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Erin Halliday Duffy

Posted by switters on September 2, 2007

A person’s death creates concentric circles of mourning and sadness. For those who were very close, the world may well seem to stop, perhaps even to be on the brink of ending. For others, there may be an overwhelming sense of loss that slows everything down and shifts one’s focus and priorities for a while, or perhaps a period of sadness and reflection. But for those in the outer circles – people who didn’t know or barely knew the deceased, the news of the person’s death will at most induce a slight pause and perhaps brief feelings of sympathy and prayers for the family. But inevitably, mundane details and day-to-day demands push themselves to the forefront and life goes on.

Life goes on.

It seems cold and callous that we continue running errands, having fun, arguing over trivial things, making plans, going to work, etc. while at the same time, close by, a group of fellow human beings are in the midst of unspeakable sorrow.

But of course, it has to be that way.

Thousands of people die every day. To grieve them all the way we grieve our own loved ones would turn us into nothing more than perpetual grief machines unable to enjoy life and thus diminishing the value of the very lives we mourn.

And yet…

There are some whose passing touches everyone, inducing a sense of loss as strong as we would have if we actually knew the person. We honor such individuals once they’re gone for who they were in life: for the impact they had, for the lives they touched, for the difference they made.

eh2002.jpgOn August 31, 2007, Erin Halliday Duffy, a teacher at Lincoln Avenue School in Sayville, passed away. She is mourned by her family, her friends, her co-workers, her students and their families, and by everyone fortunate enough to have known her. For myself, I hadn’t seen her in years but I am devastated by the news of her death. I knew her for a relatively short while, but it was enough to get a real sense of who she was. In fact, it took very little time to realize that Erin was truly a rare individual. She was genuine, kind, caring, and selfless. She had an indescribably warm smile that she blessed other people with whether she was feeling happy, stressed, tired, or whatever. She was a dedicated teacher who TRULY devoted herself to the growth, learning, and development of her students.

Being that I wasn’t close to her, it may not be my place to memorialize her. But though it has been years since I saw her, I doubt seriously that her inner essence had changed much, and I think that my distance makes me uniquely qualified to make the point I’m trying to get across.

Certainly anyone with a heart cannot help but be moved by the circumstances of her death – her youth, her promise for the future, the family and the students she leaves behind. But her life deserves more than just brief recognition and passing feelings of sympathy. Erin’s life deserves to be honored and remembered not just by those in the closest circles, but by everyone with a soul. We should all reflect upon not just their loss, but on what we have all lost. There are far too few truly decent people in this world and today there is one less

We can honor her memory by taking a moment today to reflect on what it means to be a good person. Do something nice for somebody or maybe refrain from arguing or fighting with someone, even if they deserve it. Think about it… if we lose one wonderful person but a whole bunch of other people decide to become just a tiny bit nicer, then Erin Duffy is not completely gone.

For anyone who wishes to do something more concrete, please donate to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in her memory.

I welcome and appreciate any comments below.

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I’m not a candidate, but I play one on TV

Posted by switters on August 31, 2007

When I shared with Mrs. Switters my prediction that Fred Thompson would be the next president of the United States, she made what I think is a very interesting observation. Read the rest of this entry »

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Alien Invasion?

Posted by switters on August 18, 2007

This shot was taken outside Thornhill’s today. Read the rest of this entry »

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It should not amaze me but it does.

Posted by hibbityjibbity on August 12, 2007

So I went back to college this spring to work on a business finance degree with a minor in accounting at a local community college, Santa Monica College. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Beautiful Sign

Posted by switters on July 27, 2007

The town of Babylon decided to improve the look of the town by cleaning up and planting wildflowers along the RR embankment in Deer Park. It really does look very pretty. Read the rest of this entry »

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It’s About Time!

Posted by switters on July 27, 2007

Finally, Sayville is getting something it REALLY NEEDS! Read the rest of this entry »

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What I Didn’t Do on My Summer Vacation

Posted by switters on July 22, 2007

“The more advertising I see, the less I want to buy.” I don’t think a TV commercial has ever been as effective as this one Read the rest of this entry »

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What does it take to be “The Best?”

Posted by switters on July 18, 2007

Check out the two stories about Baldwin from today’s Newsday: Read the rest of this entry »

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I Hate it When This Happens

Posted by dakeeper on July 6, 2007

If there ever was any doubt that some of these people are savage animals, then please read this article: Read the rest of this entry »

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They’re baaaack…..

Posted by switters on April 1, 2007

Once again my neighborhood is teeming with adolescent boys lugging crates of stale candy door to door, ostensibly to benefit some charity or help them pay for college or whatever other crap line their bosses tell them to say. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Floor is Open

Posted by switters on March 31, 2007

On the Sayville.com Forum I wrote:

Of course, one could make the case that even though the domain “sayville.com” is the private property of Starweb Enterprises that the owners nonetheless have an obligation to obey the demands of the community since the value of the domain name is derived entirely from us. Read the rest of this entry »

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A timely message from “DaKeeper”

Posted by switters on March 11, 2007

In the process of trying to delete some stored files from this blog, I came across the file that DaKeeper (aka The Keeper, aka Heretic) uploaded as his avatar. Now that I’ve seen the original I’m sure he was quite disappointed that wordpress doesn’t show it as an animated image, since it conveys such an important message. For anybody who is interested, you can click here to see the original. There’s no sound, but you don’t have to be a certified interpreter for the deaf to make out the message.

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No Suprise

Posted by switters on February 15, 2007

I had to stop at Radio Shack on my way home today, so I thought I’d peek in on Sears Hardware.

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A Nod to the Brave Men and Women of the Nassau County Police Department

Posted by switters on February 3, 2007

We who live peaceful, sheltered lives, must remember to be aware Read the rest of this entry »

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This could be the last time…

Posted by switters on January 23, 2007

If you ask me, it’s getting kind of old, this routine of threads on the Sayville.com forum getting deleted and then me posting them on this blog. I think I’m done with it.

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The Meaning of Pride

Posted by switters on December 23, 2006

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Another Thread Bites The Dust

Posted by switters on December 16, 2006

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Feminism and Porn

Posted by switters on December 10, 2006

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The Truth About Sayville Men

Posted by jimh on December 9, 2006

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