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Today we marked 8 years since Ed's passing. We are well, grateful for the time with Ed and the time afterward of healing, and mindful of family members and friends who have passed on. Life is indeed good, a gift to be treasured.
With love to all,

Concord, MA - Monday, October 14, 2013 8:52 PM CDT
It's now been 5 years since we had Ed among us here. We've all done a lot of living in that time, especially Sarah - nearly half of her life.

With love to all of you who loved Ed,

- Thursday, October 14, 2010 10:21 PM CDT
Jane & my wife Sharon worked together in the early nineties, along with Angela Galper and Yvonne Dailey. So at first, us menfolk were mere social appendages, but we all got along together well from the start. Sharon & I moved to Concord in '91 and we helped Jane & Ed househunt a couple of years later, touring all the neighborhoods. Since the aforementioned group of folks didn't have many local relatives, we would often do holiday dinners together, like Thanksgiving & Easter.

It's funny how we had been acquainted for years, but I feel like I didn't know Ed that well until the last couple of years before he passed away. I think it was because he was such an attentive listened & never really imposed himself on anyone. He told me later how his hobby was collecting people.

I discovered what an enthusistic & good singer Ed was, which when coupled with my enthusiastic & not quite as good piano playing made it a lot of fun to sing and play. I loved the experession on Ed's face when I suggested we play the Abbey Road medley; he looked like a kid who was unexpectedly handed an ice cream cone. Singing Bohemian Rhapsody or Somebody to Love would overextend his voice, but he didn't seem to care. And who knew that he had the Buddy Hackett role in his high school production of Music Man?

When the Sox were in the playoffs in '04, Ed & I would watch a couple of the games together on TV. One night, I got kicked out my house because West Wing was on, so Ed & I went in search of a TV. His office had an enormous monitor, but we couldn't get the TV to work, so we finally got back in the car. Before we even started the car, we heard car horns honking on Rt. 2, by the rotary. We knew something good had happened, turned on the radio & discovered that Damon had hit a grand slam home run against the Yankees in game 7. We watched the rest of the game from a bar. When the score was 8-1, Ed, like any long-suffering Sox fan, wanted more, many more runs, as insurance. What the Sox won the series the next week, I was sitting at home by myself, & realized I had to do something. It was near midnight, & I called Ed. We ended up drinking brandy & whiskey in my kitchen until past 2 in the morning.

When Ed started his new job, he called me in the middle of the day at work. He told me he was in NYC for some training, and I'm wondering why he's calling at such an odd hour. He said he came upon a monstrous, ugly structure in the Bronx. It was Yankee Stadium. He told me he stuck his hand out the window & gave it the finger. That was the entire call.

One of my favorite adventures was one August when both our respective families were out of town. I worked in Boston at the time, and saw that Prince was playing at the Garden. I called Ed up at 5:30, and convinced him to ditch the exterminator or gardener or whoever was coming by, & take the train into town for a 7:30 show. We walked up to window, grabbed some great tickets & had a wonderful time. It may have been that evening that we landed at Paparazzi's for a drink afterwards. We talked about kids & family. Ed talked about his experiences as a younger brother, and getting over that younger brother competitive thing. I was struck by how crazy he was about his daughter, and felt very simpatico with him.

One March day, I had bought a wickedly cool music book. My first thought was that I couldn't wait to call Ed, because I knew he would really dig it. I was literally about to pick up the phone when Sharon told me about Ed's diagnosis. Since Ed was in Boston, I was able to take some time in the middle of work occasionally to go & visit him. I remember how Angela & Michael, Yvonne & Alan, and Sharon & I got him an iPod for his birthday. And we managed to find some noise cancelling headphones because of all that crazy drilling next to his room. One evening after work, I went to Redbones to pick up dinner for Ed. We were going to watch the Sox on the tube, but it was a rain delay. I was struck how Ed never complained the entire time he was in the hospital. On a particularly bad day, the worse lament I ever heard was "I've had better days."

On Colombus Day before Ed passed away, I made Ed some rice pudding, with lots of rum soaked raisins. Our families visited together, but Ed was clearly tired. Jane later told me it was the last thing he ate. A few days later, Ed was interred in the cemetary just a few hundred feet from my house.

A few months after Ed passed, Sharon came home with some flyer she saw in the mall. Team In Training takes mere mortals ands trains them for marathons & triathlons as a fundraiser for the Luekemia & Lymphoma Society. I ended up completing a few Olympic distance events, and was even a mentor for the local team a couple of times, raising $5,000 in the process. When I'm struggling in the gym (which is what usually happens there), I'll think of Ed sometimes and keep pushing. I recall Ed's gym was very high tech & the machine could remember what weight you had last time. I would tell Ed "Don't let the machines make fun of you," which has now slipped into my home's vocabulary.

My all-time favorite Ed expression was what he would tell me when I would tempt him with a paella, or perhaps some sipping tequila:

"You're a bad, bad man."

Robert Castillo <rcastillo23@gmail.com>
Concord, MA US - Wednesday, October 14, 2009 9:40 AM CDT
Does anyone check this website periodically like I do? I am Ed's cousin and I miss him.
Kris Washburn
Tucker, GA - Tuesday, September 23, 2008 2:18 PM CDT
Thinking of Ed on his 41st birthday. Love to you all!

Lisa Groves <lgroves@esrnational.org>
Lexington, MA USA - Sunday, March 18, 2007 6:23 PM CDT
Hello, dear ones -

I just returned from an overseas trip, or I would have posted earlier. You have all been in my thoughts and prayers throughout the year, and especially now, a year after Ed died. I continue to be amazed and moved by the lovely tributes in the guestbook. We're all better people for having known Ed.

With much love,


Elizabeth Lewis <lewis_eliz@yahoo.com>
Jamaica Plain, MA USA - Tuesday, October 24, 2006 5:14 AM CDT
Anniversary a week ago today (a week from today three years for my father). Sorry to be late. I'm remembering, though, how Ed lived, and keeping Jane and Sarah close in my mind.
gail <gail.accardi@gmail.com>
ny, - Saturday, October 21, 2006 7:05 AM CDT
Today is my birthday. I am grateful for another good year; grateful for my kids' laugh, my husband's love,the wind on my face and those tiny wrinkles around my eyes after 47 years of laughing and being happy. I remember that a year ago, my birthday was very sad because we were all living Ed's last week through this same website. I just wanted to say that my thoughts have been with Ed and his family this whole week. Ed, your life has touched me in more ways than you think and wherever you are, I think of you. Here are the lyrics of the beautiful song "Remember Me" from the movie "Troy". We rented it last week and the song made me think of you:

"Remember, I will still be here,
As long as you hold me, in your memory

Remember, when your dreams have ended,
Time can be transcended,
Just remember me

I am the one star that keeps burning, so brightly,
It is the last light, to fade into the rising sun

I'm with you,
Whenever you tell,
My story,
For I am all I've done

Remember, I will still be here,
As long as you hold me, in your memory,
Remember me

I am that one voice, in the cold wind,
That whispers,
And if you listen, you'll hear me call across the sky

As long as,
I still can reach out, and touch you,
Then I will never die

Remember, I'll never leave you,
If you will only,
Remember me"

Yours truly,

Isabelle Cazales-Evans <isa.evans03@mindspring.com>
Newton, - Thursday, October 12, 2006 10:31 AM CDT
I’m Paul Zagaeski, and I wanted to describe the odd things that link me and my family to Ed.

I bought a somewhat rundown multi-family home in the Roslindale neighborhood of Boston in 1989. My family lives on the second floor and when the original owners finally moved out of the first floor apartment, we put a ton of time and sweat into fixing the twenty-odd years of neglect they left behind so we could rent the apartment. After six months of nights and weekends scraping, patching, painting, and refinishing, we were ready to have prospective tenants visit. Fortunately for us, the first potential tenants who showed up were these scruffy but pleasant fellows, John Prendergast, Richard Rousseau, and Ed Hutchinson.

We rented the apartment to these questionable characters (we were naïve landlords, after all), but we discovered that three guys in their 20s could actually be good tenants. That is, as long as there was at least one adult – and fortunately we found that Ed was the “parent” on the first floor. Whenever we had a question or a problem, we’d always seek out Ed. No matter what was going on in his life, he always had a happy greeting and a huge smile on his face. In those early years of our home ownership and landlordship, we were very lucky to have a responsible, clear-headed guy like Ed around. We were very sad when Ed announced he was “moving in with his sweetie Jane.” We tried to think of ways to persuade him to stay on… but he had his eyes on a more pleasing vision than our tiny city lot.

Later, I discovered Ed was working in high-technology, where I also work. Over the years, we ran into each other constantly at analyst briefings, industry events, and other times. I admired how clear his vision always was about who he was, what he was doing, and where he was going. He always made sure to bring pictures of his little girl Sarah, and we shared the fun and panic of being dads. When he found his position changing because of the turmoil in high-tech, he rolled with it, worked his contacts, explored all the possibilities he could, and always landed on his feet. It was always fun to hear his stories of the people he worked with or ran into in his jobs. We’d have lunch and he’d crack me up with the outrageous things he’d seen or heard about in the crazy high-tech world we worked in.

There’s one fun story I want to be sure to share. When Ed, John, and Richard were still living on our first floor, a window in one of the bedrooms, suffering from frayed counterweight ropes, crashed down and one of the little panes (lights, I learned) shattered. The windows all through the house were in tough shape, and this one in particular, besides the rotted counterweight ropes, had peeling paint, dried up glazing, and huge gaps where the glazing had fallen out and left bare wood and glass. I had never repaired a window before, and once I had bought the new pane of glass and all the tools and supplies for installing it, re-glazing, and painting, I struggled with it for what seemed like hours.

Along came Ed. He stood at the foot of the ladder for a while chatting, saw how unsuccessfully I was progressing, and said, “Hey, did I tell you I spent most of last summer working for a painter repairing windows like this one? Would you like me to take a crack at it?” I couldn’t believe my ears… and I eagerly accepted. The next day, I watched in awe as Ed scraped out glazing I’d missed, laid down a perfect thin bed of glazing for the new glass to sit on (who knew about making a bed?... not me…), fit the replacement pane in place, hammered in a few glazier’s points (so THAT’S how you use those pointy things…), and with a skill I’ll never match in a million years, applied a perfect layer of glazing around the edge of the pane, at a perfect 45 degree angle. The whole thing took him maybe 25 minutes. Just to show off even more, he scraped away the old dried up glazing from several other lights and restored it with equal ease and professional flair. Then he scraped away the old paint and slapped on a new coat.

I looked at it this morning and thought how well it represented Ed. His impact on that window is just like his impact on everything he did and everyone he knew. It’s still the best looking window in the whole house.

Paul Zagaeski <paulzagaeski@mac.com>
Roslindale, MA - Tuesday, April 11, 2006 11:21 AM CDT
Happy Birthday to Ed... I am also running Boston with the DFMC. My daughter is also battling leukemia (for the second time). I have gotten to 'know' Art via email and with your blessing I will be including Ed's name on the back of my bib when I run the marathon. For whatever it's worth, the butterfly story still gives me chills... it touched me very deeply.

With love,

Katie, mom to Hayley, Hunter, and Taylor <dugan2b@yahoo.com>
Franklin, MA - Friday, March 24, 2006 9:53 PM CST
I have been meaning to post this story about Ed so here it goes. A few years ago I was getting ready to do some spring burning ie: tree limbs that fell during the winter and such. I had a pretty good size pile ready to go. I was getting ready to light it and Ed walks over asking what I was doing. I told him and he said don't you think its a little big?. I told him it would be ok and pointed out the hose I had ready to go just in case. Well i got it going and it was a big fire for a short time. There where a few Christmas trees in the area we put yard waste so one at a time I put them on the fire. Ed saw that a came over again and ended up helping me toss the rest of the trees on. After a while Ed was bringing stuff from his yard over to burn. I guess he ran out because he started to cut old limbs off of trees and burning them. This went on for a few hours. After that we where congratulating each other on such a fine clean up/fire we ended up doing. I live next door to Ed, Jane and Sara, there is what we call the thicket between us shrubs, prickers ect. Ed and I have talked about cutting it back some time. Well Ed says what if we burn that back , pointing to the area, it would be easer than cutting it. Well some how it caught on fire and it really took off. Ed and I almost burned down the back yard that day. We got the fire under control and managed to put it out. Ed said with a laugh that went well watching the now smoldering thicket area. We both had a good laugh over that. Last week i was doing the yearly burning and Jane ended up bring things over to burn like Ed did. It brought back many great memories of Ed and the great times we had. As a neighbor and friend i miss Ed and my thoughts and prayers go to his family. Art this invite is always open......
Happy 40th Ed

Bob Pettus <Medic562@aol.com>
Concrd, Ma USA - Friday, March 24, 2006 11:07 AM CST
Dear Jane & Sarah: I was so sorry to learn of the loss of your husband and father, Ed. As Jane knows, I lost my mother and 17 month old daughter both in 1999. My mother was age 66 and died suddenly of a heart attack. My daughter, Natalie, died after a long illness at 17 months of age, just 4 months after I lost my mother. The first year was the most difficult, having to face all of the birthdays and anniversaries. I found great strength in the love and caring of our friends and family, as well as my faith. I send my heartfelt love and wishes for you to find comfort during this difficult time.
Charmaigne Cross
Smithfield, VA USA - Tuesday, March 21, 2006 10:27 AM CST
I recenlty lost my brother Kenny and this memorial is a wonderful way to remember and share in an extraordinary life. I am sorry for you loss. (sister of Kristen West)
Kim Kozlowski
Canton, MI USA - Tuesday, March 21, 2006 8:01 AM CST

While this may not make sense right away, there are certain people who are good through and through. They care about themselves and others. They make you better for knowing them. They listen instead of speak. They are humble yet exude strength. They are humorous but never crass. They are good people living life the best they can. Your father was one of these, naturally, just by being him.

Ken Corning <corningk@hotmail.com>
Dover, MA USA - Monday, March 20, 2006 8:13 PM CST
Dear Jane and Sarah,
I baked a chocolate chip cranberry loaf this weekend (the same thing I baked when you both came over to my house one afternoon) and lit a candle for Ed. I made a wish for you and blew out the candle. I can't tell you what the wish was (or it won't come true), but you can be sure it was a good one. I'm sure that Ed could see all the candles lit for him all over the world.
Love, Debbie

Debbie Tait
- Monday, March 20, 2006 4:50 PM CST
Dear Jane and Sarah,
I loved looking at the beautiful pictures of the three of you. I'll be thinking of all of you as I light a candle tonight and say a prayer in memory of Ed. Jane, I hope to see you and Sarah soon. Love,

Ellen Gaies <egaies@aol.com>
Concord, MA United States - Sunday, March 19, 2006 10:12 PM CST
My thoughts are with Jane and Sarah and their entire extended family on Ed's 40th birthday. I smile to know that Jane and Sarah's love for Ed cannot be exstinguished as that of a candle's flame.
Karen Zallen <KarenZallen@rcn.com>
Lexington, MA - Sunday, March 19, 2006 7:34 PM CST
Dear Sarah,
We said a prayer for your Daddy today at our mass and also told him to keep watch over you and your Mommy because you are very special people. I know Daddy is looking down and watching you eat a piece of his birthday cake wishing he could have some too. I hope you had ice cream as well! Do well at school and keep Mommy smiling. We love you both, Aunt Beryl and Uncle Jeff

Beryl A. DiBiaso <jbdhhi@hargray.com>
Hilton Head Island, SC USA - Sunday, March 19, 2006 11:26 AM CST
Dear Sarah,

I have two children Caileigh and Kyle who I love very much and who make me very proud. I know your Daddy loved you and was so proud of you too. I also know that your Dad was so lucky to be loved so much by you and your Mom. Not every one gets to feel that and we should never take it for granted.

One day when you come to visit “Grandma and Grandpa Hutchinson” I hope you can come to our house and play with Caileigh and Kyle. If you go upstairs to Kyle’s bedroom maybe you can build something with the wooden blocks that used to belong to your Dad and your Uncle Art.

By the way I was at a party tonight and I had a delicious cupcake and thought of your Dad. I hope you enjoyed your cake too. Please give a big hug to your Mom from me.
Love and God Bless,

Elspeth Feldman <elspethwk@comcast.net>
Crownsville, MD - Saturday, March 18, 2006 10:13 PM CST
Dear Sarah, I was very happy to hear that you baked a birthday cake today. Birthdays stay important and worthy of celebrating always, even when the person whose birthday it is is no longer there--they're like private holidays for your family and friends. I'll look forward to seeing the pictures of you and your cake.

Today is a sort-of birthday of mine, the kind kids celebrate but most adults don't: it's my and-a-half birthday. I'm celebrating it today to share with your dad. And belated birthday love to your mom Jane.

Gail <gail.accardi@gmail.com>
NYC, NY - Saturday, March 18, 2006 9:27 PM CST
Dear Sarah, I met your daddy when he and you and your mother were shopping for all sorts of delicious food at Trader Joe's. I had gone there that day also, to get some chicken, a head of lettuce, and some dogfood for my Moxie. (She was a Lhasa Aphso, and she too has gone to heaven.) You and your daddy and mother were coming out of the store at the same time as I was and we stopped and talked for a while. Your daddy was so proud of you. He was holding you in his arms and gave you a big kiss. YOur daddy lives in heaven now and loves you so much. Would you like to have a playdate with my grandsons, Zane, who is 7, and Luke, who is five? They like to build with legoes and do science experiments. One of their favorite experiements is making volcanoes erupt. What do you like to do with your friends? Would you like to go to the Museum of Science or the Natural History Museum with Luke and Zane? They would like to show you the dinosaurs and some live creatures that live in the museum. DO you like to draw? We bring bright colored pastels and drawing paper to the museums, and we lay on the floor and make pictures of our favorite animals. Luke and Zane would like you to draw with them. I hope you will write Zane and Luke. Love, Grandmother Glenn Mitchell
glenn mitchell
harvard, ma 01451 - Saturday, March 18, 2006 6:45 PM CST
Jane, I love this photo of Ed. We will always remember Ed's birthday since he almost shares the same day with our Ben. It's funny but even I can't experience much without thinking that Ed will be missing out on it. My first thoughts each morning as I pass by all the new buds and daffodils are whether this sign of renewal is painful or hopeful to you and Sarah. I do believe, as I hope you are starting to, that each day we wake up alive and healthy is a gift. Really, just today I was thinking what possibilities you and Sarah have and how I look forward to what they years may bring to you. I cherish our phone calls, and look forward to many, many more chances to hear how you are doing. I have to collect my thoughts to think about my most wonderful memories of you and Ed, but in the meantime I didn't want this day to pass without your knowing I was thinking of you.
Angela Galper <angelagalper@yahoo.com>
Oak Hill, VA USA - Saturday, March 18, 2006 6:41 PM CST
Jane, Sarah, and Art,

“People are like stain-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.”
__Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Ed's light shone like the sun.
So do yours.
With deepest sympathy,

Alex Smith, MD <keliimoeanu@yahoo.com>
Boston, MA USA - Friday, January 20, 2006 1:53 PM CST
Art, thank you so much for the mysterious 26.2 donation to my DFMC fundraising! I read the journal on the front page about Ed, and was absolutely blown away by the butterfly story.

God really does speak to us, if we open our hearts and take time to listen. I had a few 'butterfly' moments myself that actually led me to the DFMC.

I look forward to meeting you at a run some day, and will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Katie, mom to Hayley, Hunter, and Taylor <dugan2b@yahoo.com>
Franklin, MA - Wednesday, December 21, 2005 7:37 PM CST
Thank you for the lovely photos! Thank you for being the amazing person you are. Big hugs to you and Muffin.

Lisa Groves
Lexington, MA USA - Monday, December 5, 2005 7:39 PM CST
Jane, Sarah, Art, and family,

We missed Art at our Wakely Dam Ultra this summer but we knew there were far more important things to attend to. From the looks of everything I read on these websites, I can see that Ed had the very best friends and family anyone could ask for. He was truly blessed.

RD Jim Houghtaling <RD-@-WakelyDam.com>
Baldwinsville, NY USA - Tuesday, November 29, 2005 11:01 PM CST
You always were so healthy, so full of life
So seeing you so helpless, just didn't seem right
And how you kept your head so high I'll never know
I guess you knew you had a better place to go

I'll always miss you, I'll always feel the loss
I have to remind myself that you're better off
I gotta believe even through these tears of mine
Wherever you are there's a sun that always shines

And you've got a room with a view
A window to the world
You always had your sights set high
And now that you're gone
Your memory lives on
And I see you smilin' in my mind
With angels as visitors droppin' by
Your room with a view

With angels as visitors droppin' by
Your room with a view

Music & Lyrics: Carolyn Dawn Johnson and Chuck Jones

A song whose words seemed to be about Ed. I know he is watching us - I feel his presence in the sunshine.

Thinking of you, Sarah and Jane. Peace be with you.

Dianne Fayle <di.glenda@verizon.net>
Wrentham, MA USA - Wednesday, November 9, 2005 0:17 AM CST
My memories of Ed span from from elementary school to high school and are filled with smiles. Thoughtful and kind he was always supportive during the rougher childhood times. Thinking of him on stage during Kiss Me Kate is my fondest memory. He is missed.


Evan Smith <evan@wingonwing.com>
Chicago, IL USA - Sunday, November 6, 2005 1:15 PM CST
Jane, Sarah, Art and family. My sister Sally and brother-in-law Dan live a few doors down. I have been keeping up with Ed and your lives through them. I am so sorry about Ed's passing. All I can think is that he is at PEACE! Jane you are so strong. I'm sure it has been hard to explain to others how you feel or have felt throughout these hard times and I'm sure there were those times where to be honest...you didn't have to say a word or owe anyone any explanation! I'm sure there have been so many days where you just couldn't understand WHY ME, WHY US, WHY ED! I think of you so often and I have had a card sitting on my desk at work, then moved it to my car just waiting for the right time to write or send it to you. Trying to think of the write words to say or not say. Sarah is strong! Sally has told me so many wonderful stories about Sarah and your family. I have sat many hours reading the journal entries from Ed and Art. I have read the guestbook at work and home and sobbed. What a beautiful life Ed has and will continue to have with GOD. Please know that people are still praying for strength and peace even though it has become quiet. I know I'm still thinking of you all! GOD BLESS YOU!
Jill Roiger <jroiger@matrixcomm.com>
Mound, MN USA - Thursday, November 3, 2005 1:42 AM CST
Jane, Sarah, Art, parents, family, and friends: still here and thinking of you. I don't know how much you'll choose to update here now, but there is more to Ed's story--it is a love story (or many love stories) and as such is neverending. I lit a candle for my father Friday and thought of you all as well. Sending love.
Gail <gail.accardi@gmail.com>
NYC, NY - Sunday, October 30, 2005 9:37 PM CST
Dear Jane and Sarah,

We have been thinking of you and know first hand how difficult this tender time is. Please let me know if there is anything that I can do for you now or in the next month.

Debbie Tymm <glast78@aol.com>
Belmont, MA - Monday, October 24, 2005 4:07 PM CDT
I met Ed when he was director of Marketing at Onesource. He had such a passion for life and work, family and friends. He will be missed but never forgotten.
Kelvin Brooks <kelbrooks@comcast.net>
Boston, MA USA - Thursday, October 20, 2005 10:13 AM CDT
Thank you, Art, for posting Father Fleming’s homily and your eulogy for Ed onto the Caringbridge site for those of us who longed to be there but could not. As I was reading through, I began to wonder what I would have been able to say, had I been asked to talk about Ed at the service, or at any other time. And, as I started to come up with scattered thoughts and phrases, I figured I would try to put them into semi-organized form, for anyone who is interested in my small piece of the picture.

I am Katharine. I live in Los Angeles. No one here has ever met me before except for Jane and Sarah, and Jane had never even met me until this June. You may have heard off-hand comments about me this summer, whenever I did something else that was a little strange. I’m the one who sent things like little boxes of raisins, 80’s trivia games, and country music CD’s. I’m the one who called at the 7th-inning stretch from Fenway and Angel Stadium. I may have been a little unorthodox, but I wanted to give Ed and Jane unorthodox things to think about—at a time when the real world could drag you down quickly if you let it.

I first met Ed in the spring of 1987 at Brown while I was interviewing for a summer job with College Pro Painters. He was a junior; I was a freshman who was darned determined not to have to go back to North Carolina for the summer after finally getting out if it by going to college. He had a funny nose, bright eyes, and a quick smile. At the time, he reminded me of a squirrel. And he didn’t make me feel that girls didn’t belong in a house painting organization. I ended up being hired as a manager for a new College Pro venture in Providence—interior painting. Unfortunately, I realized pretty quickly that there were not many people in the area who would trust their living rooms to a bunch of college kids. So, I went howling to Ed for help and he ended up hiring me to be his assistant—and professing loudly and often that he got the better end of that deal.

Ed was the first and is still the only person to ever tell me I was a really good cook. I managed to thoroughly impress him by introducing him to open-face ham and swiss melts on English muffins. I was so grateful for the compliment that I briefly considered dating him, even though I was already engaged. Ed and I spent a lot of lunches together that summer. He showed me the shortcuts around Lexington; he taught me how to fake my way through painting; we discussed crews and supplies; he tolerated my first attempts at swearing (painting will do that to you); and we told stories. My favorite story that he ever told me (other than the one Art mentioned about getting the beer) was from when he was about 16. He was driving through Lexington Center and happened to spot a couple of tourists walking down the sidewalk wearing Lakers t-shirts. The way he told it, “Just to prove exactly how much testosterone I had in my body, I floored it. I roared past them at about 50 miles an hour, leaned out my window and yelled LAKERS SUCK as loudly as I could, then screeched around the corner and out of sight.” Of course, worry-wart that I am, my reaction at the time was “you were SOOOO lucky there was not a cop anywhere around.”

Ed’s favorite story of mine from that summer was The Bimbo and the Paint Store Guy. One client of ours insisted that his house be painted with a stain that was sold only by a rival of College Pro. Ed knew he would be recognized (and refused a sale) if he went into the store. And, he didn’t trust the crew to keep their trap shut about who they were and why they wanted it. I told Ed not to ask me any questions in advance, but to let me handle it. He looked at my funny, but gave me the cash. I changed into my tightest tank top and my shortest, most ripped jeans shorts, let my hair down (it was long then), and hooked my sunglasses into the front of the shirt. I pranced into the store with big wide eyes and asked if there was anybody who could help me. You see, I was trying to help my dad paint our house and he had run out of the paint we were using. But, it wasn’t really paint; it was stain. And, it was brown, and it had a special name that I couldn’t remember, and it was really not-shiny, and I was too embarrassed to call him and ask him for the name again and, and….(I pulled out my sunglasses and started chewing on them). Of course everyone in the paint store was just as helpful as could be and got cans down to show me so I could see if I remembered the right one (which of course I did after being confused for a minute or two). They were so incredibly helpful and even helped load it into my car. As I left, I asked worriedly if it turned out I needed some more, would they be able to remember the kind so it would match. “Trust me, honey,” the guy said, “we’ll remember YOU all right.”

Ed took me out for dinner that night for that one.

Ed contacted my husband Andy and me this April, after his diagnosis and first round of treatment. Before that, the last time we had spoken with each other had been June of 2002, at our “Andy’s Not Going to Die Party” (or the Anti-Wake, as Andy called it) that was held at Andy’s mother’s home in Lexington to celebrate his 5 years in remission from Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. In the meantime, we had done the exchange Christmas cards and the are-you-going-to-Reunion emails, and that’s about it. We both had young kids and jobs, and our lives were rolling along on opposite sides of the country. Ed’s original email essentially said that he had been diagnosed with leukemia about 6 weeks ago, that he was participating in a clinical trial at the Farber, that everything was “so far so good” and that he was “interested in comparing notes if you have a few minutes.”

As many of my friends would tell you, I am a good person to have on your side in a fight. I am about as stubborn and aggressive as a mountain lion protecting her young. And, I immediately went into nothing-is-going-to-happen-to-Ed-if-I-have-anything-to-say-about-it mode. It was amazingly similar to the way I felt when my husband was diagnosed, after I had gotten over that initial shock. But, this time, I was 2600 miles away. The only tools I had were the internet, the Post Office, FedEx, and the telephone. Well, if that’s all I had, then I was going to use them the best that I could. Friends are worth giving everything you have for and worth fighting for. And, for most of the summer, that’s how I looked at it: a fight for who was going to “get” Ed—death or those of us who cared about him. When Ed relapsed, once, and then again, I looked at it as though I was “losing,” as though there was something I wasn’t doing enough or properly. And, I don’t lose gracefully. It wasn’t until near the end that I started to realize that people can’t really play tug-of-war with God over a person or a life. And that, as Ed became more accepting and at peace with where he was going, maybe it was time for me to stop trying to hold him back with my stubbornness and frustration. I had done what I could for as long as it was possible, and I knew that I would continue to do for Jane and Sarah what they needed me to do. Maybe realizing when to let go is what friends are for too.

Ed and I were friends. And, as far as I know, we still are. This summer has been hard for me and I will miss him. But, I am glad we meant enough to him that he got in touch with us and invited us to be here for him. That’s what friends are all about.

Los Angeles, CA USA - Wednesday, October 19, 2005 4:54 PM CDT
Dear Jane and Sarah,
I am so sad Ed lost his fight with Leukemia. He put up a very good fight. I spoke to Ed only once after he got sick but I thought of him often, especially when I was visiting WBRU, where he DJed in college and where I met him. Just last week I collected some BRU bumper stickers to send to him because I thought it would cheer him up. I will always remember Ed as a wonderful, friendly, cheerful part of the BRU-crew. This was the tight circle of people who practically lived at the radio station. He was devoted to WBRU even after he graduated! He will be deeply missed.

Monica Brady-Myerov
Boston, MA - Wednesday, October 19, 2005 3:59 PM CDT
Dear Mr and Mrs Hutchinson
Words cannot express the sorrow we are feeling for you today. The loss of a child is a parent's worst nightmare. We are truly sorry the two of you had to endure this tragedy. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Dr Wallace, Janet, Tilly, Linda, Amy and Sally
Rockville, MD - Wednesday, October 19, 2005 2:33 PM CDT
On Friday, around 9:30AM, my wife and I were preparing to take our newborn daughter home from the hospital for the first time. I had been trying to keep track of Art's updates from the hospital and during my brief moments at home, but didn't get a chance to get the news until Saturday evening.

As I sat there, with Kathryn in my lap...I learned that Ed had gone home.

I know words mean so little at a time like this. I know there are so many questions that even those with the strongest, deepest faith cannot answer.

I also know that reading through all of the entries that Ed was so very loved, and by so very many. I will pray for Sarah, for Jane, and for everyone else who loved Ed and will continue to love Ed, forever more.

Bob Mina <bobmina@gmail.com>
West Chester, PA USA - Wednesday, October 19, 2005 11:47 AM CDT
Travel for work has kept me on the west coast during this saddest time; Andy however was able to go to the funeral in our name, and told me about it. I have read Art's eulogy with interest and grief, no less so for my having known Ed only slightly. I am reminded, through the comments about Ed's conversion, of something that Emily Dickinson as a young woman once wrote in a letter to a friend. "And so I perceive that Space and Time are things of the body, and have little to do with our Selves." God bless Ed. God bless you all.

Gregory Maguire and Andy Newman <gmwriter@aol.com>
Concord, MA - Wednesday, October 19, 2005 8:02 AM CDT
Dear Jane and Sarah et al.,
I am sorry to not have made it to the wake and funeral. I prayed for all of you yesterday. I want to share a memory from approximately 15 years ago. I used to hike with Jane and Ed in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. A group of us would rent a lodge or house together in the area for hiking and socializing. I have a photo on my shelf of the four of us together (with another friend of mine) standing at the trail head in New Hampshire, ready to take flight for another day of hiking. It was during one of those weekends that Jane and Ed decided to start dating. They had apparently been good friends for months and Ed had secretly set his sights on Jane long before she had thoughts of the same. (Jane can tell this story better than I.) Seeing the two of them together that weekend was exciting --it was clearly the start of something very meaningful. The couple always seemed so happy together and so generous toward each other. When I attended their wedding, I heard corroborating stories of the same. Although it has been a long time since then, I have received a photo from them every year which has allowed me to see their continued happiness. I had always thought the match seemed made in heaven, and now I know that to be the case. For Ed, his life on earth well-lived, is awaiting the reunion with Jane and his little Sarah in the land of eternal happiness. I am honored to have known Ed and his enthusiasm and kindness. His legacy and contributions live on in so many countless ways that cannot be known today. Ed was that type of guy, and I will miss him.
Peace and blessings to you all.

Becky Papas <Rebecca.Papas@yale.edu>
New Haven, CT - Wednesday, October 19, 2005 7:26 AM CDT
Dear Art & the extended Hutchinson & Torpie Families,
It was an honor and a pleasure meeting some of you yesterday, hearing Art's message today, and sharing in the service for Ed. Thank you for that opportunity. I'm so sorry for the loss of your brother, son, uncle... such a precious life. You (and of course, Jane and Sarah), inspire me and so many others to connect deeply with those we love, to be present. Again, thank you. I wish you peace.

