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  1. I’m really sad about this, and wish I could say I was surprised. Those who have a special kind of genius are only on short-term loan to us. His humor and pathos will be sorely missed.

  2. So very, very sad. I must say I am surprised by this. I hadn’t known that he suffered from depression. It’s hard to appreciate why he felt like this, when from the outside he looked like he had it all. What a terrible disease. He cracked us all up when we were kids. We loved Good morning Vietnam! Poor guy.

        • I should have phrased that differently. I saw him live on TV, in guest appearances, etc., not in live stage performances. Yes, he seemed to be such a warm, gentle man.

        • Olivia, are you seeing the Like button for comments? Because I don’t have them turned on and I don’t see them. And yet I’m getting notifications that you have liked several comments. Very strange. I’ve asked WordPress about how it could be happening. Not that I mind being Liked! 🙂

        • Well, that would explain why I’m not seeing it here. But I don’t understand where you’re seeing the option to Like or where your comment menu is. Do you you have comment Likes enabled on your blog? I wonder if that gives you the option to Like comments on other blogs …

        • If I click on the speech bubble (which turns orange when I’ve received a comment) below every comment is the option to reply and/or like. I think I have enabled likes on my own blog. Does seem strange if you haven enabled them on your blog..

        • Ohhh! I see it now! I’d never noticed that before. (Of course, I only noticed the orange speech bubble in the last year or so.) The only comment Likes I’d been aware of appear with little blue stars and “Like this” below the comment. That’s what I have turned off. Thanks! I’ve learned something new today. 🙂

  3. Your movie clip was a fine and most appropriate tribute to Robin Williams.

    Regarding the disease of depression I found this article by a mental-health doctor to be enlightening, and especially his final paragraph below. It’s not just veterans who are affected by this.

    Patients often describe depression as truly painful and disabling, and I have seen it. Even with all the fancy brain scanners and monitoring devices we have today, we are still left without a tool to help understand or measure the pain felt by a person. One of the most complicated disease processes to date, mental health remains a black box that science and society is only now beginning to expose. As we move toward unraveling the mystery that is a brain and emotional health, we must remain vigilant in our compassion and never presume to know the depth of internal battles being waged in the minds of others.

    • Depression is so terribly debilitating. It eats at your very soul. It’s in your head where you can’t escape it. It’s with you every waking moment. And doctors don’t know how to get in there and treat it definitively. That’s assuming you can get an appointment with a real psychiatrist; that alone can take several months, which is forever when you’re drowning …

  4. Crushed. Just crushed. (Always felt a little kinship with him – also dyslexic, and thought processes a little different than average…long ago, my teaching style was like his comedy act…rapid fire chaos. Worked until I managed to escape that world.)
    He was so electric you couldn’t help fear for him. Constant battle with depression wears you down and that deep exhaustion – weary to the bones. Always hoped his kids could give him an anchor.
    Just crushed.

    • I saw one doctor today speculating that he was just tired — tired of fighting against drug addiction, alcoholism, depression, heart disease, his TV show cancellation, and according to some sources, financial problems. I think there’s a lot of merit to that.

  5. A wonderful entertainer leaves us. Perhaps to no one’s surprise, Rush Limbaugh had some of the meanest, most disgusting comments about his passing imaginable. I won’t repeat any of them, or provide a link, because to do so would give them recognition they don’t deserve. RIP Robin.

  6. This saddened me a great deal. I actually met Robin Williams before he became famous and was doing stand up at the Comedy Store. He was hilarious then too. Having had a personal experience with suicide quite recently, I find it hard to comment beyond, RIP Robin.

"There is always light if only we’re brave enough to see it, If only we’re brave enough to be it." ~ Amanda Gorman

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