- Date of passing: Sep 2, 2012
|...Don't look for me in a human shape. I am inside your looking. No room for form with love this strong. (Rumi)|
This website was created in memory of our beloved Dorinda. We invite you to add your thoughts, memories and images here.
If you would like to make a donation in memory of Dorinda, you are invited to donate to Arizona Border Collie Rescue at:
The beautiful photo featured above was taken by Dorinda's sister, Niriha. In the photos folder, "By" indicates who uploaded the image, not necessarily the photographer.
"Can hardly believe it's been 4 years...I remember when you asked me, "what's your favorite dog, of all the breeds?" I said "border collies, without a doubt." Thank you for leaving a legacy for all those doggy guys. I so thank you for those last conversations. after you left, the song," Diamond Girl...sure do shine", kept running through my mind. Wherever you are, you sure do shine."
"miss you always - love you and longing for another visit.
"In the beginning, love.
In the middle, love.
Back to the beginning."
Falls around the corner, your favorite time of year.
Remember "I brake for leaves"?
"Thinking of you today and always, with love and gratitude. xxx ooo"
again planting flowers - the sky is still filled with monsoon colors and yet all of a sudden, a breeze - sweeping through the street announcing a change of weather...this life is impermanent.I am grateful for the beautiful things I see. Natural mind rising, absence of force - this moment belongs to my memory of our friendship.Thank you for the gift of friendship."
"again this year September 2nd is Dorinda's day on the Flagstaff NPR radio station KNAU. The message:
Today’s KNAU Day Sponsor is Ted Hartson, remembering Dorinda Hartson who left us 4 years ago today, now navigating events in the elsewhere. She loved the prairie, her flowers, and dogs. She was the President of Adverbial Advocates, saying, “You are either a member or the cause.” Logically, her middle name was Lee
. Warm wishes and thank you to each of you""
lots of bees this year already now - the roses are beautiful ...most likely you know. The loving does not stop when one goes and the other stays behind.Be well wherever you are.Love as always!"
"Happy Birthday Ginch
"I remembered quietly yesterday. Still a very sad memory"
"Dorinda, we think of you SO often, and we're grateful to have had you in our lives. We're also VERY grateful to Jon and Andrea, who have so thoughtfully set up and maintained this beautiful memorial page, keeping our "Dorinda Community" thriving."
"Missing my big sister especially today on your birthday! Please visit me in my dreams and share some of your love and laughter."
"Thinking of you on this special day. Sending you love with all my heart."
"Dorinda, there is not a day that goes by that you don't cross my mind. On the third year anniversary of your passing my first grandchild was born. I can't help but think you sent me something to smile about on this day and I thank you."
in my brief time up in Flagstaff this summer I visited the arboretum ...you were definitely around me when all the penstemon greeted me.
You are present during many moments in my life irregardless of space differerence. I come to feel that the elsewhere is not that far but rather where we locate it in our hearts.That said I believe you are at peace, although I have no proof. This universe seems to have no weaver but the web we weave with authenticity and care hold us firmly and provide the threads we need in order to deal with all that life throws at us. I am sure grateful for its generosity as welll as its challenges. Growth is dynamic and wild by nature and the pain, that comes with it inescapable - isn't it?
I know less than ever but live life fuller. I am finding the center of myself pleasantly empty. No need for religion nor belief of any sorts, yet the sense of having to maintain a daily practice of kindness paired with humor.You would appreciate that...
On the first of September, Jon and me went up to Sedona for a day remembering our wedding 16 years ago. I am so glad you were our officionado - we thank you for that every year!
I miss laughing with you for sure. I don't go to the movies ever without you. Perhaps I should again. I am so very happy that the prairie has unfolded puppy love and human love again and know you are in acceptance. All is well. All is well my friend.
Please hug Levi for me!
Love from Jon and Feli, you were such a great friend to all of us!
In embrace of what happened,
"Dearest Dorinda, It seems like yesterday and it seems like forever ago since we had the delight of speaking with you, sharing time with you and having fun with you. I am so thankful for the time we spent together 3 months before you departed: Blake's high school graduation. Be sure to visit on Dad's 90th birthday!"
