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Thank you. So powerful...so tragic...

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Feb 23Liked by Mary Swander

Thank you so much Rocky for telling the story of your sister and your family is such a precise, poignant, and powerful way.

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Feb 23Liked by Mary Swander

Ohhh Rocky, I wept as I read your words. In some ways it seems like an eternity, yet, somehow it seems like yesterday. I still remember that horrible day that I heard the news of this horrific, senseless shooting. I loved you and your dear family. Thank you for this important memory. πŸ€—β£οΈ

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Feb 23Liked by Mary Swander

Thanks for this beautiful tribute to your family. You have a shared grief that no one can understand until they go through it. I look forward to reading your book.

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Feb 23Liked by Mary Swander

You are an amazing writer, Rocky. I can’t wait to read your book. I always felt at home at your house on Willow Ave. as well as at the Cafe. Bob and Ima were my second Dad and Mom. Rhonda and I were inseparable as little girls. Those memories bring me joy. Thank you for sharing. Pennie

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Feb 23Liked by Mary Swander

Really thoughtful and insightful. Timeless.

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Thank you for writing this, Rockie. Grief is a deep, deep well. The manner in which the issue of guns immobilizes our country is utterly maddening.

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Your bravery to be vulnerable and explore your grief/trauma is inspiring. Healing can only occur when you face and walk through the pain. I am sorry for this painful chapter in your life and know that the lessons you acquire will deepen the balance of your life moments.

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Wow, so painful, tragic, unforgettable. I'd love to read your book when it's published. Mass shootings, 40 years later for you. Can't imagine how you must feel about the increasing numbers. Each one pulls at my heart more than the last... guns...

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This is beautifully written, Rockie. I'm your cousin Renee's daughter and I never knew about this.

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