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Re: Monica..
Ken Knapp #2886187 09/02/19 09:26 AM
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Very sad indeed.
She was a pillar of this community and we will miss her very much.


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Ken Knapp #2886193 09/02/19 09:38 AM
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Requiescant in pacem, Monica K -- and thanks for everything you did here, for many years.

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She is gone too, too soon. My condolences to her family.

It is our great fortune that she lives on in her posts and recital pieces (always signing off with her signature "...lunch today was...") and on her YT channel. God speed, Monica


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I am so sad to hear this news. It is so rare these days to know someone who is truly a "real" person that cares so much about others. Her kindness touched so many people here on this forum and probably many other places as well.

You will be sadly missed my friend, but never forgotten.

My heart aches tonight.


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I got to know Monica back in 2005 when I jointed PW. We talked about academics (she taught Psychology, I taught Economics). She wrote perhaps the most comprehensive review of my first book! We talked about our kids. We talked about music and pianos, of course. We never met in person, but we knew more about each other than many people I see in person on a regular basis. The digital world has many drawbacks, but in this case it lived up to its potential for bringing people together. I will miss her, and remember.

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I thought I would repost the link to Monica's YT channel where she shared her passion for Einaudi and new age music. It's here. And this was her last recital piece from 3 weeks ago.



I just listened to it again this morning and pictured Monica 'ascending'...


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I am so saddened by this news. Monica fought the brave fight. I hope she is at peace.


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Ken Knapp #2886222 09/02/19 11:34 AM
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I am so very sorry to hear this update.

Monica was a very special part of our ABF family and she will be greatly missed.

My deepest sympathies to her family.


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Monica, you will be missed. Your love for music and especially Einaudi were an inspiration and will continue to be. Naming the recital after Monica seems like a wonderful remembrance and tribute. So sad to lose her from this family.


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I’m so very sad to read this update. Monica and I chatted just two weeks ago, and she expressed resolve in her ultimate decision to deal with her untimely illness the way she had. She said that she didn’t see the point in prolonging her suffering, despite being urged by some to do everything possible—including “crackpot alternative remedies” (her words)—to fight her disease. She was as graceful and courageous during that conversation as she had been in any of the others we had had previously. What a wonderful human being. I’ll miss her—as will so many others.

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RIP Monica. You will be remembered fondly by so many people here.

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It's sometimes said that the internet tends to make many people more insensitive than they would ever be in real-life conversation.

We've seen some notable counter-examples to that thesis in this wonderful little community, and Monica was a stellar case in point. I join many others in saying that I will miss her invariable kindness and consideration.

I hope that she and Apple and Minnesota Marty (and so many other great people) are making music together now, wherever they are.


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This is Athena, Monica's child. In her last directives she wanted me to make a post here, but I see that your loving community has already gotten the ball rolling. Thank you all so much for your kind words. I love reading about how much people appreciated her. This space meant so much to her- for over a decade I've heard stories about all the forum regulars, and I've been awed by the amount of support and love that she's received from people all over the world in the last few months. I'm very honored that you're considering naming the recital in her honor. It was just one of the many labors in her life that she took on voluntarily, and I'm so glad that she's being recognized for it.

I don't play piano (sorry!) but I loved listening to her play. When I was in high school and college and would sleep in on the weekends, she'd loudly play until I woke up. I was extra careful to listen to her these last few months, and I'll treasure the many recordings she made. I will miss her so much. Thank you so much for being a good, loving place for her.

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Athena, we’re all so sorry for your loss. She really meant a lot to many of us. It’s quite amazing that she made so many videos, and when you’re ready, they will be there for you to watch and remember her by. I hope the YouTube channel stays up so we can visit her periodically as well.

Thank you for allowing us to share her memory.


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Athena -- You could start learning! This is a forum for new and returning learners, after all.

Your mom and I used to chat a lot (by private message) about life, the universe and everything ... including our kids!

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Originally Posted by Monica K.
This is Athena, Monica's child. In her last directives she wanted me to make a post here, but I see that your loving community has already gotten the ball rolling. Thank you all so much for your kind words. I love reading about how much people appreciated her. This space meant so much to her- for over a decade I've heard stories about all the forum regulars, and I've been awed by the amount of support and love that she's received from people all over the world in the last few months. I'm very honored that you're considering naming the recital in her honor. It was just one of the many labors in her life that she took on voluntarily, and I'm so glad that she's being recognized for it.

I don't play piano (sorry!) but I loved listening to her play. When I was in high school and college and would sleep in on the weekends, she'd loudly play until I woke up. I was extra careful to listen to her these last few months, and I'll treasure the many recordings she made. I will miss her so much. Thank you so much for being a good, loving place for her.


Thanks for dropping in and including us when it must not be easy.

Take care.

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Monica K. #2886349 09/02/19 06:40 PM
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Athena--
Thank you for stopping in. It is lovely to hear from you. Please take care of yourself and your loved ones at this delicate time.


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I may not participate in these forums these days but they did make Monica's and my path cross online and in person. I've only met a few people I've known from online a few times and Monica was likely the nicest.....

I'd love to hear more about your having met her, also from others who did. Don't know if this thread is the place for that, but wherever it would be, I'd love to see it.

....and.....

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I got to know Monica back in 2005 when I jointed PW. We talked about academics (she taught Psychology, I taught Economics). She wrote perhaps the most comprehensive review of my first book! We talked about our kids. We talked about music and pianos, of course. We never met in person, but we knew more about each other than many people I see in person on a regular basis. The digital world has many drawbacks, but in this case it lived up to its potential for bringing people together. I will miss her, and remember.

Would you be interested to post a link to that review that she wrote?

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Monica to me was an example of the force for good that internet communication can be, and long may her gentle, inclusive nature live on in this forum and its music.


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Oh no! Just saw this. We will really miss her presence here.


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I was listening to her submission"Ascent" today in Recital #55 and just happened to sign in tonight to the PW forum. Seeing the heading "Monica" I was so sad hearing about her passing away. Indeed she was the most positive presence guiding and modeling what this forum should be about. She has touched us all.

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