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The Brain Trust - Danny Wilson, Billy Kenney & Friend

MOURNING WAVE FROM THE GREAT NORTHWEST


From David Wilson, San Francisco, Friday night.


Hello Everyone. I am very sad tonight, but have to report that my little

brother, Daniel Patrick Wilson, died suddenly this morning, Friday, April 16,

2010. He was 44 years old.


I know that his years at Pinel were happy ones for Daniel, who had a lot of

trouble in this world, on account that he was just too big and loud to ever fit

right in it. I know that he had the highest regard for his fellow Pinelians, as

we can see by looking at his many enthusiastic posts in the archives of our

online discussion group.


Here is one that he posted just over a year ago, when we learned of Bill

Kenney's passing (The verses Daniel quotes are from "The Prophet" by Kahlil

Gibran)…



"Wilson" <lightforce@olypen.com>

lightforce@olypen.com

Wed Apr 1, 2009 7:58 pm

for our group and bill a reading wave



hello all

i am not a religious man


yet i have read this particular verse over

my grandfather

my mother-in-law

and brother in-law

plus for the many friends and comrades in arms

i have lost


so i will pass it along


i hope it has meaning and comfort to those who read it



OF DEATH:


the they spoke,saying,we ask now of death.

And he said:

you would know the secret of death.

But how shall you find it unless you seek it in the heart of life?

The owl whose night-bound eyes are blind unto the day cannot unveil the

mystery of light.

If you would indeed behold the spirit of death,open the your heart wide

unto the body of life.

For life and death are one,even as the river and the sea are one.

In the depth of your hopes and desires lies your

silent knowledge of the beyond;

And like seeds dreaming beneath the snow

your heart dreams of spring

Trust the dreams,for in them is hidden the gate

to eternity

our fear of death is but the trembling of the

shepherd when he stands before the king whose

hands is to be laid upon him in honor.

Is the shepherd not joyful beneath his trembling,that

he shall wear the mark of the king?

Yet is he not mindful of his trembling?

For what is to die but stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun?

And what is it to cease breathing,but to free the breath from its

restless tides,that it may rise and expand and seek god?? unencumbered??

Only when you drink from the river of silence

shall you indeed sing.

And when you have reached the mountain TOP ,then you shall begin to climb.

And when the earth shall claim your limbs,

then your soul shall truly dance.



peace and love

to all

Daniel Patrick Wilson

The Top

mtz,BRB



Fri Apr 16, 2010 8:17 pm


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Dear David,

I am so sorry for your family's loss; for the loss to Danny's wife, kids,

neighbors, former schoolmates, friends, folks in his local community, etc.


I don't know if I ever met Danny, but his personality rang strong in this

pinelschool Yahoo Group.


I hope Danny's death was swift and painless. I don't handle the concept of death well. I am in shock and awe. R.I.P.: Danny Wilson. I didn't know him, but I loved him.

Take care.

Warm regards,

Wayne Calhoon

Pinel: 1964-1969


> From David Wilson, San Francisco, Friday night.

>

> Hello Everyone. I am very sad tonight, but have to report that my little

brother, Daniel Patrick Wilson, died suddenly this morning, Friday, April 16,

2010. He was 44 years old.

[big snip]



Fri Apr 16, 2010 8:32 pm


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Dear David and pinel family,

I remember Danny when he was at pinel. He was an adorable little boy: loud, fun and always in motion--his cheeks rosy and his brow sweaty. He was the kind of little kid you wanted to hug but couldn't because he just moved too fast. Since we've had the yahoo group, Grown-up Danny's postings have made me laugh and marvel at his depth, honesty and creativity. I am so sorry that we have lost Danny. l will miss hearing from the ranch.

  

Brenda Dawson Dove



Fri Apr 16, 2010 10:01 pm


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I am truly saddened to hear this news Dave, its been many years since I have seen Danny, but if you remember he and I played together daily, had sleep overs on many occasions while we were at Pinel, Danny was too young to leave us, but only the heavens know why they opened up to welcome Danny, to Dave, Danny's wife and family, you are in our thoughts, its never easy to understand why theses things happen.

Rest in peace my old friend


Sincerely:


Dave Israel



Fri Apr 16, 2010 10:29 pm


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Oh David,

I am breathless, shocked, and horribly sad. I am so very sorry for the loss you and your family has suffered. Danny was a great spirit and he will be very missed.

