Sunday, January 17, 2016

Gina, I need to tell you something...

A wonderful reader asked the following:

"Gina, how do those of us who have loved your words get to let you know we are still thinking of you? Should we keep writing new comments on old posts?"

So, dear and wonderful readers, please feel free to leave and thoughts, questions, ideas, etc. as a comment to this post.

Love,
Gina

48 comments:

  1. Hi Gina,

    I just wanted to let you know that I have been reading your posts and thinking about you.

    Love,
    Stan

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  2. Hi Gina,
    I'm with Stan, reading you,and thinking of you --and loving how you make me think, woman, about living and writing. Love love kate

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  3. I read Fuck Cancer Seriously religiously. And by that I mean that I put on my tallis and tefillin before reading. Keep posting!!!

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    1. I'm so glad that Gina has joined John Dewey among the eminences that Reconstructionist rabbis read while wearing tallis and tefillin. (Though I personally read without specific Jew-wear.) Thanks, Daniel! And love to you, Gina, and to your dear spouse! - Jeremy

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  4. I am a big fan of your blog. I am also a big fan of the rule you set about posting only when you have something to say. The next time you have something to say we want to hear it. - Jamie (Tessler)

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  5. Gina, your blog has touched me beyond words. I have read your posts out loud to my husband, my dad and my teen daughter; and I have also shared some posts with friends. I truly feel that these posts should be turned into a book. You are so gifted--not only with incredible writing skills--but also with such a warm, thoughtful, creative and humorous way of viewing the world. I do hope you will continue to post if the moment feels right. I will keep checking!

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  6. I love your blog; your insight and humor. I will keep checking.

    Hugs,

    Joyce

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  7. I'm with all the above! love your posts, miss reading from you, was excited to find this additional one (but obviously was hoping that would happen, constantly looking and checking if there is something new)and sending you love always. Always. Tamar.
    btw... have commented on older posts in the meantime, just because I missed reading from you....

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  8. thinking of you and the courage to write the truth which makes it real for the reader..my love to you...jackie

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  9. Thinking of you often, Gina, and Jeff does too. Thanks for giving us this opportunity to share our thoughts with you.
    Susan

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  11. Oooh! There you are. A surprise! A wonderful way to begin shabbat. Your presence is a gift and a joy.

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  12. Thank you! You were on my mind this weekend and I was going to drop you an email, but decided to check back and see if there was any additional post here. Like others, I have very much appreciated the chance to read your wise and honest words here. I'm missing you as we plan for the summer. I keep thinking, what would Gina say/do/think about this...
    lots of love,
    Marci

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  13. One probably unexpected ripple from your blog's healing sound waves is that not only do I feel closer to you, but also to this wonderful wider community of people here who hold you in a ring of love.

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  14. Thinking of you Gina, sending warmth your way. One of the many ...
    Hilary

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  15. I love that I can always hear your voice so clearly in all your blogs, Gina. I will be among the rereaders...will be thinking of you and sending love your way.

    xo,
    Idit

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  16. I love that I can always hear your voice so clearly in all your blogs, Gina. I will be among the rereaders...will be thinking of you and sending love your way.

    xo,
    Idit

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  17. Hi Gina,
    I was never in your class myself, but you had my older sister, Hannah, at one point. You are a wonderful teacher, writer and role model. We are both thinking of you and sending well wishes.
    -Melissa Hill

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  18. Hi Gina,
    Just want to let you know that I've been thinking about you. I love your blog so here I am.... Good rule and when you do have something to say, we're listening...
    Sending light and nishibukim,
    -Dianne Lior

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  19. I still check every now and again, hoping to find another entry from you... forever optimistic... I hope this finds you feeling alright (and better!), am thinking of you and sending love and hugs your way. Shabbat shalom... Tamar

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  20. Gina,
    I am so grateful for Toba's update today. I miss hearing your voice here and selfishly wish you'll feel inspired to write more one of these days. Enjoy PR. Sending love, Nancy

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  21. Hi Gina,

    Just wanted to say hello and I miss you. I'm also one of the many followers of your blog. I love your words and who you are. I'm thinking of you everyday! Love to you and Toba and your kids.

    Aliza (Belcourt...Nommi and David's daughter)

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  22. Hi Gina, I just wanted to let you know how much I've loved these posts. I just read the poem you shared on Thanksgiving to my Mom. Thinking of you and sending a big hug. xxoo Allison

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  23. Thinking with love about you, Gina, hoping you have peace and many joyous moments. You are a shining light to all who know you.

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  24. Thinking with love about you, Gina, hoping you have peace and many joyous moments. You are a shining light to all who know you.

