We have lost two Opera friends

Found this out on Lois's blog.

Deborah (1bluebox),

I will miss you.
You wrote from your heart
of dreams and white ghosts
of love and lies and doggies too.
When I see a wind turbine
or one blue box
I’ll always think of you.

Rest in peace my friend.

White ghosts (wind turbines) in Texas


Less than a week later, on February 1, Allan (ricewood) passed away.

I'll miss you too Allan. You had quite a knack for photography and were very funny too. You had a dry wit. I could see you being the straight man in a comic pair. But you would always have a little smirk on your face. When I see the phrase "message in a bottle", I'll always think of you.


About pam

I am retired from real 9 to 5 jobs. I do my artwork and occasionally write poetry. In September 2010, I moved to Fargo, ND after spending 60 years in Phoenix, Arizona. Now, five years later, July 2015, I'm back in Arizona. And yes, I love the heat!
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32 Responses to We have lost two Opera friends

  1. debplatt says:

    I didn't know Deborah very long, but I found myself crying. I wish her last blog post hadn't been so sad.

  2. L2D2 says:

    I really, really hate goodbyes.

  3. L2D2 says:

    I, too, had just started getting acquainted with a fellow Texan. This is sad news. Thank you for letting us know, Pam. I had looked forward to getting better acquainted. I hope she is resting in peace. My condolences to her family.

  4. ellinidata says:

    :heart: Thanks Pam, A great lady she was :heart: she might not be around any longer but she will always be a friend …she will be missed! :rip:

  5. Stardancer says:

    I wondered if that was who Lois had been referring to. Although I didn't know her well, I always enjoyed her posts and comments.I'm sorry for the loss of your friend, Pam. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. edwardpiercy says:

    I hope there is some good person to take car of her dogs and bird.From her About Page:I don't like:
    liver and onions
    (no more liver and onions, Deborah)Favorite travel destination:
    all over the world
    (now all over the universe):rip:

  7. BabyJay99 says:

    😦 :rip: Amin/Amen

  8. Suntana says:

    I didn't know Deborah either. But, her Username does look familiar, I guess probably from seeing it on your Blog, Pam. While I didn't know her, it's still sad to hear about someone from the community (OC) having died. This happened at least twice when I used to hang out over on the AOL Message Boards. It seemed surreal to suddenly read a Post informing us that someone we had seen around and / or chatted with for a long time, had suddenly passed away. Most of us had of course NOT met the people in person … only Online. Nevertheless, the News still came as very sad. And that is again now the case with Deborah.

  9. pthhieubilly says:

    R.I.P 😦

  10. DpRabbit says:

    It is sad but she will be missed.

  11. thaodp says:

    :rip: 😦

  12. claudeb says:

    I didn't know her either, but it's still shocking. On the Internet it is so easy to forget you're not immortal…

  13. gdare says:

    Sad news. We exchanged few comments recently, I like her sense of humor. So sad she is not around anymore….

  14. PainterWoman says:

    Thanks everyone. She was a very funny, down to earth lady and I liked her a lot. I'd started out the morning feeling really good….then BAM…finding this out threw me for a loop. I was shocked, didn't believe it and thought it was a mistake, then re-read everything several times before it sunk in. Such is life….and death.

  15. BabyJay99 says:

    Life is short, cherish the love, life and moment… treasure them while we can….

  16. studio41 says:

    very shocking news and so sad; this is a beautiful tribute and poem, Pam. thank you for posting this.

  17. daxonmacs says:

    A very nice and sincere tribute, Pam.I didn't really know Deborah, or Barbara as some called her, but I've encountered her name a few times in the comments section.From what I've read I believe she valued friendship very much.Her sudden departure has a strange effect on me, like I wasn't expecting or considering "internet people" to be mortal.I hope she finds the peace and happiness she was looking for.

  18. debplatt says:

    I've only been blogging here for half a year. But the first death I experienced in the opera community was that of Esther (who went by Sugar Winx). She was a friend of a friend, so I didn't know her personally. Someone posted a newspaper account of her death, and though it doesn't say so, the circumstances of her death were so strange that it seemed like an honor killing to me. Still I hope that wasn't the case.All this has made me realize that an opera friend could die without me understanding why they stopped blogging. I'm glad in these instances that someone who had an awareness of the person's physical existence was able to relate the person's death back to the opera community. It seems wrong somehow to not know.

  19. Dacotah says:

    Deb, Esther's mother said it was started by faulty electrical wiring. That Esther's grandfather tried to put the fire out but got burned trying too, he is older then 70 years old. Her mother was at work at the time of the fire. 😦

  20. debplatt says:

    @Dacotah – From the newspaper account, it sounded like the grandfather was drinking while the fire was ongoing, and was unaware of the fire until neighbors became alarmed and rushed over to the house. I also found it odd that Esther was in her bed at 4 pm. And that her little dog didn't bark or otherwise alert her to the fire. And that Esther hadn't been seen publicly for a couple days prior to her death.At any rate, I'm glad I mentioned something about it because the newspaper account really disturbed me. Thank you, Dacotah, for providing additional information so my concerns could be put to rest.

  21. Dacotah says:

    Hi Deb, please call me Carol. You are welcome. There was another account I read too. I guess there newspapers there are not so accurate. Esther adopted me as her iBaby, I miss my iMom a lot.

  22. debplatt says:

    Originally posted by Carol:

    There was another account I read too.

    I wish I had read the other newspaper account. The one I read sucked.Originally posted by Carol:

    Esther adopted me as her iBaby, I miss my iMom a lot.

    That's so sweet. I'm very sorry for your loss.

  23. Dacotah says:

    Hi Deb,The ones I read sucked too. Thank you. She was a very smart young lady and funny. So full of life.

  24. NLDH says:

    My deepest sympathy – Deborah will always be in our hearts and memories.

  25. Olgita says:

    😦 one more loss in My Opera… 😦

  26. PainterWoman says:

    Thank you everyone. I haven't been able to come back to this post except to ad a bit about Allan. It's been a sad couple of weeks. Time for a new post soon….very soon.

  27. edwardpiercy says:

    Just caught the bottom part for Allan.:rip:He was our friend.

  28. Stardancer says:

    Originally posted by edwardpiercy:

    Just caught the bottom part for Allan. :rip: He was our friend.

    Yes, he was.

  29. ellinidata says:

    Originally posted by Stardancer:

    Originally posted by edwardpiercy:

    Just caught the bottom part for Allan.

    He was our friend.

    Yes, he was.

    +1 yes, he was ….. till we meet again .

  30. BabyJay99 says:

    Same here.. cant really think of anything to post but Allan and cancer. I also `built` a virtual resting place of beloved Allan @ FB Farmville…. :heart:

  31. studio41 says:

    Originally posted by ellinidata:

    till we meet again .


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