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Submitted by Comments:
Name: Khin Nyo
From: Illinois
Dear Jeremy,
Thank you so much for your great work for Burmese people and I am sorry for not knowing you and your work earlier but will remember you in our hearts.
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Name: Dan Kahn
From: Gainesville, FL
As many others, I also have been privileged to bear witness to Jeremy's peaceful strength - to have been touched by his gentleness, guided by his wisdom - been blessed to explore thorny questions that unraveled and sparkled in the light of our shared curiousity - our willingness to share. I told him in his final weeks that he made me feel safer than any other man I have known. This was coalescing into a recognized thought even as I said it ... I saw him this summer for the first time in several years ... and that feeling that we could discuss anything - challenge anything - feel any emotion and allow ourselves to be free and to speak and to love ... I recognized that as a feeling inspired by his presence, his ways. I pray for that to live on, and I thank him - thank the world for giving him.
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Name: Meghan Conklin
From: Washington DC
Dear Jeremy:

What a tragic loss of someone so young to a terrible illness. My thoughts are with your family and loved ones, I know what a difficult time this can be. I know they, and all of us, draw strength from the amazing contributions you made during your time here.

Love,
Meghan
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Name: Nyunt Than
From: Albany, CA
Jeremy,

You settled in Oakland for a while and that time we were close. You then moved out from the area for a new job, and we lost contact.

Few years back, I go a call from you that you were in San Francisco, and would like to meet. For some reason, we could not realize our meeting. I am regretting it very much now. I did not know that you would be leaving us so young. But I am very proud of what you have done in helping others, and the way you have lived.

With metta,
Nyunt Than
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Submitted by Comments:
Name: alecia
From: bc/sf
jeremy, you are the only person i have ever met who is a true jedi warrior, such an awesome privilege to have known you
some thoughts of you: i still remember first meeting you and standing up to our knees in the scw7cwlk river, we both leaned over and dunked our heads under and just laughed our heads off, no conversation, just laughter; being high up a tree for one of the first times in my life and starting to seriously panic because of some carabiner mishap, and you calmly talking me through it and down the tree, i didn't even know you and you put me instantly at ease in a scary situation; riding in a bumpy little metal skiff in the rain from scw7cwlk to ista, billybear driving, and you eating the whole apple, core and all, cuz you didn't want to waste it; watching that HUGE spider by the light of a headlamp and discovering we have the same birthday...
you've had such a lasting effect on me, i haven't seen you in so many years, yet i always missed you, and will miss you still...
i think the universe missed you too much, had to enfold you back in
its our loss
i love you and am praying for your family
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Name: Lani
From: Seattle
I have never known the world without Jeremy. We are 3 months apart, step-siblings since we were about 2 years old. As I told him when he was first diagnosed with the cancer that so cruelly took him from us, "I would not be me if you were not you." He answered, "Me too." It makes me lonely to know that the meaning of this exchange is only fully understood by me now, but from the other posts, I imagine that a lot of you can guess what it was like growing up with Jer as a brother.

One of our earliest adventures was escaping from pre-school when we were 3 years old. Every now and then as adults, I would ask him, "What were we thinking?" or "Where were we going?" He'd always say, as bewildered as I was, "I don't know."

I now think the meaning of that event didn't come from our motives or our goals, but from the fact that a little 3 year old boy saw a fence around a play yard and knew that there was a bigger world on the outside that would be exciting to discover. He egged his sister on to join him on his adventure, a precocious display of that leadership we all know so well. So he and I climbed the fence, landed on the street, and went down the block before we were apprehended by the school's astonished director, who carried one of us under each of his arms back to the school building.

Jeremy always helped me see what a big and exciting a place the world could be, and he went forth with joy, courage, curiosity -- and, yes, quite a bit of mischief as well. As he grew older, the mischief was not just for its own sake, but in the service of justice and action.

Jeremy was never worried about convention (as in, "kids are supposed to stay in the play yard"). Every time he smiled, I saw the slightly crooked top bicuspid and remembered how he pulled off his own braces as a young teen because he thought they were stupid. He was not the kind of brother who usually remembered birthdays, but instead would call out of the blue and say, "I'm in Seattle. Can I stay over?" My husband and I agreed that, had it been anybody else, it would have been a serious pain in the b***, but we loved Jer so much that we would always adjust our plans and welcome him with open arms.

When you lose somebody who is so young, the grief comes not only from the life that was lost, but for the future that never will be. Like everyone, I will miss the conversations with him, with their authenticity, thoughtfulness, and humor. But I will also miss the Married-Jer, who was just starting to emerge, and the Dad-Jer, who will never be. My beloved sister-in-law, Beth, had such a calming effect on my brother. Up until his last days, he would light up when she was nearby. Of all women, Beth began to domesticate my wild, peripatetic brother, as they filled their wedding registry with things like lush cotton towels and cake knives. Jer also suddenly started remembering birthdays. I mourn the loss for the of this chapter of his life cut short, of the future adventures he will never have.

I am glad that he touched so many lives, as I believe that helps his light continue to illuminate the world.
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Name: deborah cooper
From: san francisco
What is remembered, lives.

Jeremy, oh how we remember you!!! There's enough stories to last lifetimes. Your grace and beauty, mixed with just a tad of trickster will be missed, but we have the memories. And they are precious.

What is remembered, lives.
Long live Jeremy Paster!
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Name: Edith Mirante
From: Portland, Oregon
What a lovely person. A brave spirit. A hero for the environment and a true friend for Burma. He will be remembered in Kawthoolei, land of flowers.
My sympathy for his wife, his family and his many comrades of the earth.
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Submitted by Comments:
Name: Carol Gregory
From: Washington, D.C.
(excerpt from a poem by Maya Angelou)

"And when great souls die,
after a period peace blooms,
slowly and always
irregularly. Spaces fill
with a kind of
soothing electric vibration.
Our senses, restored, never
to be the same, whisper to us.
They existed. They existed.
We can be. Be and be
better. For they existed."

Peace Jeremy,

Carol
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Submitted by Comments:
Name: Laurie Cooper
From: Baltimore, MD
Jeremy -

I think of you often and am grateful for having had the opportunity to meet you. It is a special person who, through their life and work, makes so deep an impact on the world and people around them. Thank you for being that person. You remind me and inspire me to live life consciously and passionately. You will be missed.

Laurie
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