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The Passing Of Mea Culpa

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#1 R. Eugene Laughlin

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Posted 16 October 2018 - 03:39 PM

Many readers here will remember Mea Culpa. I learned of the tragic death of her and her husband this morning, and I'm heartbroken.


I shared the following in the forum where I found this sad news, and haven't the heart to go through another writing process just now, so I'll just paste it here as well:

She studied with me as part of an online course I conducted some years ago. We continued to correspond periodically for a couple of years after we both agreed that the method I was teaching at the time wasn't for her.

We never met in person but I'm both fortunate enough and proud to say that I knew her. I believe that she shared things with me that she would have reserved from most, and for that I feel deeply honored. I want the readers here to know that she was a rare individual among us, in that she bore no spec of pretense or guile. If you have a memory of her singling you out to ask a question, know that she respected you, sincerely.

That's not to say that she didn't respect many others here abouts. She didn't speak out for the sake of enjoying her own words. If you spoke within her preview, know that your words were duly considered, and may well have been adopted in some way. Wherever that was true, though you may not know it, your own worthy mission in life is that much fulfilled. Because what she carried away from you would have been reflected in her daily life and thereby has affected everyone with whom she interacted while she lived. And they carry it forward still.

For she was a sincere, diligent, and humble student of nature. She earned my respect without trying to; I hope I'm worthy of what she shared with me. What I learned from her, I vow to cherish and honor. Whomever she touched, I bid you do the same.

Edited by R. Eugene Laughlin, 16 October 2018 - 03:40 PM.

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Posted 17 October 2018 - 12:00 AM

She was a very special person, who lived life to the fullest and fiercely loved her family. I'm still shaken by it. And think of her daughter often. Tragedy is a word often used, but this was truly one.
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Posted 17 October 2018 - 02:24 AM

Any word on what caused the fire?

She was a genuine and active magician. I'd like some reassurance that candles were not at fault.

That is very sad news. It appears that this article is outdated, and the other child also did not survive.


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Posted 17 October 2018 - 03:07 AM

I don't think so as of yet. Last news I saw, they had ruled out foul play, and that the fire is thought to have started on the first floor. I know many of us have had the worry that it might have been an altar fire. Jasmina did use a lot of candles on her altars. But so far nothing is official. I imagine there's a good chance we'll never know.

I hope this is okay to post here, if not I understand if the mods delete.

There is a gofundme to help Mia, the surviving daughter. I cannot even imagine what she is going through losing her entire family at once. Last I heard, she's now living with an uncle.

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Posted 18 October 2018 - 08:36 PM

I was very sorry to hear about her passing. The link is more than fine, Provenant.

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Posted 18 October 2018 - 08:45 PM

A very sad story indeed. I did not know this person, but am familiar with the name having seen their avatar at various times over the past couple years.

I myself would not lend any sense of urgency to a cause, but to the little girl that survived. I can't imagine how profoundly traumatic the situation must be.

So best wishes for her.
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