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Old 31-03-2012, 10:31 PM   #1
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We've taken some time and space to grieve together over the loss of our friend, leader, and teacher, Jon Newman. Now, it's time to pay him tribute. John Ware has put together this excellent presentation to recognize just a few "Jon highlights." Please feel free to share any of your own favorite contributions and enjoy this little stroll to help us remember what a highlight it was just having Jon here.

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Old 31-03-2012, 10:36 PM   #2
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great little presentation, wish I knew him better.

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Old 31-03-2012, 10:57 PM   #3
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What a great presentation.
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Old 01-04-2012, 12:59 AM   #4
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I assembled the video, but I had lots of help with photos- many of which were taken by Jon, himself- and getting it posted here, particularly from Luke Rickards. So props to Luke for his tech savvy and photography skills.

ANdy, you can get a pretty good impression of who Jon was by reading some of the classic threads, sampling some of the music and poetry that he posted or just taking a gander at the more than 9 thousand comments that he made here since nearly its inception.

I never met him, but I feel as though I knew him pretty well.
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My thoughts go out to his family, his friends and to all those with whom he shared such inquisitive insight here on SS.

I always looked forward to reading his posts. All I know about Jon Newman is that his posts were always critical, thoughtful, insightful and respectful.

It's a very strange feeling to harbor a sentiment of loss over a individual I've known only through a blog, by lurking for his posts and thoughts. A little part of me can't really quite understand what happened and is still looking forward to his next post.

Even though my contributions on SS are quite "skimpy" (almost non-existent) I learned to value his input on all subjects shared here.
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I feel the same way Erik. Thanks for that. I'll bet anything Jon would have a link pertaining to these very matters.

Thanks for the video John. Great stuff.
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Very well put Erik. Virtual grief I guess? I am surprised by how much it affected me.
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It's not virtual - it's real. It's astonishing how "real" virtual mental intimacy can feel. When you think of how much effort and thought goes into posting, then reading and thinking about what people write, well.. it's significant. It's a community. It has meaning. Brains neuroplasticize in response to what they read and think and write. Now someone's ongoing thought is missing. It has yet to fill back in, and maybe it never will completely.
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Your right of course. Bad wording on my part. I meant something along the lines of grief regarding a virtual relationship. (virtual to indicate the internet connection being the medium)

It still is strange how that connective power presents itself. To say that someone isolates themselves from society so that they can chat online seems to miss the relationship that will still develop. Just as powerful as face to face. Jon is a complete person to me, though I never met him. I can even imagine his answers. When reading a post of his there is now so much more power in his words mixed with that tinge of loss and regret for things not said.
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Jon loved soma. He would spend hours trying to come up with the perfect answer. It meant so much to him that everything be just right. He sometimes said that he could kill a thread faster than anyone. I think he would be shocked by what everyone is saying. He never understood the impact he had on people. His sister said that is why he made such deep impacts. I want to thank everyone at soma for adding so much to Jon's life. The you tube video was wonderful. It made my cry. Which is not an oddity these days. My husband was a great man and missed everyday.
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Maybe he didn't kill threads, maybe he landed them safely the way a pilot lands a huge plane, carefully, without crashing it.
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If he killed any threads, it was because they probably needed to be killed, and he was usually the only one that could do it in a nice way.
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Jon did kill threads. His intelligent questions, related links, deep empathy, profound philosophical slant and lack of chest-thumping ego always brought matters into perspective that often pulled a heated and soaring debate down to earth - for re-examination by the participants.

At least, that is how it was for me.

Jon is my idea of a gentle giant.
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