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  25. Thank you, Gina, for this beautiful honest writing. I think also of the many wonderful letters to the Globe you have written over the years. May you be surrounded now by the love and caring that you yourself have so consistently put out into the world.
    Carole Slipowitz

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  26. Holding you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

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  27. Dear Gina, I hope you and your family feel the waves of love that I am sending your way! Thank you for being you - we are all better off for having you in our lives.

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  28. Wait a minute…I miss a month on the blog and you've been allowed to step down from your post (LOL!! That would be a pun, right?….who would I ask that of if you don't respond :-)) You've got plenty to say young lady and I for one need to hear it. What about this whole Trump possibly being our next president…wait that may be pushing you in the wrong direction :-) Or some ignorant comment you've heard from a less than thoughtful person….Oh and our Chicago tour ala Gina Fried. I haven't forgotten…..isn't opening day coming up soon. Where are we seating in Wrigley Field? Then where are we going for pizza (deep dish of course)? Where must we grab breakfast? Do you see my dilemma??? I'm going to email you missy….I will not be ignored. I blame you for being so fabulous that I simply can't let you put down the pen….keyboard….you know what I'm trying to say…..I await your response

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  29. Gina - thinking of you, marveling in your beautiful writing...hoping you are taking comfort in the company of all who love you.

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  30. Gina and Toba, I have never commented until now because, following Gina's own wisdom, I never really anything to say. But I always did have THANK YOU to say. Thank you for your wisdom and your humor and sharing your way of seeing the world and your gorgeous way of putting that all into words.

    Sending love and light.
    Love, Rif

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  31. Gina and Toba, I have never commented until now because, following Gina's own wisdom, I never really anything to say. But I always did have THANK YOU to say. Thank you for your wisdom and your humor and sharing your way of seeing the world and your gorgeous way of putting that all into words.

    Sending love and light.
    Love, Rif

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  32. Ms. Fried (I don't know if I can call you Gina because I still think of you as my teacher... I suppose it is possible to call one's teacher by their first name, but I guess I'm a creature of habit),

    Ms. Fried, I need to tell you something... Thank you for caring about different perspectives and diversity and for encouraging us to learn about them ourselves. Thank you for being honest and open. Thank you for caring about your students. Thank you for your extra time that you gave to me (and countless others) outside the classroom. And despite the fact you had very little say in the matter, thank you for being my teacher.

    Anna

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  33. I just checked your blog, even though I knew from Toba's email that there wouldn't be a new post waiting. Still, I had to check. I loved getting to know you through your writing. I am holding you and your wonderful spouse Toba, your children and your family in the light and wishing you every possible comfort in this time.
    With blessing,
    Nancy

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  34. Dear Gina,
    OY, just letsned of this, I will always hold you memory with joy for the passion of teaching our son, adam, and with all of our pioneering spirits at new Jew! Peace, Janet Yassen and irle Goldman

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  35. I keep dipping back into this treasure of insightful observations about life and the practice of living. Gina, thank you so much for modeling living both vigorously and graciously. Wishing you, Toba, Zach, and Zoe a peaceful shabbat.

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  36. Gina, I met you years ago at CDT High Holiday services. I recall being struck by your presence, your positive energy and genuine smile. I am reconnecting now through your blog. While I regret missing out on knowing you all these years, I am thankful for this chance to know you now. I will seek out orange flowers and not get too angry with the squirrels. But most of all I will try to look for the light! Thank you for this gift.

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  38. Ms. Fried,

    I am so glad to have met and known you if even for that short time when I was in your class. You were funny, intelligent, serious, and understanding. We were brought together by your humor and how you taught. You were the best teacher I have ever had and I hope you are kicking it with rainbows and puppies up there wherever you are. You made such a positive impact and taught me so much in those few short months. I appreciate everything you have ever done and am so lucky to have experienced the Gina experience.
    RIP We will always love you

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  39. Baruch Dayan HaEmet. I am only encountering your words after you have left this world. I am heart broken, and sending deep love to your kids, your partner, your students and your friends. Your clarity and consciousness are ever-present. Your life is, was, will be a blessing. Lechi B'Shalom.

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  40. Dear Ms. Fried,

    I just learned about this and it breaks my heart to not have had one more chance to tell you how much you changed my world view! Thank you for being that teacher that opened my eyes to taking chances when reflecting and acknowledging every voice/perspective. I think back often to the experiences I had in your classroom and working through your edits on my essays challenging me to think critically and find MY voice--not what others might want to hear. I learned of your passing away in a place that I think you would have been so proud of me to be at. I was in a small jazz club in NYC, where unknown artists can share their music to an open minded crowd. Thanks for pushing me to appreciate the world beyond my love of math/science and seeing the beautiful in other fields.

    Much love,
    C^2

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  41. I am reading comments from students and friends, and my eyes are filled with tears. Toba, I don't know if you are reading the continuation of Gina's blog through the comments that are still being sent... but know that I am sending love and support. I think of you often.

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