Lisa Groves
Lexington, MA USA - Tuesday, October 18, 2005 8:57 PM CDT
Dearest Jane,
I am so sorry for the death of your precious Ed. I love you and Sarah very much, and I embrace you in your grief, while I pray for your comfort and well-being on the road ahead. Joel and I are here for and with you.

Lisa Groves
Lexington, MA USA - Tuesday, October 18, 2005 8:21 PM CDT
"...The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly...; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

-Teddy Roosevelt

Our family member and great friend fought a good fight. Indeed, Ed strove valiantly, shared with us his great enthusiasm for life, his devotion to family and friends, and the triumph of a life well lived. In the end Ed was victorious. He left a legacy of love and compassion that will live on through all of us.

John Torpie <jtorpie1@maine.rr.com>
Scarborough, ME USA - Tuesday, October 18, 2005 8:02 PM CDT
To Jane, Sarah, and the entire family,

I just learned of Ed's death, and I am so saddened for you and your loss. It's clear he was a special person. I only wish I had met him face-to-face, though I was able to have a little contact with him via this account.

My prayers are with you all. Sending umpteen zillion virtual hugs--


Sharona Nelson
Cherry Hill, NJ USA - Tuesday, October 18, 2005 4:20 PM CDT
I am sorry not to be there to honor Ed with you. I am honoring him, and holding him and all of you in my heart, from just a little too far away.
Gail <gail.accardi@gmail.com>
NYC, NY - Tuesday, October 18, 2005 8:36 AM CDT
Jane & Sarah:

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I was shocked and saddened to learn of Ed's illness and passing. Although it's been years since I worked with Ed, I counted on seeing him around town and "catching up." He always had heart-warming stories to share about Sarah and interesting updates on fellow IRIers. I will miss his spirit and humor. He was a special person.

Cynthia Spiers <spierscv@yahoo.com>
Concord, MA USA - Monday, October 17, 2005 10:08 PM CDT
Your mommy said that you've read the story of the Velveteen Rabbit. Like some very good books, it can grow and change as time passes. Sometimes, we like to read just a page or so, and we thought you might like these two little parts:

"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real."
"Does it hurt?" asked the Rabbit.
"Sometimes," said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. "When you are Real you don't mind being hurt."
"Does it happen all at once, like being wound up," he asked, "or bit by bit?"
"It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand" . . . .
He was a Real Rabbit at last, at home with the other rabbits.
Autumn passed and Winter, and in the Spring, when the days grew warm and sunny, the Boy went out to play in the wood behind the house. And while he was playing, two rabbits crept out from the bracken and peeped at him. One of them was brown all over, but the other had strange markings under his fur, as though long ago he had been spotted, and the spots still showed through. And about his little soft nose and his round black eyes there was something familiar.

David, Monica, Cady, Bobby, and Cory
- Monday, October 17, 2005 9:12 PM CDT
Dear Jane, Sarah, Art and the Hutchinson Family

I was so sad to learn of your loss. Ed was a truly exceptional man I was honored to call my friend. His wit and wisdom, his kibbitzing and his gift for life are memories I will always treasure. He epitomized the words "gentle man." Je m'ennuierai de vous cher ami...I will miss you my dear friend.

Please accept my deepest condolences on this very sad day and know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Joanne Friedman, and the Bubis Family <joanne.friedman@connektedminds.com>
Toronto, Canada - Monday, October 17, 2005 3:57 PM CDT
To Jane and Sarah and Ed’s entire family… I am so incredibly sorry for your loss and I hope that as time passes the pain eases and that you will remember all of the the wonderful times that you had together. I wanted to share a memory. I had known Ed since my sister, Beth Galer, met him at Brown and then Jane once they were married and have kept up with his family over the years. When Ed was first diagnosed I went to visit him in the hospital, as my office was very close by. We chatted a little about work and Brown (I am an alum) and he was visibly tired but as soon as we began talking about our respective daughters his eyes lit up and he gained some unexplainable energy as we shared funny and happy stories. He couldn’t stop beaming and we agreed what an amazing thing it was to be a parent and how special our children were to us. Even though I saw Ed over the years on various occasions, this is what I will always remember about him, his love for his family and the incredible joy and pride that Sarah brought to him.
Julie Goldman <truejay2@comcast.net>
Newton, MA - Monday, October 17, 2005 3:04 PM CDT
Dear Jane,
I´ve been going through your Web site and the journal entries in tribute to Ed, and I am so saddened by this painful trial that you and your family have had to go through. It´s obvious that Ed was the type of person who inspired many people to love him, and despite the sadness that his time was too short, I am happy for you that you were blessed to have such a wonderful man in your life and that you both brought into this world such a beautiful daughter. I wish you all the strength in the world in this trying time, and I know you will always have the memories and the beauty of the years you and Ed shared together. I know we haven´t seen each other since Dante´s wedding in 1988, but if you or Sarah ever need an escape from the Northeast, please consider coming down to DC for a little while.
Warmest wishes, Ellen Alderton

Ellen Alderton <ellena@starpower.net>
Alexandria, VA USA - Monday, October 17, 2005 2:35 PM CDT
We are so sorry for your loss. I know you were Ed's rock (and project manager in all things) ... and you're being strong for Sarah and your families but please also know we're here to support you and Sarah ... any time, any where. Don't hesitate to call on us when things settle down.
With love and sadness,
Deb and Dave Tenny

Deb and Dave <dwtenny@comcast.net>
Wayland, MA USA - Monday, October 17, 2005 2:34 PM CDT
To Jane, Sarah, and the extended Hutchinson and Torpie families -
I'm so sorry to hear the news of Ed's passing, and sorrier still that I wasn't aware of his ordeal beforehand. I would have loved to be able to say goodbye.
Ed and I were great friends back at Lexington High School, and the memories I have of him will always be with me. Ed was my lab partner in both biology and physics; we first met in a Calculus class where we were two sophomores in a class of juniors. We became fast friends and gave those upperclassmen a run for their money!
I remember the first time I gave blood at LHS - I had a really horrible reaction, got really tired, and pretty much fell asleep in the hallway. Ed found me there, picked me up, and drove me home in his Olive Green Plymouth Duster. What a relief!!
Ed spent a lot of time analyzing my many boyfriends, and I think he got a huge kick out of my dating fiascoes. We were in the musicals together, along with Concert Choir and chorus and all that good stuff. I looked at my yearbook this morning, and in the picture of the Concert Choir, there's me sitting on Ed's lap, we've both got huge smiles, and we're both living life to the fullest.
I will always remember the years I spent with Ed, as well as the times we got together after High School. I met Jane for the first time years ago in Harvard Square. "What a great catch, Ed!", I thought! I remember running into Ed and Sarah at the Trader Joe's, with Sarah being somewhat ticked off that Daddy had forgotten to get her a balloon on the way out because he was busy catching up on current events with me. Everything I remember about Ed - it's all GOOD.
Ed will be in my thoughts, my prayers, and my heart.
God bless you all.

Andrea Heyda <sushi_lover_100@yahoo.com>
Acton, MA USA - Monday, October 17, 2005 2:13 PM CDT
Our hearts are broken open with yours but we know that you will all be together again.

I don't know the source but a dear friend once told me: "When the heart is breaking, that's when the soul kicks in." My prayer for you is that your soul will continue to kick in (as I know that it already has) and help to move you through this pain to a place of peace. We are here to help you too.

With much love and sadness,
- Mary Ann, Jamie and Christie Burnside

Mary Ann Burnside <zenmommy2004@yahoo.com>
Lexington, MA USA - Monday, October 17, 2005 1:03 PM CDT
Jane and Sarah, We are very sorry for your loss and are holding you in our thoughts and prayers.
Gary and Beth O'Connell <goconnel@us.ibm.com>
Westford, MA USA - Monday, October 17, 2005 9:07 AM CDT
I just receive Jane's email, which is the first I heard about Ed's passing. It has been a few months since I spoke with Ed, and I had no idea that he was so ill. Jane, Art, & Sarah... I am so terribly sorry for your loss. Having just read many of the journal entries, I'm struck by how fortunate Ed was to be surrounded with compassionate and loving friends and family. I hope the time will be near that the memories of happy times together shine through the pain of his loss. May his memory be a blessing.
Corey Salka <coreys@microsoft.com>
Seattle, WA USA - Sunday, October 16, 2005 11:38 PM CDT
My thoughts are with Ed's family. I look at my small children and am reminded to take one more minute for that kiss and hug. Live each day to its fullest. A classmate from Brown...
Deb DeCarlo <debdecarlo@yahoo.com>
Rocky River, Ohio - Sunday, October 16, 2005 10:01 PM CDT
To Ed's Family...Mike and I are continuing to uphold you in prayer...I have petitioned God to give you all restful sleep knowing you must be exhausted from your long vigil; to give you wisdom in all decisions you are now needing to make; to help you as you experience the powerful emotions associated with the death of a loved one, i.e. anger, despair, hopelessness, depression, doubts. Jesus understands. He will be your advocate. "Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the Throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need." (from Hebrews 4:14-16)

If you could post a home address for Jane and Sarah, I would appreciate it.

With love, Barbara Hayden

Barbara Hayden <hayden2888@verizon.net>
Davidsonville, MD USA - Sunday, October 16, 2005 2:26 PM CDT
my prayers and love are with you in this time of sorrow and celebration
patricia watson <patricia.watson@alumnae.brynmawr.edu>
arlington, ma` usa - Sunday, October 16, 2005 11:56 AM CDT
My daughter, Saundra Bernatovich Gulley, is a friend and classmate from Wellesley. She has kept me informed about Ed. I am so very sorry for your loss. Ed's journal has helped me more than you will ever know. My husband has Multiple Myeloma and reading the journal is helping me a great deal. God bless you and your family. You are in my prayers.
Lynn Hunter Bernatovich <lynntonybernat@earthlink.net>
Naples, FL USA - Sunday, October 16, 2005 9:15 AM CDT
Jane, Sarah,and family,

I am holding you in my heart.

"There are stars whose light reaches the earth only after they themselves have disintegrated. And there are individuals whose memory lights the world after they have passed from it. These lights shine in the darkest night, and help illuminate for us the road that lies ahead." -- Hannah Senesh

With love,

Kate Atkinson Kaplan <katekap13@aol.com>
Concord, MA USA - Sunday, October 16, 2005 5:19 AM CDT
Dear Jane, Sarah, Art and family,
We are thinking of you here in Missouri today.

Janet Encarnacion and Tristan Davies <evenjob@alum.wellesley.edu>
Springfield, MO - Saturday, October 15, 2005 5:39 PM CDT
I am so sorry for your loss. Gail called and told me I could send a message. There is no way to truly express the magnitude of the present, but your daughter is adorable and a part of your husband to keep, and she will nurture you in future. God bless- you are all in my prayers.
Joan C. Accardi <japickle@usa2net.net>
Tavares, FL USA - Saturday, October 15, 2005 1:23 PM CDT
With tears in my eyes...may God bless you and keep all of you in his loving care. We are here for you.
Colleen, Bryan, Lily, and Cole Ratcliffe <bclrat@aol.com>
Sterling, MA - Saturday, October 15, 2005 12:54 AM CDT
Dear Ben, Peggy, Art, Jane, Sarah and the entire family,

We are so saddened by your loss. But we know that Ed fought valiantly with the help of his wonderful family and many friends.
May his journey inspire us all to do our best when faced with life's challenges.

Steve and Stephanie Bernstein <sbern@alum.mit.edu>
Boston, MA USA - Saturday, October 15, 2005 11:06 AM CDT
Dear Art, Peggy, Ben, and most especially, Jane and Sarah,

I am so deeply sorry for your enormous loss. I just found my way to this site through my parents, Hal and Sally Singley. Sarah, I used to babysit your dad when he was just a little older than you. I'll let you in on a little secret -- he was kind of rambunctious!

May God's love and the love of family and friends surround all of you as you pay tribute to Ed's life. I cannot imagine the sense of loss you must be experiencing, but I want you to know you have all been in my thoughts and prayers since my mother broke the news of Ed's cancer last spring. I will continue to hold you in my prayers as you go through this terribly difficult time.

With much love,
Karen Singley Kishpaugh

Karen Kishpaugh <Lexkaren@msn.com>
Lexington, MA USA - Saturday, October 15, 2005 7:27 AM CDT
To all of Ed's family and friends,

So sorry about your loss-- my thoughts are with you all during this very sad time. We'll all miss Ed so much-- he brightened all of our lives with a great spirit.

Doug Mayer

When we think of those companions
Who traveled by our side down life’s
Let us not say with sadness
That they left us behind,
But rather with gratitude
That they once were with us.

Doug Mayer
Randolph, NH USA - Saturday, October 15, 2005 5:29 AM CDT
To Ed's Family...My heartfelt condolences to you all in your loss; I cannot imagine your sorrow and pain. Please know that you have a huge extended family (here on earth) ready to help you bear that burden. But best of all, the Lord Jesus has invited you to cast all your cares on Him. "Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you." Your labor of love in all you did for Ed to make him comfortable, cheer him up, and meet his every request confirms that "love never fails." May you all be blessed mightily now and in the future as a double portion of that kind of love is returned to you.

To Peggy and Ben...when you feel like sharing, I would very much like to hear more about your wonderful children and grandchildren.

With deep regard,
Barbara Hayden

Barbara Hayden <hayden2888@verizon.net>
Davidsonville, MD USA - Friday, October 14, 2005 10:54 PM CDT
Dear Jane, Sarah, Art and Family,

I am so very sorry for your loss and will continue to pray for you.

When I was a young child, I had this fantasy that Jesus would literally, body and all, come to my house when I was having a difficult time. I kept waiting, but I never saw him walk into my house. Luckly, I have wonderful parents who made things all better for me. As I grow older, I realize that the arms of Jesus are the acts of our friends, neighbors and community. Jesus works through others who give us strength, support, and what we need. Please know that I will continue to pray for all of you and would also like to help in any way that I can.

Peace be with you,

Anne Doherty

Anne <cccenteradoherty@earthlink.net>
- Friday, October 14, 2005 10:04 PM CDT
Dear Art and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you mourn a loss, yet celebrate a special, wonderful life.

With sadness,
Kathy Matejka and Lori Meyers

Kathy Matejka <Trinlif@gmail.com>
Colorado Springs, CO USA - Friday, October 14, 2005 9:43 PM CDT
Jane, Sarah, and the Hutchinson/Torpie families,

Our thoughts and prayers have been with you all during this most difficult time, and we are saddened by Ed's passing. You have our deepest sympathies.

May the following words (by E. Brenneman) bring you some comfort. We think the last paragraph...and the last six words, really says it all, because the proof of it is everywhere in the journal and the entries in this guestbook:


Don't think of him as gone away --
his journey's just begun,
life holds so many facets --
this earth is only one...

Just think of him as resting
from the sorrows and the tears
in a place of warmth and comfort
where there are no days and years.

Think how he must be wishing
that we could know today
how nothing but our sadness
can really pass away.

And think of him as living
in the hearts of those he touched...
for nothing loved is ever lost --
and he was loved so much.

E. Brenneman

Randy, Diane, Sara and Laurel Bollinger (friends/neighbors of Peggy and Ben)
Davidsonville, MD USA - Friday, October 14, 2005 9:37 PM CDT
Dear Jane and Sarah,
I am so sorry about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you both right now during this terribly difficult time.
Sarah, know that your father will always be with you, watching over you, no matter where you are.
God bless.

Marta Ullrich
Carlisle, MA - Friday, October 14, 2005 9:18 PM CDT
Dear Jane, Sarah and Art,

I am deeply saddened by the news of Ed's passing today. All of us were steadfast in our faith and vigilant in our prayers. But, isn't it always the way that God has to bring the best ones home early? After all the stories of Ed are told and retold, what resonates with me, and I think all who had the privilege of knowing him, is his character. Ed lived well and he lived right.

While we mourn the loss of Ed, we are comforted by the stories of love and caring he has received, and the knowledge that he is at peace.

With greatest sympathy and love,
Wayne, Marjorie and Bronwyn Dix

Wayne Dix <wayne.dix@axa-financial.com>
Pelham, NY USA - Friday, October 14, 2005 8:16 PM CDT
Dear Sarah and Jane (and Ed),
Through the years you have shared your heart of life in your Christmas card messages. You have always shown your love for each other and love for life. This will not change. Ed has imparted so much of his spirit for life to you both, you will carry it with you and continue to share it with everyone.
With love and peace,
Scott, Lisa, and Erik Lilliott

Scott Lilliott <s.lilliott@comcast.net>
Stow, MA United States - Friday, October 14, 2005 7:45 PM CDT
Jane, Sarah and family,

There is much sadness in my heart today hearing of your loss. I worked with Ed at IONA and will always remember him as such a calming presence. His passion for his family, life, and that ol’ scally cap of his were truly inspiring. As this site attests, Ed touched so many people in so many ways and I am very glad to have known him. Thinking of you today and always.

Beth Mittelman <bmittelman@comcast.net>
Burlington, MA - Friday, October 14, 2005 7:25 PM CDT
Dear Sarah,
I am perfectly sure that your daddy will always be with you, loving you and watching over you. He will always hold you in spirit, and will never leave you.

Dear Jane,
Your courage, devotion, and strength of heart show all of us that there is no limit to the power of love. We love you and we are holding you and Sarah in our hearts. As Fran said, if there's anything you need, please just ask. See you Tuesday.

With love and great sadness,

Elizabeth Michaud <emichaud0329@cs.com>
Westford, MA - Friday, October 14, 2005 7:18 PM CDT
I am so very sorry for your loss and thank you for sharing such a personal journey. May Ed rest peacefully with the lord and may you all be comforted by your memories.

- A former coworker and friend

Carol Lee <carol_lee@harvard.edu>
Harvard, MA USA - Friday, October 14, 2005 7:09 PM CDT
Rest assured that you all loved him well; take comfort that his pain is finished. I am deeply sorry for our loss.
Marsi Bostwick
Roswell, GA USA - Friday, October 14, 2005 4:55 PM CDT
"[W]hat does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God" (Micah 6:8)

This was Ed, and Ed will always be a part of you, Jane and Sarah. May you find comfort and know no more sorrow.

With love from a heavy heart,

Danny Alexander

Danny Alexander <danny_alexander_ab90@post.harvard.edu>
Lexington, MA USA - Friday, October 14, 2005 4:38 PM CDT
Sarah and Jane,
We write with heavy hearts, but we still feel Ed’s presence. I hear him, “Hey man, what’s goin’ on!” I recall the photograph on his desk, looking out over the mountains “That’s the day I knew I was going to marry Jane.” He was a man for all of us – the optimist when the chips were down, the pragmatist when the sails were filled. Ed was always there, with purpose and resolve. I consider myself lucky to have worked with him, honored to have been a friend.

Rick Cleary
Concord, MA USA - Friday, October 14, 2005 4:35 PM CDT
There is a saying in Judaism that, "Everything that God created is for the sake of raising awareness of God." Ed's life exemplifies this idea at the highest level -- from how he lived his life, to his courage in facing his illness, to his decision to follow his spiritual compass and join the Catholic Church. By example, Ed inspired so many others to get closer to God.

Jane, Sarah, Art and your entire families -- you, too, have raised awareness of God. You have inspired so many people through your loving devotion and care -- for Ed and for each other. You have given us all a great gift, to be able to share this journey with you. By example you, too, have taught us so much.

I continue to hold all of you in my heart and in my thoughts, and will continue to pray for you.

May Ed's memory be a blessing and a comfort to all.


Margo Wald <margo_wald@yahoo.com>
Burlington, MA USA - Friday, October 14, 2005 4:27 PM CDT
Dear Jane, Sarah and Art, Family,

I am so sorry and heavy hearted to hear of husband's death. Ed was such a lucky man to have all of you in his life and in his last hours. Remember the Lord is always near to you as he was to me when I had the same privledge of being with my sister when she went home.


Anne Farrell from Ballet < anneqa@yahoo.com>
- Friday, October 14, 2005 4:23 PM CDT
Jane and Sarah:

I worked with Ed at IONA and always found him to be a thoughtful and caring person. After leaving IONA, we kept in touch on occassion over coffee and bagels. I always appreciated his thoughts and insights. I wish you both the best, and hope that your memories and faith can carry you through these tough times.

Best Regards

Dana Cutter <danacutter@comcast.net>
Canton, MA Norfolk - Friday, October 14, 2005 4:05 PM CDT
Jane, Sarah, Art, & family -

Thank you! Thank you for this incredible gift - sharing Ed's journey, and your journey, with all of us.

Thank you to everyone who has visited this site and shared some part of themselves. We are all richer for the experience, which has touched so many of us in so many different ways. A precious gift.

With gratitude and sadness, the Maher family (Noreen, Tom, Ryan, Alec, Connor, and Sean)

Noreen Maher <noreen.maher@verizon.net>
Danvers, ma - Friday, October 14, 2005 4:02 PM CDT
Jane and Sarah:

I just got the news from my mom. Please know I'm thinking of you and wish more than ever I could be back in Boston. . . I will never forget Ed's incredible kindness, his enthusiasm, and his joy to be a boy-girl scout. Jane, you and Ed have always been there for me and know that I am always here for you whenever you need anything. I'm just a phone call away. I look forward to seeing you and reading with Sarah over winter break. I'm sending you lots of love and thinking good thoughts for you. Be well.

Sue Nevison <nevison@usc.edu>
Los Angeles, CA - Friday, October 14, 2005 2:55 PM CDT
Our hearts are broken and we grieve the loss of Ed and the pain of your family. We are so grateful to have known him.

To Sarah I say, even though your Dad is gone, he will always be with you. You have his face, his intelligence, his spirit, and (I hope -- it's early to know for sure) his wonderful sense of humor. His love will surround you and can never die.

Hold fast to your memories and the wonderful life you had together -- that can never be taken away.

All our love and prayers,

Nancy McJ, Jack, Laura & Sue Nevison

Nancy McJennett
Concord, MA USA - Friday, October 14, 2005 2:36 PM CDT
Ed, you have left behind a great many heavy hearts today. Godspeed as you go to join the angels.
Jane, sweet Sarah, Art, and all your family -- you continue in our thoughts, our hearts and our prayers.

Tania <hookfamily@ameritech.net>
Ann Arbor, MI USA - Friday, October 14, 2005 2:18 PM CDT
May God cradle and hold each one of you during this most difficult time.

May his memories live forever within each of you! And may you one day find them comforting and full of joy!

an extended friend - which has never had the pleasure to meet such an awesome man and his family
- Friday, October 14, 2005 2:12 PM CDT
Dear Jane and Sarah,
Ed is lifted, on the wings of the soaring eagle. I hold all three of you in my heart. What a hard travel this has been, and yes, will be. Sarah, Clem's cousin lost his mom to cancer when he was 7, not too much older than you. He still misses her, 4 years later, but he and his sisters know that she is always there inside them and all around. Your Daddy will always be there, in your heart and all around you, holding you and Jane in loving arms.
My arms join many others in sadness and in support.
hugs, CC King

CC King <sammykat@comcast.net>
Concord, MA usa - Friday, October 14, 2005 2:00 PM CDT
My thoughts and prayers go to all family and friends that have felt Ed's strength throughout the years. He will be missed.
Petra Marino <pmarino@highroads.com>
Boston, MA USA - Friday, October 14, 2005 1:55 PM CDT
Dear Sarah, When my dad died it was October too. That was two years ago. I'm older than you but lots of times I feel like I'm not. I'm sorry that you won't see your father in person when you are older. But he will be with you in your heart and if you really need to see him you can watch videos of him. It's not the same as him being there but that is what they are for. And your dad has a very special way of being with you: Any time that you would want to know what your dad would say if he were with you in person right then, just ask your mom. She will know. And if she says she isn't sure, ask her what she would say--chances are, that's what your dad would say. It might make all of you sad when that happens, but it's okay to be sad sometimes. I'm thinking of you and all your family and friends.
Gail <gail.accardi@gmail.com>
NYC, NY - Friday, October 14, 2005 1:54 PM CDT
The rains have come and the skies grew dark and grey over the past weeks...the chill I felt was not only in the air. Alas, my fears were realised today with the news of Ed's passing. He was so strong facing his future, I could only hope for his courage.

I feel blessed and honoured to have made Ed's acquaintance and friendship, as I am similarly blessed to belong to Art, Helen, Kate and Emily's extended family.

Let us not mourn Ed's passing, but revel in our good fortune to have had him as part of our lives. We are all richer for that.

To Art, Helen and the girls, you have all the love and support from Martha and I. We are with you.

Bruce and Martha Grant <fedude@hotmail.com>
Delta, BC Canada - Friday, October 14, 2005 1:40 PM CDT
I learned today about the passing of Ed. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. God Bless.
--Abdel Kina
Lancaster, MA - Friday, October 14, 2005 1:33 PM CDT
Our family has been (and will continue to be) praying for your family. Our children are the ages of your cousin Kris Washburn's children, and we have been keeping up with Ed's story through Kris. We were in Alex Washburn's 2nd grade class at school one day, and several of the children prayed specifically for "Alex's Ed" during the prayer time. God's hand and presence is so evident throughout Ed's CaringBridge journal; what a testimony and encouragement to everyone who reads it!
the Moreman family (friends of Aunt Sylvia and cousin Kris) <bmoreman@earthlink.net>
Tucker, GA USA - Friday, October 14, 2005 1:28 PM CDT
Jane and Sarah,
I too worked with Ed at LP&P, and I will always remember the warmth and optimism that Ed shared each and every day. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Todd Keefe <todd@firpr.com>
Boston, MA USA - Friday, October 14, 2005 1:20 PM CDT
I'm glad you asked for memories of Ed. I smiled at the thought of Ed having a taste of single-malt. That was one of our favorite things to share with him. I had tears of sadness and laughter at the same time when I remembered trying to sneak Ed a taste of single-malt when Jane was pregnant with Sarah. He was resolute in sharing Jane's determination to have no liquor during her pregnancy. I will always remember Ed sitting at our kitchen table just last December, during a wonderful visit when we had him all to ourselves for a weekend. He and Michael went 'out on the town' in Reston for an evening, and the next day packed up the big yellow truck with Sarah's new swingset. We just adored him that morning for coming all the way to Virginia to collect it, and for the meticulous way in which he mapped the 'truck route' back, carefully avoinding all low-hanging underpasses. Ed will always be in the present-tense for us, and we are so lucky to have him in our hearts.
Angela, Michael, Ian, and Ben <angelagalper@yahoo.com>
Oak Hill, VA USA - Friday, October 14, 2005 12:52 AM CDT
Our hearts ache for all of us who knew Ed. From the moment we met him, we knew that he was truly one of the good guys. We remember the joy radiating from Jane and Ed at their wedding. It was easy to see that their love would last forever. And Sarah completed them.

These lyrics are from a song named "When I Go" by Dave Carter. They remind us that Ed's spirit is soaring over and through us.

And should you glimpse my wandering form out on the borderline/
Between death and resurrection and the council of the pines/
Do not worry for my comfort, do not sorrow for me so/
All your diamond tears will rise up/
And adorn the sky beside me When I Go.

Love, Debbie and Mike

Debbie Tait
Chelmsford, MA 01824 - Friday, October 14, 2005 12:49 AM CDT
Dear Jane, Sarah and Ed's family,
I was shocked to learn of Ed's passing this morning. We had worked together at Lois Paul & Partners some time ago and though we had remained in contact for a while, we had lost touch these last few years. I have fond memories of working with and getting to know Ed. I received these words on a sympathy card when one of my loved ones passed on, I hope they'll bring you the same comfort they've brought me.

Native American Prayer

I give you this one thought to keep
I am with you still – I do not sleep

I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain,
When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight
I am the soft stars that shine at night

Do not think of me as gone
I am with you still—in each new dawn.

With prayers for all of you,
Paula Kibbe and family

Paula Kibbe <pkibbe@quasarcommunications.com>
Carver, MA USA - Friday, October 14, 2005 12:30 AM CDT
Dear Ed, we know you are flying with the wings of an angel now. You can be sure your family will alwys feel your presence and know you are watching over them. Our family has gained such strength from you and from your wonderful, incredible family. You are all truly remarkable, amazing people who have raised the bar so very high on how to face the most difficult task that be handed to you. We love you all, Jane
Jane and Bob, Samantha, Tai, Springer,Susie,Beau, Makua Fyrberg <janefyrberg@hotmail.com>
honolulu, hi usa - Friday, October 14, 2005 12:04 AM CDT
Dear Jane, Sarah and family,
The tears have been flowing in Atlanta this morning. We send our love and are bringing our hugs in person soon.

This morning, before the news, I had one of those perfect mother/son moments with Zack. It was really nothing...just a little unexpected one-on-one time tickling and teasing and playing outside waiting for his school doors to open. Then, all of the sudden it was something. I thought of Sarah (exactly Zack's age) and all the moments like this given to her by her parents...given to her parents by her. These are the moments that matter...the little "nothing" quick moments of uninterrupted, un-busy happiness.

We all know, even before cancer, how many moments like these were shared between Ed, Jane and Sarah....far, far more than in most families. This is what I treasure about Ed's legacy...he took the time be a good dad in all the little ways that matter most.

Let us all have more "little" moments like these in your memory, Ed.

Kris Washburn (Ed's cousin) <thewashburns@bellsouth.net>
Tucker, GA - Friday, October 14, 2005 11:53 AM CDT
Hey. It's Katharine. Andy just directed me to the site. I know I was told that Ed wouldn't want me to be upset. But, I still think he would understand why I am. I think I'm going to fall back on what I told Art a while back: It's going to be ok. You're going to be ok; Ed's going to be ok; I'm going to be ok. It just might take a little while.

I'll try to come up with stories to post for Sarah in a bit. For now, just because I'm a lyrics person, here is one more:

"You always were so healthy, so full of life
So seeing you so helpless just didn't seem right
And how you kept your head so high I'll never know
I guess you knew you had a better place to go

You've got a room with a view
A window to the world
You always had your sights set high
And now that you're gone
Your memory lives on
And I see you smiling in my mind
With angels as visitors dropping by
Your room with a view

I'll always miss you
I'll always feel the loss
I have to remind myself that you're better off
I gotta believe even through these tears of mine
Wherever you are there's a sun that always shines"
-Carolyn Dawn Johnson "Room With a View"

Lots of love and hugs.

Katharine <mamakathtoo@yahoo.com>
Los Angeles, CA USA - Friday, October 14, 2005 10:40 AM CDT
Dearest Sarah,

Below is a very incomplete list of words that immediately came to our minds when we think of your father, Ed.

Morally upstanding
and determined to live a balanced life

Every time you look in the mirror, you will see the spitting image of your father. In his own way, he will be with you always - loving, supporting and helping take care of you throughout your life.

More to come...

Amy and Jason Garbis <amy8000@rcn.com>
- Friday, October 14, 2005 10:39 AM CDT
Jane, Sarah, Art, and family,

As a friend of Art, it has been an inspiration to follow Ed’s spirit, strength and courage. As Ed enjoyed the last weeks of his life with his family around him, I hope so will we all appreciate the gift of life and live it to its fullest.

Frank Kjaersgaard <fkjaersg@hotmail.com>
Lincoln, MA - Friday, October 14, 2005 10:35 AM CDT
I just heard about Ed's story Wednesday of this week through a friend (Isabelle) but I am feeling a sense of a great loss at hearing the news. He was blessed with a very special family from what I can tell and surely many many loving friends. I am taking a moment right now to send comforting thoughts to all family and friends and I am thinking of Ed in a special way today.
Tricia <thealy2@comcast.net>
Avon, MA USA - Friday, October 14, 2005 10:27 AM CDT

Your Dad was a good friend and mentor to me. He was one of those guys that just thought about things the "right way" and never swayed from his beliefs and values even it meant not being "the cool guy" - but really he was the "coolest of them all." He was intelligent, articulate, loving and strong. He was someone that made everyone else feel at easy and good about themselves. The lessons I learned from your Dad - about life, business, and what's important - will stay with me forever.

What most impressed me about your dad was how proud he was of his family - especially you and your mom. Lots of people don't talk about family alot with co-workers, let alone share stories that expose their emotions and "softer sides". But your Dad did because he was so confident and proud. He was a truly great person because he wasn't afraid to be himself and to truly get to know people or let people know him.

Your dad will always be with you.

God bless you Sarah.

Jonathan Daly <jdaly@liquidmachines.com>
Methuen, MA - Friday, October 14, 2005 10:02 AM CDT
Tears, and loss, joy and sadness. We are reaching out. Oh, Dear Ed...you will be missed. Jane, Art, Ben, Peggy and Sarah - we love you and cannot imagine the pain.
Karl and Amy Bostwick <KABostwick@aol.com>
Winston-Salem, NC - Friday, October 14, 2005 9:56 AM CDT
With a heavy heart and tears in my eyes, I send love to all you valiant members of Ed's family. As a neighbor and friend, please know that I am here for Jane and Sarah for whatever I can help with, now and in the future.

