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Honoring Chavi, Elspeth, and Marilyn on April 1st (2019)
« on: March 29, 2019, 09:31:09 am »
The 13th 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, 2019, marks the 13th 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. Eight years ago, we started honoring Elspeth on this day as well. Five 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.
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Re: Honoring Chavi, Elspeth, and Marilyn on April 1st (2019)
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2019, 10:05:11 am »
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.

I should be in from 8pm-10pm Central Daylight Time on the first, which is 0100-0300 UTC on April 2nd. Hope that works well.
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Re: Honoring Chavi, Elspeth, and Marilyn on April 1st (2019)
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2019, 01:54:53 pm »
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 can't be too specific (as I'm currently off sick from work and not sure whether I'll be back there on 1st April or not, and consequently what time I may be getting home if I am back in) but I should be able to light a candle at some point in the day or evening.
"If I get on, Susan thought, it'll all start again.  I'll be out of the light and into the world beyond this one.  I'll fall off the tightrope.
But a voice inside her said, You want to, though...don't you...?
Ten seconds later, there was only the snow."
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Re: Honoring Chavi, Elspeth, and Marilyn on April 1st (2019)
« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2019, 09:03:58 pm »
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 will be participating. I think I was the last TC member to speak to her on April 1st. We had met up in Atlanta for a weekend together. It was the most wonderful, magical, and learning weekend I've ever had. Cat taught me how to create sacred space in her fam trad. I will always be honored to nit only have had that brief time face to face but also what she imparted to me to help me in my path.

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Re: Honoring Chavi, Elspeth, and Marilyn on April 1st (2019)
« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2019, 01:13:55 pm »

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.

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Re: Honoring Chavi, Elspeth, and Marilyn on April 1st (2019)
« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2019, 05:30:35 pm »
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.

Lyric and I will light an 8 hour candle about 2pm EDT on April 1st. It should burn until we go to bed about 10pm.
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Re: Honoring Chavi, Elspeth, and Marilyn on April 1st (2019)
« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2019, 05:55:32 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.

My avatar is now wearing a silly hat.

Chavi, Elspeth, Marilyn... we miss you.
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Re: Honoring Chavi, Elspeth, and Marilyn on April 1st (2019)
« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2019, 07:48:12 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 have my silly hat on, and will light a candle come evening, though I can't predict just what time.

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Re: Honoring Chavi, Elspeth, and Marilyn on April 1st (2019)
« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2019, 11:55:47 am »
Lyric and I will light an 8 hour candle about 2pm EDT on April 1st. It should burn until we go to bed about 10pm.

Just lit my candle for them. I carved this on the candle: It will stay lit until my husband and I go to bed.

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Re: Honoring Chavi, Elspeth, and Marilyn on April 1st (2019)
« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2019, 01:26:40 pm »
Just lit my candle for them.

I'm about to light mine.  It will stay lit until it burns out (it's a tealight) or until I go to bed, likely around 11pm (UK time - sorry I don't know what that translates into in US time).

It's lit.
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Re: Honoring Chavi, Elspeth, and Marilyn on April 1st (2019)
« Reply #10 on: April 01, 2019, 04:22:37 pm »


If you want to participate, please post in here.

I thought I'd have to work very late tonight, but it turns out I don't, so I'll be lighting my candle as close to 8pm Eastern time as I can.

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Re: Honoring Chavi, Elspeth, and Marilyn on April 1st (2019)
« Reply #11 on: April 01, 2019, 05:55:09 pm »
My avatar is now wearing a silly hat.

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Re: Honoring Chavi, Elspeth, and Marilyn on April 1st (2019)
« Reply #12 on: April 01, 2019, 08:26:15 pm »
Hat donned until the morning.

Candle lit at 7:24 pm Central time, 15 minutes before local sunset. Will keep it burning until at least 10 pm unless it goes out on its own beforehand (shouldn't).
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Re: Honoring Chavi, Elspeth, and Marilyn on April 1st (2019)
« Reply #13 on: April 01, 2019, 10:26:11 pm »
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.

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Re: Honoring Chavi, Elspeth, and Marilyn on April 1st (2019)
« Reply #14 on: April 01, 2019, 10:59:26 pm »
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.

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