starting at 8p and I'll let them burn as long as possible. 
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Re: Honoring Chavi, Elspeth, and Marilyn on April 1st (2018)
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2018, 08:57:21 pm »
Randall I didn't have the honor of knowing any of these people but I will light three candles for them starting at 8p and I'll let them burn as long as possible.

Lyricfox and I will be lighting a candle when we get up and it will burn until were go to bed (with a brief timeout to change candles as I doubt our votives  we have available can do 15+ hours).
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Re: Honoring Chavi, Elspeth, and Marilyn on April 1st (2018)
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2018, 09:21:52 pm »
Lyricfox and I will be lighting a candle when we get up and it will burn until were go to bed (with a brief timeout to change candles as I doubt our votives  we have available can do 15+ hours).

I will probably be up most, if not all night anyways.
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Re: Honoring Chavi, Elspeth, and Marilyn on April 1st (2018)
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2018, 12:40:06 am »


The 12th anniversary of one of the saddest days in the history of The Cauldron is almost upon us.

I'll light my candle in the evening and think of Marilyn in particular. I still miss her every time I run into a tarot question.

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Re: Honoring Chavi, Elspeth, and Marilyn on April 1st (2018)
« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2018, 02:30:13 am »
If you want to participate, please post in here. Everyone, regardless of religion, is welcome to participate. If you can't participate at 8pm your time, feel free to pick a different hour, I can promise you that neither Chavi, Elspeth, nor Marilyn would have been sticklers about the time. Neither are we.

I'm in, as always. I'm not sure I'll be home by eight, but I'll have my candle burning from whenever I do get home until midnight (or possibly later).

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Re: Honoring Chavi, Elspeth, and Marilyn on April 1st (2018)
« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2018, 06:13:44 am »
If you log in on April 1st, you will probably notice that many longtime members of this board have changed their avatar for the day to either an avatar of a hat or their regular avatar wearing a hat. These hats are usually somewhat silly. We do this in honor of Chavi who had a thing for silly hats.

My (avatar's) hat is on!
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Re: Honoring Chavi, Elspeth, and Marilyn on April 1st (2018)
« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2018, 01:43:25 am »
The 12th anniversary of one of the saddest days in the history of The Cauldron is almost upon us. If you were a member of The Cauldron any time from about 2003 to early 2006, you will remember Chavi (aka Storyteller Cat and, in offline life, Cathlene Patricia McKenna) and starting in early 2005, her ever positive reports on her battle with a rare form of cancer. (Some of these posted used to be available on our 2005 Archive Board -- but the software it ran on does not support modern versions of PHP.) The odds were against her from the beginning, but that did not stop her from fighting hard to try to be one of the rare survivors. And for a time it looked like she really might overcome those long odds. Unfortunately, it wasn't to be so. We lost Chavi on April 1, 2006.

Elspeth, one of the founders of this board passed over on April 19, 2010, after years of fighting congestive heart failure and other medical problems which kept her offline except for generally brief spells for the last five or six years before her death. She was a major participant here in the early years of this board and her posts can be found on our old Delphi forum. Some of her poetry and other writings can in old issues of our newsletter and in the Samhain section of our web site. The Cauldron would have never started if Elspeth had not wanted a forum to replace a small mailing list, The Grove, which she ran. Back then in cost money to run a user-ran forum on Delphi (where we were at the time) and I gave her a year of that cost and my help running the forum as a present.

Marilyn (aka Absent) was a long time active member of this board with many posts to her credit up until she suddenly passed on February 16th of 2013. She was a long time staff member whose expertise on the Tarot was appreciated by all.

Sunday, April 1, 2018, marks the 12th anniversary of Chavi's passing. Since the first anniversary of her passing, we have honored her on April 1st with 24 hours of candle burning. Seven years ago, we started honoring Elspeth on this day as well. Four years ago, we added Marilyn to this annual memorial. We are asking all Cauldron members who knew Chavi, Elspeth, or Marilyn; knew of Chavi, Elspeth, or Marilyn; or who did not know any of these three people but just want to help honor three wonderful people who meant a lot to many members of TC (and wish to participate) to light a candle in honor of Chavi, Elspeth, and Marilyn at 8pm your local time on April 1st and let it burn for at least an hour. The object is to have 24 hours of candles burning for them -- one hour at a time around the world. Given things like oceans and the like, this may not be completely possible, but we have always come close -- especially as some of us let our candles burn for much longer than one hour.

If you log in on April 1st, you will probably notice that many longtime members of this board have changed their avatar for the day to either an avatar of a hat or their regular avatar wearing a hat. These hats are usually somewhat silly. We do this in honor of Chavi who had a thing for silly hats.

If you want to participate, please post in here. Everyone, regardless of religion, is welcome to participate. If you can't participate at 8pm your time, feel free to pick a different hour, I can promise you that neither Chavi, Elspeth, nor Marilyn would have been sticklers about the time. Neither are we.

[I'm sorry very the very short notice -- and for the second year in a row. Whenever I thought of posting this I've been at a doctor's office, a gocery store, etc. where I couldn't post this. Lyricfox reminded me this morning, thankfully.]
Lit it early and left it late. For all three of them. May they always be remembered.


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Re: Honoring Chavi, Elspeth, and Marilyn on April 1st (2018)
« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2018, 06:16:04 am »
Lit it early and left it late. For all three of them. May they always be remembered.

We lit our candle about 7:30 in the morning. It burned out about 4pm and a new candle burned until we went to bed about 10pm.
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