Here's to a precious life well lived; may we all gather more strength, dignity and courage from having been privileged to be a part of this journey.

Carol Hardy <SHaney3106@aol.com>
Concord, MA - Friday, October 14, 2005 9:20 AM CDT
Jane, Sarah, Art, and family,

Thinking of you this morning with great sadness, but also with love and gratitude for sharing Ed’s remarkable journey with this amazing e-community of friends and neighbors.

Sarah, I remember your Dad as incredibly kind, funny, and most of all, devoted to you. When we (that is, the Tech Pubs Babes extended family; ask your Mom to tell you about them sometime) got together at summer parties, your Dad would beam as he watched you swimming in The Maher’s pool, keeping up with and surpassing the boys every step of the way. (You go, girl!)

You are in my heart, as Ed will be, always. Jane, whatever you need, please just ask.

With much love,

Fran Singer <fsinger01@comcast.net>
Maynard, MA - Friday, October 14, 2005 9:10 AM CDT
Dear Jane and Sarah and Art and your parents and families: Your friends have said much more eloquently what Ben and I are feeling this morning than I could put into words. We love you and have you all in our prayers.
Sharon and Ben

Sharon and Ben Bramhall <smb35@att.net>
Concord, MA - Friday, October 14, 2005 9:05 AM CDT
When you lose someone so dear, no one else can really know all that you feel. Please know that others are thinking of you. Our deepest sympathy, Larry and Dianna Petrella
Lawrence and Dianna Petrella <dpetrella4@comcast.net>
Davidsonville, Md USA - Friday, October 14, 2005 8:59 AM CDT
I have only met you a couple of times when you have been with my granddaughter Lily.My own father died when I was very young(12 years old)and it very hard to understand why.You have a great family and my thoughts and prayers are with you now.Hope to see you again soon.

Jane O'Leary <jjandj7@hotmail.com>
Fitchburg, Ma - Friday, October 14, 2005 8:58 AM CDT
Jane, Sarah and the entire Hutchinson and Torpie families,

As I read this morning's news there are no words that can express the sadness I feel. I can only imagine, with the hole that I suddenly feel, how big the void must be for you. As I get ready to drive down to the Brown campus, I know that I will never look at those buildings quite the same way again; they are all filled with memories of time spent there with Ed. I feel very privileged to have known him and to have met him there -- he truly did change my life. I know that being on the Brown campus is going to take on special meaning for me today. I have many wonderful stories about Ed that I promise I will write down for Sarah. Please know that Greg and I are there for you, whenever and whatever you need.

Beth Galer
North Easton, MA - Friday, October 14, 2005 8:56 AM CDT
Dear Sarah:

I knew your Dad only briefly when I did work for him as a consultant at OneSource. I have kept up on his final journey through this journal your Uncle has lovingly kept for your family. Here’s what I want you to know: over the course of a year or so, your Dad and I spoke on the phone once or twice a week discussing business issues. Given that I have a daughter who is just two years older than you, many of our conversations ended up with “little girl updates”. Your Dad would tell me all about your latest accomplishments. So the thing I know for certain is that your Dad believes you are the funniest, smartest, and most beautiful little girl. He is so very proud of you. And I am certain that when you are 7, 9, 10 and even 20 years old, he will be looking over your shoulder, loving you, and caring for you in subtle, silent ways.

Donna Danis

Donna Danis <ddanis@comcast.net>
Nottingham, NH - Friday, October 14, 2005 8:52 AM CDT
A quote from Howard Thurman which expresses more than I can say:
"I share with you the agony of your grief,
The anguish of your heart finds echo in my own.
I know I cannot enter all you feel
Nor bear with you the burden of your pain;
I can but offer what my love does give:
The strength of caring. The warmth of one who seeks to understand
The silent storm-swept barrenness of so great a loss.
This I do in quiet ways,
That on your lonely path
You may not walk alone.

Margaret Adans
Naples, FL - Friday, October 14, 2005 8:40 AM CDT
Exactly how I would like to make my transition -- with the taste of Glen Fidich in my mouth & the presence of love in my space.
With a deep appreciation for having participated in this extraordinary experience, Wally

Wally Higgins <whiggins@rcn.com>
- Friday, October 14, 2005 8:29 AM CDT
Ed's with God, now. I'll miss you, buddy.... always....
Marc Mandel <marc_c_mandel@hotmail.com>
New York, NY USA - Friday, October 14, 2005 8:24 AM CDT
I thought of you all on the Loop Of Truth this morning. Wet fall morning. Damp gray skies. Spattered color of fallen leaves. Refreshingly cool outside - warmth of effort inside. Are the contrasts by chance or by design? Where would we be without them?

Luc <luc@protk.com>
Manchester, MA USA - Friday, October 14, 2005 7:07 AM CDT
We're still with you, holding you in our prayers. I have two songs running through my head:

(1) My friend Willie Sordillo wrote a great song called "Clear Water" that talks about suffering around the world, but also how people are working to alleviate it and make the world a better place. The chorus goes like this:

And the clear water come down
Wash away the pain in my heart
And the clear water come down
Cleanse my soul.

(2) David Dodson, a singer-songwriter who lives in Maine, was at a musical weekend of some sort. On the Sunday afternoon, people were gathered outside singing gospel songs/spirituals. He didn't know any, so he decided to write one himself. It's called "Farthest Field." Here are a few lines:

Oh my dear friends, I truly love
To hear your voices, lifted up in radiant song.
Though through the years we all have made
Our separate choices, we've ended here where we belong.

Oh, walk with me and we will see
The mystery revealed
When one day we wend our way
Up to the farthest field.

Wishing you love and God's peace,


Liz Lewis <lewis_eliz@yahoo.com>
Roxbury, MA USA - Friday, October 14, 2005 6:36 AM CDT
You are all in our thoughts and in our prayers. God bless.
Colleen Ratcliffe <bclrat@aol.com>
Sterling, MA 01564 - Friday, October 14, 2005 5:53 AM CDT
Ed, Jane, Sarah and Dad
I'm thinking of you all, There is so much love and hope and caring in this. I love you, we're all here for you

Kate Hutchinson <irongirl27@hotmail.com>
Newton , MA - Thursday, October 13, 2005 11:44 PM CDT
Yes, as Art points out, when we enter this world and when we leave it, we are on God's time. Of course, in-between we are also on God's time, but we (I point to myself here) may not always feel it so acutely.

But how can we even begin to comprehend God's time? Because His timeframe is Eternity and His days are without number. Beyond what any calendar, day planner or handheld device can begin to measure.

So I send gentle hugs to Ed and to all of you as you attune your timeclocks to God's and help write this chapter of Eternity. May you all be blessed as you do this sacred work.

And know, as I believe you do, that you are not alone as you walk down this path. I, and so many others, continue to pray for all of you and think of you often.

Love and Hugs,


Margo Wald <margo_wald@yahoo.com>
Burlington, MA USA - Thursday, October 13, 2005 11:00 PM CDT
Dear ones, upholding you in prayer with deep concern and anguish for you . . .
"The eternal God is your refuge,
And underneath are the everlasting arms;
He will thrust out the enemy from before you,
And will say, 'Destroy!'"
(from Deuteronomy 33:27
"Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid...
for the Lord your God,
He is the One who goes with you.
He will not leave you nor forsake you."
(from Deuteronomy 31:6)
When human words fail, God's Word doesn't.
The Lord be with you, Barbara

Barbara Hayden <hayden2888@verizon.net>
Davidsonville, MD USA - Thursday, October 13, 2005 10:24 PM CDT
Ed, Jane and Sarah Thinking of all of you with sorrow and joy for all the pain and cherished moments you have shared on this journey. Know you are all in our thoughts and prayers and I hope you can continue to draw strength from us as we have seen such strength in all of you. God Bless!
Lynn St. Germain (CCC) <pstg@hotmail.com>
Fitchburg, MA USA - Thursday, October 13, 2005 9:57 PM CDT
Still here. All of us.
Gail <gail.accardi@gmail.com>
NYC, - Thursday, October 13, 2005 9:33 PM CDT
Ed, Jane and Sarah-
We are praying for you and wish you God's continued peace, comfort and grace.
Lauren, Mark, Tim and Norah McClure

Lauren McClure <lauren.mcclure1@verizon.net>
Arlington, VA USA - Thursday, October 13, 2005 8:54 PM CDT
Dear Torpie/Hutchinson families:

We have the utmost respect for your impregnable faith - in God, life etc. Your strength and positive outlook you exhibit is amazing to witness. We continue to pray - for the miracle, for no suffering, for your families to maintain courage.

And Art's beautifully descriptive prose is to be admired as well.

Amy and Jason Garbis <amy8000@rcn.com>
Lexington, MA - Thursday, October 13, 2005 8:53 PM CDT
Ed, Jane, Sarah and Art,
Our thoughts, hearts and deepest prayers are with you. We light a candle in our window in Ed's honor and as a symbol of the warmth in our hear that we send across the street.

- Jon, Kristin, Courtney and Lindsey Piper

Jon Piper <j.piper@lek.com>
Concord, MA USA - Thursday, October 13, 2005 8:08 PM CDT
Ed, Jane, Sarah and Art,
Our thoughts, hearts and deepest prayers are with you. We light a candle in our window in Ed's honor and as a symbol of the warmth in our hear that we send across the street.

- Jon, Kristin, Courtney and Lindsey Piper

Jon Piper <j.piper@lek.com>
Concord, MA USA - Thursday, October 13, 2005 8:07 PM CDT
My thoughts and prayers have been, and continue to be with you all. I wish you peace and God's blessings through this difficult time.
Jennine Lesser <jlesser@verizon.net>
Littleton, MA USA - Thursday, October 13, 2005 8:01 PM CDT
Ed, Jane, Sarah & Art,
You are continually in our thoughts as Ed's journey continues. Your strength and grace through this passage is truly inspiring and a lesson for us all. Ed, you must be taking comfort in knowing how well loved Jane and Sarah are and that they will not be alone.

Elisabeth & Alan <jones@carr-jones.com>
Arlington, MA USA - Thursday, October 13, 2005 8:01 PM CDT
Hi Sarah,
This mesage is from Benjamin. He says that we all say hello to you and he is making you a picture. You have been a good friend and you made him beautiful name tags that he loves! You are a very special girl and we are thinking of you and praying for your Dad, and for all your loving family, with our love.
Benjamin, Kelli and Wendy.

Kelli Kirshtein <kkirshtein@comcast.net>
Watertown, MA - Thursday, October 13, 2005 7:31 PM CDT
Dear Ed, Jane,Sarah and Art- My thoughts are with you these last few days and hours. As hard as this is for all of you-you will cherish this time you have had forever! It will always be in your heart. It seems like you have such a wonderful family ,Ed and such good friends -it has been very special being part of this journal-thank you Art for doing such a fine job and oh.... how difficult it must be . God bless you all . Ann
Ann Caraganis <anncaraganis@yahoo.com>
Pepperell, mass. - Thursday, October 13, 2005 7:29 PM CDT
Ed, Jane, Sarah, et.al.

I continue to listen to "The Ed Collection" and pray for all involved. As I put my baby Sean to bed I realized just how brave Sarah has been. I would like to add a special prayer for her.

Alan Dailey <ARDailey@alum.iup.edu>
Acton, MA US of A - Thursday, October 13, 2005 7:23 PM CDT
Dear Ed, Jane, Sarah, Art, Helen, Peggy and Ben,

I really appreciate the wonderfully supportive messages everyday. The news has been hard to read but the love the notes express has been terrific. Ed is very lucky to have such a wonderful family.

You are in my prayers and thoughts. I feel blessed to have spent just a little time with Ed and Jane at the hospital.

Susan Eby

Susan Eby
Burlington, Ma USA - Thursday, October 13, 2005 7:11 PM CDT
Dear Ed,
Thank you for playing baseball with me and for helping us in many ways.
We are thinking of you and praying for you all,
Joe Jacobs, neighbor, age 9

Joe Jacobs
Concord, MA - Thursday, October 13, 2005 6:50 PM CDT
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
God Bless.

Kathy Manero <kmsm@comcast.net>
Littleton, MA - Thursday, October 13, 2005 6:08 PM CDT
Even though I have never met the Hutchinson family, I have followed your heart rendering saga for months through our daughter, Gretchen Hollworth, a friend of Jane's. The beautiful love and dedication of Art to his brother and Jane to her Ed has touched me deeply.
Therefore this message is for all of you through these difficult times. May peace be with you.

Some people come into our lives
and quietly go;
some stay for awhile
and leave footprints in our hearts
and we are never the same.

Henry David Thoreau

Barbara Wright <barb631@optonline.net>
E Patchogue, NY - Thursday, October 13, 2005 4:25 PM CDT
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. God bless you. I know how much of a difficult time this is and has been for all of you.

Debbie, Carly and Sarah Tymm <glast78@aol.com>
Belmont, MA - Thursday, October 13, 2005 3:37 PM CDT
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. God bless you. I know how much of a difficult time this is and has been for all of you.

Debbie, Carly and Sarah Tymm <glast78@aol.com>
Belmont, MA - Thursday, October 13, 2005 3:37 PM CDT
I guess Jesus doesn't have Ed's mansion ready yet . . . I am standing vigil with you all. Angels are hovering all around. Your friend, Barbara
Barbara Hayden <hayden2888@verizon.net>
Davidsonville, MD USA - Thursday, October 13, 2005 3:33 PM CDT
My thoughts and prayers are with you all of you.Take care.

Jen Ward <JenDan1@verizon.com>
Stow, Ma - Thursday, October 13, 2005 2:21 PM CDT
O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow's wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know.
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away.
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.
Slow, slow!
For the grapes' sake, if they were all,
Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost--
For the grapes' sake along the wall.

Wade & Cathy Blomgren <wblomgren@gmail.com>
San Diego, CA - Thursday, October 13, 2005 1:24 PM CDT
Praying for peace, rest, ease and comfort to Ed and all of you.
Katie Woodruff <ktwoodruff@earthlink.net>
San Leandro, CA United States - Thursday, October 13, 2005 12:52 AM CDT
Dear Jane and family,
Prayers and a hug from the shores of Lake Waban.

Love, Dave

Dave Martin <dmartin@wellesley.edu>
Natick, MA USA - Thursday, October 13, 2005 12:35 AM CDT
Dear Family, it is 5 am in Hawaii and we just read your message for today. We are standing with you. We see the hand of our Heavenly Father extended ready to receive his son. He must have a big plan for him up there. He will give you the strength you all will need in the coming days. We love you, Jane
Jane and Bob, Samantha, Tai, Springer,Susie,Beau, Makua Fyrberg <janefyrberg@yahoo.com>
Honolulu, hi - Thursday, October 13, 2005 12:22 AM CDT
Ed, you are INCREDIBLE, refusing to give up!! There are so many people rooting and praying for you. Keep up the fight. You are all close to our hearts and in our constant prays. A big hello to Sarah, Love Lily!
Collen, Bryan, Lily, and Cole Ratcliffe <bclrat@aol.com>
Sterling, MA 01564 - Thursday, October 13, 2005 12:18 AM CDT
To the Hutchinson famiy:
This was Jim's favorite prayer that he always used at times like these. It is my favorite also:
O Lord, support us all the day long of this troublous life, until the shadows lengthen, and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then, in thy great mercy, grant us a safe lodging, and a holy rest, and peace at the last; through Jesus Christ. Amen.
With all my love, Bobby

Barbara Doubleday
Seattle, WA - Thursday, October 13, 2005 11:44 AM CDT
I just wanted to let you know that we are thinking about you all the time.

May you all find peace.

Sharon C. <sharonc@creativeinteractions.com>
Concord, MA - Thursday, October 13, 2005 11:01 AM CDT
Just a note to say that we are all thinking about you and keeping you in our prayers.
Concord Children 's Center Community <cccenter@earthlink.net>
- Thursday, October 13, 2005 10:20 AM CDT
I am praying along with you.
Laura Seoane <seoane@rcn.com>
- Thursday, October 13, 2005 10:15 AM CDT
Ed, Jane, Sarah, Art, and family,

My thoughts are with you...

Greg Wurtz <gwurtz@hotmail.com>
Hampton, NH - Thursday, October 13, 2005 10:01 AM CDT
Ed, Jane, Sarah, Art, & family,

What a beautiful tribute this page is to Ed and his life well-lived. The love for the Hutchinsons is far-reaching and it is an honor to have known such a wonderful man. Thank you to Jane for contacting us and to Art for continuing to post the updates so we can be with you during these days. You all are in our prayers and thoughts.

Much love,

John, Kim, Aidan, & Fiona Prendergast
Sudbury, MA - Thursday, October 13, 2005 9:16 AM CDT
Dear Ed, Jane, Sarah, Art and Family,
My constant prayers are with you. Wishing you peace.
Pam Goar

Revelation 21:4
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

Pam Goar
Concord, MA - Thursday, October 13, 2005 8:14 AM CDT
Dear Ed, Jane, Sarah and family,

What an honor to be a part of your journey and what an amazing community has been created from it. Thank you for sharing this precious time with us. Please know that we are thinking of you all, sending big big hugs and wishing you peace. Be comforted by the love surrounding you and know that it will go on forever.

Karen, Eric, Ethan and Caroline Young <kcyoung@fas.harvard.edu>
Concord, MA - Thursday, October 13, 2005 7:53 AM CDT
I would like to sing this song for Ed:

There's a land that is fairer than day,
And by faith we can see it afar,
For the Father waits over the way
To prepare us a dwelling place there.

In the sweet bye and bye,
We shall meet on that beautiful shore;
In the sweet bye and bye,
We shall meet on that beautiful shore.

We shall sing on that beautiful shore
The melodious songs of the blest,
And our spirits shall sorrow no more,
Not a sigh for the blessing of rest.

In the sweet bye and bye . . .

To our bountiful Father above,
We will offer the tribute of praise
For the glorious gift of His love,
And the blessings that hallow our days.

In the sweet bye and bye . . .

In Psalm 116:15 we read: "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints."

I join my faith and prayers with countless others for your continued strength, comfort and peace.

Blessings, Barbara Hayden

Barbara Hayden <hayden2888@verizon.net>
Davidsonville, MD USA - Wednesday, October 12, 2005 10:38 PM CDT
Ed, Jane, Sarah, Art, and family,

At Kol Nidre services tonight and Yom Kippur services tomorrow, we ask to be inscribed for blessing in the book of life. As you continue to share this loving journey with all of us, I wish the same for all of you.

You are, as always, in my heart and prayers.

With love,

Fran Singer <fsinger01@comcast.net>
Maynard, MA - Wednesday, October 12, 2005 9:13 PM CDT
Ed, Jane, and Sarah,

Our thoughts, hearts, and prayers are with you. We want to share with you a beautiful Celtic prayer which we hope may bring you some comfort and peace.

God before me, God behind me.
God above me, God beneath me.
I on your path, O God.
You O God on my way...

Celtic Prayers from Iona
J. Philip Newell

God's peace to you.

With love,
Mary Ann, Jamie, and Christie Burnside

Mary Ann Burnside <zenmommy2004@yahoo.com>
Lexington, MA USA - Wednesday, October 12, 2005 8:35 PM CDT
Dear Ed, we are told you are unconscious now, but I know you can hear us.You don't have to worry about anything. Your wonderful family will take care of Sarah and Jane here on earth until you are all reunited. If fact, you won't ever be parted. You are alive inside their hearts forever and ever. Love to all of you, Jane, Bob and all the Fyrbergs in Hawaii
Jane and Bob, Samantha, Tai, Springer,Susie,Beau, Makua Fyrberg <janefyrberg@yahoo.com>
honolulu, hi usa - Wednesday, October 12, 2005 7:59 PM CDT
Dear Ed, Jane and Sarah,
I just want you to know that I am thinking of you often and send my love and warm hugs to all of you. It has been an honor to be able to read about your journey through this journal. Take care of each other and know that there are many many people out here to help you in whatever way we can. Love, Kai

Kai Shaner <ralphshaner1@yahoo.com>
Concord, MA USA - Wednesday, October 12, 2005 7:58 PM CDT
Dear Ed -

I grew fond of you quickly because of your warmth, genuineness, and enthusiasm. But it's your courage that inspires me, and for this, I thank you. In return I offer an old Irish blessing.

May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face.
And rains fall soft upon your fields.
May the strength of three be in your journey.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.

Mark Staveley

Mark Staveley <mstaveley@clearforest.com>
- Wednesday, October 12, 2005 7:47 PM CDT
I’ve been lurking on this website for weeks and am finally writing because I want to let Ed’s family know how many people are thinking of him and his tremendously loving and talented family at this difficult time. If there is truly strength in numbers, then certainly the circle of Ed Hutchinson Supporters is the strongest imaginable. You are 400 miles away, but never far from my thoughts.
Sarah Abernathy <Aberbut@verizon.net>
Arlington, VA - Wednesday, October 12, 2005 7:47 PM CDT
Dear Ed, Jane, Sarah & Family,
Thinking about you and sending you lots of love, hope and peace.
"There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved." -George Sand
From what I have read here and know about your family you have all found that happiness in your love for one another. You have touched many lives. May the memories never fade and may the love stay strong.

Chelsea Barbini <cbbarbini14@hotmail.com>
Pepperell, MA USA - Wednesday, October 12, 2005 7:40 PM CDT
I hope and pray that more people will put as much love and thoughtfulness into our loved ones passing as you and your family have done.....and done so well. May the memory of this beautiful gift to your husband comfort you and Sarah in the days to come. God bless.

Bridget and the Boys <bobryan77@hotmail.com>
Concord , Ma - Wednesday, October 12, 2005 7:32 PM CDT
HI, My daughter is in Sarah's Kindergarten class and I heard of Ed's illness and read this incredible guest book and then in today's mail I came upon this...in a mailing from the Sacred Heart Monastery. I thought of Ed and your family and hope it might bring you some comfort. You may already know it...entitled...


I am home in Heaven, dear ones; Oh so happy and so bright! There is perfect joy and beauty in this everlasting light. All the pain and grief is over, Every restless tossing passed; I am now at peace forever, Safely home in Heaven at last.
Did you wonder I so calmly Trod the valley of the shade? Oh! but Jesus' love illuminated every dark and fearful glade.
And He came Himself to meet me In that way so hard to tread; And with Jesus' arm to lean on, could I have one doubt or dread?

Then you must not grieve so sorely, For I love you dearly still: Try to look beyond earth's shadow, Pray to trust our Father's Will.

There is work still waiting for you, So you must not idly stand; Do it now, while life remaineth - You shall rest in Jesus' land.

When that work is all completed, He will gently call you home; Oh, The rapture of that meeting, Oh, the joy to see you come!

You are in our thoughts and prayers!

Kerin & Charlie Green; Maddy & Patrick <kedeedy@ix.netcom.com>
Concord, MA - Wednesday, October 12, 2005 7:21 PM CDT
Dear Jane, Sarah, Ed, Art and extended family,

I find myself staring at the computer trying to think of something inspiring, comforting, profound(?) to say, yet also realizing that when we reach this point, we hope and pray it has all been said or silently understood in some way. You are amazing people and so courageous to be able to live in, cherish and be thankful for each moment given to you. God Bless all of you. You have truly shown amazing grace on this tragic journey.

Karyn, Rick, Kylie & Thomas Copland <Karyncopland@aol.com>
Concord, MA - Wednesday, October 12, 2005 6:44 PM CDT
We're keeping our own vigil by playing Ed's music collection. Sending all our love and prayers.
Yvonne Dailey
Acton, MA - Wednesday, October 12, 2005 6:37 PM CDT
Dear Ed, Jane, Sarah, Peggy, Ben and all the rest of the family,

We are praying for you and thinking of you all. We know Peggy and Ben to be extraordinary people of great strength. We can see this runs in the family. We continue to pray and send our love.

Jeanette, Dave, Sarah, Jeff and Kevin. <jnetix@comcast.net>
Davidsonville, MD - Wednesday, October 12, 2005 6:21 PM CDT
Ed, Jane and Sarah, Beryl has kept us informed on this incredible battle you
have all been faced with. We can not begin to understand just how hard each
day must be... our hearts go out to you. This has helped us and hopefully all
who you know to appreciate just how precious and fragile life is.

All of our love,
Scott, Lila, and Owen

Scott, Lila and Owen DiBiaso - Martha's Vineyard <seaweed7@earthlink.net>
- Wednesday, October 12, 2005 5:53 PM CDT
Ed, Jane and Sarah,

We are thinking of you, and are here to support you in any way we can.

- Eric Davies, Melissa Wahl & Family <edavies@sparksource.com>
Concord, MA USA - Wednesday, October 12, 2005 5:41 PM CDT
Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with you.
Joe & Jayne Laukaitis and family (friends & neighbors of Ben & Peggy) <Lauk@comcast.net>
Davidsonville, Md USA - Wednesday, October 12, 2005 5:16 PM CDT
Ed, Jane and Sarah,
You are in our hearts and prayers.
Kelli, Wendy and Benjamin

Kelli Kirshtein <kkirshtein@comcast.net>
Watertown, MA - Wednesday, October 12, 2005 3:53 PM CDT
Angela G sent me a link to your page - I will be walking the San Francisco Marathon on October 23rd, for the Leukemia Society. Ed, your name will be on my shirt and my thoughts with you and your family. I wish I had met you to have your picture in my mind too.

Peaceful thoughts.

Loraine <ljriemer@hotmail.com>
Canton, MA - Wednesday, October 12, 2005 3:36 PM CDT
I've never met you, Ed, but I've been walking with you each day for many weeks. I send my love and prayers to you and to your beautiful family. Thank you for sharing your journey with us all and God bless you.
Denny Moynahan

Denny Moynahan <dhmoynahan@aol.com>
Oakland, MD - Wednesday, October 12, 2005 2:55 PM CDT
May God embrace you with love and strength. You are all in our constant thoughts and prayers. You have a tremendous support of family, friends, and community that love and will support you. We pray for you Ed.
Colleen Ratcliffe <bclrat@aol.com>
Sterling, MA 01564 - Wednesday, October 12, 2005 2:38 PM CDT
Dear Ed, Jane, and family.
We are so sad and terribly moved by your journey.
I would like to convey a story that comes to mind. A few years ago, my family and I went to the Earth Day celebration in Concord. I hadn't seen Jane, Ed, or Sarah since a few summers before, when we used to see them regularly at the Concord pool.
Before me, I saw Jane with this strappingly handsome man. They embraced lovingly, with the excitement of a "new" couple. I thought to myself, "Wow- Jane has a new boyfriend- and look how great he is with Sarah!!" When the man turned around, I noticed it was Ed- sporting a new look. (maybe he shaved something off, or grew something new? I can't remember..)
I'll never forget that day and how happy Ed, Jane, and Sarah were together. I'm sure that feeling with remain forever.... thank you for inspring us.

With love and support,
Dewi, Brad, Maya, and Spencer

Dewi, Brad, Maya, Spencer <dewiswin@yahoo.com>
Acton, MA - Wednesday, October 12, 2005 1:17 PM CDT
Ed, Jane, Sarah, and extended families: I am at a loss for anything meaningful or comforting to say at this sad time, so I am going to let Elizabeth Barrett Browning do it for me. This is from her poem "Not Love But Death" --

And a voice said in mastery, while I strove,--
"Guess now who holds thee!"--"Death," I said, But, there,
The silver answer rang, "Not Death, but Love."

So many of us are holding you with our love -- I hope you can feel it in your hearts. God bless you all.

Love & prayers,

Nancy McJ, Jack, Laura, and Susie Nevison

Nancy McJennett
Concord, MA U.S.A. - Wednesday, October 12, 2005 12:42 AM CDT
Ed, Jane and Sarah, I had this picture in my head last night of this incredible community you have drawn together via this website and I pictured this community hand in hand weaving a structure of support for each other and most importantly holding your family during this difficult time.
Thinking of you all

Kristin <krbaker@bu.edu>
Concord, MA - Wednesday, October 12, 2005 11:26 AM CDT
Something for everyone to remember in sad times such as this. These are the last 3 lines of a poem (in fact, the only 3 lines of the poem that I appreciate at all) by Madeleine L'Engle from her young adult novel "Ring of Endless Light:"

"The universe is part of this one cry,
That every life is noted and is cherished,
And nothing loved is ever lost or perished."

All of the notes posted here show that Ed and all of his family are so loved by people all over. He will never be lost to us and to you. He will always be cherished by many.

Katharine <mamakathtoo@yahoo.com>
Los Angeles, CA USA - Wednesday, October 12, 2005 11:06 AM CDT
Ed, my family's thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Barry Snyder <bsnyder@sinco-inc.com>
Watertown, MA - Wednesday, October 12, 2005 10:27 AM CDT
I am thinking and praying for you this morning and send love to you all.

The day before my father died (suddenly) he told my mother to read 1 Thessalonians 4 verse 15 to 18 when she had the time. May it be of comfort to you all.

Elspeth <elspethwk@comcast.net>
Crownsville, MD 21032 - Wednesday, October 12, 2005 10:21 AM CDT
Dear Ed, Jane, Sarah, and Art,
My love and prayers joins those being sent from all over the country at this difficult time. Thank you for sharing this most personal journey with us. Peace, Janet

Janet Encarnacion <evenjob@alum.wellesley.edu>
Springfield, MO - Wednesday, October 12, 2005 10:18 AM CDT
Dear all,

Thank you so much for keeping the page updated. I'm checking back often and praying for and with you; remember that many people who love you are with you in spirit during this vigil.
Love and peace,

Liz Lewis <lewis_eliz@yahoo.com>
Roxbury, MA USA - Wednesday, October 12, 2005 10:16 AM CDT
Ed, Jane & Sarah,

You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. It is clearly evident that God's grace has been and will continue to be with you and your family.

Matt <matt.flynn@clearforest.com>
- Wednesday, October 12, 2005 9:58 AM CDT
My heart overflows with emotion. What a loving family Ed has. Be at peace knowing that you have given Ed all the love and devotion anyone could ask for and he has given you all of his love in return. God bless you all. Safe travels Ed. My cup runneth over......
Dianne Fayle <dfayle@liquidmachines.com>
Wrentham, MA USA - Wednesday, October 12, 2005 9:52 AM CDT
Our prayers are with your fanmilt in this time of need. While we have never met Ed in person-we have spent many hours with his parents-our neighbors-Peggy and Ben. We know that Ed has a family that cares for him, and a God who is most merciful in eternity.
Our prayers are with you all.

Christopher Hurlbutt and Family
Davidsonville, MD USA - Wednesday, October 12, 2005 9:44 AM CDT
I just read the journal entry I was fearing to read all morning, checking the web page every five minutes, probably like every one else who has been reading about Ed's journey. Remembering Ed and Jane as the kindest neighbours, thinking of little Sarah whom I have never met. Today is my birthday. I celebrate life, so very precious, with its breathtaking joys and overwhelming sorrows, and mostly the everlasting love that connects people and that your family has been experiencing all along.
I pray that love will give you strength.

isabelle <isa.evans03@mindspring.com>
- Wednesday, October 12, 2005 9:43 AM CDT
Ed and Jane,
My heart is heavy; I love you guys; I pray for you.
Love, Donna

Donna <Donna_Gorshel_Cohen@alum.wellesley.edu>
Brookline, - Wednesday, October 12, 2005 9:27 AM CDT
My thoughts and prayers are for and with all of you.

maaike <slager@rcn.com>
Newton, - Wednesday, October 12, 2005 8:15 AM CDT
Dear Ed and family,
I am so drawn to the loving stories you write and find myself checking back very often hoping for a miracle. Miracles do happen and my mom's recovery from her sickness where they thought there was no hope is one instance. I am praying with you all tonight and always.

Patty <patty.lee@clearforest.com>
Cambridge, MA USA - Tuesday, October 11, 2005 11:41 PM CDT
Dear All,
I am pleased to know that you have such a network of support during this passage, that evokes courage, celebration and sadness all at once. Everyone on these pages has recognized the contributions that Ed has made, the wonderful family and community that he and Jane have nurtured, no doubt a result of the love and care and grace that characterizes this couple. And now the journey has taken you here. For Ed to undertake this passage in his own home with those he loves surrounding him, in comfort and without suffering, well that is likely a very meaningful gift to him. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Becky Papas <Rebecca.Papas@yale.edu>
New Haven, CT USA - Tuesday, October 11, 2005 10:55 PM CDT
Ed, Jane and Sara,
It seems strange that we've never met: I've had the privilege of meeting/knowing several of your family members (grandfater, aunt, dad, mom, brother and all the cousins on that side). Moreover, the Lord has led me into prayer for you all countless times over the past several months. My prayer is now Philippians 4:7 "...and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus". Thank you so much for allowing us to be 'with' you through these postings.
Much, much love,
Dianne Chinery

Dianne Chinery <chinery4@comcast.net>
Tucker, GA - Tuesday, October 11, 2005 10:23 PM CDT
Greetings, Art and family -

We haven't met yet but we will soon. I hope that Ed will be pleased to hear about your upcoming Boston Marathon run as a Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge teammate (check your e-mail when you can).