"Dorinda, we miss you SO much, but in many ways, you're with us as strongly today as ever. We think of you every day when we're reading the day's "Mutts" strip, and we're reminded of you in every moment of whimsy that filters through our lives - we're certain those precious moments are sent by you!"
Think of you often, and feel your presence
I'd bring you up to date as to trials and tribulations but you being in the elsewhere already know.
"It is indeed the third anniversary of Dorinda's passing. A sad day for us all. Here on the Prairie it is also a time of new beginnings, a new dog in my life who is a 14 week old Irish Setter puppy Mr. Tipperary (Mr. tip) in my life.
I have 'bought' the remembrance day on the local NPR station station with this message;
Today’s KNAU Day Sponsor is Ted Hartson, remembering Dorinda Hartson who left us 3 years ago today, now navigating events in the elsewhere. She loved the prairie, her flowers, and dogs. She was the President of Adverbial Advocates, saying, “You are either a member or the cause.” Logically, her middle name was Lee. Warm wishes and thank you to each of you"
"I just realized we can lay flowers as well instead of lighting a candle...so I will lay a flower this time, it seems right. Everything is in bloom now Dorinda, you would like it, no more frost expected - when I do the spring planting next week I will plant happiness for you - - -
You are "so !" missed, I think you know that."
"It was an unusually warm day here in Parks, no snow. One of Dorinda's favorite bears spent the day at her memorial, she is indeed forever missed."
"Precious Dorinda, do tell, what do you feel about your birthday while in Heaven? Maybe your soul is sending love to all, We are certainly sending love and remembering you so fondly on this special day, February 7th."
I think of you often
"Thinking of you, Dorinda, on your birthday and EVERY day, with love and gratitude."
"A CD copy of Dorinda's book, Events in the Elsewhere is now available.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, a copy or two to Friends and Family is available without charge during this Holiday season. Ted Hartson Parks, AZ"
"Dorinda Lee - still lighting up the prarie and filling me with song when I think of you which is more often than not. Loving you and your light. Yvonne"
"I spent a quiet moment at Dorinda's urn this afternoon, the wildflowers are outrageous here on the Prairie this year. Thanks to all for your kind notes"
"Ginch, miss you sooo much
I understand...you are not far - love to you!
"My daughter Sarah and I were just talking last week about how the Prairie is just not the same without Dorinda here. How we miss her smile and her energy that just lit up the prairie. Sarah commented that of all the people she has had to let go of in her young life, Dorinda has been the hardest.Dorinda reached out to this young girl and made her her buddy and as Sarah grew she was there for her to help her heal from the trauma that she had experienced in such a short life. What the evil meant for destruction of Sarah, God used Dorinda to help turn it around. Sarah will be 18 soon and is thriving and Dorinda we thank you for your love and support. We will miss you forever until we meet again. See you when we get there "Sunshine"!"
"Dear Dorinda ~ Two years on, and your inspiration and example are as strong as ever. Graham and I and miss you more than words can express, and we think of you often (especially while reading the daily "Mutts" strip). Thank you, Jon and Andrea, for providing this site for all of us to channel and share Dorinda's lovely light. ♥ Sheila"
"Dorinda. 19. Just coming into her own. Living with us in Italy on the top floor of the Conte e Contessa's house. England in Nuthatch. Was a confident and friend to my mum. A breath of kindness and gentleness to me. It seems that each day subsequently you lived in truth, filled with spirit, affecting all who crossed your path. You fell deep into people's hearts and lives and hence your physical presence leaving only diminishes their lives slightly as your deeper spirit stays within as a candle burning always. Such a wonderful gift sweet dorinda. Say hi to Mum."
"D-I know you are probably aware as you dance in the light but I wanted to send a note to put in writing that the Mutts strips have been paid for (thanking Ted) and your book will be printed soon! Yippee!"
"Precious Dorinda, This September has been so difficult without your physical presence to enjoy and receive inspiration from. But lest I forget that the physical is only a small part of the story, you visited me: First, your photo wafted down from my dresser - no breeze, just out of the blue. It is not yet framed. Ten minutes later, a photo of saguaros fell to the floor from my refrig."
