Alison. Thank you for your incredible gift of words and for always standing up for what you believe in, and trying to make the world a better place. It meant so much to me when you defended LGBT students and me when we were going against the bigotry of the SC legislature during the 'Fun Home' debate. You're an incredible woman and have impacted more people than you know. Thank you and we can only try to keep making the world a better place in your honor.
Alison, I don't know how you manage to top yourself every dang time, but you do - your writing is so clear, so beautiful, and so inspiring, much it would seem, like the lady whose zinely friendship I have valued for years. Thank you for the feminist t-shirts that Inky and I both wear with pride. You're a nifty number - always have been, always will be. Love to you (and your mother). Maybelles will ring.
Alison thank you for everything you've done. I owe my egalitarian marriage, my many wonderful female friends who support me that I've been able to foster over the years, and my positive body imagine to how open and embracing you were to me as a baby feminist so many years ago. A million thanks to you and all my love. You've certainly helped to make my world, and the world of countless others, a more beautiful place and I will be forever grateful.
Alison, I'm sorry I haven't commented before, but I didn't know what to say, too many feelings. I will just say, we will miss you, especially Catherine. It's tragic you had to go through this and having lost parents and lovers and friends, I can say with certainty when your suffering ends, we will continue to suffer, some longer than others. Maybelle will be fine and you will live on longest in her memory. That is what should be most important. For you, it's not the end, as no matter what you believe, it will be the beginning of a new chapter. Love you, Catherine's Mom, Carolyn
Alison, I appreciate your bravery, love, and faith. You are an inspiration to females, feminists, in particular, and to people in general. I love you. You are living a full life. You are not going quietly into the night. You have left your mark on this Earth. I love you. May the Creator of the Universe surround you with peace and uplift you.
Debra J. Gammons
Since you were little more than a girl, you have had a way of cutting to the chase in such a graceful way, and planting questions in the minds of people that entice them to search for answers. Answers to hard questions. You have contributed
greatly to making the world a better place. Thank you for your MUCHNESS!
This is my first time ever reading your column, i can see I've missed a gem. I live in NJ. One of my wonderful Facebook friends I've met because of my daughter's disability posted it. So I'm grateful for all three of you extraordinary girls. I am sorry that it's come to this point for you. I just said a prayer for you, Maybelle, your mother and your family. I didn't always have God in my life. For the first half of my life I did not. And then a long and debilitating life-threatening illness nearly took mine away. I was on the cusp, and that was the convincer. Jesus has never left my side and I know now that He was always there, even when I wasn't sure. He's there for you too. I pray for peaceful last days and for blessed assurance. God bless and keep you Alison. ❤️ From NJ.
There is absolutely a heaven! Please accept Jesus as your Savior and get to know Him! That's the only way, the ONLY way. Good people don't go to heaven...SAVED people do! It has NOTHING to do with you and EVERYTHING to do with Him. You are beautiful, strong and couragous on Earth, and I pray you will be in heaven for eternity!!! You are in my prayers, though I don't know you. God Bless!!!
Allison, I remember you from high school. I am so sorry for your situation. It really sucks and I wish I had something better to say. I guess I will try by saying, I hope. I hope that death is far better than you could ever imagine! I hope that you pass from this earth with peace in your heart and with the knowledge that your being here made this place better than it was before you arrived. I hope that your husband, daughter, and loved ones have peace now and for the rest of their lives in the wake of this tragedy. And, I hope you know how much your candor and your courage to talk hard really did make a difference in the lives of others. I hope all the best for you! Stephanie (McBroom) Nelson
"To me there are three things everyone should do every day. Number one is laugh. Number two is think, spend some time time in thought. Number three, you should have your emotions move you to tears. If you laugh, think and cry, that's a heck of a day."
- Jimmy V
Thanks Alison for helping us with all three. If there's a gathering place on the other side, I hope to one day see you there.
I'm thinking of you and hugging my daughter tight. Your works are so inspiring and I'm very sorry I never wrote before now to tell you how much they mean to me. Sending love to you and your family.
Dear Alison: Please know how much I am thinking of you, how many people you have inspired, how many loving thoughts and meditations and prayers are coming your way. Sending you much love, my friend -- and I hope you feel the radical love coming at you from all directions. ❤️
Alison, we have never met, I learned of you a month ago. Through your writings I see the strong love in your family and your dedication to teaching. Your writings have touched me and opened me to the power of sharing life during such a personal transition, and thank you for giving us names of other writers so we can understand just a little bit more. Your honesty has made a difference. Marj Berra (Steve Piepmeier is my husband, his dad was Pete)
Heaven is real..praying that you will call out to Jesus and have the assurance that you will live forever with Him.. God bless you and your family and all your friends that love you so much.
Allison my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
I don't know you but following your journey has touched me in a profound way. “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou. You have made me feel. May the rest of your journey be in peace.
To me, it is both the saddest and funniest thing that you enjoyed a Disney princess party. I learned long ago that having children changes many things.
You'll be missed.
You are stardust Alison-see you on the other side of the wheel~
om tryambakaṃ yajāmahe sugandhiṃ pushtivardhanam ǀ
urvārukamiva bandhanān mrityormukshīya mā'mritāt ǁ
We worship the Three-eyed Lord Shiva who is fragrant and who nourishes and nurtures all beings. As is the ripened cucumber freed from its bondage to the vine without harm, may He liberate us from death for the sake of immortality.
What a glorious heart and mind you have and what a good mother you are! Brave woman and human thank you for your words ! SO MUCH LOVE !!!
Thank you for your work, your love, your life. You have made a difference to so many of us. Peace.
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