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Julie Myers Stephen (#47151862)
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Bio Photo ​The Dash
by Linda Ellis copyright 1996

​I read of a man who stood to speak
at the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on the tombstone
from the beginning…to the end.

He noted that first came the date of birth
and spoke the following date with tears,
but he said what mattered most of all
was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time
that they spent alive on earth.
And now only those who loved them
know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own,
the cars…the house…the cash.
What matters is how we live and love
and how we spend our dash.

So, think about this long and hard.
Are there things you’d like to change?
For you never know how much time is left
that can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough
to consider what’s true and real
and always try to understand
​the way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger
and show appreciation more
and love the people in our lives
like we’ve never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect
and more often wear a smile,
remembering that this special dash
might only last a little while.

​So, when your eulogy is being read,
with your life’s actions to rehash…
would you be proud of the things they say
about how you spent YOUR dash?
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Tree Leaf
RE: Mary C. Hartzell Rapp
You are very welcome. Thank you for posting it.

Thank you for all you do.
Added by Tree Leaf on Jan 24, 2016 10:00 PM
Thomas George Dunn
Thanks for the info. I've added it as an additional source to his memorial.
Added by Sparky on Jan 16, 2016 6:52 PM
Aili Lampinen
Hello Julie: I added her middle name - Esther and her maiden name of Suominen. I found some other information on her and added it to her memorial. You sent an edit that her mother was Eriika Lampinen, which is incorrect. Eriika was Edwin Lampinen's mother. Aili's parents were Jalmar Suominen and Sophia Pihlajama, from her Social Security death record. I linked Edwin to his mother, found his father and other family members and made memorials for them. Thank you for the information...
Added by Chris on Dec 16, 2015 4:55 PM
Leona Dawson
Thank you for the info about her. I took care of it. Have a good day.
Added by Curious on Nov 19, 2015 6:14 PM
George Pearson
Thank you for transferring my great uncle George's memorial to me.
Added by Doris on Nov 12, 2015 9:44 AM

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