"dear d - I miss you more than ever
i want you to know your book will be printed before christmas
i was able to get the permissions to use the MUTT strips, Ted is happy to pay to get it done and I am almost done with the cover
i meant to write a long letter to everyone on Sept. 1"
"So the earth turned many times since you last walked in the prairie towards the woods. Your log, on which you gained the insight that nothing ever dies,but just goes on and on in many other forms, is still there, nourishing all who come to it - much like you. "Dorindaly" explored through your grasses with Dara yesterday, you very much with us - her hair seemed to curl with each step! LOVEU"
"Dearest Dorinda, I’m still not used to your absence. Thank you for all the kindness and laughter and insight you brought to our lives. Not to mention many, many fabulous meals!"
"Dorinda, I thought of you the other day;
as though you smiled from above,
we are certainly not our physical bodies,
you were singing: we are always dearly loved.
THANKYOU for so much love and light you brought!"
"Today’s KNAU Day Sponsor is Ted Hartson, remembering Dorinda Hartson who left us a year ago today, now navigating events in the elsewhere. She loved the prairie, her flowers, and dogs. She was the President of Adverbial Advocates, saying, “You are either a member or the cause.” Logically, her middle name was Lee."
"Dorinda, you departed a year ago today, and we miss you terribly. We're grateful, though, for your continuing presence in our lives in countless intangible forms. We think of you and speak of you often, especially each morning when we read the day's "Mutts" strip! We treasure our Dorinda memories!"
"A year has passed by - you are close in a different way, nearer than I thought. The love for you and the friendship between us certainly did not stop! What a wondrous thing, this earthly incarnation, that we have to die and go and leave behind so much and awaken somewhere else... the not knowing, the yearning, the uncertainty, the finality - such rawness of heart is demanded of us ! XO A"
"Dearest Dorinda, I am sure on your 65th birthday, you are feeling how much all of us who love you so dearly are missing you. I do feel that you have taken a trip to visit us at this time and I am grateful to feel your presence so unmistakably."
"Happy Birthday Ginch
"Dorinda, we're thinking of you on your 65th birthday, just as we do every day, with happy memories and gratitude for the time we had with you! What a difference you made - and continue to make - in our lives!"
"Dearest Dorinda, gentle soul, I believe this is your birthday, a day of gratitude for the time you shared with us on this planet. Blessings continue to flow from your presence in our lives. You always remind us of the simplest, truest and kindest parts of ourselves. Thank you, Dorinda."
"Today I was gardening, I wanted to get all the flowers ready so they can salute you on the 7th. I thought about putting a Jasmin in as well, hoping it might climb up the tree and delight us with bold white bloom. I will sit at the table and drink my morning cup of tea out of the mug you gave me as I do every day. I miss you terribly."
"We approach Dorinda's Birthday, February 7th would have been her 65th. Thanks to all of you who have posted and read this page. Especially thanks to Jon and Andrea Ward for keeping this lovely page maintained. Elcho and 'Quadra-Cats' are fine, as am I. In the spring I will get something set up to permit access to her book; Events in the Elsewhere. Ted Hartson Parks, AZ 2-2-13"
I know you are alive and well spreading your cheer! You are someone who the universe called into my life to make a difference! Thank you! Love to you,
"Thinking of you today sweet, beautiful, radiant~Dorinda
Remembering your kindness and deep affection towards all beings, thinking of you in love and admiration always~"
"Happy Birthday my dear sweet friend, Dorinda.
thinking of you today and always
I just arrived in Parks, a gorgeous sunny day with plenty of snow. Our kinda day when we would get together and giggle. It is not the same here without you, miss you so much!
Sending you endless love"
"I am just now seeing this lovely page, thanks to Jon and Andrea who are visiting me here in Parks. Thanks to each of you for the kind and loving words about Dorinda. Ted Hartson"
"Dear D-I finally got around to doing Qi Jong and thank you, it really does help. My back has gone out from trying to do to much physical stuff so please, please come soothe me in my sleep. I miss you so much! Where did you go, how could you leave me this way??? I love you more than ever and hope I can trace your path..."