Please give our Pinel love to his beloved wife and please let us all know if there is anything we can do for you - pictures, whatever.

Lots of love to you and yours,

Anna



Fri Apr 16, 2010 10:29 pm


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I'm so sorry, David.


We were all lucky to have time with Danny, double luck as Brenda says to enjoy the kid and the man.


Big big hugs to you.


We're all standing together in the mustard grass at the top of the hill, spring

wind blowing around us, the ground just starting to dry from the probably-last

rains before summer, mud on our shoes, red-winged blackbirds singing, and all of us a part of the never-ceasing life of the world.


Dinah



Sat Apr 17, 2010 7:34 am


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Oh my lord, David, that is such shocking and awful news.

I have always been amazed at how Danny, a cute little kid, grew up to

be such a big powerful man. Hard to imagine that anything at all could

hurt him.


He's always been friendly and optimistic, and encouraging to the rest of us.

Danny will be greatly missed, and infinitely more so by his family.


My deepest condolences.


Paul Carlson



Sat Apr 17, 2010 8:18 am


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David, I am very sad to hear this news. although I haven't been in touch or seen Daniel since we were kids, his friendship during my years at Pinel was very meaningful to me. Playing sports, running around the school grounds, hanging out at your house, playing in the pool. Many, many strong memories. I am sorry for you and your family's loss and wish you all the best.

Dov Hassan



Mon Apr 19, 2010 1:55 pm


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Oh David. I am sure that you, like so many of us, are flooded now with images of Danny's life, from that wet-lipped grinning rascal at pinel to the burly cattle rancher who was so full of love for his wife and this world. How fitting, that a man "too big and  loud" managed to touch us all so deeply with his all-caps waves. I always thought of you as the literary brother, but Danny, too had such an appreciation for words. I love that he chose this passage for us to read, and that you are choosing it again now. I will absolutely miss his words.  My heart is with you and your family.


-Sybil



Tue Apr 20, 2010 6:49 am


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David, my heart weeps with you for your and your family's loss. I join you in

celebrating his life, I loved his posts on this site, I often felt I was in

Montana on a cattle ranch with him and it made me smile.


Stacey



Tue Apr 20, 2010 11:41 am


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David Wilson checking in on Tuesday evening from San Francisco:


In accordance with his wishes, Daniel will be buried in the cemetery in

Juliaetta, Idaho, dressed in his leathers, and in a plain pine box. The burial

will occur on Thursday, April 22 at Noon. There will be two memorial gatherings

for Daniel in the near future, first in the Port Townsend, Washington area, and

then later in the San Francisco Bay Area. I will announce exact details of the

memorials as soon as they are decided on.


Thursday we return Daniel's body to the soil of Turtle Island.



Tue Apr 20, 2010 7:45 pm


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Dear David,

OK, I've got to ask the symbolism (and where Turtle Island is) of each choice:

Juliaetta, Idaho

Port Townsend

Turtle Island

Fondly,

Wayne Calhoon

Pinel: 1964-1969



Tue Apr 20, 2010 9:32 pm


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Good Morning Everyone,


Juliaetta, Idaho is a tiny town about 20 miles east of Lewiston, Idaho. It's

where Chris' family hail from (Daniel's wife). I visited there yesterday, for

the first time, to get a look around before the burial today at noon. It is a

quiet, lovely town. Very peaceful. Chris got a good laugh when I met up with her and my parents last night, and I told her that I had stopped in at the Bottoms Up - the local saloon - for a short beer. She assures me that this bar has looked the same for half a century, and I believe her! On a Wednesday afternoon, it was the only establishment open in town.


Port Townsend, Washington is the closest town to the Ranch. Daniel was always coy about his exact location, but Chris agrees that it's now OK to tell all. They lived just outside of Chimacum, which is on the east side of the Olympic Mountains.


"Turtle Island - the old/new name for the continent, based on many creation

myths of the people who have been living here for millenia, and reapplied by

some of them to "North America" in recent years. Also, an idea found world-wide, of the earth, or cosmos even, sustained by a great turtle or

serpant-of-eternity."

-- Gary Snyder, 'Turtle Island' (1974)


Big Day today. Please keep us in your thoughts.


David Wilson

Lewiston, Idaho

Earth Day, April 22, 2010



Thu Apr 22, 2010 7:41 am


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Love Love and more Love.

Sending my prayers to you and Chris and all.