Jan Ross
Director, Marathon and Running Programs
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Jan Ross <jan_ross@dfci.harvard.edu>
- Tuesday, October 11, 2005 9:49 PM CDT
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
The Bollinger Family (friends of Peggy and Ben's) <rjbollin@comcast.net>
Davidsonville, MD USA - Tuesday, October 11, 2005 9:37 PM CDT
As you sit together in the hours and days ahead, please know that my prayers are even more frequent. Jesus makes a promise that he is with us during our most difficult times. I am reminded of the Foot Prints Poem and hope that you are all being carried in the arms of Jesus. Bless all of you!
Anne D. <cccenteradoherty@earthlink.net>
- Tuesday, October 11, 2005 9:26 PM CDT
Raising a nice French wine to you all. (My bendie-straws are at the studio--I use them as teaching tools.) Peace be with you.
Gail <gail.accardi@gmail.com>
New York, NY - Tuesday, October 11, 2005 9:16 PM CDT
Dear Ed, Jane and Sarah,

Hold each other close and give each other all of the hugs and kisses you can give...you are an amazing and wonderful family and you always will be. Your love for each other is truly awe-inspiring. Stay close and hold each other tight. We are praying for you tonight.

Karen, Eric, Ethan and Caroline Young <kcyoung@fas.harvard.edu>
Concord, MA - Tuesday, October 11, 2005 9:14 PM CDT
Keeping you all close to my heart.
liz augustine
- Tuesday, October 11, 2005 9:06 PM CDT
Art & family
The latest entry in Art's journal is a moving celebration of love, life and the "goddness" in us all. Ed is indeed fortunate to be surrounded by love at this most important time in his journey -- and yours.
With warmest regards & love to you all, Wally

Wally Higgins <whiggins@rcn.com>
Newton, MA USA - Tuesday, October 11, 2005 9:06 PM CDT
You are all in our thoughts and prayers tonight.
Tricia Hurlbutt and Family (Peggy and Ben's friends) <psh21035@yahoo.com>
Davidsonville , MD USA - Tuesday, October 11, 2005 9:00 PM CDT
Dear Jane, Ed, and Sarah
Through my back windows to yours, please know I am sending love and peace to you and your entire family at this very special time.

Laura LeVan <LeVan58@aol.com>
Concord, MA - Tuesday, October 11, 2005 7:15 PM CDT
Dear Jane,

What an amazing entry from Monday. I cannot imagine having to put the words on a (virtual) page - what a testament to your love. We're here, standing vigil, along with the community of your friends, family, and supporters. The posts from the guestbook have been such a lifeline for us here in North Carolina - every word, memory, prayer, and anecdote. Yet another connection to you, Ed, and Sarah.

Karl, Courtney, Ben and I have such heavy hearts full of sadness, but also full of peace and love...

Karl and Amy Bostwick <KABostwick@aol.com>
Winston-Salem, NC - Tuesday, October 11, 2005 7:05 PM CDT
Ed, Jane, Sarah, Art, and your families,

I'm holding you all in my heart and prayers daily. I saw these lines from a poem by Jane Kenyon called "Let Evening Come", and just wanted to share them with you now:

Let it come, as it will, and don't
be afraid.
God does not leave us
comfortless, so let evening come.

With much love to you all,

Fran Singer <fsinger01@comcast.net>
Maynard, MA - Tuesday, October 11, 2005 6:31 PM CDT
One more memory story. I was up visiting; this was very shortly after you moved into the Concord house, however many years ago. Don't recall who else was there. You'd been in the process of setting up day-to-day things and I remember having separate conversations with Jane and with Ed where we not only talked about the same things, but the two of you used the same words and phrases to describe the same events. You've been in sync that way almost since the beginning, and whatever happens, whenever it happens, I know that Ed will be a part of Jane forever. Love to you.

PS Jane, been wearing my jazz shoes that we got on that outlet trip.

Gail <gail.accardi@gmail.com>
New York, NY - Tuesday, October 11, 2005 5:10 PM CDT
Ed and family:

May God bless all of you. Your strength, hope, and love is amazing and truly an inspriration to all who know you. You are, and forever will be, in my heart and mind.

God bless

Jonathan Daly and family <jdaly@liquidmachines.com>
Methuen, MA - Tuesday, October 11, 2005 3:08 PM CDT
Love and prayers to all of you,
MAry Ann, Lee and Robby Sacks

Mary Ann Sacks
Wilmington, MA USA - Tuesday, October 11, 2005 2:56 PM CDT
Hugs to everyone. I wish I could be there for you now. Know that I am reaching out across the country to all of you.

Katharine <mamakathtoo@yahoo.com>
Los Angeles, CA USA - Tuesday, October 11, 2005 2:23 PM CDT
Dear Ed, Jane, and Sarah,

Staring first at the computer monitor, and then out the window and back, I find myself overwhelmed at the prospect of trying to write an entry that does justice to what I know (from the journal entries) to have been an overpowering physical and spiritual journey for you--indeed a journey whose description is surely ill-served by just about any adjective. And as much, I should say that my sense of being overwhelmed is fed by thoughts of penance owed for not having been "more there" for you in the months after you had let me know (in the Spring) about the initial onset.

But getting out of my own head and opening my heart is the only thing to do at a time like this. The other guestbook entries testify to your ability to draw precisely such a reaction from the people you've touched. Simply put, you live amazingly, in a manner that endures; I have no doubt that you are all beloved of God.

Ed, your acceptance into the Catholic Church (and I say this as a deeply believing and tradition-venerating Jew) is solid evidence of this.

Jesus was a messenger of radical lovingkindness (in Hebrew, chesed) at a time when Roman amorality and oppression weighed most heavily on the land and people God had charged with making His mercy and justice manifest. The temptations and brutality of Rome distorted the lives and thinking of the community of Israel, but still it was ultimately incumbent upon my ancestors at that time to muster the will themselves to bear up under such conditions, rather than succumb to or blame them.

Unfortunately, succumb and blame they did, and Israel's society in the period when Jesus preached was riven by what the Talmud relates as "sinat chinam," or baseless hatred, among politico-religious factions and between individuals. With this in mind, the visionary first Chief Ashkenazic Rabbi of Palestine, Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook (1865-1935) taught the following: Just as the destruction of God's sole worship site in all the earth at that time, the Temple in Jerusalem, was wrought by sinat chinam, by baseless hatred, so too the Holy Temple would be rebuilt through the ceaseless spread of "ahavat chinam", "baseless love"!

Jesus stood as a beacon of "baseless love," and his ways and message have endured, just as your cleaving to him and to God in this hour will endure.

Another observation: The Temple in Jerusalem stood at least partly (some map interpretations hold mainly) on territory belonging to the Tribe of Benjamin. In addition, Shlomo HaMelech, King Solomon son of David, who merited to build the First Temple, clearly had in mind that the Temple was to be the House of God for all nations, as the Abrahamic, monotheistic message spread and its beneficiaries were anticipated to converge on the seat of God-worship to offer Him their thanks and praises. This vision is of course also echoed elsewhere in the writings of the Prophets.

I am moved then, to see you have taken the baptismal name of Benjamin. To me, it is perfectly emblematic of the openness you have ceaselessly displayed to all who have approached you looking for a compatriot in vigorous goodness.

A final observation, again apropos of the Temple: My fellow Jews and I are a few short days away from Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year in which we beseech God for atonement from our sins, and we follow the Talmudic commentary on the Yom Kippur service at the time the Temple stood.

The service then was, and could only be, performed by the High Priest, and as of Yom Kippur the High Priest had to have been ritually pure for several days running. As the Talmud relates, any number of minor matters might have rendered the High Priest impure during that multi-day period, so as a precaution a "backup" High Priest (actually, the "assistant" High Priest) was also readied in parallel during this juncture. This was necessary because the Yom Kippur service represented the sole time in the year that the High Priest entered the Holy of Holies in the Temple, completely alone, and beseeched God in His direct Name in order to effect atonement for all Israel; failure to accomplish this service would have been calamitous.

The Talmud relates that one of the miracles of the Temple while it stood was that the High Priest was never once rendered ritually impure and incapable of carrying out his Yom Kippur responsibilities for the nation. In other words, in centuries of Yom Kippur services, never once was the "backup" called upon for active duty.

If, decade after decade, God was evidently blessing Israel and the Temple with such a miracle, why then did the people and the priesthood bother with the "backup" preparations? The Talmud teaches that "we do not *rely* upon a miracle." God breathes life into our souls on this plane, on this earth, to work as *partners* with Him. If God wills a miracle, He loves us. And if He does *not* will a miracle, He loves us. Because in the latter case, He is communicating how much He esteems the will He has given us, and how much He values our cleaving to Him through willpower married to faculties married to action married to lovingkindness, all married to a humble acknowledgment that He is our Creator and Merciful Father.

Ed, Jane, and Sarah: This gathering together of many of us in the "ether," catalyzed by your trials and journey, and awed by the goodness and love that have infused them, is what many of us need, miracle or no. Thank you for this gift.

With love,

Danny Alexander

Danny Alexander <danny_alexander_ab90@post.harvard.edu>
Lexington, MA USA - Tuesday, October 11, 2005 1:40 PM CDT
Ed and Family,

You are all in my thoughts and prayers.


Margo Wald <margo_wald@yahoo.com>
Burlington, MA USA - Tuesday, October 11, 2005 1:40 PM CDT
Ditto what Bobby wrote below. We love you.
Kris, Bif, Alex, Zack & Kate Washburn <thewashburns@bellsouth.net>
Tucker, GA - Tuesday, October 11, 2005 1:28 PM CDT
Dear Ed, Jane, and Sarah,
A beautiful piece in the Journal last evening, Jane. I think of you all day and night, and Send so very very much love to you.

Barbara (Bobby) Doubleday
Seattle, WA - Tuesday, October 11, 2005 11:18 AM CDT
Hi there Ed, Jane and Sarah,

Ellen Brill and Anne Russell shared your story with me. Your family has shown such strength and grace. I wanted to let you know that even though we haven't seen you in ages, Stuart and I will also be holding you in our hearts.

Catherine White (Wellesley '83) and Stuart Malone (MIT '85)
Franklin, MA 02038 - Tuesday, October 11, 2005 9:54 AM CDT
My thoughts have forever been with you. I want you to know that I prayed for you at the wailing wall and at Jesus' tomb when I visited Israel. I will continue my efforts.

Joe Pappalardo <joe.pappalardo@clearforest.com>
- Tuesday, October 11, 2005 9:31 AM CDT
Dear Jane and Ed,
Gail Accardi shared an update with me recently. We are thinking of you all (Hi Sarah! What a wonderful picture of you!!!)and sending huge hugs your way.
Susan and Doshie

Susan Riegler <susan_riegler@harvard.edu>
Wollaston, MA USA - Tuesday, October 11, 2005 7:26 AM CDT
Jane and Ed,
I just received your news from Liz Lewis at the end of last week. I snail letter is wending its way to you. I still love to write those art cards for friends. E-mail's great, especially at moments like these, so I'll save the deep thoughts for the ones I put on paper.

Suffice to say, that I hold you in my prayers and thoughts daily. I have a neighbor with leukemia from East Dallas who is down in Houston now at M.D. Anderson for some sort of stem-cell/bone marrow therapy. I hope some same sort of miracle will happen for Ed.

Back in the early 1990's, I remember how when we would all have a little wine, we would end up talking with Ed about Tom Jefferson and the "slavery question"--talks that reignited my interest in American history.

I've missed seeing/hearing from you by phone at Christmas/New Year's when you're down here the past few years. It's marvelous how many old pals have responded to this site. You have so much deserved support and love coming your way.
Cheers, much love and hugs,

Melody Nye <mmnye@yahoo.com>
Dallas, TX USA - Monday, October 10, 2005 8:09 PM CDT
Dear Hutchinson/Torpie clan,

At the end of this message I've pasted a poem that was just e-mailed to me today. I thought the imagery was lovely, and it reminded me of all the love that surrounds all of you. The person who sent it to me noted that it is from Danna Faulds's book, "Prayers to the Infinite."

Lots of love, blessings, and continued prayers for you. Please let me know if there's anything specific I can do!


P.S. Thanks to Art, too, for the wonderful updates, and for letting us share virtually in Ed's confirmation.

HOME (by Danna Faulds)

You’ve sought it everywhere,
but you’re already there.
Home - the flowing river
of the heart. Love holding
you in close embrace. It’s
not a place, but a state of
being, grace received and
offered back. Home - the
taste of truth and refuge.

Liz Lewis
Roxbury, MA USA - Monday, October 10, 2005 8:09 PM CDT
I don't know how long it's been since we saw you last, 3 years? I think and pray for you every day. My love to you and the family in this time and always. If there is anything I can do for you or Jane PLEASE don't hesitate to call. Even if it's running errands or taking Sarah for the day. I know my Sarah would love to meet her. I love you and will continue to send love and light and pray each day. Much love Sue
Susan Southworth <sjsouthie@sbcglobal.net>
West Haven, CT - Monday, October 10, 2005 3:24 PM CDT

While didn't get to work together very long, and don't know each other very well, I'd like you to know that my thoughts and prayers have been, and continue to be with you and your family and if there's anything I can do, please let me know.

Marty Siewert <msiewert@aol.com>
- Monday, October 10, 2005 12:23 AM CDT
You continue to be in our thoughts and prayers daily.

- Noreen & Tom

Noreen Maher <noreen.maher@verizon.net>
Danvers, ma - Monday, October 10, 2005 12:14 AM CDT
It is a another drizzly day, and hoping the three of you are all cuddling on the couch enjoying each other, and every moment together. Thinking of you and praying for strength. Lily send a big HELLO to her friend Sarah!

Art, thank you so much for spending so much time informing friends and family of this incredible journey. It is like we are all living throught this experience with you all. Some day tears, some days joy, some times sadness. Ed, Jane and Sarah are very blessed to have you.

Colleen Ratcliffe <bclrat@aol.com>
Sterling, ma - Monday, October 10, 2005 10:11 AM CDT

I'm so pleased to hear about your entry into the Catholic Church. It made me smile to read about your day on Saturday.

OK, memories. Occasionally, when you'd come to pick up Jane at Rational, you and I would talk -- you sitting in your giant SUV, and me standing on the walkway. I can't remember what we talked about, just that I always walked away shaking my head and thinking "I *like* Ed. Lucky Jane." You have great warmth and charisma that others here have noted, too.

As for the here and now, it sounds like you're soaking up every bit of life right now. And it sounds like those around you are there -- present -- traveling the journey with you. May that continue -- love well and laugh hard.

A big hug to you and Jane,

Liz Augustine
- Monday, October 10, 2005 9:32 AM CDT
Jane & Ed,
You are in our thoughts now more than ever.
Love, Ellen & Anne

Ellen Brill & Anne Russell <ellen.brill@analog.com>
Somerville, MA USA - Monday, October 10, 2005 8:49 AM CDT
Dear Ed & Family,

We continue to be inspired by the emotional journey you've been experiencing. In some small way we too feel like we're along for the ride. Thank you for helping each and every one of us appreciate the value of love, family and friendship. We'll keep you in our prayers.

With fondness, Peter, Amy, Andrew & Alexandra!

Peter DiBiaso <peterandamy@yahoo.com>
Colchester, CT - Monday, October 10, 2005 7:46 AM CDT
So you want information and news from the outside world?

Well, first, on the topic of your Confirmation, I want to congratulate you on this special milestone. Benjamin is a very fine name. In Hebrew it would be "Ben Yamin" or "Son of the right hand." Are you feeling like someone's "right hand man" these days? (with apologies to any lefties among us...)

Beyond that, our friends at the Social Security Administration tell us that Benjamin was the 25th most popular name in 2004. Edward came in at number 129. See, you are moving up in the world. (You can check out the popularity of other names at http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/babynames/)

And finally, speaking of government, our beloved alma mater has released a study declaring Utah and Maine the current leaders among all 50 states in online government services(http://tinyurl.com/afxu7). Utah and Maine -- who'd a thunk?

Well, that's all that this correspondent has to offer at the moment. Signing off and sending hugs, as always,


Margo Wald <margo_wald@yahoo.com>
Burlington, MA USA - Sunday, October 9, 2005 11:59 PM CDT
Dear Ed, Jane and Sarah,
I’m so grateful to Janet for tracking me down late this afternoon, and sharing the website of your remarkable journey.
What an extraordinary gift Art’s journal is to all of us, allowing us to share what you’re all going through, and to cheer you on and wish you all the very best. Years hence, it will be an ongoing gift to Sarah, not only as she’s growing up, to see what love her parents have inspired, but also to help her share with her own children another dimension of their wonderful “Grandpa Ed.” (Well, how do you like that? I’ve just aged you 2 or 3 decades! :) )
Please know I’ve already been adding my voice to your prayer network asking for Ed’s miracle.
Jdot – stay strong. Sarah – hug your Daddy tight-tight-tight. Ed - you are Amazing!
We send you all our thoughts, our prayers and our love,
Tania, Eric, Katie and Ellie

Tania (Durilin) Hook <hookfamily@ameritech.net>
Ann Arbor, MI USA - Sunday, October 9, 2005 11:40 PM CDT
I like the idea of "holding court." I have this mental image of Ed-- sitting on the sofa, surrounded by red silk cushions with gold tassels and wearing a plumed turban, as friends and family come one at a time to sit crossed-legged in front of him for conversation and coffee. :-)

Glad your day went well.

Los Angeles, CA USA - Sunday, October 9, 2005 11:12 PM CDT
Dear Ed and Jane,

Since receiving Jane's e-mail yesterday I have felt both saddened by the difficult times you have been and are continuing to struggle through, but heartened by the incredible love and support displayed in your journal and guestbook. I too have been thinking fondly of the kindness with which you have always welcomed me into your home. I remember vists to your Arlington apartment, but especially a picnic lunch after you closed on your new home. How typically generous of you to share the excitement of that moment with me! Please know that you and Sarah are in are hearts and prayers.

Janet Encarnacion <evenjob@alum.wellesley.edu>
Springfield, MO - Sunday, October 9, 2005 4:15 PM CDT
Hello Ed,

Man, you know how to live! Thanks so much for letting us in on your remarkable journey through these updates and stories. I'm so sorry for your suffering over the past months. I'm glad you are surrounded by so much love - I guess that's pretty much what it's all about, what we really all are here for, and you have certainly reminded this here soul of that. Thank you. Thank you (and Jane) for welcoming me into your home for those nice, cozy, home-cooked dinners, for letting me hold Sarah when she was but a wee one, for coming to the Mosaic Room for the concert that time, and for being sweet, kind, thoughtful Ed. I send my love now. If you think of anything I (and/or Joel) can do for you, Jane, or Sarah now, let me know (or have them let me know). In the meantime... I'll just keep sending love, thoughts, and prayers for your well-being and happiness.


Lisa Groves
Lexington, MA USA - Sunday, October 9, 2005 1:03 PM CDT
Hi Ed. Your friends and colleagues from Outsell are thinking of you and sending well wishes and lots of love and light to you and your family. Know you are in our prayers! Anthea, Greg, Chuck, Marc and others from the team!
Anthea Stratigos <astratigos@outsellinc.com>
Burlingame, CA USA - Sunday, October 9, 2005 12:55 AM CDT
Ed, Jane, and Sarah:
From Laura, your neighbor down the hill.
I just learned today of your incredible journey since March! And I have just finished reading the journal and some of the Guestbook. I am speechless, but full of love and thanks for you and all those who have written.

Here's a story: I have been hearing a bird (sharp whistle) for about a week in our backyards. I hear it at midnight as well as 6am. I couldn't figure out who it was, but figured it had to be an owl or hawk to be singing all through the night. Last Monday I walked out in the backyard looking up with binnoculars since I figured either the bird or nest would be up high in a tree. There is what looks like a nest in one of the pine trees separating the Vultagio's yard from yours or the Jacobs. I stood on my deck looking out, hoping to see the bird. Then...a hawk glided in towards me, landing on the top of my deck umbrella 10 feet from me, looked at me for several seconds, then glided towards the birds at my birdbath, scattering them. Anyway, I looked in the bird book, identifying him/her as a juvenille Sharp-shinned Hawk who gives a single "twep" call in the fall. I am now interpreting this as a song for you. Everytime you hear the call, know that I am sending you special wishes for love and peace.

Laura LeVan <LeVan58@aol.com>
Concord, MA - Sunday, October 9, 2005 12:34 AM CDT
Cogratulations, Ed! I am very proud of you and encouraged by your spiritual journey as a fellow Christian brother. My friend Art has been keeping me updated and I do share in your joy.

Blessings and may the Peace of God be with you always.

Matthew <mfountai@bates.edu>
Auburn, ME USA - Sunday, October 9, 2005 9:02 AM CDT

What a journey this has been. Every day has brought news, both good and bad, that has united us with you in this journey. Your family has been generous to share the news, which has allowed us all to learn how precious life, family and friends are.

Kristen Baker and I (Eliz) would like to ask for your permission to ride the Pan Mass Challenge next year in your honor. The bike ride across MA raises money for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. We wanted to do something for you and your family, and thought that riding the Pan Mass Challenge would be a way to have a tribute to you, and also contribute to the effort to eradicate the very disease that you have suffered.

Both Eleanor and Sarah have seemingly transitioned into Kindergarten well. Eleanor said she saw Sarah on the playground the other day, and Sarah said she had so many new friends that she just didn't know who to play with first. Our girls are really growing up!

Love from the Lewis family,
Elizabeth, George, Eleanor, and Baby Clara

Elizabeth Lewis <elizlewis82@hotmail.com>
Concord, MA USA - Sunday, October 9, 2005 8:48 AM CDT
Me again. I check in to this site every day, so I figured I might as well drop you a line so you know how often I think of you. Yvonne called me yesterday to tell me about the very happy couple of hours she spent with all of you yesterday. The joy spread through our home as well as I relayed the news to my family.

I'm getting over my post-series funk, on the fence now about cheering for the White Sox or just forgetting about baseball altogether. Just as there was no one to cheer with in D.C. last year when the Sox won, there is no one to sulk with either... and that's a good thing! Although I do expect a few jibes when my NY Yankees colleagues fly in from AOL's NY office tomorrow. Guess I deserve it for hanging my New York Chokies poster all year. (gulp)

Angela <angelagalper@yahoo.com>
Oak Hill, VA USA - Sunday, October 9, 2005 7:41 AM CDT
Ed and Jane and Sarah,
We love you guys so much and are completely, utterly devastated by the news.
When we were expecting Megan almost 2 years ago, we asked ourselves who we knew that were great parents we could learn from. You were the first on our list.
When we needed to move and you helped Ward move out of Park Ave who provided the comic relief? Remember the fully loaded dishwasher? Dirty or clean? Why dirty of course! I still double over remembering that. Ed you have made me laugh more than any other person!
When we were preparing for Megan, you were there. When we needed clothes, supplies you were there. When we needed advice you were there.
You are wonderful friends and we treasure the friendship. We are incredibly sorry for what you are going thru. Please know we love you and are thinking of you continuously. Hugs to you all.

Kathy, Ward and Megan <kleavey@rcn.com>
Arlington, Ma USA - Saturday, October 8, 2005 8:51 PM CDT
Aren't there just some things in life that make you want to walk outside, raise your arms as high as you can, and say calmly and strongly-"Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia!"
Los Angeles, CA USA - Saturday, October 8, 2005 6:49 PM CDT
Doug and I raise our glasses in tribute to your wonderful accomplishments today amidst family and friends. We send our love to you all.
Margaret Adams and Douglas Bracy
Naples, FL - Saturday, October 8, 2005 6:06 PM CDT
Congratulations to Ed!

Two months ago, my cousin Tommy was ordained as a Catholic priest. I was unable to attend the ceremonies but went to the reception afterwards. Tommy gave individual blessings to everyone there (and by proxy to some not there) and was radiant with joy and peace in his faith.

And, there's nothing like seeing a bunch of young priests dancing to "YMCA."

On a different religious note, I bring thoughts for you from my friend the Rabbi Steve.

Gail <gail.accardi@gmail.com>
New York, NY - Saturday, October 8, 2005 5:08 PM CDT
Let me share some good news with you. Margo, my daughter, and Hjonis announced their engagement recently. The wedding will be in August, 06, in Vermont. After looking at many huge frothy dresses, we decided that I will make her dress. I can't wait to get started.

I am glad to hear you are surrounded by friends and family. Your celebration at the church should be a pleasure for all of you.

The dance class has valued being able to be in touch with you, and we look forward to your being with us again.

Shayna Loeffler <Shayna.Loeffler@Verizon.net>
Arlington, ma usa - Saturday, October 8, 2005 4:37 PM CDT
Hi Ed, Jane, Sarah, Art, Everyone.

You are all in my thoughts and prayers. You should know that there are many many people out here keeping you all in our hearts.

I'd like to share with you an excerpt from a speech given by Coach Jimmy Valvano durng at an ESPN awards ceremony after he was diagnosed with cancer. He said, "Don't give up, don't ever give up.... Cancer can take away all my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart and it cannot touch my soul. And those three things are going to carry on forever."

Ed, be strong my friend and know that we are all connected with you and your family. You are truly an inspiration. Your mind, heart and soul will carry you and your family though this. Know that we are all with you.


Mike Cassettari

Mike Cassettari <mcassettari@mathsoft.com>
Lexington, MA US - Saturday, October 8, 2005 2:48 PM CDT
Hello, Ed

I've been reading Art's hear-warming messages to us almost daily and also your incredible circle of family and friends' messages to you and am always moved by how you much you mean to us all, and the feelings and expressed love and affection enveloping you. That all springs from what everyone around you has felt and received from you -- a priceless and eternal creation. We're all guilty of often measuring our lives in trivial and meaningless ways. And that's only the tip of the iceberg. You and I have talked professionally about "market penetration" and "adoption rates", and we know that what's expressed here in this online conversation is only a tiny fraction of the equally heartfelt love and affection that you've created "out there" in the world. And that's a staggering, truly meaningful measure of your life and by virtue of how you live it, what your life means to so many people. Bless you, Ed, and your loving family.

Chuck Richard <charlesrichard@verizon.netc>
Hartsdale, NY USA - Saturday, October 8, 2005 12:30 AM CDT
Dear Ed,
Like a magnet I am drawn to your website. Sometimes I come feeling sad--looking for a ray of hope: other times I come hopeful--only to find sad news. Each time, though, I am lifted up by the sense of love, support, and community I feel at this website.
I am grateful to be a part of this community of friends and family. While we have all been trying to be there for you, you have been there for us, taking us with you on this most difficult of life's journeys. Thank you, Ed. Your faith and courage have inspired me. I know I have grown emotionally and spiritually because, albeit in a very small way, I am a part of your journey. And I do believe in miracles!
Ed, you, Jane, and Sarah are in my daily thoughts and prayers. Please know that I am with you in spirit as you become confirmed in the Catholic Church today at noon.

PS I almost forgot. Yesterday I substituted in Sarah's classroom. What a beautiful little girl! Julia escorted Sarah to Mrs. Spaulding's room. That's always very cute to see. Like a parent, Julia said, "Hi, Nancy, I'm dropping Sarah off." Early in the morning, I watched Sarah lead a small group of children in a game of Bingo. It was her initiative. Mrs. Davis said that she's definitely a leader. Later, Sarah joined my group and completed a pattern activity, independently, like it was "a piece of cake." Sarah also seems to be a good listener, and while I was only a substitute in her classroom for one day, she seems to have adjusted well to kindergarten, and it's only October.

Nancy Brown <bleat123@aol.com>
Concord, MA USA - Saturday, October 8, 2005 12:05 AM CDT
Ed, Jane, Sarah, Art, and your families,

I’ve been thinking about you all every day, and find myself flooded with happy memories of our great TPB+P get-togethers, which always had the common elements of wonderful friends, delicious food (chocolate chip cookies, choc-o bars – are we seeing a theme here?), and lots of laughs (the TPB Synchronized Swim Team, Geezer concerts, Easel parties..the list goes on).

Mazel Tov, Ed, on your church confirmation ceremony this afternoon. My wish for you all is one of peace, solace, and much love, always. Thanks for continuing to let us all be part of your journey. We’re right there with you, Jane, and Sarah, and always will be.

With love,

Fran Singer <fsinger01@comcast.net>
Maynard, MA - Saturday, October 8, 2005 10:03 AM CDT
Hi, Jane and Ed,
Isabelle and John Evans here: just wanted to say that we have been thinking of you all day in the past few days. It is like being connected to you somehow through this wonderful log that Art posts on the website and allows us to follow you in your amazing journey. Some of it breaks our hearts and we just sit here at the computer crying, some of it uplift our spirits and we rejoice at the thought that you are so loved, comforted and that Life in all its moments remains so very precious. I have been reading the guest book too and I too remember the kindness of our upstairs neighbours: best neighbours one could hope for! John particularly was very moved last night when he remembered that in the dead of winter, when we were preparing our final move from Michigan (12 years ago) and when John was going crazy trying to find a place for us to live, Ed had kindly approached him at work to tell him that he might have a solution: the downstairs appartment of their rental house was empty. That was a pure free act of kindness on his part! We are forever grateful and thank Life for those times we had together.
Even though we don't belong to the Catholic church, we are also rejoicing that tomorrow will be such an important day for you, Ed and your family. We will be praying for a good day, with some sunshine and a great service at church. You will be in our thoughts and hearts as always lately!

Isabelle and John Evans <isa.evans03@minspring.com>
West Newton, Ma US - Saturday, October 8, 2005 8:47 AM CDT
Ed, Jane and Sarah, I think of you all so many times during the day, and I am amazed at the strength you all have. This special life line (computer) is such an amazing way to share with family and friends. We continue to pray for miracles and the strength to carry on. All our love.
Colleen, Bryan, Lily, and Cole Ratcliffe <bclrat@aol.com>
Sterling, MA - Saturday, October 8, 2005 6:02 AM CDT
Ed and Jane - Happy "15 years of love" anniversary. The White Mountains. A clear day. A vision of life, love, and promise of a future...oh, if only we really could control our destiny! For two soul mates like you, this must be an overwhlemong time. Jane - you are in this family, blood-and-marriage. Know that we are here for you & Sarah. Ed - - It takes a village, and this village will not abandon you and your family. We will not forget. You are in our hearts and our futures. Your strength and your infinite kindness (just read all of the guestbook logs here) is celebrated. Along with your example, your gifts. We don't want to let you go, so the only way to control that and make an impact is to never forget. Never quit loving. Never say 'good-bye'. The need must be great for you and Jane and Sarah - for Art & Helen and 'the girls', and especially for Ben & Peggy - with your time to be so difinitively measured. But what a gift for you to be blessed with knowing the impact you have had on other's lives, on our lives.
Thank you for bringing us the joy and energy of Jane. Creating the beauty and promise of Sarah. For sharing the wonder and blessing of you...no, not nearly enough time, but we'll take what we have and cherish it. YOU ARE LOVED.

Amy and Karl Bostwick <KABostwick@aol.com>
Wins, NC USA - Friday, October 7, 2005 9:50 PM CDT
Hi Jane, Ed and Sarah: Laurie and I send you our love. We have been thinking about all three of you a great deal. We're sending lots of wonderful thoughts in your direction. Let us know if there is anything we can do for you. We love you. Anne and Laurie
Anne Hayden and Laurie Burns <anneh@speakeasy.net>
Concord, MA USA - Friday, October 7, 2005 9:15 PM CDT
Hi Ed, Jane, Sarah, Art, Peggy, Ben, and all!
Greetings from the Seattle Doubledays! We are thinking of you all frequently, even though we are on opposite coasts. This website and emails are a real Godsend to keep us aware of Ed's journey. Ed's aunt Bobby, keeps us informed through Peggy, as well.
We have very fond memories of your visit to Seattle over Labor day weekend in 1996! Do you remember hiking on Whidbey Island, at Ebey's Landing? One of our all time favorite family hikes; we feel so fortunate to have hiked and shared it with you. We also have treasured memories on our east coast visit to Concord and your home, the summer of 1997. We can remember the year dates, as they were significant years in our lives, as this is for you.
Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you all!
Mike, Sandy, Russ and Annie

Sandy Borg <skborg@earthlink.net>
Seattle, WA usa - Friday, October 7, 2005 8:48 PM CDT
Dear Ed,

I've only met you a couple of times, long ago (I worked with Jane for a short time while she was at J3) but I never really had the experience of getting to know you. After reading the many posts here, written by your brother and all your friends, I feel that I missed out on knowing a truly great person.

Your journey with cancer has been long and difficult but from what I can tell, you've traveled it with much grace and tremendous courageousness.

Although you were cursed with this awful disease, you are very blessed with a loving and supportive family. I wish you and all of your family peace.