"Dear Dorinda ~ Graham and I are thinking of you and re-reading the many "Mutts" books you gave us through the years. Mooch, Earl and the gang are a wonderful reminder of the life lessons you taught everyone, simply by LIVING them yourself. Niriha is looking into getting your book published to share your keen insights and your inspiring, liberating message. You'll be in our hearts always."
"Dear d - please visit me again soon. I miss your loving encouragement.
p.s. Give Mom Kuennen a big welcoming hug and a kiss from all of us here on the other side. We just laid her to rest. y"
"Dear Dorinda, our time together seemed so short, yet the impact was timeless. I miss you and think about you everyday. I hope you have come to realize your dream of the elsewhere. You were a guiding light and I thank you for all the healing and unconditional love you provided for me and so many others. Your saintly compassion will never be forgotten."
"Invited from UK to the Resonance Repatterning conference in 2003 it was Dorinda opening her home and heart to me that made my visit actually possible. Privileged to be able to share delicious days with her, working, walking, shopping, talking, cooking, learning together, lots of laughter, lots of Being. She is a generous, loving, wise soul I was lucky to know - Thank you dear heart Dorinda"
"I have known Dorinda for years, but had only occasional contact in recent years, most notably to read several versions of her book "Events in the Elsewhere." I just heard about her passing and mourn the loss of one of the sweetest, dearest, warm-hearted people to ever grace this world we all share.."
"Dear Dorinda, when I met you I was surprised for your light, your presence and your love, always remember you with that image.
"I knew you from Virginia Beach. It's been a long time, but I remember you as very special. I liked especially your light touch with the world. Yes,safe travels and thanks for the chance to know you."
"The world is darker and colder without you Dorinda. It was my great pleasure to know you and to love you."
"Dear Dorinda, You are a most memorable mentor in illuminating life, love and learning. You have blessed so many in sharing your heart, mind and spirit, and I am forever grateful for knowing you. Peace, love and joy to you."
"FROM ROBYN SOLOMON STEVE: Although I was not your contemporary (you were in my brother Doug's class) the joy and laughter you shared whenever I was visitng the Hoarty home is crystal clear in my memory. You were always there to teach us right from wrong and even more importantly, how to enjoy the moment. So much like your mom in so many ways,"
"FROM ROBYN SOLOMON STEVE (CONTINUED) ... you always made me feel welcome and, well, just part of the Hoarty clan. Wish I could give you a great big hug right now. I think it would make us both feel better....Your life was taken abruptly and too soon. You will be missed, always. Much love, Robie"
"I didn't know you were sick. You never said anything about it. One day you were just gone. I am glad we were able to reconnect on FACEBOOK at least and remember some good times back in Toledo. This really cuts deep Dorinda. I love you very much and always will. The world is suddenly darker, colder, lonelier. nothing more but tears........"
"Dorinda "D" Hartson, My neighbor in North Scottsdale, Az, My friend, I will truely miss seeing you and talking with you sharing those special times in North Scottsdale,Az. I will always remember you,Thanks for the moments we shared . Ted and family my sincere heart felt loss to you and the family. Ivan Mace / Scottsdale, Az"
"Perhaps the most brilliant teacher I ever organized classes for...as I told my Hospice Co Workers as we rang the chime for you last week- "This woman taught me more about the physics of psycho-therapy than anyone on the planet. The rare gift of Head and Heart. You are beautiful Dorinda... from Memphis to Boulder you left your wisdom and gifts. Love, Kaye Zeiger Paton Cantwell"
"Dorinda is: a bright light, a winning smile, incredible wit and an amazing mind. A devoted mother to her "doggie boys". She loved them. She loved her family. She loved her friends. She loved her life. She loved her spiritual path. She loved science. She loved transformation -LOVE. That is the defining word for you. I miss you, the world shines less bright. Travel safe, go well my friend."
.You were my friend, and my connection to science and religion. You taught me to look beyond what I can see and listen to my spirit. I am so honored you shared the writing of your book with me, I know you will allways exist in the universe, but I will miss your humanity. Thank you for our nano second."
Thank you so very much for the love you sprinkle on this world. On and on, whenever my heart dwells in your rich presence, life gets better.
Thank you for telling me to restore a warm relation with my mom...we call every day now, always thinking of you!"
"Love, Light and Peace Dorinda. I am so happy our paths were intertwined."
