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Evening chat – Robin Williams

A celebrity’s death shouldn’t matter much in the scheme of things. But Robin Williams touched millions of lives via his art. And the manner of his death—probably suicide—and the cause—months of battling severe depression—are epidemics in this country. Sometimes the loneliest place is surrounded by loved ones who don’t understand.

A tribute to Robin Williams

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Alcohol / Marijuana

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Golf

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Soccer and the French

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The Vatican and homosexuality

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Porn

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President Obama’s statement on Robin Williams’ death

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Include your favorites in comments.

Nanu nanu, and live what dreams may come.


119 Responses to “Evening chat – Robin Williams”


  1. August 11, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    “Sometimes the loneliest place is surrounded by loved ones who don’t understand.”

    So true

    • 2 vcprezofan2
      August 11, 2014 at 8:45 pm

      :)

    • August 11, 2014 at 8:48 pm

      Hey there Bob, and thank you for this post LL – Robin was a very unique gem. Your quote is so very true – my grandfather committed suicide when my mother was 2 yrs old – when told about him, when I was 10 or so, I wondered how very sad he must have been. Robin will forever remain the wonderful quick minded soul who made me laugh like no other.

      • August 11, 2014 at 8:55 pm

        “Robin will forever remain the wonderful quick minded soul who made me laugh like no other.”

        Same for me, Judy. He was incomparable and I loved him for all the laughter he brought into my life and the lives of my family and friends.

    • 5 Dudette
      August 11, 2014 at 9:06 pm

      Very true

    • 6 Judith Fardig
      August 11, 2014 at 9:09 pm

      Yes it is, Bobfr! Loved so much of Robin Williams’ work. Good Morning Vietnam remains a favorite. Many thanks to LL for this tribute.

    • August 11, 2014 at 9:13 pm

      So true Bobfr. I lost my youngest son to suicide 11 years ago and being so overcome with grief, I spent several months contemplating my own suicide. It made sense to me at the time, as all I could see was darkness. I have two other wonderful sons and five grandchildren. I also had a mother that I adored but I just couldn’t see past the darkness. Thank God I had enough strength to see a tiny ray of light, sought help and got through it. I find so much joy now, my family, my friends, my pets, the Presidents campaign, and TOD. I am truly blessed.

      • August 11, 2014 at 9:23 pm

        Very touching and generous of you to share your story with us, Jackie. Am so grateful you made it through the darkness and are here with us and your family, today.

      • 12 jackiegrumbacher
        August 11, 2014 at 9:36 pm

        Jackie, it takes enormous courage to fight back against that level of grief. My heart goes out to your for what you endured, What a great gift you gave your surviving sons and grandchildren by reaching out to that tiny light.

      • 13 sjterrid
        August 11, 2014 at 9:43 pm

        I’m so sorry about the loss of your son, Jackie. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

        When you are in so much pain, you really don’t see how much pain and guilt we leave behind. You just think our families will be better off without us. I attempted suicide about 8 years ago, when I talked to the counselor she told me that suicide isn’t a selfless but a selfish act.

        • August 11, 2014 at 11:35 pm

          You nailed it sjterrid. That is exactly where I was and my son was. I am so glad you came through that darkness and are here with us.

          • 15 sjterrid
            August 12, 2014 at 2:19 am

            Thank you. I’m so glad you shared this with us.

            It’s one of the reasons I like TOD so much. It gives me hope that a majority of people want everybody to be treated equally and fairly, and we can appreciate the differences and learn from one another.

      • 16 mtmarilyn
        August 11, 2014 at 10:08 pm

        Oh Jackie, my heart goes out to you. I can’t comprehend losing your child that way. Know that you are wrapped in the arms of love here at TOD.

      • 17 jacquelineoboomer
        August 11, 2014 at 11:52 pm

        Oh, Jackie, I’m just seeing this. I have one child – a son – and I could feel what you were describing, even though I haven’t had to go through it. Sending a loving embrace to my O’sister!

  2. 19 Dudette
    August 11, 2014 at 8:45 pm

  3. 20 vcprezofan2
    August 11, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    • August 11, 2014 at 8:57 pm

      What an amazing Administration our President Obama has created. That is beyond touching!!

      • 22 vcprezofan2
        August 11, 2014 at 9:01 pm

        Bobfr, I made a similar remark Saturday morning in relation to the calibre of members of the O-Admin! At the time I was commenting on the fact that Sec. Jewell seems to be as hard a worker as Sec. Kerry.

        • August 11, 2014 at 9:15 pm

          Agree with you VC re: Sec Jewell. I had no doubt about her level of commitment when she accepted the nomination. She is a FORCE, as folk in the PNW learned long ago!!

