:'( James M. Emmerling, I hope you are flying free now :'(

Dear OS Friends,

Our James M. Emmerling passed away in a car accident on January 7, 2016, at around 1:30 pm.  He was driving alone when he went off the road.  No one else was injured. 

  I hope and pray Margaret and her children are okay.   :'(

Rest in peace, be at peace, JME.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgAoe1o2134  Knockin' on Heaven's Door, Bob Dylan cover

  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtWhioqshtw   Knockin' on Heaven's Door, Bob Dylan


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Comment by chuck a stetson on January 17, 2016 at 10:20pm

James M  how I wish this not to be true. I got to know you as a fellow writer, friend and townie from Manchester. After you left for Ohio, our contact was minimal, but you told me you were happy — I will remember your new found happiness. Good bye friend.

Comment by JMac1949 Today on January 17, 2016 at 10:23pm

How do you mourn the loss of a good friend you never met?

Comment by Anna Herrington on January 17, 2016 at 10:24pm

How terribly sad.

RIP James.

My heart goes out to you and your kids, Margaret. Thinking of you.

Comment by Zanelle on January 17, 2016 at 10:41pm

Mourning a life ended too soon.  Love to Margaret!

Comment by clay ball on January 17, 2016 at 11:27pm

thanks, kosh.  :'(    

Rest in peace, JME.  I don't know what to say.   I just saw something online you wrote when you finished the advocacy unlimited course: 

 "We became reacquainted with an old friend of ours – somebody we knew from a long time ago which is hope. We were called the “mentally disabled” but we’re the “hope disabled” is what we are.

JME, you gave us hope, & laughter, and sometimes tears; your writing was a shining star.  When we were hope disabled, you helped us find it, many times over.

Margaret, I am sending you and your children love and many prayers for comfort in the coming days. Please come back and write, whatever it is, whenever you feel like it.  Lots of prayers and lots of love to you and your children always.

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on January 18, 2016 at 6:09am

I am floored.

Jim was among the bravest souls I've known; the two pieces he wrote and which I aired on Our Salon Radio were among the most honest, poignant, and in a very special way, uplifting personal essays I'd seen, anywhere. He was, in ways that matter, fearless.

All-Best to you, Jim, and, more immediately, of course, to Margaret and your children.


Comment by Gerald Andersen on January 18, 2016 at 6:25am
Too sad for words. Goodbye, my friend.
Comment by Alysa Salzberg on January 18, 2016 at 6:59am

I still can't believe this.  I keep bursting into tears.

My heart goes out to James's friends and loved ones, especially Margaret and her family.  Like many people here, James was a special part of my online life, someone whose posts often invigorated me and took my breath away with the freedom and beauty of his words - and that contrast with his humor.  And he was a friend. I always loved hearing from him and was always so moved by the kindness and encouragement he gave me, even when I never said I needed it.  

May his loved ones find peace and healing, and may James have a lovely afterlife (I can't believe he'd want it to be "peaceful" -more like interesting and full of discoveries and adventure). 

Comment by Antoinette Errante on January 18, 2016 at 7:16am

Oh sweet James. I came to check on Our Salon after a long absence only to find this news. James was an exceptional person. He not only wrote incisively and beautifully about everything, including his own pain and struggles; those very struggles gave him a deep sense of compassion and insight into others' lives. It was always so wonderful to feel his humor and joy come through his writing because I knew it was hard won. I was so happy to hear he and Margaret had found each other and were happy, two gifted people with big hearts.  This loss seems so unbelievably unfair, a cruel, cruel joke. My thought are with James, Margaret, and their families.

Comment by Rob Wittmann on January 18, 2016 at 8:45am

James was one of the rare people who enjoyed reading serious philosophers for fun. I will always miss the way he casually inserted Hegel into everyday conversations! This is truly horrible. 8(


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