Many years ago we meet and enyoied our staying together in every gathering. your sweetness and wisdom always permeated everything you did.
light accompanigng you at this new place.
"Now you are my angel but the conversation wasn't finished...no words were left unsaid but my footing is unsure without you to follow..."
"How do I even express the gratitude in my heart! You have been a dear friend but i will never be able to thank you for what you gave Sarah, my beautiful daughter. The sessions you did with her freed her for life and also took the grief in my heart away. We will forever be grateful to you and will try to serve others as you have. We love you Dorinda!"
""Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends ..remembering you as a loving , joyful compassionate person I am so happy I had the pleasure to know you some. Leo I am so sorry for your loss..
Dorinda, You are loved....IL&G""
"Thanks to you Dorinda for the times we shared. You were a brilliant, witty and very human person. And you were a lover of dogs! Your presence on this earth will be greatly missed."
"One of Dorinda's favorite Persian poet's was Rumi, who succinctly sums up what happened just one week ago..."As moonlight shines back at the sun, she heard the call to go Home and went." With her deep faith in God and her spiritual practice to confirm that faith, she went. And left behind a lifetime of uplifting memories for all of us!"
"Dorinda, your joyous vibrant spirit continues not only with you, wherever you are now, but within all of us who were blessed to know you here. Thank you for your light and loved."
"Safe journey, Dorinda. I miss you. Big hug, Heide.
You have deepened the wonder (Hafiz on death).
Love is all there is. Take care."
""Send you love and light. May the contributions you made to people become trees that provide shade to all and become seeds for more such positive transformations.""
"When Dorinda came to Rhode Island to teach a Resonance Repatterning seminar, it was a cold and grey winter as only New England can have. Dorinda, you brought your own light, warming and inspiring all twenty of us with your wisdom, caring, and gentle humor. I am so grateful you have left us with those memories, and now, so grateful for your book. How perfect!"
"Dear Sweet Dorinda, your bright light has blessed us all. I know you continue to shine, always, and that our memories, your book and your presence in spirit will bring even more blessings. Nonetheless, you are and will be severely missed by many. To those who are now grieving: may we all find our way to experience peace and a deep level of serenity, even in the face of this sorrow."
You were a teacher that inspired with kindess, acceptance, and laughter. You were an angel here and I am sure you are an angel
on the other side, inspiring with kindness, acceptance and love."
"To Sweet Dorinda", I miss you so much. You were so special to me. You looked like my sister Shirley, and your birthday was the same as my sister Beverly. I was so happy the day your father found his mother's family, and we all became one big family. God gave you a smile and a love that we who knew you, will hold close. Now I have a new angle looking down. Thanks for your love & smile."
"Dearest Dorinda, As I drove through Flagstaff a month ago I passed the place we had some tea together a few years ago when we chatted about Resonance Repatterning and I sent you my silent Hello and Blessings!!!! You truly embodied equality consciousness and gave me your words of wisdom to always see everyone as a "whole" human being. Thank you for your sweetness and authentic self."
"Love and Light to everyone who was touched by Dorinda and will miss her physical presence...let the love of friends give you comfort and the love of "spirit" give you peace..."
"Bob and I talk often about the wonderful time in Parks when we visited on our 50th Anniversary. I always looked forward to your visits to Raleigh and our shared lunches and stories. Keep on keeping on; your life will continue to inspire people. animals and the joys of the great outdoors. Love surrounds you and you surround it. Elaine"
"By “chance” I was in Sedona and the last person, along with my sister, to be with Dorinda. Such an honor. My sister had been asked to give a talk for our spiritual group there. Everyone was uplifted and we all felt held in an incredible atmosphere of light. Dorinda especially was inspired; something touched her heart at a very deep level – Goodbye dear friend and fellow traveler."
"The day I finally met Dorinda; I was so taken by the instant connection we had. Her warmth, charm, and a "woman in a class all her own" was evident as we conversed for hours and learned that we shared birthdays, love of animals and most of all a love of people and the goodness each had within them. May God give comfort to this family as they grieve someone so dear to so many of us."
