Letters to the Editor: A GREAT tribute to Dave and Trish

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Letters to the Editor

By Sharon
November 24, 2011

A successful site is made by the interest and the strength of its members. From time to time I receive from our members letters that are worthy of sharing. Today's letter is from Brenda Savage and on this Thanksgiving Day I'd like to share it with you.

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Name: Margaret
Delta KY
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Mindy03
Nov 23, 2011 6:51 PM CST
Thank you for sharing this letter Sharon.

Thank you Dave and Trish for making ATP home for me.

Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone
Name: Carolyn Madden
Pennsylvania
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Carolyn22
Nov 23, 2011 7:01 PM CST
Sharon

What a wonderful tribute to both Dave and Trish. I too feel ATP is home. Lovey dubby
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Nov 23, 2011 7:11 PM CST
I wouldn't know what more to say to express what we all feel.
Thank you, all.
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Nov 23, 2011 7:34 PM CST
We have much to be thankful for now.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
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nap
Nov 23, 2011 8:12 PM CST
Well said, Brenda. Well said.

Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
Grandchildren are my greatest joy.
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Paul2032
Nov 23, 2011 8:15 PM CST
My sweet wife has some very serious health challenges and I care for her around the clock. Our tastes in T.V. differ so she picks the channel and I visit ATP and cubits at all hours of the day and night. I love plants and taking pictures so my son or daughter will come some times and I will visit a nursery with my camera now and also take pictures in my own and friends gardens during good weather. Sharing these pictures and adding some to the data base helps pass my day as does seeing all others pictures and discussions. Finding out an ID is fun. Heartfelt thanks Dave, Trish, and all of you who contribute. You are anonymous friends.
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
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Name: June or Nancy-June o
Dover AFB, Delaware (Zone 7a)
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JuneBug
Nov 23, 2011 9:30 PM CST
nap said:Well said, Brenda. Well said.



Ditto!

Name: Linda
Carmel, IN (Zone 5a)
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mom2goldens
Nov 23, 2011 9:32 PM CST
There is much to be grateful for.....Thanks to Dave and Trish for creating this wonderful site for us ( and still allowing us to play on Cubits, as well). Thank you to the many people who have contributed articles, photos, plant IDs, and forum topics for us to all get acquainted (or re-acquainted).

Some of my on-line friends have become friends in real-life...we share plant/seed orders, have lunch together, and meet at plant sales. How wonderful is that???

None of this would have been possible without Dave and Trish. Thank you so much--you have expanded my gardening world in ways that I could not possibly have imagined.
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Nov 23, 2011 9:49 PM CST
A heart felt note, Brenda. You've said the things I wish I could say.
Name: Susie
Phoenix AZ (Zone 9a)
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Aguane
Nov 23, 2011 10:52 PM CST
Brenda, my dear friend, your heart is showing. You've written such a luscious, honest piece on our journey and the love and support we give each other and to Dave and Trish and the family we've come to know. Well said.

I remember the very day I met you at my first, and your first, DG swap at Loreen's (R.I.P.). What a treat! My pleasure to know you. We've lost some good friends along the way but there are more good times ahead!

Thank you for this "Thanksgiving offering".
“Don't give up too quickly"... unknown, I heard it somewhere.
~ All Things Plants, SOUTHWEST GARDENING ~Cubits.org ENERGY & POWER
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Name: Jamie R
Zone 5b, WI (Zone 5a)
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JaeRae
Nov 23, 2011 11:06 PM CST
Brenda, you are just a darling!
Yes, thankful for Dave and Trish, appreciative of their care of "us", and encouraged by their values, famiy, and future: you put it so well. Lovey dubby

Happy Thanksgiving all US folk and general good wishes to those of elsewhere too.
Woman on the eastbound train
...........................................Je Suis Désolé.
(also a mule lovin', Charley huggin' girl)
Name: Becky (Boo)
Phoenix, AZ 85022
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Boopaints
Nov 24, 2011 12:20 AM CST
Brenda, as everyone is saying but I must chime in: well said! Lovey dubby It's been a struggle and I miss some of the people from DG but the many more friendships I have made on cubits and ATP have been huge blessings~

You have a beautiful way with words. Group hug
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Name: Brenda
Dolores, Colorado
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bsavage
Nov 24, 2011 12:52 AM CST
Thanks to you all... for being part of my life. I was thinking that now might be a good time to reach out to our old friends from all parts of this journey, and expand our circle. (That's what I say when I'm with friends and another comes in, and it's time to shuffle chairs around... just expand the circle!).

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Name: Brenda
Dolores, Colorado
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bsavage
Nov 24, 2011 12:58 AM CST
p.s. Susie, I remember that day, too. I was overwhelmed by how much you all knew, by your graciousness and acceptance of a 'newbie', of the amazing plants I was learning about. And especially, by the spirit of the gardeners. It found me that day. Thank you, my friend.
Name: Becky (Boo)
Phoenix, AZ 85022
finding joy one day at a time!
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Boopaints
Nov 24, 2011 2:05 AM CST
Lovey dubby Brenda we also say that: widen our circle! Lovey dubby
ALL THINGS PLANTS ~ Garden Art ~ Purslane & Portulaca ~
MY CUBITS ~ Trust in the Lord ~
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Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Nov 24, 2011 3:18 AM CST
Brenda, what a wonderful letter and tribute! Dave and Trish, thanks for this wonderful new site where we continue to grow together.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Cubits Store: The Sempervivum Patch - plants, containers, accessories!
Also stop by Timber Treasures and Garden Buddies on Cubits
Name: Myriam
Ghent, Belgium (Zone 8a)
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bonitin
Nov 24, 2011 3:27 AM CST
Thank you Brenda, for a wonderul heart felt letter and tribute to Dave and Trish! Lovey dubby
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
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vic
Nov 24, 2011 3:55 AM CST
Brenda - what a lovely tribute to Dave and Trish and your words say what is in all our hearts Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Nov 24, 2011 9:17 AM CST
Brenda your letter brought tears to my eyes and my heart was filled with emotions. My journey started at DG and was a short stay before moving to Cubits. It all has been such an amazing adventure. I really didn't know Dave and Trish until Cubits, but soon came to love and trust them. They have come to feel like family to me.

My life has been a constant widening of the circle, so ATP feels like home to me, with many gardening sisters and brothers present in this wonderful place.

So much to be thankful for, thank you for the letter.
Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
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JRsbugs
Nov 24, 2011 9:17 AM CST
Who could be more grateful than myself, we now have the best of both worlds where we can do our own thing on cubits, as well as get involved in ATP. There was a time I was lost in the woods, waiting for this great gathering once more of like minded friends.

You have said it all so well Brenda, but as I am who I am I can't help but say my own little piece! Hilarious!

I've been a little late coming over to ATP, now the change of season is giving me more time and I am jumping back and forth to both sites! Given more winter time I will also be contributing to the plants database, a fresh start which is even better than before. Not only because of the extra knowledge I have gained, to which I have to attribute a good deal to Dave & Trish for providing DG in the first place, but this site has gleaned all the little or big things which people wanted in a gardening site with Dave & Trish continuing to do their utmost to do what is requested.

For the eternal humanity and generosity which Dave & Trish have shown, we are all so very grateful. Lovey dubby
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