Rose Thorn <thornsrose@thornkingdom.com>
Nashua, NH - Friday, October 7, 2005 8:45 PM CDT
Ed, Art, and Jane - we are amazed by your family's resiliency and togetherness as you weather this difficult time. You are well-loved, and constantly in our thoughts and prayers.

Jason and Amy

Jason and Amy Garbis <jgarbis@rcn.com>
Lexington, - Friday, October 7, 2005 7:58 PM CDT
Dear Jane, Sarah, and Ed,
You are truly an inspiration and know that you have given many including myself a special gift of sharing this journey with you. Big squeezy hugs (as Mck says) to all of you. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Love, Kristin, Corey, Mckenna and little(ha,ha)Caleb

Kristin <krbaker@bu.edu>
Concord, MA USA - Friday, October 7, 2005 6:23 PM CDT
We're sending all of our loving thoughts to you and your families. May you all find peace.
- Debbie and Mike

Debbie Tait
- Friday, October 7, 2005 3:12 PM CDT
Hello. My name is Barbara Hayden. I have had the pleasure of being neighbors to your parents, Ben and Peggy, since they moved to Davidsonville. What delightful, friendly people they are and I'm not surprised that they raised two sons who seem to have amazing character. The depth of that character is evident in the journal entries that I read just yesterday when they gave me the website. I have been deeply moved by the honesty, strength and grace with which you have shared your most personal lives. It is obvious that you are being held "in the palm of His hand" and that the Lord Jesus has given you the "peace that passes all understanding." My prayers are with you, Ed, Jane, little Sarah, Art and his family, and of course my good friends the Hutchinsons that you will be comforted and strengthened in the days and weeks ahead. You have been an inspiration to me and I'm sure to many others. Through your difficult journey, you have reminded me of the things in life that really matter. God Bless, Barbara
Barbara Hayden <hayden2888@verizon.net>
Davidsonville, MD USA - Friday, October 7, 2005 2:47 PM CDT
Dear Ed, Jane and Sarah,
We have you in our thoughts as this journey continues. Our wish is that you find comfort and peace in the love that surrounds you now. Let us know if we can help in any way.
Sending you all big big hugs,

Karen, Eric, Ethan and Caroline Young <kcyoung@fas.harvard.edu>
Concord, MA - Friday, October 7, 2005 1:50 PM CDT
My heart aches for you as my prayers continue. May all the love coming your way help you find strength, dear Ed, Jane, Sarah and families.

Shelley Sereni <newsereni@yahoo.com>
Burlington, ma - Friday, October 7, 2005 12:56 AM CDT

My prayers are with you all.

In time of great sorrow and need I find my self running to the cross. I have provided a sight that helps to health strengthen and bless those I miss and love.

Peace healing above all things

Cindy <helives10002002@yahoo.com>
- Friday, October 7, 2005 11:39 AM CDT
Dear Ed, Jane, Sarah and family,

Wow. I am so moved by everything on this website and so sad at this tragic turn of events. I'm glad I had the chance to talk with you when you were out walking the other day Ed. Your dignity, spirit, and courage were an inspiration then, and will always be. God Bless You.

Jane, please call if we can help in any way. You are in our hearts always.

Karyn, Rick, Kylie and Thomas <Karyncopland@aol.com>
Concord, MA - Friday, October 7, 2005 11:15 AM CDT
To Ed, Jane and Sarah, and all the Hutchinson and Torpie families, I don't have the long history and family ties as so many others have, but you all have touched my life in many ways and I want to thank you. My heart aches for you, but you please know that we will be there for Jane and Sarah for whatever and whenever they need us for anything!
You have a remarkable brother,don't you? Our gratitude to Art for informing us with the latest news, even though this has to be unbelievably difficult for him and the rest of the family. With prayers for strength and love, Sharon (and Ben) Bramhall

Sharon Bramhall <smb35@att.net>
Concord, MA - Friday, October 7, 2005 10:38 AM CDT
Ed, Jane, and Sarah,

You are in our thoughts.

Paula Anzer (Jonathan's mom) and family <anzer@mit.edu>
Concord, MA USA - Friday, October 7, 2005 9:58 AM CDT
Ed and family,

My heart goes out to you and everyone close to you. I am a cancer survivor and I had the pleasure of working with Ed at Clearforest. Although we did not get to spend to much time together he left an impression on me. My self and my entire family are praying for you and we have you in our thoughts every day.

Jim Gallen <jgallen@centricsoftware.com>
Stratford, CT USA - Friday, October 7, 2005 9:32 AM CDT
Ed, Jane and Sarah, What an amazing group of friends and family you have. There is just so much love and caring that has been with you all every step of your long journey. Art has been so wonderful keeping us all informed. We look forwared to seeing you all on Monday. Our prayers continue forever. Love, Beryl & Jeff
Beryl DiBiaso <jbdhhi@hargray.com>
Meredith, NH USA - Friday, October 7, 2005 8:50 AM CDT
Today, as well as thoughts and prayers, I am going to try to send something else your direction. Andy's mother is a pianist. And, I have asked her to play something for you as she is practicing today--something big and wonderful and glorious. I am not a music person, so I am letting her choose. So, if you find yourself thinking of Bach or Mozart without any apparent reason, just know I have been looking for another way to send love from a long ways away.
Thinking about you.

Katharine <mamakathtoo@yahoo.com>
Los Angeles, CA USA - Friday, October 7, 2005 7:53 AM CDT
Dear Art, I've been following Ed's Journey for a while. I am Alan Dailey's stepmom. I am reading a book titled WHEN BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE, by Rabbi Kushner. I'm not finished with it yet, but in it he writes that God does not create the pain, but He does give us the strength to deal with it. Perhaps it's a book all of us should read at times like this. My heart goes out to you, Art, and Jane and Sarah and everyone whose life Ed has touched. Fondly, Jan Dailey
Jeanette A Dailey <jeanette.dailey@att.net>
Blairsville, PA USA - Friday, October 7, 2005 7:51 AM CDT
Dear Ed, Jane and Sarah,
I hane been thinking of you all as you go through this journey together. You are such a strong, caring family, which becomes all the more clear as you go through these difficult times. It has been a real pleasure to get to know all of you while I have been Sarah's teacher at the Concord Children's Center. Please know that you are in my thoughts, and if there is anything I can do, especially for Sarah, don't hesitate to ask. Take care of each other, love, Kai

Kai Shaner <ralphshaner1@yahoo.com>
Concord, MA - Friday, October 7, 2005 5:55 AM CDT
Ed - I asked about you last week at a conference and Patty Lee was kind enough to send me here. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Paula Hane <phane@infotoday.com>
Plano, TX US - Thursday, October 6, 2005 10:01 PM CDT

It's difficult to know what to say. I read the journal entry for today and was deeply moved as I read about your confirmation. My hope and prayer is that you find a comfort and peace in your faith that exceeds even the solace that you might get from the outpouring of support from your friends and family.

Dave Menninger <dmenninger@applix.com>
Winchester, MA - Thursday, October 6, 2005 9:34 PM CDT
Dearest Ed,
I am praying that you will persevere and your condition will improve. It has been a privilege working with you at ClearForest. My thoughts are with you always.

Patty Lee <plee@clearforest.com>
Cambridge, MA USA - Thursday, October 6, 2005 9:05 PM CDT
Dear Ed, Jane and Sarah,
I just wanted to let you know that I have been thinking about you. Your family, especially Sarah, will always have a special place in my heart. Sarah was in my first class at CCC Emerson and she and I share a birthday:) I will always look back fondly at the two years I spent with Sarah and getting to know your family.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time and always. May you find peace in one another's company and let your love keep you strong.
Chelsea (CCC)

Chelsea Barbini <cbbarbini14@hotmail.com>
Pepperell, MA USA - Thursday, October 6, 2005 8:42 PM CDT
To the entire family- my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Kai Bicknell from Three Mile Island <kaibicknell@hotmail.com>
Portland, ME United States - Thursday, October 6, 2005 8:35 PM CDT
Dear Ed,Janeand Sarah, It seems like yesterday that you were at the CCC Emerson program dropping Sarah off in the Two's class. Reading some of these entries have been so overwhelming- you have touched so many!! Something Sarah can be so proud of as she grows up and hears or reads these entries. My heart goes out to you -it never seems fair!! The important thing now is to embrace eachother and know that you are not alone.You are in my thoughts and prayers . Ann Caraganis 2's teacher at the CCC
ann caraganis <anncaraganis@yahoo.com>
pepperell, ma - Thursday, October 6, 2005 8:31 PM CDT
Dear Ed, Jane and Sarah,
Just wanted to say that we are thinking of you so much tonight.
Much love from your old neighbours,

Isabelle and John Evans <isa.evans03@mindspring.com>
West Newton, ma US - Thursday, October 6, 2005 6:39 PM CDT
Ed and family,
We've not met each other but we hear of you often through Art at Eliot Church. Your story both breaks hearts and inspires. We're so moved by your journey together and the strength, love and faith that pervades in your lives.
We do pray for your comfort, resilience and confidence, each of you. It helps us to believe that beyond everything our human senses tell us there is only -- and abundantly -- love, forever. God bless you!

Connie and Tom DeVol
- Thursday, October 6, 2005 5:48 PM CDT
What an incredible treat yesterday...to pull into the Hutchinson driveway (the Withington Hutchinson's) and find Ed and Jane on the back porch. It was so wonderful to have a chance to see you both. There is nothing like a real hug...virtual is pretty good in a pinch, but it was great! Love and prayers to you both,

Jeanne Mockard <jmockard@comcast.net>
Somerville, MA - Thursday, October 6, 2005 4:44 PM CDT
Ed, you're my thoughts and prayers.
Matt Flynn <matt.flynn@clearforest.com>
- Thursday, October 6, 2005 3:52 PM CDT
Ed: Just want you to know that I (and the entire ClearForest family) are wishing you the best and praying for you.
Michael Charney <michael.charney@clearforest.com>
- Thursday, October 6, 2005 3:21 PM CDT
Dear Ed, Jane, and Sarah-- late August, September and October (so far) have been very special on Frye Island this year-- gorgeous weather--bright blue skies, sunny days with temperatures up into the 70's/80's and then cool nights. Oh, how we wish that you could be there. We know how much you have enjoyed this time of year.

All kinds of politics going on (surprise!)especially about the ferry!

The Big Dipper and Orion are there brightly in the sky over the island this month.

We love you.

Peter, Joanna, and Alex <j-walsh@rcn.com>
Arlington, MA USA - Thursday, October 6, 2005 2:43 PM CDT

Your friends at Sharon Merrill Associates are all thinking of you and keeping you and your family in our prayers. We are fortunate to have had the pleasure of working with you at OneSource. We are all cheering you on.

Maureen, Jason, Scott and David <dcalusdian@investorrelations.com>
Boston, MA - Thursday, October 6, 2005 2:08 PM CDT
In friendships, relationships and situations like this, words simply fail. During the worship services, as well as special prayer sessions at the Village Church in Wellesley, we have a chance to share prayers. Ed will be in ours.

Jim Nelon

Jim Nelon <jnelon@netvigator.com>
Sherborn, MA USA - Thursday, October 6, 2005 1:00 PM CDT
Dear Ed and Jane,
I want to let you know that we at the children's center are praying for all of you.

When talking with Sarah's After-K teachers, Kate and Jessica, they told me that Sarah has been so helpful to them and the other children in the class. Yesterday one of her classmates, Julia, was losing her tooth and Sarah immediately went over to offer her a wet paper towel. In the afternoons Sarah likes to put away the empty kindergatern baskets which is a great help to all of us! You have a wonderful daughter who is loved very much at CCC.

I hope you enjoy the sunshine today!

Anne D. <cccenteradoherty@earthlink.net>
- Thursday, October 6, 2005 11:38 AM CDT
" Courage conquers all things; it even gives strength
to the body."

"Every adversity carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit."

-old Chinese proverbs
(or a professional writer for fortune cookies-which is where I read these the other night having ordered take-out)

Words and sayings from the most mundane sources take on significant and comforting meaning at this time, as I and countless others are keeping you in our thoughts.

I like Dr.D's keeping the hopeful glimmer alive and well.
Ed, in the few times I've seen you over the past months, you have so impressed me with your optimism and strength.

Ed and family- stay strong

P.S. to Art and Ed- on the "Learn Chinese" side of the fortune paper about courage was the Chinese translation for "Younger brother"
FYI - it's Di-di

Carol H <Shaney3106@aol.com>
Concord, MA - Thursday, October 6, 2005 11:10 AM CDT
I remembered this one yesterday:

"Let down your defenses
Use no common sense.
If you look you will see
That this world is a
Beautiful, accident, turbulent,
Succulent, oppulent
Permanent-no way.
I wanna taste it
Don't want to waste it--away."
-Avril Lavigne

I think you've done a wonderful job enjoying the world to the fullest, and helping others enjoy it as well--just from your attitude. Thank you for everything you've done for me.


Los Angeles, CA USA - Thursday, October 6, 2005 10:54 AM CDT
I have been sitting here catching up on your news (I was doing holiday stuff and just now am getting to my computer).
What can I say? "I'm sorry," doesn't seem to convey much when the feelings are so much deeper.
So I decided to remind you of some happy/funny times: 1) The Beautiful South concert; 2) Jane and I in our catsuits (remember the burping?!); 3) Driving to NY together; 4) Being in your wedding. I also want to remind you of how you and Jane were there for me when I really, really needed you. When I thought that my world had ended, you guys propped me up. Thank you. And please know that even in your weakened state, you rock!

I'm there for you guys. Spiritually always, and physically if/when you need me. Just let me know.

Love, Donna

Donna Gorshel Cohen <donnagorshelcohen@juno.com >
Brookline, MA - Thursday, October 6, 2005 10:21 AM CDT
Ed. Jane and Sarah,

You and all of your family are in our thoughts, our prayers, our hopes and our DREAMS! Big hugs to you all.

Love and strength,
Gretchen, Rich, Dylan and Nathan (from CCC)

The Hollworth Family <wrightdesigns@comcast.net>
Concord, MA - Thursday, October 6, 2005 8:32 AM CDT
It has been a long time, but have been kept in the loop about everything. Remembering how fun we had at IONA in our row and you are such a great person to be around - warm, funny, kind. You are in my prayers every day.

Jane Merritt <jane_m11@yahoo.com>
- Thursday, October 6, 2005 6:45 AM CDT
Thanks for the kleenex warning and thanks for your courage and inspiration. God Bless you all.

Love and prayers.

Elspeth, Paul, Caileigh and Kyle <elspethwk@comcast.net>
Crownsville, MD 21032 - Thursday, October 6, 2005 6:21 AM CDT
Ed,Jane and Sarah,
You are in our thoughts and your strength is truely and inspiration.The Faddoul Family

Jen Faddoul <TJ51698@aol.com>
Concord, Ma us - Thursday, October 6, 2005 5:54 AM CDT
"Healing is the spiritual acceptance and understanding of one's condition, and the desire to derive strength from God to cope with the reality of one's life and rise above the vicissitudes to find peace." -- Rabbi Amy Scheinerman, Beth Shalom Congregation of Carroll County, MD

Ed, with full respect for the spiritual path you have embraced, I quoted a rabbi above, simply because she has done a better job articulating this universal theme than I could have done on my own.

As marketeers, you and I are used to putting together plans based on the "Four P's". So, I submit here, for your consideration, "Four P's" that might be useful in your healing:

Purpose -- Filling your days with meaning, in ways large and small
Prayer -- Drawing closer to God and making Him part of your life
People -- Engaging with people so you are not alone on your journey
Pasta -- Like the kind that Emily made for your candelight dinner. And also those homemade raviolis that you and Jane ate on Art's porch. Practical, concrete gestures of love and nurturance. Sustenance that sticks to your ribs, and fills your heart with joy. The seemingly simple things that can mean the world to you and your family.

I wish you all of this and much more. I will continue to pray for you, and think of you often.



Margo Wald <margo_wald@yahoo.com>
Burlington, MA USA - Wednesday, October 5, 2005 10:54 PM CDT
Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you and your family.
Bob & Fran Rubin <rjr29@georgetown.edu>
Bethesda, MD USA - Wednesday, October 5, 2005 10:16 PM CDT
Sounds like all of today was about taking time: doctors, others, pastas. From a couple hundred miles away, taking time to reflect with you.
Gail <gail.accardi@gmail.com>
New York, NY - Wednesday, October 5, 2005 8:31 PM CDT
Hey Ed, Jane & Sarah

Keep up the fight, don't let them wear you down. I know that whatever transpires during your battle, that you'll fight as long and as hard as it takes. Our thoughts, prayers and hopes for a speedy recovery are with you everyday. Make it happen big guy!

Jerry & Claire Poulin <gpoulin@tampabay.rr.com>
Land O'Lakes , FL U.S. - Wednesday, October 5, 2005 6:43 PM CDT
Ed, Jane, and Sarah,

I was shocked and saddened to read your latest news, but still draw so much inspiration from the grace, courage, and caring you've shown during this entire ordeal. You're always in my thoughts and prayers, and I'll be saying an extra special prayer for you during the Jewish High Holidays.

With much love,

Fran Singer <fsinger01@comcast.net>
Maynard, MA - Wednesday, October 5, 2005 5:47 PM CDT
Dear Dearest Ed,

Chuck and I were leaving an appointment at Emory University Hospital today -- with you on our minds and in our hearts --when we found the street outside lined by people waving yellow banners and holding yellow signs reading "Race for Hope." We learned that Lance Armstrong and 25 other bikers were due to pass momentarily on their trek from San Diego to Washington, D.C. to advocate for cancer research. A spokesperson for the race said, "Hope is never black and white.....it's yellow. It's bright, it's light, it's like sunshine."

Our prayers for you today are bright yellow!! Holding you and all the family in our hearts with love,
Sylvia and Chuck

Sylvia and Chuck Bell <sylviaandchuckbell@earthlink.net>
Tucker, GA - Wednesday, October 5, 2005 4:35 PM CDT
Dear Ed,
I just got back on-line after two days of prayer, chanting, and reflection during Rosh Hashanah, which I celebrated at a synagogue where I'm actually a member. My decision to join a spiritual community for the first time in my life was in no small part motivated and inspired by your story and how you've been living your life. How can I ever thank you for such a precious gift?
I was stunned to read Art's message. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love, Ilona

Ilona Fried
Somerville, MA - Wednesday, October 5, 2005 3:08 PM CDT
Ed, Jane and Sarah;
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Bob & Katherine Walen

Bob Walden <bob@bobwalden.com>
Corte Madera, CA USA - Wednesday, October 5, 2005 2:53 PM CDT


God Bless you and your family.
If you have a bible anywere lookup these passages.

Chapter John 3 VS 16. I will pray healing and peace.

Without him we are nothing, with him (Jesus is everything)
Only through (God's only Son excepting him) can we have everlasting life, he is the only way into the kingdom of Heaven.

Just Jesus to be your Lord and you will live forever !

In christ,
Cindy Leblanc
(Former Onesource)

Cindy Leblanc-Gay
Jaffrey , NH USA - Wednesday, October 5, 2005 2:25 PM CDT
Ed - Jane and Sarah

You are all in my prayers! May God watch over each of you!

A friend of Dianne Fayles (GNO) <tammie.harper@radiuspd.com>
Wrentham, Ma - Wednesday, October 5, 2005 2:24 PM CDT
Dear Ed, Jane, Sarah, Art and family,

You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Tamara Boorstein (from SIAC) <tboorstein@mww.com>
Brooklyn, NY 11215 - Wednesday, October 5, 2005 2:09 PM CDT
Dear Ed,Jane and Sarah,
I am so saddened by your recent news. I have many fond memories of our time at CCC Emerson and especially watching Sarah grow into such a lovely young K student. I hope you are at peace and can just hug each other a great deal over the next few days, I send you my hugs too. If I can do any thing at all, we are all available to lend a hand. I am thinking of you. Much love, Marianne Maloney

Marianne Maloney <cccentermmaloney@earthlink.org>
Concord, Ma. Middlesex - Wednesday, October 5, 2005 1:29 PM CDT
We keep hoping for a positive change.
Robert & Betsy Johnson <JohnsonRob-Bet@comcast.net>
Three Mile Island, WK 9, - Wednesday, October 5, 2005 1:16 PM CDT
Ed... We've laughed about so much together in the past. You and your family are in my prayers in the hopes we will laugh again, together.
Marc Mandel <marc_c_mandel@hotmail.com>
New York, NY - Wednesday, October 5, 2005 11:15 AM CDT
Our thoughts & Prayers are with all of you.
Susie (Torpie) Rappin & Family - Jane's Cousin <susan.rappin@medela.com>
lake bluff, IL - Wednesday, October 5, 2005 10:05 AM CDT
Dear Ed, Jane & Sarah,

I only recently met Jane through the caregiver's support group at Dana-Farber, but I wanted to tell you that your family has been in my thoughts. It has been humbling and inspiring to see such an outpouring of love and support from your family and friends here on your CaringBridge website. I have been thinking of you often over the last few days, and I am holding hope in my heart that a miracle will happen for you.

Craig Sonnenberg <sonnenbg@tiac.net>
Jamaica Plain, MA United States - Wednesday, October 5, 2005 9:16 AM CDT
I just heard the news from Beth, and I'm so sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Here's my memory to add to the list: upon finding out that our German TA Dagmar had never traveled outside of Providence (!), you organized a trip to Boston to see the sights. The day was great, but the most important part was the initial view of the city from the station wagon windows. You drove us around the long way to show the beautiful view of the Boston skyline on a Saturday morning as we came down the long hill. Whenever I see the city again, from the air or touring the sights, I remember your pride and generosity in sharing your love for your city.
- Bryan Jones, Brown '89, aka in German class as Bryan-Geld (not Brian-grun)

Bryan Jones <bjones@maret.org>
Washington, DC United States - Wednesday, October 5, 2005 8:29 AM CDT
Hey Duster!

Beth Galer told me about your battle. Wow. Even in this you are an inspiration. We haven't been in touch much over the past few years, but you will always have a warm space in my heart. You have touched so many lives, including mine.

Remember G-House? Math team? Mr. D & Mrs. Peaslee? And using a primitive form of email to send messages back and forth between Brown and Princeton? We went through a lot together back in the "old" days. You helped me through some rough spots and I thank you for that.

I loved the picture of Sarah. I am on my way to High Holy Day services and will say an extra prayer for you and your family. Best wishes to you and to Jane and Sarah and Art, from me, my husband Doug and 4 y.o. son Elian.


Adrienne (Della Penna) Rubin <adp@princeton.edu>
Princeton, NJ 08540 - Wednesday, October 5, 2005 8:22 AM CDT

Thinking of and praying for you, Jane and Sarah.


Karen LaRochelle <karen.larochelle@bms.com>
Robbinsville, NJ 08691 - Wednesday, October 5, 2005 8:22 AM CDT
These are the words to one of my favorite songs...
"Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in his wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow strangely dim; in the light of his glory and grace."

Zack Washburn (age 5) <thewashburns@bellsouth.net>
Tucker, GA - Wednesday, October 5, 2005 6:41 AM CDT
Find rest, O my soul, in God alone;
my hope comes from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
My salvation and my honor depend on God;
he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge.

Psalm 62:5-8
- Wednesday, October 5, 2005 6:38 AM CDT
We have been with you on every minute of your journey and praying all the way. We have cried and raged at this disease. We hope you have felt our prayers. We love all of you.
Jane and Bob, Samantha, Tai, Springer,Susie,Beau, Makua Fyrberg <janefyrberg@yahoo.com>
honolulu, hi usa - Tuesday, October 4, 2005 11:18 PM CDT
Ed, Jane, Art and Sarah,
After all you've been through with such courage and grace, this latest news is almost unbelievable. It's so horribly unfair. We want you to know that your thoughtfulness and humanity have been an inspiration for all of us. Our thoughts are with you.

Elisabeth Carr-Jones and Alan Jones <elisabeth@carr-jones.com>
Arlington, MA USA - Tuesday, October 4, 2005 10:48 PM CDT
Dear Ed and Jane,
I will continue to pray for all of you. Please stay as strong as you have been and know that miracles do happen. Sending my best wishes and love,
Ellen Gaies

Ellen Gaies <egaies@aol.com>
Concord, MA - Tuesday, October 4, 2005 9:52 PM CDT
Ed -

I was just reading something someone else posted about touching other people's lives, and it reminded me of a conversation that Greg and I had earlier today. You do know, of course, that we would not have met if it hadn't been for you. So right now there are two beautiful little girls sleeping in my house, and if it weren't for you they simply wouldn't exist. How's that for touching someone's life? Do you remember when you went away for a week and returned to find me sleeping on the couch in your apartment? Or, speaking of memories of that era, how about the disastrous job-hunting summer when we both applied for jobs at the Admission Office? Thank goodness we didn't get them. Or earlier today I was thinking about that lovely ride back from Trinity Church in the spring of freshman year. And that hilarious picture that Katie took of the two of us at that Chorus party -- you know which one I'm talking about! I could go on and on. All of these memories -- and countless others -- make me smile, as I remember our now 21-year friendship (my God, has it really been that long??) and how you have touched my life in so many ways. Every time someone asks me how Greg and I met, I start with, "Well, we had this mutual friend . . . " I'm not sure if it's "official" Jewish tradition, but I've always been taught that people live on through their good deeds, by the lives they've affected and in the memories of those they leave behind. My mom has been gone 14 years now, but I feel her presence every day -- not in some supernatural, ghost-like way, but in things that I do, things I hear myself saying and just ways that I know she influenced me. I am positive the same will be true for Jane, Sarah, your family and all of your friends. And in this way I can assure you that you will live on for a long, long, long time.

Much, much love -


Beth Galer
North Easton, MA - Tuesday, October 4, 2005 9:52 PM CDT
The tranquility of our lives is often disturbed by the unexpected. During those times God's apparent silence can cause us to conclude that he is unmoved by our plight. He is still there, He is aware, and He still cares about you.
(Lifted from Today In The Word)

Frank Storey <frankstorey@bellsouth.net>
Atlanta, GA USA - Tuesday, October 4, 2005 8:26 PM CDT
Dear Ed and Jane,
Yes, I will pray will for you, Jane, and Sarah. Perhaps I can stop by the hospital and read from the book of Psalms. It has always been a comfort to me. Or perhaps I could pray with you guys. I'm a prayer counselor at my church, Grace chapel.


Anne Farrell <anneqa@yahoo.com>
Bedford, MA - Tuesday, October 4, 2005 7:13 PM CDT
Ed & Jane
It was wonderful to see you the other day Ed, and to feel the warmth that you exuded as you enjoyed your walk with Sarah. C.S. Lewis attests that when an event that you pray for occurs your prayer has always contributed to it. And when the opposite occurs your prayer has never been ignored; it has been considered and refused for your ultimate good and the good of the whole universe. But this remains a matter of faith. The outpouring of love and testimony to the beauty of your life, has been good for all of us who have followed your struggle. You both have (true to character) given so much back, even in a time of need. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as always...and thank you for the gracious gift of being yourselves.

Bridget and the Boys <bobryan77@hotmail.com>
Concord, Ma USA - Tuesday, October 4, 2005 5:29 PM CDT
I am overwhelned by all these beautiful messaages and love for Ed and his family. Ed is my nephew and his mother is my beloved only sister Peggy. We are a small and close knit family. All of my own family here in Seattle, Mike, Sandy, Dave, Sandy, Russ, Annie, and myself send our very deepest love to all the Hutchinson family who are very strong and wonderful people.
With all my love, Bobby

Barbara Doubleday (Bobby) <bfdoubleday@earthlink.net>
Seattle, WA - Tuesday, October 4, 2005 5:11 PM CDT
We are awed by this outpouring of caring and love for our son,Ed. It means a lot to know so many people have been touched by their contact with him--at work, in the neighborhood,and so many other places. Thank you all for your overwhelming support. Ed's parents, Peggy and Ben
Peggy and Ben Hutchinson
Davidsonville, MD USA - Tuesday, October 4, 2005 3:25 PM CDT
Ed, Jane, Sarah,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Please let us know how we can help. Please know that we see Sarah holding her own here and we are committed to supporting her and you as much as we can. Pat Nelson

Pat Nelson <cccenterpnelson@earthlink.net>
- Tuesday, October 4, 2005 2:38 PM CDT
Hi Ed, Jane and Sarah, we're thinking of you from Dedham and sending you our strength, love and prayers. We believe in miracles and are searching with all of you for one -- it will turn up.

Your friends, Chuck, Delaney and Harrison Kabat

Chuck Kabat <ckabat@schwartz-pr.com>
Dedham, MA USA - Tuesday, October 4, 2005 2:32 PM CDT
Oh my! We were overwhelmed by your latest news! It actually feels as if the air is thick with prayers for all of you from your enormous support system of friends and family - including ours in Maine and Germany.
Love and hope from Ben and (inside joke: your "other mother" ) Sharon

Ben and Sharon Bramhall <smb35@att.net>
Concord, MA - Tuesday, October 4, 2005 2:23 PM CDT
I feel blessed to be able to call you and Jane friends. When times are bleak, you both manage to see the light. I love your incredible ability to always be positive, calm and centered. The responses here are a testament to just how many people share these feelings about you and your family.

Today, the first day of the Jewish High Holiday, Rosh Hashanah, we again added you to the names of those who are ill when we said a special prayer. We pray for a miracle for you, and for Jane and Sarah to remain strong and maintain faith.

Best Regards,

Amy and Jason <amy8000@rcn.com>
Lexington, MA - Tuesday, October 4, 2005 12:49 AM CDT

It has been a long time since our paths have crossed, but Jontahan has been keeping me in the loop for the last few months. I have, and my family and I will continue to say prayers for you and yours.

Martha Babbit <mbabbit@comcast.net>
Bolton, MA USA - Tuesday, October 4, 2005 12:39 AM CDT
Dear Ed, Jane and Sarah,
These times are the most precious. So many memories and words to share. If you have time, tape-recorded "thoughts from Daddy" will be very special for Sarah; I know for my David, since he was 4, his Dad's voice is very important.
My love and prayers for all of you.
Sue Ellen

Sue Ellen Smith <agelesstreasures@hotmail.com>
- Tuesday, October 4, 2005 12:28 AM CDT
dear ed, sarah, jane

my prayers and love

- Tuesday, October 4, 2005 11:01 AM CDT
We are thinking of you and praying our hardest for you. Just reading all of the wonderful comments is awe-inspiring. What a wonderful support group and what a tribute to you.
Our love to you, Jane and Sarah.

Karen, Eric, Ethan and Caroline Young <kcyoung@fas.harvard.edu>
Concord, MA 01742 - Tuesday, October 4, 2005 11:01 AM CDT
Ed -
Occasionally in life you meet a person who is entirely 'good'. Someone who is a gentleman/lady at all times, someone who is positive and caring, who is gentle in words and personality, who is bright and warm, who means and does no harm to others, who cares for friends and family above all else. These rare people make an impact on you forever - their presence reminds you (quietly) that the world is good and life is good and that people are good.
I consider myself one of the lucky ones to have met and worked with you as you are one of these rare GOOD people. In your quiet, kind way you have impacted my life. Thank you for that. Based on the amazing notes I read in this guestbook, it is quite clear that you have given many many others your gift of kindness, friendship, and love.
My thoughts and prayers are with you now and always. I am cashing in all my favors to broaden the prayer network for a miracle for you.
Hugs to you, Jane, and Sarah.

Dianne Fayle <dfayle@liquidmachines.com>
Wrentham, MA USA - Tuesday, October 4, 2005 10:56 AM CDT
I was also forwarded this from the folks over at PAN. I have yet to work with anyone else who has such a knack for motivating the people around them. I learned a great deal from you and truly enjoyed the time I spent working with you on OneSource. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Kalley Thomas <Kalleyt@text100.com>
Charlestown, MA US - Tuesday, October 4, 2005 10:44 AM CDT

Some of the best times in my life were spent with you and Art. I will cherish these memories always. I am delighted we could recount some those memories together during our visit in July.

Marjorie, Bronwyn and I are praying for you, Jane, Sarah and the rest of your family. We're keeping the faith, and I know you are too.


Wayne Dix <wayne.dix@axa-financial.com>
Pelham, NY USA - Tuesday, October 4, 2005 10:24 AM CDT

I was forwarded this site by the folks at PAN and just wanted to let you know that Heather and I are thinking about you and your family. I've come across so many people in the PR world and there's very few that have your passion for your work and colleagues, but more importantly for your family and friends. Take care Ed - our prayers are with you.

Steve Jones <steven.jones@bauernike.com>
Newmarket, NH - Tuesday, October 4, 2005 9:38 AM CDT

I was forwarded this site by the folks at PAN and just wanted to let you know that Heather and I are thinking about you and your family. I've come across so many people in the PR world and there's very few that have your passion for your work and colleagues, but more importantly for your family and friends. Take care Ed - our prayers are with you.

Steve Jones <steven.jones@bauernike.com>
Newmarket, NH - Tuesday, October 4, 2005 9:38 AM CDT
Ed, Jane and Sarah,

I just want you to know I am keeping you in my heart through this difficult time. Ed, your OneSource team here at PAN is keeping all of you in their prayers.