        • August 12, 2014 at 1:33 am

          My thoughts of the administration personnel our admired President has put together shows their respect and desire to work hard for PBO. Our Prez is a role model for those serving in his pleasure as was said in the famous tv show West Wing.

    • August 11, 2014 at 9:27 pm

      Responded to you on the previous thread, after LL put up this one.

      * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
      Such a gorgeous park, most beautiful National Park in the lower 48 (plus Waterton Canada, too!) IMHO.

      For National Forest, my vote is cast my vote for El Dorado National Forest (near Lake Tahoe, but in CA). The explosion of wildflowers in mid-to-late July is not to be believe (high altitude, almost 10K feet).

      Incredible tributes to Robin Williams, he touched so many people. RIP.

      • 26 vcprezofan2
        August 11, 2014 at 10:00 pm

        Arapaho, whenever I read about your experiences with nature (weather/etc) and places across North America, I think you must travel an awful lot. I don’t even know where Waterton is, and have probably only been to, at most, three national parks here, most likely after someone nagged at me. . Honestly, if you’d invited me to see the wildflowers in late July, I’d probably have reminded you that there’d likely be lots of annoying insects around. I don’t really understand my attachment to @Interior and places I’m VERY unlikely to ever see, except that I find most of their pictures pretty.

    • 27 a4alice
      August 11, 2014 at 9:58 pm

      so thoughtful

  4. 28 Layla
    August 11, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Well LL, you made me cry!

  5. 29 JER
    August 11, 2014 at 8:48 pm

  6. 30 amk for obama
    August 11, 2014 at 8:48 pm

  7. August 11, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Stay classy, media

  8. August 11, 2014 at 8:51 pm

  9. 33 nospin
    August 11, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Nanoo Nanoo – A salutation used by inhabitants of the planet Ork, birthplace of Mork. It accompanies a salute/handshake with the fingers separated down the middle.

    Nanoo nanoo, and a good day to you! (Urban dictionary)

  10. August 11, 2014 at 8:57 pm

  11. 35 hopefruit2
    August 11, 2014 at 8:57 pm

  12. August 11, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    Just in case anyone thinks its going well for Vlad ….

  13. August 11, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Dude, that’s gross!!

  14. 45 hopefruit2
    August 11, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    Our Consoler-in-Chief, our President.

    • August 11, 2014 at 9:24 pm

      This seems heartfelt, genuine.

      Even though he’s on vacation, it wouldn’t surprise me if President Obama penned this himself.

      I hate how so many people seek as many ways to diminish our President as possible.

      Also, that YouTube posted on the last thread of Robin Williams tearing apart GWB was great.

      I’d forgotten what an amazing impersonator he was. One of the best, if not the best ever.

  15. 50 Dudette
    August 11, 2014 at 9:06 pm

  16. August 11, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    Thank you, Robin.

    You were one of a kind.

  17. August 11, 2014 at 9:09 pm

  18. August 11, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    Send this to chuck Todd please?

  19. August 11, 2014 at 9:14 pm

  20. August 11, 2014 at 9:16 pm

  21. August 11, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    Twitter is something Vlad never anticipated or understands ….

  22. 67 HZ
    August 11, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    Robin Williams touched my spirit in such a beautiful way that I will remember that joy always. My gentle respect goes out to his family tonight.HZ

  23. August 11, 2014 at 9:20 pm

  24. 69 Dudette
    August 11, 2014 at 9:22 pm

  25. 70 Dudette
    August 11, 2014 at 9:23 pm

  26. 71 Allison
    August 11, 2014 at 9:30 pm

  27. 72 Dudette
    August 11, 2014 at 9:32 pm

  28. 77 hopefruit2
    August 11, 2014 at 9:32 pm

  29. August 11, 2014 at 9:34 pm

  30. 79 Dudette
    August 11, 2014 at 9:36 pm

  31. August 11, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    @nycjim is doing a good job of capturing the tributes and jogging our collective memories about Robin Williams.

    But what is with the “kickstarter to ID the writer of @BarackObama’s Robin Williams statement”? Like I said to HF2 upthread, the press does everything it can to marginalize and diminish the greatest President in living memory, on every.single.thing.

    For those youngun’s who don’t remember, Mork & Mindy was truly a cultural phenomenon, during the time of double-digit inflation and national malaise:

  32. 82 Dudette
    August 11, 2014 at 9:40 pm

  33. August 11, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Meanwhile in Ferguson

  34. August 11, 2014 at 9:43 pm

  35. 90 amk for obama
    August 11, 2014 at 9:44 pm

  36. 91 forus50
    August 11, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    The President’s statement on Robin Williams is so beautiful. I honestly and selfishly love the gift of Barack Obama – more than him being president –as a beautiful writer and thinker.

    • August 11, 2014 at 10:00 pm

      Did you see what’s going on in the twitterverse (see my post upthread with sesame street tweet or go to @nycjim’s timeline).

