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This is what I wrote for Michael's online condolences' page.

In the mid-1990s, I met a guy 11 years my senior through our mutual good friends, Sheldon Herman and Michelle Salinas. Michael Lapinksi was living with them temporarily until he found a house of his own.

I was drawn to him because he was very intelligent and funny. And, he had a fatherly way about him.

We spent more time talking than he cared for, but he stuck with me. He knew it was respect I was seeking. Not another fly-by-night encounter.

Michael opened up my world to many positive ways of living.
He introduced even more healthier ways of living than I was already doing. He probably has prevented me from having colon cancer some day. He introduced me to Gurdjieff, Krishnamurti and Swami Satchidananda. We spent a few days at Swamiji's ashram, Yogaville, a place Michael had lived for awhile long before he met me.

One thing that struck me about Michael is how he had a high school education backed up by training at a trade school placing him in the blue-collar field, yet his knowledge of the important things in life was that of someone who could have had at least a bachelor's degree. Maybe that's my own prejudice. He was a deep thinker.

Michael was a very giving person, perhaps, too much so, and that seemed to be the downfall of our own relationship. It was clear I could not give to him as much as he needed from me. So we went our separate ways. Yet we were able to be friends.

It saddens me to know he has left this earth prematurely.


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Jul. 8th, 2009 04:36 am (UTC)
*hugs* It's hard when you lose someone like that, even if you haven't seen them for a while. I'm sorry for your loss, not to mention what sounds like the world's loss as well.
Jul. 8th, 2009 02:47 pm (UTC)
It's seems like we bumped into each other last summer, but I don't know. We went to the same haunts. Towards the end of the year, I was looking for him, but we never met up. I understand he was also ill with a really bad back, which seems odd for him. I don't recall him having any back problems or mentioning any.
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Jul. 8th, 2009 07:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your thoughts and hug, Maura. :)
Jul. 8th, 2009 03:45 pm (UTC)
I was going to ask... *hug*
Jul. 8th, 2009 07:17 pm (UTC)
Hugs are most always welcome. Thanks, C. :)
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