Danielle Cirigliano-PAN Communications <dcirigliano@pancomm.com>
- Tuesday, October 4, 2005 9:25 AM CDT
Ed, Jonathan has been forwarding Art's emails to me and I was so sorry to see today's. I am thankful we had the chance to meet and work together at LP&P and IONA and I was looking forward to re-connecting professionally and personally throughout our careers.

I've heard people say "the best revenge is living well" -- and when I think of you I have to add "and being a good person." The older we get the more I know I value my relationships with people who are kind and good and thoughtful. As you are and have always been.

And of course, smart. Remember when we took that IQ test at IONA and you beat me by a point? The hell with Gartner. Or the snowball fight JD mentioned? We showed those kids us old guys were actually pretty cool, didn't we? Or the lovely Summer night Diane and I spent chatting with you and Jane at Paula's wedding reception in Rhode Island?

Sorry for going on, but I just wanted to say thanks for your friendship. You will have a lasting and positive impact on so many people.

You are in our thoughts. Steve

Steve Casey <sccasey@yahoo.com>
- Tuesday, October 4, 2005 9:17 AM CDT
Ed, Jonathan has been forwarding Art's emails to me and I was so sorry to see today's. I am thankful we had the chance to meet and work together at LP&P and IONA and I was looking forward to re-connecting professionally and personally throughout our careers.

I've heard people say "the best revenge is living well" -- and when I think of you I have to add "and being a good person." The older we get the more I know I value my relationships with people who are kind and good and thoughtful. As you are and have always been.

And of course, smart. Remember when we took that IQ test at IONA and you beat me by a point? The hell with Gartner. Or the snowball fight JD mentioned? We showed those kids us old guys were actually pretty cool, didn't we? Or the lovely Summer night Diane and I spent chatting with you and Jayne at Paula's wedding reception in Rhode Island?

Sorry for going on, but I just wanted to say thanks for your friendship. You will have a lasting and positive impact on so many people.

You are in our thoughts. Steve

Steve Casey <sccasey@yahoo.com>
- Tuesday, October 4, 2005 9:10 AM CDT
Dear Ed:
Your strength and support helped me when I needed it most during a time when dealing with the illnesses of my son and my wife were most difficult. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Doug Meyer <doug_meyer@onesource.com>
Newton, MA - Tuesday, October 4, 2005 9:07 AM CDT
Dear Ed,

You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers every day. We so admire your wonderful spirit. Keep the faith.

Sally and Hal

Sally and Hal Singley
Lexington, MA - Tuesday, October 4, 2005 8:59 AM CDT

I have come across some great people in this business and you are one of the best. Miracles can definitely happen and you are in my family's prayers.

Jason Morris

Jason Morris <jasonm@schwartz-pr.com>
Hubbardston, Ma USA - Tuesday, October 4, 2005 8:49 AM CDT
Dear Ed and family,

Your grace and perseverance throughout the past several months is self-evident in the inspiring postings that you all have made in the log.

As many others have said, miracles happen every day. The power of collective prayer is an awesome force that can overcome adversity and provide comfort in times of great need. God is indeed with you.

My most recent memory of Ed was having breakfast with him at the West Concord train depot last winter. Ed was helping me network in looking for a new job and he basically opened up his rolodex for me. That is the kind of man Ed is, always willing to help out, exuding kindness, understanding, and integrity.

The love of Ed's family and friends is inspiring.

Our prayers will continue to be with you.

Glen Bunnell <glen.bunnell@crl.com>
Stow, MA - Tuesday, October 4, 2005 8:47 AM CDT

Tell the angels they’ll just have to wait. Miracles happen as long as there is hope and faith. You, Sarah and Jane are in my thoughts and prayers.

Donna Danis

Donna Danis <ddanis@comcast.net>
Nottingham, NH - Tuesday, October 4, 2005 8:41 AM CDT

As another visitor to this board said, miracles do happen every day, and their is no person who deserves to experience a miracle more than you and your family.

I cannot express how much I enjoyed working with you during our time at IONA. Do you remember the snowball fight on the side of Mt. Washington? Or the drive home in the blizzard? I learned so much from you - not only about how to be a great marketing professional - but how good people carry themselves and that family, no matter what, is always the most important thing. You are a great friend and a wonderful mentor.

My family and I pray for you every day.

God bless,

Jonathan Daly <jdaly@liquidmachines.com>
Methuen, MA USA - Tuesday, October 4, 2005 8:17 AM CDT
Ed is one of those people who oozes class and goodness. Every interaction I ever had with him was positive and marked by his sense of humour and smarts.
Mike Millet <mike_millet@oneosource.com>
Westford, MA USA - Tuesday, October 4, 2005 8:16 AM CDT
Ed, Jane and Sarah,
You are in our thoughts and prayers. Please let us know if we can help in any way. Maybe Sarah and Maya could have a play date!

Brad, Dewi, Maya & Spencer <bradhaigis@yahoo.com>
Acton, MA - Tuesday, October 4, 2005 8:11 AM CDT
I've been so moved by what others have written. For some reason, a silly greeting card slogan popped into my head; years ago, I found an Arbor Day card with lots of little saplings on the front, and inside it said something like "These little trees are rooting for you!" But that's kind of how I feel; all the love, courage, and integrity that you have displayed has touched everyone and everything around you. May all of that love buoy you up and come back to you a thousandfold.

Love, Liz

Liz Lewis
Roxbury, MA - Tuesday, October 4, 2005 8:08 AM CDT
Prayers and thoughts are with you. Keep up the faith and the fight.

Gordon Ganter <Gordon_Ganter@OneSource.com>
Concord, MA - Tuesday, October 4, 2005 8:05 AM CDT
Ed and Jane,
Just want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you every day.
--John and Jane B.

John Brewer <jbrewerr@yahoo.com>
- Tuesday, October 4, 2005 8:02 AM CDT
Dear Ed, Jane, and Sarah,
I cannot begin to match the lovely, comforting, and moving tribute to you all written by Moira. This hideous disease has not broken your collective wonderful spirit which has shone through since the beginning of this difficult journey. Our thoughts and our hearts are with you all.

Carol, Steve, Ben and Allison <SHaney3106@aol.com>
Concord, MA - Tuesday, October 4, 2005 8:01 AM CDT

Remember last year in Wyoming when we were all waiting for Bruce on that dirt road? When he finally showed up we were instantly sucked into the urgency of his duel with the devil, Horton. All of us ran in with him for the last mile – giving him strength as we drew strength him. Is today so different from that day?

Thank you!

Luc Levensohn <luc@protk.com>
Manchester, MA USA - Tuesday, October 4, 2005 7:59 AM CDT
Hi Ed,

I just read Art's email. I'm deeply saddened by the news and will be praying for a miracle. I'd like to see you around the neighborhood for the next 50 years or so.

Sarah did wonderfully in soccer last weekend. She confidently dribbles down the field and scored at least once if not twice. She, Kylee, Julia and another girl on the team named Katie created a great cheer before they play. They stand in a circle, put their hands in a stack in the center and belt out on a three count "GIRLS RULE!!". It's very cute.

We also had fun with her on Sunday afternoon playing baseball and climbing around the swing set. She's becoming very athletic.

Miracles happen every day...

Please call Sally or me if you need help with anything.

Deepest regards,

Dan Bowen

Dan Bowen <dbowen@nordblom.com>
- Tuesday, October 4, 2005 7:57 AM CDT
Hey Ed-
It's Katharine. I wanted to say thank you for finding us in April and allowing us to be a part of your journey. It has meant a lot to me and to Andy. Sometime, if she is interested, I will tell Sarah the stories about the summer of 1987: Goodies to Go in Lexington Center, playing the bimbo to get the stain (the not-shiny kind, you know) from the College Pro rivals and laughing over it later, the crew almost burning down the f-ing barn and only paging with a level 5 alert (and me having to spend my every weekend in Sept/Oct driving back to MA to finish painting that f-ing barn alone so we wouldn't get fired). I still wear the watch you gave me that August to work every day--did I tell you that? I just change the band once a year. It still works fine.
Thank you again for remembering us and letting us do what we could for all of you. Our thoughts are with you.

Katharine <mamakathtoo@yahoo.com>
Los Angeles, CA USA - Tuesday, October 4, 2005 7:55 AM CDT
Ed, Jane, Sarah, and Art,

We can think of no greater accomplishment in life than to have earned the love and support of so many people as you have. You have touched us with your warmth, humor, and grace, but never so much as this year. We hope you are feeling the presence of all of us who love you and care about you. Anytime you are ready to pick up the phone, we would love to hear your voice.

Angela, Michael, Ian, and Ben <angelagalper@yahoo.com>
Oak Hill, va usa - Tuesday, October 4, 2005 7:40 AM CDT
It is a rainy day out here, misty, warm, layers of fog. In the memories laid down at the farm, Ed, you and Jane and Sarah are present strongly, part of it's energy and gift to all who come here. We have missed you, your physical presence. The days are glittering, the light has peeled back a layer of our beings, its beauty is piercing, up against the eyes, fall is here, the seeds lie upon the ground, the husks and skins and dying leaves exposed to the touch of the world and time, to any soul that notices them. Dear Ed. Here you are. And Jane too. Your voice, your face, your words here among all this, and part of the blessings of the earth and this life. We send you as much love as possible--for your daily journey, may it be full of surprises and hope, and and for the greater journey that awaits us all. If it is possible to hold and touch you in spirit then let it be so. We hold and touch you. For now and always, each day. Thank you for all you have given us.
Moira, Ari and Eli.

Moira <arikurtz@att.net>
Lincoln, MA - Tuesday, October 4, 2005 7:34 AM CDT
Oct. 4, 2005


Your continued fight and determination is an inspiration to us all. You and your entire family are in our thoughts daily and we want you to know that every night a twelve-year-old girl (Caileigh) and ten-year-old boy (Kyle) in Crownsville, Maryland send you love and positive vibes.

BTW: We are a family that loves music and I wonder what you and your family listen to? For us – it’s plenty of classic rock (Allman Brothers, Jethro Tull, Jimi Hendrix, Who…) and naturally The Beatles. Hard-driving lead guitar gets us all on our feet. One player who really stands out, at least in my book, is Johnny Lang. He burst onto the music scene a few years back as a 17 year-old who sings and plays like a legend. If you like the pulse of Texas boogie, Johnny’s the man.

We look forward to hearing from you.


Paul Feldman <PaulDFeldman@Comcast.net>
Crownsville, MD USA - Tuesday, October 4, 2005 7:34 AM CDT
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Noreen & Tom

Noreen Maher <noreen.maher@verizon.net>
Danvers, ma - Tuesday, October 4, 2005 7:20 AM CDT

You and your family have been the first people in my prayers every day since I first heard of your condition. I know that the road has been hard but I am grateful that so many people have been reaching out to you. You are a person whose integrity and love shows through in the love that is shown to you.

Peace and all my prayers,

John Blossom <jblossom@shore.com>
Westport, CT USA - Tuesday, October 4, 2005 7:13 AM CDT

We are praying for all of you.

Lots of love.

Elspeth, Paul, Caileigh and Kyle <elspethwk@comcast.net>
Annapolis, MD USA - Tuesday, October 4, 2005 6:04 AM CDT
Dear Ed and Family,

I wanted to share something that has made the rounds of various cancer communities:

What Cancer Cannot Do

It cannot cripple Love
It cannot shatter Hope
It cannot corrode Faith
It cannot eat away Peace
It cannot destroy Friendship
It cannot suppress Memories
It cannot silence Courage
It cannot invade the Soul
It cannot steal Eternal Life
It cannot conquer the Spirit

(Author unknown)

May you all be enveloped in warmth and light, peace and love. I'm praying for all of you and think of you often.



Margo Wald <margo_wald@yahoo.com>
Burlington, MA USA - Monday, October 3, 2005 11:27 PM CDT
Aloha Ed,
We are friends of Sylvia Bell and she has relayed your site to us. God has a plan for us all. A time for coming and going.
It is difficult to understand but when we remain faithful to his plan, all things work out. These temparal vessels we occupy here on earth give way to a glorious new body upon Jesus's second coming . Keep the faith, be strong in spirit and be mindful of the promises Jesus has given. To those that love the commandments and try in earnest to keep them, they will inherit everlasting life and return to teach others the way in paradise. Our prayers are with you and your family.
Aloha Judi and Joe Volk

Joseph Volk <volkj@hawaii.rr.com>
Honolulul, HI USA - Monday, October 3, 2005 10:04 PM CDT
Wishing you comfort, peace and a loads of homemade ravioli.

(friend and former colleague of Art's)

Todd Neff <toddneff@comcast.net>
Denver, CO USA - Monday, October 3, 2005 10:01 PM CDT
Dear Ed,
I am not sure if you remember me, but I remember you. You are my favorite marketing executive with whom I thoroughly enjoy working with. Your warmth, intelligence, and compassion shines through the telephone lines. You always knew what I needed before I even asked!

Chuck Richard, my colleague and friend shared with me your current situation. I am so sorry to hear of your relapse. May the strength within you find peace, and know that you made a difference and touched so many people in so many ways. You did for me. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones.
Janet Cleary

Janet Cleary
- Monday, October 3, 2005 9:43 PM CDT
Dear Ed, Jane, and Sarah,

We just want to let you that we are praying for you. Please let us know if we can help in any way.


Sally and Dan Bowen <bowens1@nationwide.com>
Concord, MA USA - Monday, October 3, 2005 9:41 PM CDT
Dear Ed, Jane, and Sarah,

You are in my thoughts and in my heart.


Elizabeth Michaud <emichaud0329@cs.com>
Westford, MA - Monday, October 3, 2005 9:21 PM CDT
Dear Jane, I was stunned and grateful to hear your voice on my machine tonight. I'm sorry not to have followed up more with you, and wish the current news were better. Sending thoughts your way.
Gail <gail.accardi@gmail.com>
New York, NY - Monday, October 3, 2005 9:14 PM CDT
For Art and Ed,

It is clear that brotherhood is deeper between the two of you than just sharing the same genetic heritage. Nothing is more magical and rewarding than the discovery that the brother or sister you grew up with is also a very good friend. I hope the bonds that bind you are strong enough to cross this gulf.

I lost my sister a few years ago, yet I do feel that there is still something between us that transcends this mortal life. Hang on to each other, and the rest of your family, for now, and forever. Your brotherhood can last for an eternity.

Find love, find peace, find the joy and beauty of sharing this world with others, and sharing each other with the world.

Chuck Wade <Chuck@Lemos-Wade.org>
Hopkinton, MA USA - Monday, October 3, 2005 9:01 PM CDT
Hey, Ed. I am and will be praying for you and Jane and Sarah and Art and all who love you ... this may well be the most people I have ever prayed for at one time, judging by the messages on this site. A lot of people love you & yours. All the best and all the luck --
Sara Sinclair
Pepperell, MA USA - Monday, October 3, 2005 8:33 PM CDT
Dear Ed,
We are deeply saddened by the latest news. Please know that we are always here to offer love and support to you and your family. We are thinking of all of you.

Madeleine and Brian <Madeleine@pooler.com>
Concord, MA - Monday, October 3, 2005 8:25 PM CDT
Dear Ed,
We are shocked and deeply saddened to learn of your terrible test results. Miracles do happen, and we pray that you will experience one. You have been down and bounced back before. May whatever days you have (and we hope that there are many) find you surrounded and supported by a circle of friends, your loving family, and caring doctors and nurses.
Sincerely, Ed and Ginnie

Ed and Ginnie Hessler <tivth@sbcglobal.net>
Kalamazoo, MI USA - Monday, October 3, 2005 8:18 PM CDT
Hi Ed--

Our hearts are with you, Jane, Sarah, Ben, Peggy, Art & Helen. Hoping that a miracle quickly finds its way to you.

Much love from Karin & Tom

Karin & Tom <karinhoving@sbcglobal.net>
Los Angeles, CA - Monday, October 3, 2005 8:03 PM CDT
Dear Ed,
I just wanted you to know that you, Jane, and Sarah are in our thoughts and prayers. May you continue to face each day surrounded by love and filled with strength, courage, and hope.
All my best,

Debbie Osofsky <debbieosofsky@hotmail.com>
Concord, MA - Monday, October 3, 2005 7:47 PM CDT
Dear Sarah,
Do you remember the headband you gave me when you were in Atlanta; and the yellow shirt that I gave you? I am wearing the headband to school tomorrow, because I am thinking about you. It was fun seeing you in Boston. Remember the time when Emily used her magic powers and made a chandelier appear? Remember when Emily took all her icing from Kate's cake and smeared it all over her plate to make a smiley face? Love Alex (age 7)

Alex Washburn <thewashburns@bellsouth.net>
Tucker, GA - Monday, October 3, 2005 7:15 PM CDT

I know we all get so busy with our own lives, here in the neighborhood. But you have been on my mind and those of your neighbors. We have all been rooting for you, and continue to do so.

My own wish for you is peace. And I hope you can soak up every ounce of love that is out there for you, because there is so much.

Thinking of you--Jan

Jan Power <powerjan@aol.com>
Concord, MA USA - Monday, October 3, 2005 6:57 PM CDT
20 years ago I was brought into this family of Hutchinsons & Bostwicks by love. Charlie's for me and mine for him. At the time, I hadn't realized that he was brought up in a family of cousins & aunts & uncles & sisters & brothers - all so full of love. I am fortunate to witness, and now be a part of this outpouring of love, here in these emails. I'm sure that all of this grows strength for you, Ed! For me, it is a reminder that a life so filled with this much love is worth every ounce of energy so that I might feel it again and again and again. Let the love surround you, Ed, let it fill you with strength. My thoughts are with you, love Marsi Bostwick.
Marsi Bostwick
Roswell, GA - Monday, October 3, 2005 5:30 PM CDT
I have found perspective in a passage a dear late friend once shared with me. I share it here in hopes that it may provide perspective to others. It is from the book of James, chapter 1, verses 2-6:

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.

Art <art@cartegic.com>
Newton, MA - Monday, October 3, 2005 5:21 PM CDT
Thank you so much for reminding me that the only thing of any real value we can achieve while we're here on this earth is the love and respect of our family and friends. From what I can see, you are a very rich man. Godspeed.

Michael Leeman <meleeman@cox.net>
Phoenix, AZ USA - Monday, October 3, 2005 5:02 PM CDT

Flesh fails; the love we create is immortal.

The comments on this site make it so clear that you have created plenty.

Peace to you and to all whom you love.

Chris Owens (Art's old business partner) <cowens@speakeasy.org>
Boston, MA 02114 - Monday, October 3, 2005 4:49 PM CDT

I feel I know you much more than just the 20 or 30 times we talked or met could explain, because you connect with people so much more quickly and deeply than most of us do. My love to you and your family as you use your exceptional qualities to keep up the simulataneous loving and connecting with your family and your incredible and inspirational fight against this disease.

Chuck Richard <charlesrichard@verizon.netc>
Hartsdale, NY USA - Monday, October 3, 2005 4:41 PM CDT
Ed, Art, and all the families,
While I cannot begin to comprehend the enormity of the challenge, Monique and I send you every ounce of courage we can summon to help you in these defining times. Our prayers are with you.

Dave Nerrow
Acton, MA USA - Monday, October 3, 2005 4:38 PM CDT
Our thoughts prayers and support are with you. Stay strong like Armstrong.
Peace to you.

Don Alden <Don@aldenmarketing.com>
Lincoln, ma USA - Monday, October 3, 2005 4:36 PM CDT
This must have been a very trying day for you all. Doug and I send our love and hope that you are pain free, Ed. We have you in our thoughts and prayers.

Margaret Adams
- Monday, October 3, 2005 4:33 PM CDT
I am stunned by the news. You seemed so much on the right track when we saw you Sept. 25... Stay strong -- I believe in miracles. Please let us know if I can bring a meal by, books from the library, anything. And feel the power of the love and prayers represented by this amazing collection of web entries.

All our love & prayers,

Nancy McJennett
Concord, MA U.S.A. - Monday, October 3, 2005 4:30 PM CDT
Ed, it is never over ... our thoughts, prayers and wishes are with you and your family.
Jason Busch <jbusch@azulpartners.com>
Chicago, IL 60657 - Monday, October 3, 2005 4:05 PM CDT
My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you and your family. Hugs to all of you.


Margo Wald <margo_wald@yahoo.com>
Burlington, MA USA - Monday, October 3, 2005 4:03 PM CDT
We wish we could be there with you right now, even eating raviolis on the back porch. Our love and prayers are completely centered on you. We love you.
Kris, Bif, Alex, Zack & Kate

Kris Washburn <thewashburns@bellsouth.net>
Tucker, GA - Monday, October 3, 2005 4:03 PM CDT
Thinking of you every day, Ed. You, Jane, and Sarah are in my prayers.
Katie Woodruff
San Leandro, CA United States - Monday, October 3, 2005 3:58 PM CDT
Ed: Where there is life, there is hope. I know you won't stop fighting now, regardless of what the doctor's say. Miracles happen every day - hang in there!
Bob Mina <bobmina@gmail.com>
West Chester, PA - Monday, October 3, 2005 3:53 PM CDT
What is there to say? ... Our thoughts are with you as always.

Beth, Greg, Ellie and Anna

Greg Galer <ggaler@stonehill.edu>
Easton, MA - Monday, October 3, 2005 3:52 PM CDT
Ed and Jane and Art,

I'm so sorry about this latest turn of events. Please know that you are all very much in my thoughts right now. Warmly,

Liz Augustine
- Monday, October 3, 2005 3:50 PM CDT
Ed, Jane, and Sarah -- We are so there with you in spirit... Keep fighting! Art & Helen and girls - you are in our thoughts. Uncle Ben & Aunt Peggy - we send hugs. To all the Hutchinson family, we send love, hope and prayers... Karl, Amy, Courtney and Ben.
Amy & Karl Bostwick <KABostwick@aol.com>
Winston-Salem, NC USA - Monday, October 3, 2005 2:57 PM CDT

Just to let you know that we are praying that today goes well.

Margaret Adams
Naples, FL - Monday, October 3, 2005 8:06 AM CDT

It is great to read that you are feeling so well. You must be so happy to be home.

I had lunch with your mother last week and she is just so wonderful, I think I know where you may have gotten your positive attitude from.


Elspeth Feldman <elspethwk@comcast.net>
Annapolis, MD USA - Sunday, October 2, 2005 5:15 PM CDT
Jane, Sarah and Ed,
The website is great. IT brought me up to date without taking any time from your healing process! Just want you know I am thinking of all of you and sending prayers for Ed's improvement and best to all of you. Bette Hess (from Girls Scouts)

Bette Hess <bettehess@aol.com>
Concord, MA - Sunday, October 2, 2005 1:37 PM CDT
Keep strong and positive. It was good to visit with you and to see how you and Jane are dealing with this.

Gary O'Connell <goconnel@us.ibm.com>
- Friday, September 30, 2005 3:49 PM CDT
Dear Ed, Jane, Sarah. Thanks for all the journal updates. Keep us posted on the lumbar results. Life is whirlwind w/ turbulent kindergarten transition, laura does her hip in a week, holidays coming. Went to Go conference in VA - several people asking about Ed including Chuck Richards, Dan S, and separately Glen B. Keeping walking and talking to us (all)! We're thinking of you - Scott, Laura, Jeffrey
Scott Gordon <sgordon.gordon@gmail.com>
Lexington, ma - Friday, September 30, 2005 12:23 AM CDT
So great to hear all the good news!!

As always, you're in my thoughts and prayers daily.

- Noreen

Noreen Maher <noreen.maher@verizon.net>
Danvers, ma - Thursday, September 29, 2005 8:02 PM CDT
Dear Ed, Jane & Sarah:
The picture of Sarah is scrumptious!! Love that bow!! Glad to hear things are on the up-and-up... We've been keeping up on your news through our parents' e-mails, and a recent exchange with Art.
Keep up the good news -- only the good news. We hope to see you some time soon. Go BoSox!!!

The Isaacsons of Germantown Md. -- Ron, Nancy, Elena & Steven <isaacson@his.com>
Germantown, MD USA - Thursday, September 29, 2005 6:46 PM CDT
Okay Ed, so here we are once again the only people in the D.C. area in baseball purgatory. It's hard enough to be a Sox fan in the home town (yes, the Red ones, not the White ones), but here there is alway some Yankees fan within smirking distance.

I think that you will do well by Father Fleming! From what Jane and Yvonne told me of him, I might have converted back from I-dunno-what-I-believe-anymore-ism to Catholocism had we stayed in the Concord area longer.

I'm so happy when I picture you and Sarah walking together, checking out the ants! Looking forward to an update on kindergarten!

Keep posting! I check for updates almost every day. You are all in my thoughts many times a day though.

Angela <angelagalper@yahoo.com>
Oak Hill, VA USA - Thursday, September 29, 2005 12:42 AM CDT
Ed, Warmest congratulations on the latest step along your spiritual path. Even through the written word, you seem to be glowing. with best wishes,

-- liz

Liz Augustine
- Thursday, September 29, 2005 6:33 AM CDT
Hi Ed and family -

You continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. This is wonderful news; may the progress continue! I was hoping to come for a visit, but was feeling under the weather and decided I'd better stay away. Soon, I hope. Thanks for all the updates--and for posting that great photo of Sarah. She looks like the best medicine of all!

Love to all,


Liz Lewis
Roxbury, MA USA - Wednesday, September 28, 2005 6:49 PM CDT
Hi Ed,
Thanks for the updates of the past two days. It's wonderful to hear directly from you. I'm glad you and Sarah are out walking these days. May stairs become easier now.
Lots of Love,

Lisa Groves
Lexington, MA USA - Wednesday, September 28, 2005 6:14 PM CDT
They took 30 vials of blood from you? Geez, no wonder you're dizzy! (I'm dizzy just reading about it, lol.) Seriously, keep up the good work. And Congratulations on clarifying and following your spiritual compass. You sound very centered, and that is the best place from which to move forward.
Margo Wald <margo_wald@yahoo.com>
Burlington, MA` USA - Wednesday, September 28, 2005 10:15 AM CDT

I was asking about you and Mike forwarded this update. I have been wanting to call and but did not want to impose (can you beleive a sales guy not wanting to impose)

My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

Warm regards,


Barrett Moore <BMoore@Mooresalesresults.com>
- Tuesday, September 27, 2005 5:05 PM CDT
Sarah Jane and Ed- I have had you in my thoughts and prayers and checked today to see if there was good news. I am so happy to see it. Wishing you all good news and many more dinners of grilled fish!-Pam
Pam Goar <pamgoar@yahoo.com>
Concord, MA 01742 - Tuesday, September 27, 2005 10:04 AM CDT
Hi, thanks to Sarah H. for telling me about this site! Isn't technology wonderful? :-)

Ed and Jane, you are often in my thoughts. I'm so happy Ed's feeling a bit better right now. Hang in there.

Sending you many hugs, Sharona

Sharona Nelson
Cherry Hill, NJ - Monday, September 26, 2005 6:57 PM CDT
Hello Ed!!!

Thanks to Scott Gordon for telling me about this guestbook! Re-connecting with you is a great treat.

I've jumped around some in the guestbook entries here just now and am staggered by what you've gone through and overcome -- thank God for your strength and determination.

Now that I know we can connect this way, I look forward to following your recovery here. Please know my thoughts and best wishes are with you.

And, unless the doctors tell you that its bad for you to follow the always "you can't make this stuff up" Red Sox, let's watch them slay the dreaded Yankees again this year.

Talk to again soon. Best, Chuck

Chuck Richard <charlesrichard@verizon.net>
Hartsdale, NY USA - Monday, September 26, 2005 5:09 PM CDT
We're all praying for your quick recovery!!! Look forward to seeing you soon.
Best regards,
Ed Gaudet

Ed Gaudet <egaudet@liquidmachines.com>
- Friday, September 23, 2005 2:39 PM CDT

So glad you are home and enjoying daily routines of reading to Sarah. The book you mentioned is a favorite at our house too - especially the chapter on how to build a road. But I bet what she really enjoys is that her Dad is home reading to her.

You might want to check out the website www.tourofhope.com. It is about biking for cancer research.

Keep up the spirits!
Karen and the boys

Karen LaRochelle <karen.larochelle@bms.com>
Robbinsville, NJ USA - Friday, September 23, 2005 1:42 PM CDT
Ed, the small LP&P family world continues, learned of your great news just this week. Keep up the good fight, we are pulling for you!
Aaron Dun <ajdun@yahoo.com>
Somerville, MA - Friday, September 23, 2005 10:39 AM CDT
Ed, I am speechless.....just in awe of the power of you, your family, prayers, and some good luck! I was away for a few days for work and just had a chance to catch up on all your good news. It's amazing to hear about you at home, doing home things!! What a joy.
Thinking of you all, Jeanne

Jeanne Mockard <jmockard@comcast.net>
Somerville, Ma - Friday, September 23, 2005 8:36 AM CDT
Hi Ed,
Home cooked meals? Times with Sarah? This sounds like very good news. I guess that thinks are moving well. We still think of you in our prayers. Let me know when I can ask you to go on the roof with me to help shut down our solar collector (Just Kidding)

Lee Sacks <leewsacks@comcast.net>
- Thursday, September 22, 2005 1:26 PM CDT
Al and I continue to watch your remarkable progress-keep it up!! We think of you guys daily and continue to send up prayers. Say hi to Joan and David, all is well on this end.
Linda and Allen

Linda and Allen Torpie <altorpie@juno.com>
Savannah, GA USA - Thursday, September 22, 2005 11:05 AM CDT
Ed, I am so happy to hear you are back home again. Jane will have to bake lots of goodies to fatten you up. Please give our best to Joan and David and of course a hug to Sarah and Jane. They must be so thrilled to have Daddy and husband home. Now see that you stay there!

Beryl & Jeff

Beryl & Jeff DiBiaso <jbdhhi@hargray.com>
Meredith, NH USA - Thursday, September 22, 2005 7:51 AM CDT
Wahoooo! YOU ARE HOME! Cheers from the Carolina Bostwicks, to Ed, Jane and Sarah... Karl talks daily of the impact you had on him, Ed, when he was in Boston last month. Jane - I bet you are enjoying having your other-half around! We are all enjoying Sarah's flower drawing for Courtney, with it's prime spot on our fridge. We are all off to Atlanta this weekend for my 20th (ahem) high school reunion, and a bit of time with the Georgia Bostwicks. Please know we ALL send our love and prayers and thoughts to you, Jane, and Sarah. Enjoy that 'good coffee' and the joys of being at home. Much, much love - Amy, ELCIL (ask Art), representing Karl, Courtney, and Ben
Karl and Amy Bostwick <KABostwick@aol.com>
Winston-Salem, NC 27106 - Wednesday, September 21, 2005 8:53 PM CDT
Hi Ed,
I'm so glad to hear you are home sweet home. I send my love to you all. Nursing school is intense... just started clinical practice on a telemetry unit at Lawrence Memorial... phew! It's a lot to take in and learn... I'm sure you could teach me a lot... from the perspective that really counts. Great big hugs to you and yours,

Lisa Groves
Lexington, MA USA - Wednesday, September 21, 2005 7:18 PM CDT
I just want to tell Sarah that I think her picture is wonderful! Your grandmother Hutchinson tells me you are really helping your dad. Keep up the good work.
All the best to all of you.

Margaret Adams
Naples, FL - Wednesday, September 21, 2005 6:43 PM CDT
Congratulations Ed & Jane from Nanny Pat here. I'm Alan Dailey's Mom and met you guys briefly in May '04. He alerted me when your battle started and we are praying for victory way down here in Livingston, TX.
Get the much needed rest you all need at this point and know we're rootin' and praying for you all.

Patty Rogers <mainenannypat@juno.com>
Livingston, TX USA - Wednesday, September 21, 2005 7:40 AM CDT
Yippppeeeeeee! What great news; you guys are due for more. Sorry we haven't returned your call, Jane. I am trying to get used to the kindergarten routine and the two afternoons that Shira goes to Hebrew school in Newton. Lots of transitions. Lots of scheduling. We will hope to stop by if we are all well and you are all home.
Garbis family <amy8000@rcn.com>
Lexington, MA anywhere - Tuesday, September 20, 2005 7:52 PM CDT
Great Ed! Jane! and Sarah! So glad to hear your great news!!! So glad you are home, Ed!!!! Blessings, dear family!
Ruth Cope <ruthsara@comcast.net>
- Tuesday, September 20, 2005 4:48 PM CDT
Ed - Great news that you are home man. You are an inspiration.
Jonathan Daly
Methuen, MA - Tuesday, September 20, 2005 12:50 AM CDT
Hello Ed So glad to hear you are at home.found out the two breads I wanted to send are made on Thursddays. Hopefully they will get off to you by Friday the latest plus my organic suc. bread Love Aunt Kathy and Uncle Bob
Kathy and Bob Fox <rykfox@earthlink.net>
WRJ, Vt. usa - Tuesday, September 20, 2005 11:10 AM CDT
Ed, Jane, and Sarah, I've been spending most of my weekends in Delaware moving my Mom from her home of 50 years, but now things have finally settled down. The last time I saw you was shortly after Jane returned from camp. Jane, you caught me outside the Brigham and before I saw you, I got the hug of a lifetime. I can still feel it. That very day in Ed's hospital room, you decided to muster every bit of optimism you could, and lead by example. I know from watching others in similar situations that how you deal with each other, with your friends and family, and most importantly, your physicians, is everything. You and Ed are helping yourselves immensely with your positive thinking, determination, gratitude, and grace.
Angela <angelagalper@yahoo.com>
Oak Hill, VA U.S.A. - Tuesday, September 20, 2005 8:12 AM CDT
ED, Jane and Sara,

I was sooooooo glad to hear you could go home. What am amazing thing. Enjoy the fall weather.

