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Gerard’s obituary

Here’s the link to Gerard’s obituary.

It’s not particularly long, considering how much he did in his life. And of course, like most obituaries, it doesn’t really convey the person himself in all his complexity and energy and vitality. This blog has been much better at doing that.

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  • ghostsniper February 24, 2023, 9:55 AM

    I haven’t gotten my head around it, and don’t think of Gerard as “gone”.
    Just taking a break, and will be back at a later date.
    I’ve never done this whole “death” thing very well.

    I saw my dad lying in his casket when he was 47 and I was 25 and maybe something snapped inside my tree. Guess I just sorta deny that it is over. Being a loner in the woods helps out. I find solace in the trees.

    • ghostsniper February 24, 2023, 9:56 AM

      Meant head. My brain works faster than my typing.

    • John Venlet February 24, 2023, 10:08 AM

      Being a loner in the woods helps out. I find solace in the trees.

      I know exactly what you mean, Ghostsniper, and I head to the woods as often as I possibly can. And if a trout stream just happens to lie within the woods, so much the better.

      • Bill Henry February 25, 2023, 8:57 AM

        I am right there with you…

    • jd February 26, 2023, 12:29 PM

      I can understand how you feel, Ghost. Since we learned of Gerard’s death,
      I’ve spent much of the time I allow myself on the computer bouncing back and
      forth between here and Neo’s blog. Don’t really know what I’m looking for.

      My only close experience to death was with my mother 23 years ago. Her “trip”
      took five days and I was with her almost every moment. On the final morning I
      could tell by her breathing that something was different so I grabbed a chair,
      parked it next to her bed and never took my eyes from her face for her last half hour.
      I was blessed because if not for that, I would have missed her beatific smile as
      she passed from this world into the next.

  • Joe Krill February 24, 2023, 11:45 AM

    From what I have observed this last month, the fog has not cleared, the shock is still numbing. This speaks volumes about the man and his pen. May whoever continues “the work” do so in a fashion that is befitting of his character and may you never be afraid to say what is on your mind.

  • Steve February 24, 2023, 4:39 PM

    Miss him and the site greatly. But people are moving on rapidly. Jean, thanks for keeping this up who can’t help but just keep coming back. But it can’t last for two years. At least that seems to be the case to me. Please let us know if a book of poetry and/or other writings does appear.

    • Neo February 24, 2023, 6:52 PM

      If the commenters disperse more and more over time, I’ll put up fewer and fewer open threads. The books will be coming out, but that may take several months. I definitely will make an announcement here and on my blog.

      It’s hard to let go.

      • Steve February 25, 2023, 6:21 AM

        I just realized you have an active blog!
        I’ll be following you there. Thanks so much.

  • Kerry February 24, 2023, 5:38 PM

    Yes, he did accomplish a lot, very worthy work. And think of all the enjoyment he provided people! Thanks for including the link. I hope you are doing well under the circumstances.

  • Clinton February 24, 2023, 7:19 PM

    Well done

  • jwm February 24, 2023, 7:51 PM

    The internet has become a lot less fun. Truth to tell, most of it sucks, anymore. I’m realizing how much of my on- line time was spent here. I still keep coming back, and looking.


    • John Venlet February 25, 2023, 5:18 AM

      Well, even Gerard realized that AD would fade to digital dust, but before it does, we can still share in some of the things which Gerard has shared with us in the past, such as the beauty of kimonos.

      • Anne February 25, 2023, 8:23 PM

        Thank you so much for the Kimonos post!

  • ghostsniper February 25, 2023, 6:57 AM

    I made a comment but it fell off the conveyor belt again.

  • ghostsniper February 25, 2023, 12:11 PM

    I’ll try again.

    Remember Gerard’s “Strange Daze”?
    They were a plethora of assorted findings on the web that could keep you busy for hours.
    Here’s his first one from back in Aug 2018.

    Maybe if each of us posted a link to something we seen recently that might be of interest to the others here, we can keep this thing running.
    Sort of like a parted-out version of Strange Daze.

    Anyway, the following is part of my weekly haunts, look at your own peril.

    Howard Kunstler posts new entries on his blog twice a week, Mon and Fri at about 10 in the morning EST. Always worth reading, especially the comments below.

    Karl Denninger posts whenever he feels like it and he’s always a bare fisted brawler.
    In the current entry he tears apart that whole train derailment thing.