      The most heartfelt, genuine, touching tribute, and of course, it *had* to be written by someone else. However the media can diminish this President, they do it. Very tiresome.

      • 93 Layla
        August 11, 2014 at 10:08 pm

        Why would anyone want to go see this crap!!!

      • 94 hopefruit2
        August 11, 2014 at 10:16 pm

        Most of the Twitter responses to our President’s tribute were overwhelmingly positive.

        But of course, there are always some in the MSM/GOP wing (usually the same ones all the time) who have something negative to say about everything PBO says or does…and this time is no exception.

      • 95 forus50
        August 11, 2014 at 10:17 pm

        Good grief. Haven’t they seen the markups that POTUS does on all of the speeches that are written for him?? By the time it’s done it’s probably 90% him.

        • August 11, 2014 at 11:06 pm

          Absolutely!

          It’s been five years, but the MSM still hasn’t learned that PBO’s speechwriters do the legwork (research to provide historical context) and build the framework, perhaps add flourishes and humor, but the words spoken by President Obama are his own and reflect his core beliefs and longterm strategic thinking from a multi-national and domestic perspective.

          LovePolitics2008 had it right — MSM seethe because they write for a living, and they know that they could never be as a good a writer as Barack Obama.

  37. August 11, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    • 98 jacquelineoboomer
      August 12, 2014 at 12:02 am

      Not sure if this clip with the “Gooood morning Vietnam” intro has been posted tonight, but it was something many of us (of the Vietnam generation) will never forget!

  38. 99 desertflower
    August 11, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    I just got punched in the gut. I had no idea that Robin Williams passed away….at work all day. I am so sad for his family and for all of humanity. He was smart and so gifted and talented. I will miss him. We need to laugh..so sorry that his inner demons seemed to get the best of him. RIP.

  39. 100 GGAIL
    August 11, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Oh Nooooooo!
    Robin Williams?
    When/How?

  40. August 11, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    • 102 Nena20409
      August 12, 2014 at 12:22 pm

      It is getting out of hand…..for many of these HATERS. Seriously?

      It’s not enough for them to Etch-A-Sketch pres Obama out of history and the public minds…..they want to unman and dehumanize every essence of him as a man of Color.

      I remembered how Trump and the wicked followers were saying pres Obama didn’t write his 1st book. Now they have to deny him a Memorial Tribute to The Williams family?

      Have their bigots No Shame? Coming from the 98% who cover this president and who are NEVER questioned of their racial animus.

  41. August 11, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    I was hoping that there were civic leaders…church leaders who could calm the protestors….but sometimes violence has a way of taking on a life of its own….but then the instigation of the police in the riot gear is adding fuel to the fire….
    .

  42. August 11, 2014 at 10:13 pm

  43. 106 CEB
    August 11, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    It must sometimes be terrible to be an artist; to be one of those who sees to the heart of life in ways that most of us cannot; to be able to take the terrible/beautiful essence of life and distill it in a painting, a poem, a sculpture, or through music, acting, and the type of comedy that echoes the true purpose that was set forth my the ancient Greeks. There seems to be a type of beautiful madness that helps the artist to create, but can also cause destruction. So many of the artist of all genres whose works uplifted us left us much too soon. Rest in peace, Robin Williams. “may flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.”

  44. 109 hopefruit2
    August 11, 2014 at 10:18 pm

  45. 111 hopefruit2
    August 11, 2014 at 10:23 pm

  46. August 11, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    Liberia will receive an untested experimental drug, Zmapp, to treat people infected with Ebola, the Liberian government says. The move came after a request to the US from Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the government said. The news came as medical ethics specialists met in Geneva to explore the use of such new treatments. The World Health Organization, which is hosting the meeting, says some 1,013 have died from Ebola in West Africa. “The experimental drugs are to be brought in the country by a representative of the US government later this week,” a statement on the Liberian president’s website said….continued

  47. August 11, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    Three reporters on the ground:

  48. 115 amk for obama
    August 11, 2014 at 10:32 pm

  49. 116 globalcitizenlinda
    August 11, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    confession:

    I am taking Mr. Robin Williams passing very hard;

    I never met him in person ;

    but what little of him I saw on and off screen, I loved and treasured and I was not ashamed to publicly talk about this admiration;

    Rest in Peace , Mr. Williams!

    My your family and friends find some comfort

    • 117 mtmarilyn
      August 11, 2014 at 11:44 pm

      I so understand globalcitizenlinda, we lived in Boulder when Mork & Mindy was on. Saw him several times ate next to him and Pam Dawber, a couple of times. He was so nice to us, very funny. My husband was so proud because Robin ordered the same wine my husband had just ordered. He was such a special person. He will be missed.


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