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    Hi all. I’ve been a member of the forum since 2006. Before June of 2006 I’d never touched a mandolin. The Café quickly became a main part of my daily life.

    Scott Tichenor, Mike Edgerton, John Hamlett (sunburst), sblock, and some others became (unbeknownst to them) mentors for me because of their clear thinking input on so many topics over the years. I thank you all.
    I’m sure that I’m leaving out many others here who have helped to educate me in various ways through the years. Please know that I appreciate you too.

    Health issues have recurred and, since February, I find myself in the terminal stages of a recurrent pancreatic tumor (“cured” in 2003). I’ll be checking in for a while longer, but will likely be decreasing my participation.

    The Café becomes somewhat like a second family, and I just wanted to share the information with you. Honestly, it’s been a very nice trip with you all.

    Thanks to you all.
    Be safe. Be kind. Be happy.
    Phil

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    Praying that God is watching over you. I’ve enjoyed your input over the years.

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    Hi Phil, I have enjoyed hearing/reading what you have to say over the years. I'm hoping and I'll be praying that you're here for a long time to come. Stay strong and try to take it a day at a time.

    Best wishes,

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    You are one of the people that I allways like to read the posts from.

    May you allways walk in beauty.

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    Phil, I've always enjoyed your posts here and our emails. Blessings to you and your family.
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    Carry on my friend. Thanks for the kind words over the years.
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    Best to you these days and may they be filled with as much peace as is possible.
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    May the days ahead be peaceful ones.
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    Phil,
    I am so sorry to hear of your recurrence.
    May you have a good quality of life as long as you live.
    It has been a pleasure having you here.
    We will welcome any input you have to share.
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    Sorry to hear of your health issues -- we'll all be thinking of you and hoping for the best.
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    Sorry to hear that, Phil. All the best with your health and life.
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    Man, I am sorry to hear that. I wish my words had the power to change things.
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    Hi Phil, Im a newbee on here.
    may your time be comfortable, and enjoy your mandolin..

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    Even though your news is hard, thank you for sharing it with us. Your strength is obvious.

    As I typed the preceding, a few lines of a gospel tune came into my head -- "... keep you hand upon the throttle, and your eye upon the rail." That works.
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    Phil,

    May God bless and keep you.

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    Phil, you have always been a very positive part of this family. You are in our prayers.
    God bless you and may you feel his love.

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    Sorry to hear your news, and praying that the quality of your life stays good, brother. Peace.

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    I’m sorry to hear this. Words fail. Make everyday count.
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    Thanks for your contributions, Phil. Best wishes from Canada.

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    Phil, I feel like I have read many of your over 3k posts over the years. Your presence is a mainstay here, thanks for being with us
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    Phil:

    All my thoughts are with you at this moment. I have enjoyed your insightful posts on this forum and will miss your presence here when you leave the Mandolin cafe. Pax.

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    Phil,

    Thank you for sharing the hard news with this family. Been following your posts since I got here. Praying for you.
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    All the best to you, Phil. Thanks so much for your contributions to the community. Peace to you and your family.
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    Phil, I hope your music and the love of family comforts you during this time.
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    Phil, I am so very sorry to hear this. You and your family are in my thoughts. Best wishes.

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