    Pete at Western Rifle Shooters posts new stuff constantly all day long.
    He has all 10 thumbs on the pulse of the USSA.

    Teddy doesn’t post a lot but he usually posts worthwhile stuff.
    Unless he goes off on one of his boomer rants.

    Wendy and her husband have a litany of interesting things every day.
    Always worth checking in on.

    Irish posts stuff throughout the week but his “Friday Femme Fatale Farrago” alone is worth the trip.

    Ann Barnhardt is the boldest woman on the web and she tells it like it is, and should be.

    If you’re a hands-on type of person and you like trucks, trains, and COFFEE, and loathe most of what’s going in the communist parts of the USSA then Phil is your go-to.

    Kenny at “Knuckledraggin My Life Away” has been around forever in one form or another and he presents a worthwhile variety show.

    • ghostsniper February 25, 2023, 5:27 PM

      Here’s the link for Gerard’s first Strange Daze entry:


    • Joe Krill February 26, 2023, 5:57 PM

      Ghostsniper, thank you for the list. Ann Barnhardt reminds me of vaticancatholic.com. Dynamic!

    • Terry February 27, 2023, 7:29 AM

      Looking for something to knock your socks off?

      This is it (watch the entire 42 minutes):


      This nation, if you want to call it a nation, is controlled by blackmail / drugs, and the video above proves this without a doubt.

      Bind blowing presentation in front of Arizona fake election Senators, House members.

    • Casey Klahn February 27, 2023, 12:54 PM

      Good idea to revisit the GV Strange Days theme, Ghost. I’ll be looking at your links.

      It’s got me thinking I can attempt a similar sort of thing. I cannot write as good as GV, but I can bring my “A” Game to the effort. He did teach me that. Mine would have a different flavor, but that’s expected.

      • ghostsniper February 27, 2023, 2:55 PM

        Bring it!
        Sure would like to read some Mike Austin commentarys.

  • Anonymous February 25, 2023, 4:37 PM

    Y’all express my feelings much better than I can. I still deeply mourn a friend more than 30 years gone; I still mourn friends I’ve never met: Ol’ Remus comes to mind … and now Gerard. Some pass their aura through pixels on an unfeeling monitor. Wish I had made it to Chico and looked him up (very nice country. If I >had< to live in CA …). Reading old posts allows me to forget for a while.

  • SteveS February 25, 2023, 4:46 PM

    The newneo.com is in my opinion the best blog for analysis of current events, trends, etc. Neo had me many years ago with her analysis of political changers, people who leave the warm fuzziness of the circle dance mentality when reality undeniably presents itself. (Also her writings about the world of dance). Throughout the years blogs have kind of come and went for me but two constants remain. Neo and Gerard. Makes perfect sense they were so much a part of each other’s lives. Devastated for Neo and also for all of us. Do check out newneo.

    • Terry February 28, 2023, 7:37 AM


      I tried to go to newneo.com and received a deadend message. Site for sale. Can you provide an active link?

  • Dinah February 26, 2023, 10:42 AM

    I find it interesting that for many years I read both Newneo and American Digest and then find out that there’s a connection (to say the least). As Steve says, it makes perfect sense. It’s nice to return here and ‘see’ the same old faces……sorta like that bar where everybody knows your name. Thanks, John, for the link to the kimono site and many thanks to Ghost for those links as well. Some of those I’m familiar with, but a few are new and I’ll give them a go. I sure miss coming here every Sunday for edification, entertainment, and terrific writing. I suppose that those will now be via the trusty comments….and no insult intended…..but y’all are not quite the same as Gerard. And I still miss Remus.

  • Bob February 28, 2023, 7:44 AM

    Thank you Neo for posting Gerard’s obituary. As he was a star in many of our opinions, he was also a real person. Thank you.

  • Jim in Alaska March 6, 2023, 11:10 AM

    I thoroughly enjoyed Gerald’s American Digest over the years. Yep, he’s gone, but I’m damn glad he was here for 77 years! With over eight decades behind me a great many, possibly most, I’ve known have passed. We all gotta get out of the way and give the next generation a chance to screw things up, -or hopefully, not.

    Thanks for linking his obit. Jean, I tipped a shot of Irish on his passing and, reading that, I’m tipping another one now; He had a good run!

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