Susan Eby

Susan Eby
Burlington, Ma. Middlesex - Tuesday, September 20, 2005 7:55 AM CDT
Ed -- this is a marvelous turn of events -- congratulations to you all. I shall keep hoping for the leaps-and-bounds improvements that you've been making in recent weeks. Enjoy!!

-- liz

Liz Augustine
- Tuesday, September 20, 2005 6:35 AM CDT
Ed and Jane,
I'm finally getting around to saying something, I'm tired of holding my breath. I'm so excited and happy to hear you (Ed) forging your way through so undaunted and assertive, as only you would. You know what you're fighting for, and they're right next to you all the time. Jane, you are the mountain of strength I've always known you were, and the two of you together are unbeatable. Much love and blessing to all of you from all of us, I hope to talk with you sometime soon.
Scott, Lisa, and Erik Lilliott

Scott Lilliott
Stow, MA United States - Monday, September 19, 2005 10:10 PM CDT
Ed and Jane,

What fantabulous news! Guess that noodle kugel from the deli in Brookline will have to be delivered in person to 55 Coburn Hill Road now -- yipppeeeee!

And to share the good news, a press release from Ed, no less. Hey Ed, if a tech writer opening comes up in my group here at Juniper, would you be interested? I think you'd be a natural!

Looking forward to seeing you at home soon.

- Fran

Fran Singer <fsinger01@comcast.net>
Maynard, MA - Monday, September 19, 2005 6:59 PM CDT
Dear Ed,
By the time you receive this you will be home! That's where you belong!!! Now the 3 of you are together agin in y our own home. Take care and be happy. You are deeply loved by many many people.
Love, Bobby

Bobby Doubleday <bfdoubleday@earthlink.net>
Seattle, WA - Monday, September 19, 2005 4:04 PM CDT
As I read the newsflash, I had goosebumps and tears in my eyes. It really is a miracle!!! It will be so awesome to have the three of you at home again!! Enjoy every moment.
Colleen Ratcliffe <bclrat@aol.com>
- Monday, September 19, 2005 2:20 PM CDT
Hi Ed,

Oh how wonderful that you are coming home! Try to make this visit longer than the last one! Thinking of you and sending lots of positive thoughts and of course all our best wishes and prayers.

Karen, Eric, Ethan and Caroline Young <kcyoung@fas.harvard.edu>
Concord, MA - Monday, September 19, 2005 12:50 AM CDT

Thought of you once or twice while we were working to "Reach The Beach"

Keep movin', movin', movin'
Though they're disapprovin'
Keep them dogies movin'
Don't try to understand 'em
Just rope, throw, and brand 'em
Soon we'll be living high and wide.
-From the Rawhide Theme



Luc Levensohn <luc@protk.com>
Manchester, MA usa - Monday, September 19, 2005 11:48 AM CDT
OK. Don't tell me--flair for the dramatic, a little too wordy--let me guess. It had to be--wait, it's coming; I think, it must have been--ART! He is the one behind the press release-right? Feel free to make fun of me if I'm wrong. Anyway, awesome news! I'll harrass you personally about it later. But, one funny thing about it is that, upon reading the "release," the song that immediately popped into my head was not something from church. Instead, it was the Michigan Fight Song, with just a couple of words changed:

"Now for a cheer they are here, triumphant!
Here they come with banners flying.
In stalwart step they're nighing.
With shouts of vict'ry crying.
We hurrah, hurrah, we greet you now, Hail!
Far we their praises sing
For the glory and fame they've bro't us,
Loud let the bells them ring,
For here they come with banners flying
Far we their praises tell
For the glory and fame they've bro't us,
Loud let the bells them ring
For here they come with banners flying
Here they come, Hurrah!

Hail! To the victors, valiant,
Hail! To the conqu'ring heroes
Hail! Hail! To Hutchinsons the leaders and best
Hail! To the victors, valiant,
Hail! To the conqu'ring heroes
Hail! Hail! To Hutchinsons the champions of the World!"

So I'm a little screwy sometimes--it still fits, doesn't it?

Katharine <mamakathtoo@yahoo.com>
Los Angeles, CA USA - Monday, September 19, 2005 11:09 AM CDT
Hi Ed,
Soooo glad to hear your goooooood news! Can't wait to see you back around town. Glad Sarah's happy in kindergarten - CCC After-K is great for her to be back with the old gang! Please let me know when you are ready for some more home cooked meals! :-)
peace and love,

Gretchen Hollworth and the boys <wrightdesigns@comcast.net>
Concord, MA - Monday, September 19, 2005 10:12 AM CDT
Yeee-Haaaww! (My Yankee attempt at a Rebel yell...) Great news! We will hope to see you in Concord soon. In the meantime, I have another joke for you (laughter being the best medicine, after love & prayers):

A woman opened the back door into the kitchen to find her husband standing in the middle of the room armed with a fly swatter.

"Hunting flies," he explained.
"Did you kill any?" she inquired.
"Five: three males and two females," he replied.
"How could you tell which is which?"
"Three were on a beer can; the other two were on the phone."

Lots of love from Nancy McJ, Jack Nev, Laura & Susannah

Nancy McJennett
Concord, MA USA - Monday, September 19, 2005 9:19 AM CDT

Wow!! What GREAT news!! We are so happy to hear you will be home tomorrow. Lots of love from all of us.
Elspeth, Paul, Caileigh and Kyle

Elspeth Feldman <ELspethWK@Comcast.net>
Annapolis, Md U.S.A - Sunday, September 18, 2005 7:57 PM CDT
Dang... First the pennant. Now the series. Pick your analogy, (Lance, Red Sox, '69 Mets...) This guy will not stay down. He's even back to writing press releases. Keep those prayers coming everyone! You and we ALL are not only witnessing, but PARTICIPATING in a true miracle.
Brother Art <art@cartegic.com>
Newton, MA - Sunday, September 18, 2005 4:33 PM CDT
Ed...even the Red Sox would settle for a "0" score like that!!!!!! Way to go - you have won the playoffs and earned your ticket to the Series. A true "saux" effort. We are very happy for you and your family.

Paul and Nancy Conroy <cmcktc@aol.com>
Annapolis, MD USA - Sunday, September 18, 2005 7:00 AM CDT
Who'd a thunk we'd see the day when zero (0!) meant you aced the test?! Way to go, Ed -- you are amazing! Here's wishing you many more zero's along the way. You and your family will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

Warm regards,


Margo Wald <margo_wald@yahoo.com>
Burlington, MA USA - Saturday, September 17, 2005 9:11 PM CDT
Ed, wow! We are so thrilled to see yesterday's good news about the biopsy results. We are all pulling for you, and wish you even more positive news as you work on returning home.

we think of you a lot!

Jason & Amy Garbis
- Saturday, September 17, 2005 6:49 PM CDT
Dear Ed Monday when King Arthur makes the wheat multigrain and the 5 grain bread I will get some and mail it to the house. Will wrap in foil to keep it fresh. Hope you feel our love with every bite Love Aunt Kathy and Uncle Bob
Aunt Kathy and Uncle Bob Fox <rykfox@earthlink.net>
WRJ, Vt. usa - Saturday, September 17, 2005 3:21 PM CDT
Dear Ed and Jane,
Just read the message from both of you written last evening. The news is absolutely thrilling!!! You have worked so hard for this moment - physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. You are two tremendously strong and courageous people. We are all so happy for you. Going home will be an emotional God-send to you. We'll be thinking of you. Keep us posted if you can.
With much love, Bobby

Barbara (Bobby) Doubleday <bfdoubleday@earthlink.net>
Seattle, WA - Saturday, September 17, 2005 3:19 PM CDT
Great news! Our prayers will continue and as always, you are all always in our thoughts.
Colleen Ratcliffe <bclrat@aol.com>
Sterling, MA - Saturday, September 17, 2005 12:39 AM CDT
Hey Ed and Jane,

Hain, it was wonderful talking with you yesterday; much more fun than documenting router software, that's for sure! And I can't believe that Miss Sarah is off on the school bus to kindergarten; that's truly amazing!

Ed, I was so glad to hear that your fever had passed, and that you're still entertaining all the nurses and doctors at the Brigham with the same guts, determination, spirit, and good cheer that you've shown all along.

I'm hoping to get in for a visit with you sometime this weekend, and will try to sneak in some authentic Jewish noodle pudding (a.k.a., kugel) from Zaftig's Deli in Brookline. (Hope that's not considered contraband!)

With continued love and support; you, Jane, and Sarah are always in my thoughts.

- Fran

Fran Singer <fsinger@juniper.net>
Maynard, MA - Friday, September 16, 2005 6:32 PM CDT
Hi Ed, It was great seeing you on Wednesday. Being there with John Evans, Gary O'Connell and you was like a trip down memory lane at IRI Software .... man, we had a great team!!!!!!
Keep those spirits up my friend. You are an amazing guy with an amazing family. Your positive attitude and approach is contageous. My thoughts and prayers are with you. God speed. Mike

Mike Cassettari <mcassettari@mathsoft.com>
Lexington, MA USA - Friday, September 16, 2005 4:18 PM CDT
Ed, I loved reading Art's entry about you getting outside for a long overdue breath of fresh air. Glad to hear that you made a break for it! Your spirit is remarkable as is your determination! thinking of you, Jeanne
Jeanne L. Mockard <jmockard@comcast.net>
Somerville, MA USA - Friday, September 16, 2005 10:39 AM CDT
I was really impressed with your spirit and attitude during our visit yesterday. Keep at it! I'm glad we got a chance to catch up. Isabelle and I are pulling for you and hope you get well soon.
Best regards
former downstairs neighbor and work colleague

John Evans <john.m.evans@mindspring.com>
West Newton, MA USA - Thursday, September 15, 2005 10:43 AM CDT
Ed, this is Nancy Conroy, Paul's wife. It is not a usual occurance to be referring myself to anyone associated with Key as Paul's wife...for as long as I have been affiliated with Key School, Paul has always referred to himself as Mrs. Conroy's husband. But...no matter... :) I just read Paul's entry from the other night, and I can honestly say that we believe in miracles, and we are praying that your struggle now will ultimately prove to all that miracles DO come true ...for those who believe. God bless you and your family...Our thoughts and prayers are with you...
Nancy Conroy <cmcktc@aol.com>
Annapolis, Md usa - Wednesday, September 14, 2005 8:54 PM CDT
Hi Ed!

Here's a short joke to make you chuckle (or groan):

"Doc, I can't stop singing 'The Green, Green Grass of Home.'"
"That sounds like Tom Jones Syndrome."
"Is it common?"
"It's not unusual."


Just wanted to let you know that I was thinking about you today.

- Noreen

Noreen Maher <noreen.maher@verizon.net>
Danvers, ma - Wednesday, September 14, 2005 4:48 PM CDT
Dear Ed & Jane, Your spunk and humor is wonderful! My prayers are with you and your families.
Sue Ellen Smith

Sue Ellen Smith
Dallas, TX USA - Wednesday, September 14, 2005 7:55 AM CDT
Ed, This is Betsy, one of Art's old buddies from his Williams days. I've met you and your parents many years ago and was always amazed at the wonderfulness of your family unit. I know you will continue to use that amazing Hutchinson strength to battle this disease. My thoughts are with you. Betsy
Betsy Ptak <junk@ptak.org>
Portland, OR USA - Tuesday, September 13, 2005 8:28 PM CDT
Ed - This is Nancy Conroy's husband Paul. I understand you are a huge Red Sox fan, or "Red Flops" as my mother referred to them. Your mother and father brought home a "B" hat last year for me when they invited us sailing, and I completely wore it out. Reading the wonderful entries and then seeng their town of origin reminds me of so much from my ice hockey days in school: a broken nose from a guy from Acton, knocked out by a fella from Burlington, and Belmont, well, we won't even go into that! I know the future will find you one sunny day back in the bleachers at Fenway. If 2004 really happened to the "Sawx", anything in this world can happen now! All the best Ed, Paul
Paul C. Conroy <pcconroy@aol.com>
Annapolis, Md USA - Tuesday, September 13, 2005 8:16 PM CDT
Hi Ed! Just a quick note before going to bed. Glad to hear you had a chance to get outside recently. These warm days are waning and the snap of fall is right around the corner. Sean would like to add to Sarah's "B" list: Bir and Ba. That's Sean's attempt at saying Bird and Ball. (his first words were "dog woof". Lucy seems to have been more important than Mommy or Daddy.) Hope your biopsy goes well. Keeping our collective fingers crossed for you. Love Yvonne, Alan and Sean
Yvonne Wilson Dailey
Acton, MA - Tuesday, September 13, 2005 7:37 PM CDT
Ed, Jane and SaraH,

It was good to spend some time with Ed today. Sorry it was so short but I'll plan better next time. I had an after school meeting at 3:15 which would have been better spent sitting talking to you. It was fun remin ising about slide rules and calculators. Next time we might look at what you had for your first computer. I hope the bread and chicken helped satisfy that appitite you have. By the way your Mom's cell phomne was off and she didn't know if you liked banana bread or not. Another out of the loop parent!!

See you soon.

Susan Eby

Susan Eby
Burlington, MA Middlesex - Tuesday, September 13, 2005 6:56 PM CDT

You amaze me. It sounds like your spirit is extremely strong right now. Much relief about the fever. Keep up the good work!

-- liz

Liz Augustine <lizaugustine@comcast.net>
- Tuesday, September 13, 2005 6:24 PM CDT
Ed, Jane and Sarah, You all continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. Your couragous battle is very inspiring. Glad to hear that Sarah is doing well in kindergarten. Thoreau is a great school.
Debbie Tymm <glast78@aol.com>
Belmont, MA - Tuesday, September 13, 2005 11:53 AM CDT
Ed - I work at Key School and your mom has been a wonderful asset to the children and teachers in the third grade for several years now. She has kept us informed on your progress, and set-backs over the past year. I want you to know that we will be sending special positive thoughts your way for your test tomorrow. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers!
Trina Burks <Tburks@keyschool.org>
Annapolis, MD USA - Tuesday, September 13, 2005 10:15 AM CDT
Hi Ed, Jane & Sarah: Glad to read Jane's latest bulletin. Hope to make it in later this week. Our thoughts & prayers are always with you, but it seems to me you could use a good joke. These made me laugh:

Mushroom Jokes (from the BBHQ website)

Where do Eskimos train their sled dogs?
In the "mush" room.

What's the smallest room in the house?
The mushroom.

A mushroom went into a bar and saw some algae at a table. He went up to one and said "You're lookin' all gal." She looked him over and said, "You look like a fun guy." And they took a liken to each other.(This joke requires the knowledge that lichen is in fact the co-dependent relationship between fungi and algae...which I had forgotten.)

A woman announces to her friend that she is getting married for thefourth time.
"How wonderful! But I hope you don't mind me asking what happened to your first husband?"
"He ate poisonous mushrooms and died."
"Oh, how tragic! What about your second husband?"
"He ate poisonous mushrooms too and died."
"Oh, how terrible! I'm almost afraid to ask you about your third husband."
"He died of a broken neck."
"A broken neck?"
"He wouldn't eat the mushrooms."

Lots of love to you all,

--Nancy & Jack

Nancy McJennett
Concord, MA U.S.A. - Tuesday, September 13, 2005 9:56 AM CDT
Dear Ed, Mother has been keeping all of us in the Lower School up to date on your ongoing battle. We are keeping you in our prayers, and are anxious to hear how things go tomorrow. Keep up the fight and the spirit. We're all cheering for you! Lori
Lori Kaplan <lkaplan@keyschool.org>
Annapolis, MD US - Tuesday, September 13, 2005 9:27 AM CDT
Here's a poem by Jelaluddin Rumi:

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they're a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

~ Rumi ~

(version by Coleman Barks)

Lisa Groves <lgroves@esrnational.org>
Lexington, MA USA - Tuesday, September 13, 2005 8:56 AM CDT
Dear Ed, Jane, Sarah, family and friends,

Thank you for all the medical updates, stories, quotes, and humor that I look forward to reading daily. The wonderful care you are clearly receiving is so well deserved by you, Jane and Ed, who have always given so much to your friends and community. I imagine that the whole world is benefiting from this microcosm of love and support (and it sure can use lots of it!).

Ed, I wish you continued strength, courage, and healing. You are amazing. Jane, I wish you plenty of rest! You are BEAUTIFUL and amazing!!! (the zinnias have started to bloom - thank you, they're lovely). Sarah, keep smiling that sweet smile, let your curls hang out, and learn all kinds of things in kindergarten. Nice backpack! Art, I wish I had a brother like you. Friends and family, thank you for all you do.

Lots of love,

Lisa Groves <lgroves@esrnational.org>
Lexington, MA USA - Tuesday, September 13, 2005 8:47 AM CDT
Hi Ed, greetings and salutations!

I am pleased to see that you've still got a good attitude. I laughed out loud as I read Art's account of your escape from the hospital yesterday.

Take care & be well


Jason Garbis
- Tuesday, September 13, 2005 3:47 AM CDT
Dear Ed, Jane and Sarah, Art, and family, and family of friends... I think of you often and pray for you all often too. Each day I go to 'Shul' I say Misheberka and give your name, Ed, for a healing blessing. Jane, I loved seeing you today, and your little journal story is sweeter than ice cream! or at least Brighams Banana. Hugs, peace, and hope! Ruth
Ruth Cope <ruthsara@comcast.net>
JP, MA - Tuesday, September 13, 2005 0:47 AM CDT
Jane and Art -- thanks for all the great updates. I'm so glad that Ed got to go outside (or insisted on it -- whichever); that fresh air must have smelled and felt awfully good. Here's hoping that Ed's fever goes down quickly and that everything gets back on track soon. Sending cooling, healing thoughts,

-- liz

Liz Augustine <lizaugustine@comcast.net>
- Monday, September 12, 2005 9:23 PM CDT
Read your entry today...

"You're a bad, bad man!"

Rob & Sharon Castillo <rcastillo@acm.org>
Concord, MA - Monday, September 12, 2005 6:28 PM CDT

Up to now I have been kept in the loop through my parents but have just read with so much interest and tremendous hope the many entries of your friends and family. I have worked from a pharmaceutical perspective with our oncology business for years and have always been amazed at the how science can give doctors new tools in the war on cancer. What I have overlooked is the incredible strength to patients that comes from having such a strong support system as the one that you have. So many people are thinking of you every day and rooting for you!

Like Jane, I also put my middle son on the bus to kindergarten this week. Actually I didn't put him on, he kind of bounced up the stairs. You think you're losing them but the reality is that it just gets better. The next thing you know her social/sports/activities schedule becomes yours and you all end up with many more friends. Let me know if you are able to crack the riddle of asking her what happened in school and getting back a 'nothing'. My oldest has consistently learned 'nothing' for several years now... (that is not including reading, writing and math)

Glad to hear you are making the most out of the good moments that happen during a typical hospital day and continually feeding the appetite. Keep up the great work.

thinking of you....cousin Karen

Karen LaRochelle <karen.larochelle@bms.com>
Robbinsville, NJ USA - Monday, September 12, 2005 4:26 PM CDT
Hi All
Your Journal entry yesterday, Jane, and Art's today (Monday) are just great. You both have a wonderful way of expressing all this for all of us. Thank you.
Much love to all, with extra love to you ,Ed.
Bobby (Doubleday)

Barbara (Bobby) Doubleday <bfsoubleday@earthlink.net>
Seattle, WA - Monday, September 12, 2005 3:18 PM CDT
Ed, Jane and Sarah, Thinking of you all, and you are all in our daily prayers. So glad that Ed got to enjoy some sunshine. The sun can really lift your spirits!! Let's hope it continues to shine!! We are just a phone call away when you need us. Lots of love.

Colleen Ratcliffe <bclrat@aol.com>
Sterling, MA - Monday, September 12, 2005 12:52 AM CDT
So glad you got out to enjoy some of this fantastic fall weather, Ed! Great to get all the good medical news.You, Jane, and Sarah are in our thoughts and prayers all the time.Love, Mom and Dad

A great big thank you from both of us to all who are sending messages and contacting Ed. He has told us how much this means to him.

Peggy and Ben Hutchinson
Davidsonville , MD USA - Monday, September 12, 2005 9:10 AM CDT
Glad to see they haven't beaten the daredevil out of you yet. But, maybe you'd better hope your docs don't actually read this thing. :-)

Here's one from the book I'm reading to my daughter right now:
"Will you pray for him?"
Prayer. An act of love, Mother had said.
"Of course," Grandfather replied.
"How do you pray for someone like that?"
Grandfather held out his open hand, palm up. "There are many different ways. I simply take him into my heart, and then put him into God's hand." Again he smiled. "That sounds rather like an athletic feat, doesn't it? Nevertheless, it's as close as I can come to telling you."
(-M. L'Engle, A Ring of Endless Light)

Talk to you whenever I can get through on your darned phone!

Los Angeles, CA USA - Monday, September 12, 2005 7:53 AM CDT
Ed, Jane, Sarah - Sunday evening and have just read Jane's entry for today; sounds great - we are hoping for more good news.
The Seattle clan continues to wear our LiveStrong bracelets (and did so even in France - Ha ha!) We think of you all frequently and send our love and support.

Mike, Sandy, Russ and Annie

Mike Doubleday <mikedoubleday@earthlink.net>
Seattle, WA USA - Sunday, September 11, 2005 9:46 PM CDT
Jane, Ed, Sarah and Art,

Those of us who aren't so good at keeping in touch find great comfort in your postings. Whatever the news, we have been able to tune in and be there for you in spirit. This is, as you well know, much better than the state of anxiety alternative. Thank you for being so caring of others throughout your ordeal!

Thought that you might like an update on the garden. Mostly, it's bean season. We harvested four types yesterday: green pole, purple pole, yellow bush and bush Romano. The tomatoes are flourishing, as are the eggplant and peppers. The cucumbers and zucchini, sadly, are all but gone now. The parsley is doing particularly well, forming a dense mat of dark green in the border. There has also been an outstanding effort on the part of the volunteer sunflowers. A few of them clearly have like tree-like amitions! Digging potatoes hasn't been nearly the fun that it was last year when Sarah helped to choose the "Alan potaoes" from the more mediocre spud.

As of last Saturday, Patricia was scheduled to come home on Wednesday. We've had word from Jennifer that she and John will be in Arlington the weekend of the 24th and 25th. We are planning to see them at the garden on the afternoon of the 25th. It would be wonderful if any of you are available to make the pilgrimage that afternoon.

We don't know what it is that gives the kind of strength and resilience that each of you has shown. We only know that it is the stuff that miracles are made of. You are amazing--keep it up!

Elisabeth and Alan

PS The photo of Sarah is lovely. There is the look of a healer in her eyes.

Elisabeth Carr-Jones & Alan Jones <elisabeth@carr-jones.com>
Arlington, MA US - Sunday, September 11, 2005 10:56 AM CDT
Ed, Jane and Sarah, Hello from a fellow kindergartener. Chloe is quick to report to me that she has seen Sarah on the playground at recess. I can't believe they are in school.I just wanted you to know that you are in our thoughts and anything we can do to help out please let us know.
Jen Verrill Faddoul and Chloe,Grace and Tim <TJ51698@aol.com>
Concord, Ma U.S. - Saturday, September 10, 2005 10:20 PM CDT
Hi Ed, Jane & Sarah Isn't Cyber Space great! This whole set up is such a wonderful use of technology....unfortunately my typing skills could still stand improvement....thinking of you often with strong hopeful thoughts Bridget and the boys
Bridget O'Bryan <bobryan77@hotmail.com>
Concord, Ma USA - Saturday, September 10, 2005 9:55 PM CDT

We just want you to know that you are constantly in our thoughts and prayers. Every night before dinner we mention you as part of our grace. Caileigh (12) and Kyle (10) don’t remember meeting you (they were babies) but are always wanting updates. Your parents are such a special part of our lives and we value their friendship greatly.
The photo of Sara is wonderful, I see a lot of Jane and Kate in her bright little face.
We look forward to many more excellent reports on your progress. Lots of love from us all.
Elspeth, Paul, Caileigh and Kyle.

Elspeth Feldman <ElspethWK@Comcast.net>
Annapolis, MD USA - Saturday, September 10, 2005 9:51 PM CDT
Dear Everyone, especially Ed: So good to keep hearing good news. We send our best wishes to you from still warm Phoenix. We really enjoyed the photo of Sarah. We both send our love. Sandy and David.
Sandy and David <doubleds@cox.net>
Phoenix, AZ USA - Saturday, September 10, 2005 3:06 PM CDT
Greetings from Savannah from Uncle Allen and Aunt Linda(and Gpa who is having a nap after lunch at our house). Al and Gpa are enjoying the tennis! We think about you daily and pray you get thru this awful cancer. Things are sounding on track now-Keep your spirits up, we're all behind you.
Linda and Allen Torpie <altorpie@juno.com>
Savannah , GA USA - Saturday, September 10, 2005 1:19 PM CDT
Dear Ed, Jane, and Sarah -
It's so encouraging to read that Ed's blood counts are all going in the right direction, and he's on track for the big procedure. That's great news! I hope all of you are able to enjoy these beautiful, sunny, crisp days, whether outside, or as nice view from the hospital window.
I'm sending warm thoughts for your continued successful fight toward toward recovery, and doing my best to pray for you in my fashion. I figure that whatever power runs the universe probably listens to lapsed Unitarian agnostics, too. :o)

Elizabeth Michaud <emichaud0329@cs.com>
Westford, MA - Saturday, September 10, 2005 10:52 AM CDT
Dear Ed, what a joy to read the positive updates from week to week. Ask Jane to fill in the blanks, but long story short, you've got another Texan praying for you...one with a Bahston accent (go figure)! Thus far we all seem to be getting our moneys worth, so keep on plugging mate.
Dave from Wellesley

David F. Martin <dmartin@wellesley.edu>
Natick, MA US of A - Friday, September 9, 2005 7:54 PM CDT
Ed, Jane and Sarah-
We have been thinking of you a great deal and praying for all of you. Sarah looks so grown up in her picture! Here's a funny story for you. Timothy selected the very same backpack that Sarah has to take to kindergarten. Talk about birds of a feather! It took ALOT of persuasion on my part to convince Tim that a red backpack with his name on might be okay. Keep up the good fight!

Lauren McClure <lauren.mcclure@verizon.net>
Arlington, VA US - Friday, September 9, 2005 7:14 PM CDT
Sue and I are always thinking of you and pulling for you. You know us, we just keep going no matter what the problum. You are doing a great job of keeping yourself up. We know how hard this is.
great job.

Bruce Metzger <brmetzger@mindspring.com>
Acton, MA - Friday, September 9, 2005 2:37 PM CDT
Dear Ed,Jane and Sarah,
Sending POSITIVE thoughts, lots of love and many prayers for continued good news. I've been out of computer and out of touch but you're in my heart all the time.
P.S. Sarah, I loved your picture- you're SO grown up!!

Shelley Sereni
- Friday, September 9, 2005 2:26 PM CDT
Hi Ed! I seem to drift through your life (in person) like a snowfall, but you, Jane and Sarah are always in my thoughts and prayers. Put me back on the caring car service list when you come home, OK? Lest you think I've been slacking off - I've been really busy with all the massive blood drives in our area. And I did get to the Native American women's retreat in Maine with my daughter and granddaughter. Thanks to Ed - although we've never met - who seems to be your alter ego when news is bad and especially good! Love to you all, Sharon
Sharon Bramhall <smb35@att.net>
Concord, MA - Friday, September 9, 2005 10:32 AM CDT
Ed's parents here. Thanks so much to all for your support and encouragement, as shown by your kind words in the guestbook, calls, and visits. Ed, hang in there - we love you.
Ben and Margaret Hutchinson
Davidsonville, MD - Friday, September 9, 2005 10:11 AM CDT
Hi Ed....this is Nancy Conroy from The Key School. Your mom is my right hand "math support" person for our third grade class. The kids just adore "Miss Peggy" and they look forward to seeing her on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It is so nice to have her help with the children that need that little extra clarification. Additionally, our third grade team teachers enjoy her company. I don't know if she told you, but we all met at Nordstroms for lunch a couple of weeks ago. We had a blast sharing stories about our college kids and the grandkids. We even got your mom to try on a fake fur in the BP section of the store. (She looked stunning) Your mom is managing to keep a stiff upper lip and even dons a happy smile with courage. You should be very proud of her. We are all supporting her efforts and praying for you and your family on a daily basis. Keep up the brave battle on your front, and we will be here for your mom.

....by the way, our son Christopher is in Beantown! He is a freshman at B.U. enjoying every minute. Just yesterday the golf coach called him and recruited him to play in a tournament at Dartmouth. He is thrilled...he doesn't even have to try out for the team. I know you don't know either of our kids, but I know so much about you and your family I thought I might share a little part of our lives.

Well, I need to run because my students are back from recess. I will write back soon.

All our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Nan Conroy

Nancy Conroy <nconroy@keyschool.org>
Annapolis, MD USA - Friday, September 9, 2005 9:54 AM CDT
Hi Ed,
Mary Ann, Robby and I have been keeping our thoughts about you. I have ask the supreme being every week to make you better. She told me that she has been listening. I hope you keep your spirits up as that (along with the medical treatments) will help you beat this or at least get you stronger. It is good to keep progress on you and I hope I can come and visit with you for a while. I just saw a picture of Sarah on this site. She is a real cutie. How did you and Jane do that. Say Hi to Jane and Sarah for us. Thank Art for keeping us in the loop. Remember only 9 weeks till friends thankgiving

Lee Sacks <leewsacks@comcast.net>
- Friday, September 9, 2005 9:21 AM CDT
Hi Ed,

Glad to hear that things are going so well. I'm sure Jane talked to you all about the kids getting on the bus on Wednesday. It was very exciting, wonderful and strange. Our little babies aren't little babies anymore.

I saw Jane this morning loading Sarah on the bus. I think it's going to take a few weeks to get used to waving goodbye. Keep in mind, when the kids look out the window, you can only see the tops of their heads and little eyeballs.

Keep fighting the good fight!


Dan Bowen <dbowen@nordblom.com>
- Friday, September 9, 2005 8:45 AM CDT
Hi, Ed --

I have put off writing in the guestbook because I really don't know what to say in such a public forum . . . so please just take all of what I have said to you and Jane in person and on the phone and consider those thoughts written down here! Let me add that I continue to think about and pray for you and your complete recovery. And I hope to see you soon.

Love, Donna

Donna <donnagorshelcohen@juno.com>
Brookline, MA USA - Friday, September 9, 2005 8:38 AM CDT
Congratulations to both you and Jane on being the proud parents of kindergartener!!! Can't wait to see the pictures. I am really glad to hear you are starting to feel a bit better. And, remember, life is uncertain, eat dessert first!! (you can get away with it, you need the calories anyway).

Dante Spetter <dante_spetter@harvard.edu>
Arlington, MA - Friday, September 9, 2005 8:16 AM CDT
Dear Ed - I'm so happy to hear you are making progress. Know you are in my prayers, everyday, as you battle your way through this. I hope your "special occasion" next week brings you respite and consolation, and particular graces. Don't forget to get anointed, right away! :-)
The Anchoress <theanchoress@gmail.com>
- Friday, September 9, 2005 7:53 AM CDT
Hi Ed,
We are down here in Florida still dodging hurricanes just as you are dodging the storms in your system. Keep up the good work!
Have a good week!
Marg Adams

Margaret Adams
Naples, FL USA - Friday, September 9, 2005 7:52 AM CDT
Ed - I'd love to come visit, but it's a bit far to drive...

Over the years, I've gotten those Christmas form letters from your mother, so I've felt almost as if I've kept in touch with you as much as I have with Art (he who sends a photo of the girls signed "Art" once a year).

You have just got to get better, man.

I saw Art and Helen at the Williams 20th. Would have been a much happier meeting without the sad news about you.

I hope he passed on to you that I still use the Pioneer stereo and the Allison speakers you sold me in 1985. We thought you'd be tickled. (I need to clean the contacts on all the switches, and I can't figure out how to open the case. Otherwise, the receiver is working great. The speakers, however, are shot).

Anyway, I'm thinking about you often, sending good intentions your way.