Anna



Thu Apr 22, 2010 8:33 am


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Dave, you and your family will be in my thoughts today and for the days to come. attached is a picture of pinel's last Christmas tree, Danny  and I planted in my back yard some thirty years ago.

peace from the burbs,

Bill



Thu Apr 22, 2010 9:03 am


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You and your family will be in my thoughts today.  I am having troubles with my words today.  There is so much that I want to say and the words just aren't coming to me.  

Love to you all,

Melacha (Vandy) Quirke



Thu Apr 22, 2010 1:30 pm


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With love, laughter, and tears, we returned Daniel's body to the earth on Earth

Day. It was raining hard all morning, and raining still when we began. The

cemetery was muddy, but the rain ended before the service concluded, and then the sun came out and it was a brilliant, sunny afternoon. In addition to myself, Chris, and my mom and dad, some of Chris' relatives from the town turned out in the rain, including her nephew "Little" Ed, who is a guy as big as Daniel was! (And I sure felt Daniel's weight when we carried his pine-box casket to the grave.) Then who should show up, but our dear friend of 30 years, Tom Phipps, who had driven 6 hours from Helena, Montana, to be present. At noon, the Juliaetta town whistle, normally blown at that time for 20 seconds, was let to wail for a full 2 minutes in honor of Dan – For me that was the moment of

greatest emotion. We played a recording of Jerry Garcia singing "The Teddy

Bear's Picnic" and then remembered Daniel with stories. It was left to me to

read the lines "On Death" from Kahlil Gibran's "The Prophet." – A passage that

Daniel always read at the funerals of those that he loved. Then we lit off

bottle rockets, and those who wished fired off Dan's shotgun. His wife Chris -

who he had never been able to get to fire a gun - fired the last shot. After he

was buried, we stopped in town at the Bottoms Up for a drink, and then back to Lewiston where my family and Phipps had many drinks in Daniel's honor. Today is a new day, and we proceed in light and life.


David Wilson



Sun Apr 25, 2010 6:19 am


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Thanks very much, David, for keeping us in the loop.

Sounds as though you folks did a good man a great and fitting honor.


(I lived in Twin Falls, Idaho for 4 years, but never went up there to

Juliaetta.)


LOL about the shotgun. Several years ago, on summer vacation, we spent

the night with old friends in rural upstate New York. They've got

enough land to do skeet shooting out back, and we convinced Fujiko to

try one shot, with a Remington bolt-action almost as big as she is!


About some more Pinellions:

I just got in from a small family reunion in Baltimore. Marilyn and

Mom flew in from North Dakota, while Elaine and her husband Terry

drove over from western Maryland. Dad got them all hotel rooms, so we

could hang out for the weekend.

Elaine and Marilyn are doing okay, though Elaine continues to face challenges.

Elaine's daughter Jenny recently got a place of her own, a nice

apartment east of Baltimore. We visited there, as well. Elaine's older

son Jake went to breakfast with us all on Sunday morning, before Dad

and I caught our flight home.


All the best, Paul Carlson



Mon Apr 26, 2010 6:48 pm


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David,

It sounds like it was a loving tribute to Daniel and our love and prayers are with you and your family. Do let us know if there is anything we can offer you in this time of grief.


Love Anna



Tue Apr 27, 2010 7:50 am


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I feel like I should correct one thing David said about me shooting the 12 gauge. I have my own 22 and have shot all of Dan's guns but did not shoot the 12 gauge as often as he wanted me to. It always gave me a bruise on my arm because it was so long I could not tuck it into my shoulder as you should.

I am missing Dan but believe that he is still with me and as long as he is remembered in our hearts he will always be with us.

Peace and Love from the Ranch

Christina Wilson



Wed Apr 28, 2010 9:40 pm


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Hello Chris,


Glad to have you correct the record. Although, it was pretty dramatic the way I told it. We want to be as factually accurate as we can, unless, of course, we can't resist embellishing a tale.


Now that you are sole representative of the Lightforce, I think it will be nice if you send us all a Morning Wave, now and then...


If so inclined... If the spirit moves you.


Love,


David



Thu Apr 29, 2010 2:24 pm


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Hi David,

I think I am on facebook now. Have a few things to fill in yet. I am going to try and send a wave once a week. Dan was the person who had a way with words just as you do but I will do my best. Better get off line for now. No one can get a call through while I am on line.

Will tank to you soon

Peace and Love from the Ranch

Chris



Thu Apr 29, 2010 3:48 pm

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