"My sincere condolences to all of Dorinda's family. I feel her happily dancing - lightly and effortlessly out amongst the galaxies. I will always be grateful to Dorinda for introducing me to Chris Fernie and the Institute of Internal Transformation. Both have been so important in my life."
May our Lord give you peace, so glad that Dottie is there to welcome you home. Wish we could have met, but we will one day. You are part of the wonderful family that I feel blessed to have met and be a part of
the nicest cousins that one could ever have."
"Dorinda...BRILLIANT, beyond the "elsewhere,"' or because of it...Quirky...thank goodness...Caring. Hey, no one has mentioned what an AMAZING cook she was; my favorite memory will be the one where Dorinda, Andrea and I are in the Parks kitchen chopping like 7 kinds of peppers and talking up a storm on the way to Pico de Gallo...Dorinda related to those peppers, as she did to all vegetables."
"The essence of sweetness...Dorinda
What a treasure you are...and always will be.
Shine your light on us still, please..and we will feel you in that sweet radiant light!"
"Dorinda, We've all been SO fortunate to have your delightful and uplifting energy and guidance in our lives. We'll continue to be guided, comforted, befriended and inspired by your amazing spirit. What a treasure you have been and always will be in our lives! ♥ Sheila"
"Dear Dorinda- you left us to soon. You were a remarkable lady, always loving and caring. I am so grateful for the love you showed for my son Martin...Your kind nature will be greatly missed among all your friends. I hope you are wandering through beautiful meadows with your beloved dog. I know you will continue watching over us... Love and rest in peace..."
"Dearest Dorinda, Thank you for your love, friendship, and the gift of your healing. I will always remember your beautiful spirit, and I will miss you."
"The last time we looked into each others eyes, yours were as bright blue as ever, full of light and love. You shared you were writing a book and we talked of meeting when you returned home. Thank you for your giving so freely your beauty and creativity, Dorinda."
"I am at a loss at the moment. Dorinda's last email to me about 10 days ago said she would soon advise me of the exact dates she would be able to visit me. Losing one's first child is something I never expected to experience. We all lost a beautiful mind and a lovely spirit in Dorinda Lee."
"Beloved Dorinda, How lucky was I to have you as a sister! Being so close in age, we were able to share so much. It is deeply touching to see how precious you were to so many. I can verify that all the adjectives that have been used by your friends are accurate. I love you deeply. Surely you are dancing in the light.."
"I had so much fun with Dorinda this summer. She was an amazing lady and I so enjoyed spending time with her. She made me look at the world in a more positive way and I thank her for that. We all need someone like her!"
"This was sent to me by High School friend and fellow student Kristin Congdon of Virginia Beach, Va. now married and living in Orlando with a PH D and teaching:
Here's what I remember about Dorinda:
She was smart and kind; kinder than most of us in high school.
She was sure of herself.
She was generous and gracious and, even at an early age, knew how to ignore
things that didn't matter.
"Dearest Dorinda, Thank you for being the sweet and gentle soul we knew and loved. May God gently hold you in his hands. Know you are
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends who will miss Dorinda in the many, many days to come. She was a kind, loving, and compassionate person who will never be forgotten.
"We weep not only because we have lost something, but, because we were given so much."
God bless. You are loved."
"My dear D - loving sister, spiritual guide, master muse, confidant. You will never be gone from me in spirit and your guidance is still working in me...peace, you know I love you, always and forever."
"Dorinda - you have been and will always be an Angel in my life - and to many others. Your healing inspirations and wise and gentle words are still with me - even in your own hand. I will always cherish the gift of life that you helped me to find in more ways than one. Thank you."
You were like the " candle in the wind"....silently touching the lives of human and animal. You left your forever foot prints in the "winter snows" of Flagstaff, and your eternal "heart prints" in the lives of many. Thank you for being...thank you for your grace."
"My sweetest Dorinda, this moment, this now - you might be in the elsewhere, but I am here and I long for you and I miss you so. Perhaps tomorrow I can be at peace with the unknown that took you away from me.Not today.The loss is too terrible and the wound wild open. As for you - be safe and well and loved and protected and nourished by light...visit me in my dreams I am looking for you.."
"Thank you dearest Dorinda for the love, laughter and wisdom that you shared so abundantly with us all."
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