Now, is there any way to send a hug through this here computer interface? Hmmm...

= Michael

Michael Hobbs <BirdMarymoor@verizon.net>
Kirkland, WA 98033 - Thursday, September 8, 2005 9:07 PM CDT
Hi Ed, Sarah, and Jane,
We just wanted to sign in and let you all know that we are thinking of you every day and that we are praying for you too. Every time we walk by your house, little Courtney points and says "dats sawah's house". Even though she has only met Sarah a few times, she really looks up to her! We are following the daily progess on this site. Please let us know if we can help with Sarah EVER, we are home all the time and love playdates. She must be adorable going off to kindegarten now.
Take care and keep strong,
Kristin, Jon, Courtney and Lindsey Piper.

Kristin Piper <kpiperus@yahoo.com>
- Thursday, September 8, 2005 9:06 PM CDT
When things go wrong as they sometimes will;
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill;
When the funds are low, and the debts are high
And you want to smile, but have to sigh;
When care is pressing you down a bit-
Rest if you must, but do not quit.

Success is failure turned inside out;
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt;
And you can never tell how close you are
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit-
It's when things go wrong that you must not quit.

"Don't Quit," Author Unknown

John Torpie <jtorpie1@maine.rr.com>
Scarborough, ME 04074 - Thursday, September 8, 2005 7:59 PM CDT
Hi Ed, This is from your mom's roommate sophomore year at
Northfield. It is wonderful to hear the good news from Art.
You, Jane and Sarah are in my thoughts and prayers.
Love, BeJay Hill - College Park, Md.
P.S. My mom and grandmom were Jane and my eldest daughter is

Betsy Jane Hill <bhill24@juno.com>
College Park, Md Md USA - Thursday, September 8, 2005 6:45 PM CDT
I totally agree with Kathy that I thought visits were not allowed based on a friend of mine 10 years ago.

Ed--I went to the Farmers' Market in Arlington last night--not what we used to do with our shared share but better for Peter and I with Alex off in NYC. Tomatoes, peppers, arugula, parsley, shallots, tiny "potato onions (?)"; kale, etc. Everything was yummy! (OK, Peter liked only some things; I liked everything!) The tomatoes were really good; I will bring some, once I understand I can visit.

Joanna and Peter

Joanna Walsh <j-walsh@rcn.com>
Arlington, MA USA - Thursday, September 8, 2005 4:07 PM CDT
The entire staff of the Children's Center are cheering you on. This has been an incredible journey. Sarah has been doing great. Anne told me that when the Kindergartners arrived here after their first day of school, Sarah danced off the bus with a big smile, so happy to be here. She was without a doubt the most enthusiastic child on the bus. She seems calm and so very able to play and join in with her friends and teachers. You must be quite proud.
Take care and know that you are in our thoughts.

Pat Nelson <cccenterpnelson@earthlink.net>
Concord, MA - Thursday, September 8, 2005 3:54 PM CDT
Hey Ed!
I have wept quarts of tears over what you have endured but not recently as Art has kept us up to date on your incredible progress! You and your body deserve a medal. I have a REALLY good feeling that you are going to do GREAT from here on. Sarah's pic is beautiful - she is certainly her Daddy's daughter. First day of school - I cannot believe it. We miss seeing you guys! Did not realize you could have visitors - I'm just so afraid of giving you something - your white count is so low! Let me get your mind off chemo for a moment and bring you up to date....We've done an incredible amount to the house (mostly outside stuff) - you would not recognize it. We just demolitioned the kitchen and we have new IKEA cabinets, new maple floor, a quiet dishwasher and a bigger breakfast nook. Looking forward to having you all over after you recover from the transplant. I just started my new job 5 minutes away this week and Ward is currently in California - flies out 1-2 times per month (a drag but I'm not complaining). He flies in on the red eye tomorrow. We use VideoCall when he's away and Megan gets all excited shouting Dada Dada when she hears the computer ringing and we get to talk with and see him at the same time. Will have Ward put together some pictures of Megan and send them over via Art's email. Keep up the hard work and pat yourself on the back (and hug your doctors for us!). Much love from all of us,

Kathy, Ward and the Megster <kleavey@rcn.com>
Arlington, Ma USA - Thursday, September 8, 2005 2:53 PM CDT
Ed, Jane and Sarah. Successful start to kindergarten! Wow. We are settling in Carlisle and looking so forward to hosting you to a country dinner.
the attias' <mikalaattias@comcast.net>
carlisle, ma usa - Thursday, September 8, 2005 2:39 PM CDT
Dear Ed:

Art has kept me updated regarding your progress all along--and I'm glad to know that you are in a good spot. Your brother is one true friend--to you and to others in his life. I'm very glad he is available to you like he is at this time.

You should know that we think about you daily (me and my daughter, Rachel), are praying for your recovery and hope that things contine to go well for you.

Take care and perhaps we'll come for a visit sometime, too.



P.S. I know Art from Eliot Church. We've taught Sunday school together several times--and it has been a blast! Your niece, Kate, was in our class, as was Emily once, too. They are wonderful as well, along with Helen.

Amy McMahon <amymcm@rcn.com>
Newton, MA USA - Thursday, September 8, 2005 2:33 PM CDT
Hiya, Ed ... Jane, Art & Sarah (great name, that!)

I'm a college friend of Jane's, we've both got loved ones in ... testing, let us say. You, for one, Ed, stuck in the hospital. As I told Art by email, I said a prayer for you & family & all in freefall when I went skydiving for the first time. It's like an efficiency test: does 10,000 feet shaved off the distance the prayer must travel to get to heaven -- speed the results any? No, I know, theologically speaking, it makes no difference, but I thought it would amuse God and put him in a receptive mood. Can't hurt! I'm trying to adopt my kid Denis, as Jane can tell you, I took care of him last summer & am calling him every week -- this is our own testing. He is still stuck in the Russian orphanage on account of difficult politics. I'm going to visit him in Smolensk in october, time for another prayer for you & yours, from Russia this time, and of course another prayer efficiency test: do multi-continental East-West prayers gain extra oomph with God? You never can tell, and besides, who is going to amuse God if we don't step in? In all seriousness, I am praying hard for you, including at my very ordinary desk, in the basement, in the kitchen, all the time -- out in the yard, too. Even though there's _ragweed_ out there! Yikes! And I see here that many others are praying for you too. Very much good luck to you all. Stay strong and cheerful. --Sara

Sara Betz Sinclair
Pepperell, MA USA - Thursday, September 8, 2005 2:05 PM CDT
Ed - I would suggest you avoid CNN after you've got some of the dialogue memorized, or when you start to realize that Soledad's stylist used too much mousse. That's a sign you need to head over to Comedy Central for some Mental Candy. A little South Park or Daily Show. Works wonders for me!

Glad to hear you're keeping yourself centered and strong - nothing can beat you - NOTHING.

But I'm serious about the CNN overdose. If Comedy Central doesn't work, how about Sportscenter?

Bob Mina <bob@bobmina.com>
West Chester, PA USA - Thursday, September 8, 2005 1:48 PM CDT
Ed, Jane, Sarah - anything we can do on this rollercoaster, let us know. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Melissa, Bob, Abby, Adam, Meg Rainis

Melissa Leffler <mleffler@alum.bu.edu>
Concord, MA - Thursday, September 8, 2005 1:37 PM CDT
Hello Ed & Family,

I've followed with great interest and prayers your progress over the last several weeks. As my current career is focused largely on oncology drug development you've provided me with a new sense of purpose and relevance! I look forward to future family get togethers and to the continued updates.

All the best, Peter, Amy, Andrew & Alexandra DiBiaso

Peter DiBiaso <Peter.Dibiaso@pfizer.com>
Colchester, CT - Thursday, September 8, 2005 1:28 PM CDT
Whew! Reading this since my last message has been like drinking from the fire hose of love & support!! I am so glad to hear that you want jokes & quotes -- I have plenty of both ;-)

Patience is also a form of action.
-Auguste Rodin, sculptor (1840-1917)

"At Scotland's Glasgow University, the following note was seen hanging on a lecturer's door: 'Today's tutorial is canceled because Mr. N. is il.' After the misspelled final word, someone had added: '(sic)'."

Are you familiar with "A Word a Day"? It is a wonderful daily e-mail from a very erudite word freak. It's where I get many of my jokes & quotes.

Gotta go -- work (what's that?!) calls. Much love & see you soon.

--Nancy McJ & Jack Nevison

Nancy McJennett
- Thursday, September 8, 2005 1:04 PM CDT
Ed, we think of you, Jane and Sarah every day and are glad to hear you are coping so well with circumstances as they are. You are to be admired- keep up with the strong and positive energy (not necessarily physical...!) you seem to copiously possess.
Carolyn Hardy <clh9499@aol.com>
Concord, MA - Thursday, September 8, 2005 12:53 AM CDT
Just a note to say we've found the guestbook on the web. Great to see you Monday.
Looking forward to the next visit.
Keep up the positive progress.

Jack and Nancy <jmn@oakinc.com>
- Thursday, September 8, 2005 12:29 AM CDT
We're paying attention to all the news and we continue to hope for the best and to pray for your swift recovery. Best wishes from all at Upland Road, Concord.
Gregory Maguire and Andy Newman
Concord, MA - Thursday, September 8, 2005 12:29 AM CDT
Hi Ed,

You don't know me, but your mom and I have known each other since we were 15 years old. I just want you to know that I stop to think of you several times a day. Am thrilled with your progress - your courage and attitude are wonderful and will continue to carry you through.

Don't worry about responding to this - Art and your mom are keeping me in the loop. My very best wishes, Denny Moynahan

Denny Moynahan <dhmoynahan@aol.com>
- Thursday, September 8, 2005 12:17 AM CDT
Hey Ed, Jane, and Sarah -

I am not very good at corresponding (understatement of the year here), but I wanted to let you know that you're all in my prayers EVERY day!

The entire Maher crew is pulling for you! (BTW - The boys started school yesterday: Ryan 8th grade (he's 6 feet tall, btw), Alec 5th grade (playing select-level hockey this year), and Connor and Sean in 1st (they'll be 7 next week).)

Ed - Your positive attitude is inspirational!

Sending best wishes and positive thoughts your way! Special thanks to Art for keeping us posted.

Noreen & crew

Noreen Maher <noreen.maher@verizon.net>
Danvers, MA - Thursday, September 8, 2005 12:09 AM CDT
We had a great day with Sarah last week and saw Jane and Sarah at O'Naturals last night after the big first day. McKenna and Sarah continue to be terrors together. Whenever they see each other, it triggers the wild in both of them.
I have not waivered a bit from what I said to you at least a month ago on our travels to the hospital together, you will beat this.....Stay positive. We will!
Kristin, Corey, Mckenna, and Caleb

Kristin <krbaker@bu.edu>
Concord, MA - Thursday, September 8, 2005 12:07 AM CDT

Jeff and I have you in our prayers and am so grateful to Art for keeping us informed. Jane and Sarah didn't see us this summer at the lake but I am certain all THREE of you will be visiting us next summer. You are a winner! Our love to you, Jane and Sarah.

Beryl & Jeff

Beryl DiBiaso <jbdhhi@hargray.com>
Meredith & Hilton Head, NH USA - Thursday, September 8, 2005 12:02 AM CDT
Ed - It was great to talk with you this morning. Your strength and courage is amazing. You are constantly in our prayers. I'm looking forward to renewing our lunch meetings at Barnstormers in Lexington soon. I hope to stop in next week - any coffee requests? Hang in there pal. If anyone has the strength and attitude to beat this, it's you.


Jonathan Daly <jdaly@liquidmachines.com>
Methuen, MA United States - Thursday, September 8, 2005 11:38 AM CDT
Ed, Art's been keeping us posted on your progress, and you are continuously in our thoughts and prayers. The Britts (we met you Boston Marathon weekend in Newton)
Ray Britt
Winnetka, IL - Thursday, September 8, 2005 11:33 AM CDT
Ed, this is an oldie-but-goodie. I know you know it. Papa shared it with me just before I did my 100-miler and it kept me focused and strong. I awoke this morning with a feeling that I ought to share it here. Your journey is much longer and harder, but the source of support is the same. He is up to the challenge. It is from the prophet Isaiah, Chapter 40, verses 28-31:

Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.

He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.

Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;

but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

Be strong, bro. Walk tall. You're not alone. Love, Art

Art Hutchinson <art@cartegic.com>
Newton, MA USA - Thursday, September 8, 2005 11:19 AM CDT
Dear, Dear Ed,

Chuck and I continue to keep you constantly in our thoughts and prayers, as do our friends and countless members of several churches who keep asking about you. Here's a message from my friend, Vicky, who had a bone marrow transplant 8+ years ago:

"Your nephew must be quite a fighter to keep on pushing. I'll continue to pray for him that he can make it through a BMT and have a renewed chance."

Much Much Love, Sylvia and Chuck

Sylvia and Chuck Bell
Tucker, GA USA - Thursday, September 8, 2005 8:54 AM CDT
Hello Ed, Jane and Sarah,

Holly from Three Mile here. Good to know you are ALL ready for Kindergarten. The routine will be really good for Sarah and therefore for all of you. Exciting times. All the Tanguays are rooting for you. Love, Holly

Holly Tanguay <tang163@aol.com>
- Wednesday, September 7, 2005 2:51 PM CDT
Jane you are terrific!! Your entry of Sept. 6th was just wonderful. Kindergarten should be great. Sarah will be so proud to now be in "real School" as my grandchildren used to call it. I'm sure Ed as a vivid picure of the Open House day from Sarah's and your description. He must be very proud too.
You all are in our thoughts and prayers all the time.
With much love, Bobby (Doubleday)

Barbara Doubleday (Bobby) <bfdoubleday@earthlink.net>
Seattle Seattle , WA - Wednesday, September 7, 2005 11:55 AM CDT
Hi Ed,
It was an especially nice surprise to discover an email from you on this website along with so many other emails from your family and friends. Very inspiring!
We hope you have someone on a camcorder when you do the Gene Kelly song and dance routine with the pole.
You, Jane, and Sarah continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.
Nancy Brown and George Koslosky

Nancy Brown <bleat123@aol.com>
Concord, MA - Wednesday, September 7, 2005 7:56 AM CDT
Hi Ed,

It was so good to hear your voice last night. I'm happy you've got some light!

Jamie and I are hoping to get an afternoon off from work this week. We'd love to visit as soon as we can. We're even more excited to know that you're expecting to be home soon. We'll see you there soon.

In the meantime, keep resting and thinking good thoughts. I'll keep praying and looking for interesting dark chocolates.

Mary Ann, Jamie & Christie

Mary Ann Burnside <zenmommy2004@yahoo.com>
Lexington, MA USA - Wednesday, September 7, 2005 5:47 AM CDT
Hi Ed,
Although we haven't been able to stop in for a visit for a few weeks, we keep updated thanks to you and Art. This is a fabulous tool and I'm glad you got yourself linked into it.

We spent the weekend hiking in the White Mtns and thought of you guys. We look forward to your recovery so you and the family can join us at one of the lodges or huts for a few good hikes (and meals).

Sorry to hear about all the extra pin-pricks you are receiving. My arms have been poked so many times that now it's near impossible to draw blood from them. Takes a few attempts to get it right. We're glad you're in good hands. We are also looking forward to more good news.

Amy and Jason <amy8000@rcn.com>
Lexington, MA - Tuesday, September 6, 2005 7:47 PM CDT
Hi Ed, So glad to have this site now to share in your progress. It's also nice to hear "YOUR" side of the story. All kidding aside, Art has been wonderful about keeping us informed. I was so happy to hear about your recent response to chemo, but sad about you having to get poked more. Given the fact that I faint when I get poked, if I were you, I would probably be in a constant state of faint! You are amazing, and you, Jane and Sarah are in my thoughts and prayers! cheers, Jeanne
Jeanne <jmockard@comcast.net>
Somerville, ma - Tuesday, September 6, 2005 4:22 PM CDT
Ed, good job on your 10 corridor laps yesterday...I picture Art handing up the Gatorade and calling out your splits. Just wanted to let you know that we are pulling for you - your strong spirit and the tenacious support of your family will beat this thing. As someone who is pretty sketchy, OK make that very sketchy when it comes to needles I'm sorry to hear you're getting poked more often!!
Wade & Cathy Blomgren <wblomgren@gmail.com>
San Diego, CA USA - Tuesday, September 6, 2005 10:48 AM CDT
Hi Ed, Jane & Sarah,
We are praying for you today as you await the latest test results. We love you.

Kris, Bif, Alex, Zack & Kate

Kris Washburn
Tucker, GA - Tuesday, September 6, 2005 7:30 AM CDT
Hey Ed-
I know I promised to call you this weekend. And, I really tried several times. Tell your secretary to just squeeze me in somewhere at some point. Either you or someone sure kept your phone busy. Maybe I'll go back to trying to interrupt your dinner again (though I understand that might be dangerous these days).
Did your bro' tell you how I decided I just had to tweak him? I've been tempted before, but this was just too much of a softball for me to resist. Somebody's got to keep him honest, I guess. :-)
I'll try the phone thing again after I get to work.

Los Angeles, CA USA - Monday, September 5, 2005 11:53 PM CDT
Dear Ed, I think you know this song. I wrote down the words and sent them to David once when he was seriously ill.
"When you walk through a storm hold your head up high
And don't be afraid of the dark;
At the end of the storm is a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of a lark;
Walk on through the wind
Walk on through the rain
Though your dreams be tossed and blown;
Walk on, walk on with hope in your heart
And you'll never walk alone;
You'll never walk alone."
With much love, Bobby (your Aunt Bobby (Barbara Doubleday)

Barbara Doubleday <bfdoubleday@earthlink.net>
Seattle, WA - Monday, September 5, 2005 9:41 PM CDT
Hi Ed!

Greetings from Nuevo Mexico.

Some quotes from Paramahansa Yogananda:
"Never let life beat you down. Beat life! If you have a strong will you can overcome all difficulties. Affirm, even in the midst of trials: "Danger and I were born together, and I am more dangerous than danger!" This is a truth you should always remember; apply it and you will see that it works. Don't behave like a cringing mortal being. You are a child of God!"

"Why limit yourself to the adage, "Don't bite off more than you can chew"? I believe you should bite off more than you can chew, and then chew it!"

"You only gain strength when you wrestle with a strong opponent."
From "Where There is Light" by Paramahansa Yogananda.

We hope you feel better and stronger every day.
Smiles and love,
Doc, Max and Marika

Marika Hoving
Albuquerque, NM USA - Monday, September 5, 2005 3:21 PM CDT
Hey Ed,

I'm thinking about you, Jane, and Sarah on this sunny Labor Day weekend, and sending you all my good thoughts and prayers. It's wonderful to hear that your counts are improving and that you're doing well. Your bravery, determination, and continued good spirits are truly an inspiration to us all!

Just found out about this Web site; what a wonderful way to stay in touch. Please thank Art for putting this together and keeping us all up to date on your steady progress.

Looking forward to celebrating your good health at the next "Tech Pubs Babes" get together; maybe we'll even do a command performance of the "TP Babes Synchronized Swim Team"! Jane, Deb, Nor, Pter, Elizabeth, Joanna, and Sarah, we'd better get busy on planning that!

With love and support to you, Jane/Hain, and Sarah,
Fran (aka "Frah")

Fran Singer <fsinger01@comcast.net>
Maynard-on-the-Stow-line, MA USA - Monday, September 5, 2005 2:51 PM CDT
Dear Ed and Jane,

I pray that you are feeling better and better and will have the bone marrow soon. Make sure the nurse offers a swab of novicane before sticking you :)

Anne from Ballet

Anne Farrell <anneqa@yahoo.com>
Bedford, MA USA - Sunday, September 4, 2005 4:07 PM CDT
It's great to see you posting, Ed!! Looks like I'm out of a job. Again. :) I will note for those readers who don't know, that at least one of the recent comments comes from someone who was literally minutes from death only a couple of years ago and fought back miraculously to live a life that's certainly touched mine. Those are words of wisdom and love and grace. Heed them.

In a similar vein, I note this other Caringbridge site (see the Sept 3rd entry, 10PM: http://www2.caringbridge.org/ga/tmaiwald/) - a friend of our cousin - who nine years ago was told he had a few months to live. Bad bet if anyone took it. He's doing well and doing laps.

Hang in bro, and remember that time - not so long ago... about this time of year - when you kicked my sorry butt on that bike ride out to Stowe. You're made of tough stuff. I've seen it. It's a beautiful day and I love you a lot.

- Art

Art Hutchinson <art@cartegic.com>
Newton, MA - Sunday, September 4, 2005 10:53 AM CDT
Hello, Ed. We are delighted to see a posting from you and glad to hear that you are feeling so well. As always, we send best wishes and love to you, Jane, and Sarah.

Sally and Hal

Sally Singley
Lexington, MA USA - Sunday, September 4, 2005 7:40 AM CDT

I'll share a quotation that I encountered recently:

"Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark." ~Rabindranath Tagore

Please know that I and many others are "singing" along with you, joining our voices, hopes and prayers with yours.

Warm regards,


Margo Wald <margo_wald@yahoo.com>
Burlington, MA USA - Saturday, September 3, 2005 10:25 PM CDT
Dear, Dear, Dearest Ed,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you constantly! As you know, I've recently been submerged in sorting Daddy's legacy in papers. Last week on a day when the task seemed particularly overwhelming, several stapled 4x6 index cards fell our of the stack in my lap. Neatly typed on them was an Edgar A. Guest poem, which I've also found in a book of inspirational poems given to him by a friend in 1925, when he was a college freshman. I've kept the cards propped up where I could see them ever since, and I'm happy to share the poem with you as a homespun message of inspiration from your loving grandfather, Papa.


Somebody said that it couldn't be done,
But he with a chuckle replied
That "maybe it couldn't," but he would be one
Who wouldn't say so till he'd tried.
So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn't be done, ...and he did it.

Somebody scoffed: "Oh, you'll never do that;
At least no one ever has done it;"
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat,
And the first thing we knew he'd begun it.
With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddit,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn't be done, and he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
There are thousands to prophesy failure;
There are thousands to point out to you one by one
The dangers that wait to assail you.
But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,
Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start to sing as you tackle the thing
That "cannot be done," and you'll do it.

With heaps of love and hugs for you, Jane and Sarah,
Your Ever-Lovin Aunt, Sylvia

Sylvia and Chuck Bell <sylviaandchuckbell@earthlink.net>
Tucker, GA USA - Saturday, September 3, 2005 10:01 PM CDT
Ed-we've never met, but I know two things about you already:
1) You are getting some of the best support and attention anyone in your situation can get-Art is THE MAN
2) you are not going to quit. (This last bit I learned after several years trying to beat your brother in triathlons.. No matter how how tired or sore he was, he never gave up (and I never managed to make him eat my dust!)
Keep your chin up and keep fighting. This thing has messed with the wrong guy.
Thinking of you-Fabio

Fabio Selvig <FSelvig@yahoo.com>
Madrid, Spain - Saturday, September 3, 2005 2:45 PM CDT
Hi Ed,

Back from the garden this morning with a basket of veggies which we will deliver to Concord later today. We're hoping Jane can cook up something tasty for you. We enjoyed Jane and Sarah's visit last week and all the good news we've been getting.

Alan & Elisabeth <jones@carr-jones.com>
Arlington, MA USA - Saturday, September 3, 2005 2:01 PM CDT
Hi Ed,

This is such a terrific way to keep in touch! Just wanted to let you know we are thinking very positive thoughts and pulling for you. All the best to Jane and Sarah. I spent a good part of today with Sarah and some mutual friends from the Concord Children's Center. Your daughter is one little fish! and she also gives nice mud pack treatments! it is obvious she has inherited some of your amazing spirit and strength!!

Karen Young <kcyoung@fas.harvard.edu >
Concord, MA USA - Friday, September 2, 2005 4:13 PM CDT
Hi Ed,
A PR guy goes into the unemmployment office for the 10th week in a row and says to the clerk, "I'm like all PR guys... I HATE not being able to work. Doing PR is the most important thing in life to me and I can't stand this inactivity... I just want to WORK! Have you got ANYTHING for me so I don't just sit here taking the state's money for doing nothing?"
The unemployment clerk says, "Well as a matter of fact, this is your lucky day. I just got a PR job in this morning. It seems that a filthy rich industrialist wants someone to do personal publicity for his daughter, a globetrotting supermodel who's got a "thing" for balding middle-aged men. You'd have to travel with her pretty much everywhere her jetset lifestyle takes her, starting with a Rome and Paris trip this weekend. She's afraid of the dark so you'll have to bunk in with her during the trip to make her feel safer. The salary is $250 grand a year, and all room, board, and expenses are paid. What do you think about the job?"
The PR guy says, "What do I think? What do I THINK?? Are you kidding me?"
And the unemployment guy says, "Yes I am, but remember, you started it."

Annnnnyway.... It was nice talking to you this morning, Ed. Hope the boredom and dry mouth don't drive you crazy before you can get out of there and back home next week.

It's great to know about this web site, by the way. If I hear of any more "PR" jokes I'll send them through. Jane and family members, all my best to you guys too!

John Brewer <jbrewerr@yahoo.com>
carlisle, ma - Friday, September 2, 2005 11:35 AM CDT
I just realized something yesterday after talking with you. This thing has tried to kill you five times now? Six maybe? And, you know what? IT FAILED EVERY TIME! One of these days, it's going to realize you're not someone to be messed with and just give up.
OK, Art wants jokes and quotes. I got quotes coming out of my eyeballs, but my sense of humor has always been my weak point. So, here is my favorite knock-knock joke of all time. It's about the best I can offer along those lines:

Who's there?
Dwane who?
Dwane the bathtub! I'm dwowning!!!!"

OK, now here's my quote of the day:

"And when you dream, dream big
As big as the ocean blue
'Cause when you dream, it might come true.
So when you dream, dream big."
-Ryan Shupe and the RubberBand

I will talk to you over the weekend!

Los Angeles, CA USA - Friday, September 2, 2005 10:25 AM CDT

To quote Winston Churchill: "Never, never, never, never give up."

You are doing great and better each day. Laura and I send our love to you, Jane and Sarah.


P.S. Although the seasons are changing, it is always a good time to go fishing. Jimmy Buffet and I are waiting for you.

John Torpie
Scarborough, ME 04074 - Thursday, September 1, 2005 8:07 PM CDT
Ed, Jane, and Sarah: W're thinking about you and sending our good thoughts to you always. Our thanks to Art for keeping everyone updated.
Debbie and Mike Tait
- Thursday, September 1, 2005 11:21 AM CDT
Hey Ed,
They say that optimistic thoughts and maintaining a positive attitude can do wonders for the soul and body. Well, just so you know, that's what Claire and I have been doing right along. So, make sure you keep up with your end of the deal as well. Look forward to seeing you return to your home with a healthy and relaxed outlook real soon!

Jerry & Claire Poulin <gpoulin@tampabay.rr.com>
Land O'Lakes , FL U.S. - Thursday, September 1, 2005 10:13 AM CDT
Great to talk with you!! Just to follow up on our conversation - for entertainment I would wait a bit on starting the juggling routine with the IV bags, and focus more in the short term on the song and dance routine with the pole, and perhaps a musical interlude on the IV pump.


Helen Hutchinson <helen@carpediemconsulting.com>
Today in the supposed Intellectual Capital of the East, MA - Thursday, September 1, 2005 9:24 AM CDT
Thinking about you lots, hang in there!!! I was so impressed by Bruce's quote, I found some more:

"If children have the ability to ignore all odds and percentages, then maybe we can all learn from them. When you think about it, what other choice is there but to hope? We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up, or Fight Like Hell."
-Lance Armstrong

"Always look on the bright side of life"
-Monty Python

"It doesn't matter how wet and cold you are, there are old ladies passing you, GET BACK ON THAT BIKE"
-Hmmm, who would ever say that?


Helen Hutchinson <helen@carpediemconsulting.com>
Newton, MA USA - Thursday, September 1, 2005 9:08 AM CDT
Ed -- I've been following your story and keeping you, Jane, and Sarah in my thoughts. I'm so pleased to hear the news of the last few days! I'll look forward to the next bit of news. Warmly
Liz Augustine
- Wednesday, August 31, 2005 9:32 PM CDT
Hang in there. I know you can pull through this. By wintertime you'll be ready to slip on the ice and break that ankle again! Only kidding.
Beth and I have been thinking and talking about you constantly. Although bugs the kids have brought home have kept us from a recent visit, please know that we are always with you in our thoughts.
PS -- When you make it through this.. say next spring I promise to show you a cool trick that can make a manhole cover look like a tiddly-wink! :-0

Greg <ggaler@stonehill.edu>
Easton, MA - Wednesday, August 31, 2005 9:25 PM CDT
Hi Ed -- greetings from California! I'm thinking about you and hope you get better soon. It's been really intense just reading about what you are going through. You are incredibly strong and I admire you so much!! Keep that fighting spirit going! All the best :-) Karin
Karin & Tom <KarinHoving@sbcglobal.net>
Los Angeles, CA - Wednesday, August 31, 2005 9:22 PM CDT
Hi Ed, the daycare surprise virus continues to wreak havoc with my throat and ear. So, I'm not able to come down for a visit. And at the rate I'm going, who knows if I'll be able to talk on the phone tomorrow. But, Alan, Sean, and I are always thinking of you. We miss you and send you our love. Yvonne
Yvonne Wilson Dailey
Acton, MA - Wednesday, August 31, 2005 6:49 PM CDT
184 people have signed in before me. What a wonderful support group!
Ed, my father was a perfectionist and quite critical of my tennis game. I ultimately made it to the nationals one year in defiance of his thoughts. I hope you make it back to health in definace of the odds. Keep up the great fight. It can be done.

Margaret Adams
Naples, FL - Wednesday, August 31, 2005 4:42 PM CDT
Ed - Neil has been forwarding Art's updates to me regulary. You are in our thoughts and prayers daily! -
Dan Napolitano <dmail@garamgroup.com>
Syracuse, NY USA - Wednesday, August 31, 2005 3:17 PM CDT
Ed - keep on fighting the good fight, and we'll keep on praying with (and for) you!
Bob Mina <bobmina@gmail.com>
West Chester, PA USA - Wednesday, August 31, 2005 3:06 PM CDT
Hi Ed! It is so good to hear that you are doing so well, and are keeping on top of the challenges that face you. Your efforts and successes are truly inspirational, and I'm sure your positive outlook helps you and your family.

While I can not possibly relate to your circumstances, let me share some words that I reflect on when I am faced with adversity, like at 2:30 AM puking at the side of a trail curled up cryin' for my momma ;-)

The idea is to create your own destiny and not have it shaped by circumstance. You have to keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. You have to keep your words positive because your words become your actions. And you have to keep your actions positive because your actions become your values. And you have to keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.
- Peter Thomas

Take care, be strong and be comforted by those who surround you with love.

Bruce Grant <fedude@anamack.ca>
Delta, BC Canada - Wednesday, August 31, 2005 12:16 AM CDT
Ed, Jane, all - we're thinking of you a lot. Get well Ed, we're pulling for you, and looking forward to seeing you back home soon.

Jason and Amy Garbis <jason.garbis@gmail.com>
- Wednesday, August 31, 2005 11:24 AM CDT
Good to hear your voice today, Ed. Remember---"in quietness and confidence will be your strength"

Love, Mom

Margaret Hutchinson
Davidsonville, MD USA - Wednesday, August 31, 2005 11:01 AM CDT
He is getting better every day and I pray that it will just stay that way for ever! It is tough to get though this, but we will get through and everything will be superb once again!
-With love Emily

Emily Hutchinson
Newtonville, MA USA - Wednesday, August 31, 2005 10:56 AM CDT
What a cool website! Thanks for providing your fans with another more concrete way to express our love and support. I've passed the link on to other cancer sufferers who might want to set up a similar page...

Love and strength to you and your family,

--Nancy McJ & Jack Nevison

Nancy McJennett
Concord, MA U.S.A. - Wednesday, August 31, 2005 10:45 AM CDT
Ed, Yup, the glass is half full!


"Never look back, be forever mindful of others, and keep the eyes at all times set on the way. If you do this there is nothing that cannot be accomplished."
- John Stevens from 'The Marathon Monks of Mount Hiei'

Luc Levensohn <luc@protk.com>
Manchester, MA USA - Wednesday, August 31, 2005 10:35 AM CDT
Ed, Jane and Sarah, You are constantly in our thoughts, prayers and conversations. How thankful we are for this website to keep up with you. The kids are working on something to add to your room decor. We love hearing reports that you are keeping your humor despite tough circumstances. Keep it up! Much love, Bif, Kris, Alex, Zack & Kate
The Washburn Family <thewashburns@bellsouth.net>
Tucker, GA USA - Tuesday, March 22, 2005 10:12 PM CST
Hey bro! Get well soon!
Art Hutchinson <art@cartegic.com>
Newton, MA - Tuesday, March 22, 2005 4:14 PM CST

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