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My Apologies, But There Will Be No Chronicle This Week

Some of you may have noticed that I have been in South Dakota quite a bit recently. That's because I was returning to my home town to be with my adult son, who had been in an eight-year battle with mesothelioma. He died at home on Friday evening. His name was Travis Bales. (To answer the questions of anyone scratching his head after reading the obituary, I was Travis's biological father, married briefly to his mother in an ill-fated teenage marriage. We divorced and both remarried and started new families. When I left South Dakota for Texas in 1979, I agreed to let his mom's new husband, Steve Bales, adopt him, but he was always part of my life, and vice versa.) Today is his visitation, tomorrow is his funeral, Wednesday I fly back to San Francisco, Thursday the NORML conference starts. I won't have the heart or the time to do the Chronicle this week. I will try to at least blog something from the conference over the weekend. Travis was always a supporter of the cause, and he enjoyed the kind bud as much as anybody. He and I walked the mean streets of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside together, and the mean streets of Mexico City. He made it to Jamaica and Bob Marley's grave with his friends--I still haven't done that. Travis would, I'm sure, cut me some slack this week, but then he would tell me to get back to work on making things right. I'll start doing that again next week.
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My condolences

Thank you for taking the time to inform your audience of your loss, and for everything that you do. Please take time to grieve, and we will look forward to your return when you are ready.


Condolences on your loss.

Condolences on your loss. I'm sure where your son is he would want you to continue your fight-especially in the name of people who never got to see their children because of the drug laws taking them away.

Sorry for your loss.

Sorry for your loss.

My deepest condolences

Phillip, Please accept my sympathy for your loss. It is extremely difficult to lose someone you love. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Take as much time off as you need, your daily readers will be here when you are able to devote your energy toward the tyrannical drug war beast.

we are so sorry to hear of your loss

thank you for your writing .i look forward to reading it.

I'm deeply sorry for your loss.

The subject line says it all. My thoughts are with you and yours.

Holding you and your family in the Light

Dear Phil,

My family is holding your family in the Light. It is hard for me to conceive of a greater loss than the loss of one's child. My heart goes out to you.


Dear Phil, I'm terribly

Dear Phil,

I'm terribly sorry for the loss of your son. You and your family are in both mine and David's thoughts.


very sorry

My sympathies, as well. No one expects the death of a child. And I am sure it is a devastating loss. You can take some heart in the fact that your life is devoted to a good cause -- eliminating the pain and suffering of bad laws.

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