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  1. Shen Christenson
    December 11, 2018 @ 7:31 pm

    Oh my Gerda. How can I respond to this brilliance? Aj just brought me a wad of tissues. I can say I could write for months and not produce such meaningful intense work. I could say that I could spend eternity in my closet and never achieve a glint of what you come up with. I could say that the whole American baloney of fighting horrible life happenings with some great attitude, energy, and ability that has been lost (if ever one had it) makes me sick to my stomach. But really, all I can say my beloved soul sister, is that war doesn’t work; we indeed must take what we are dealt to triumph in any way; and I thank all heavens above that I was fortunate to have drawn you as my help, consolation, support, and true sister. YOU made our “social occasions” happen regardless of my disorganization. YOU care-give to me and mine. You make all the difference in my life…and in so many other’s. You always will.

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    • Gerda Saunders
      December 12, 2018 @ 10:15 am

      My dearest Shen, of course you write meaningful, intense words–a whole book’s worth. Your sentiments on always “fighting the battle” is so like mine. How wonderful to have a soul sister who shares my outlook–and goes to the trouble to discuss these things with me over lunch every week! Your words above are so beautiful, I am at a loss about how to adequately respond. Just know I love you and your care and company until my Grand Tetons will have worn down to teabags. (By the way, I forgot last night to post a final cartoon to end my blog–do look it up at the very end. I think you’ll love it! Endless love.

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  2. Joan Wright
    December 11, 2018 @ 11:02 pm

    Dear Gerda,
    I think of you often and am sending you and Peter and all your family much love. I am always so happy to hear from you ,no matter the circumstances you find yourself in.
    As soon as I think I have not heard from you ,then there you are
    getting on with your life no matter what.
    Rich blessings and much love,
    Joan.

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    • Gerda Saunders
      December 12, 2018 @ 10:17 am

      My dearest Joan, It is such a gift to hear from you. I think of you too–you have been such a big influence in my life. You are one of the most loyal people I know, and I’m glad that you still expend your love on me as you have done since we were–what? 15 years old? Love you so much. ASnd love to your beautiful family.

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  3. René Engelbrecht
    December 12, 2018 @ 6:03 am

    Liewe Gerda

    Ek het so ’n groot bewondering vir jou.

    Liefde.

    René

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    • Gerda Saunders
      December 12, 2018 @ 10:18 am

      Baie dankie dat jy altyd kontak maak en my ondersteun, liewe René.So bly dat ek jou die laast jare beter kon ken as toe ons jonk was. Baie liefde aan jou, spesiaal in die Kerstyd.

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  4. Erika
    December 18, 2018 @ 12:48 am

    Goeie more “Tannie” Gerda.
    Op 47 jarige ouderdom kan ek nog steeds nie my kultuur agterlaat en jou op jou naam noem sonder om ‘tannie” te gebruik nie.
    Ek het hierdie skrywe vreeslik geniet. Soos jy se die ding met Doña Quixote is iets wat ons almal raak. Ek moet se alhoewel Doña Quixote die lewe soms uit JOU haal, word jou energie in my oorgedra.
    Sedert ek jou webjoernaal begin lees het ek ek na my eie klerekas gekyk en probeer sien wat jy sien; Doña Quixote en al. Jy is waarlik ‘n insperasie. Elke aand word my kleer op die bed uitgesit, skoene, juwele die werke, nie dat ek enigsins so braaf soos jy is nie. Maar ek dink dit is die idee wat tel. Wat ‘n fantastiese manier om die dag te begin met jou ensemble klaar uitgesorteer!
    Oh en dan is daar die wonderlike kunswerke wat jy met ons almal deel. Die mees interressante werke, modern, klasiek, kontemporer en dan sowaar n verrassing…. ‘n boesem spotprent as die slotsom.
    I solute you, “long my you live!”

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    • Gerda Saunders
      February 11, 2019 @ 2:11 pm

      LIewe Erika, ons beter kennismaking in die elektroniese kommunikasie-wereld is een van die wonderlikste dinge wat uit my blog en other postings gekom het. Hoe wens ek ons was bure wat sommer kon oorstap vir tee! Baie dankie vir you groothartige en gulhartige boodskap. Ek kry so lekker om te weet dat familie-bloed van duisende kilometer af my klerekas interessant vind. Soo ek onthou het jy nog altyd kunstige klere gehad en daar is altyd iets spesiaal soos ‘n serp of juweliersware. Ek is baie ge-eerd dat jy ook ‘n klere-uitsitter is! Een van die lekker dinge van my blog is om die illustrasies te vind wat in my kop met die inhoud resoneer. Ek sal aan jou dink elke keer as ek dit doen! Baie liefde vir jou en jou man en almal vir wie jy lief is daar in my hart-punt land!

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  5. Roberta Crook
    December 29, 2018 @ 9:59 am

    Dr. Saunders,
    We have never met, but on the suggestion by a nice young lady who works at Art Haus (on 9th and “something”) I purchased your books “Memories Last Breath” and “Blessings of the Sheepdog”. I am currently reading “Memories” and look forward to reading “Blessings”. I am simply in awe that, even with dementia, your writing is captivating and your personal style is the envy of many women “our age” (well, I will be 60 in May). So happy to have found both your books and your blog and I wish you as much happiness as you can grasp with both hands.

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    • Gerda Saunders
      February 11, 2019 @ 2:03 pm

      Dear Roberta,
      What a lovely surprise to get your kind note! I am so happy that you have found my book interesting and my language pleasurable. Not to mention your appreciation of my “style”! Thanks so much for your good wishes. I still do manage to hang on to happiness! I wish you happiness too, and those you love.

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