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hello elissa, great to read your update----and to know you made it down the driveway!! love, auntie mm

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  • Dec 27, 2013 2:05pm

    In memory of my niece Elissa
    Nelson----and with endless gratitude to Caring Bridge for helping make so many connections for her & the family. All the best, mm

    marti mogensen

  • Nov 1, 2013 12:17pm

    For every performer, there is a moment when you know, with absolute certainty, that this is what you are meant to do with your life. For me that moment happened when I was 15 years old, and given my first lead role on stage. The play sprung from the imagination of one of the most clever and creative people I have ever known, Ms. Elissa Nelson. Even though we lost touch after school, it's no exaggeration to say my life would not have been the same without her. Thank you, Elissa. I hope that wherever you are there are countless books, zines, and inventive theatrical productions to enjoy. I raise my mug of tea in honor of you.

    Elizabeth Dwyer (known to Elissa as Besty)

  • Nov 1, 2013 4:25am

    Safe journey, Elissa. I am so glad that we crossed paths in this life.

    gloria swanson

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  • Oct 28, 2013 1:58pm

    Hi, Elissa,

    On this lovely October day in Minnesota I am remember your 9th grade short story and your lovely writing. Francie Cutter has been keeping me updated on you and your illness.  I am back at Vis this year for one year to teach American Literature to juniors and to teach writing. I have some fine writers, so am enjoying myself.
    As I walk the halls, I remember you and send you prayer and energy.
    Be blessed, lovely Vis grad.

    Peace, Maureen

    Maureen O'Connor

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  • Oct 25, 2013 11:18pm

    Hi Elissa,

    I have such fond memories of your visit to Somerville when Megan lived with us!  I hereby ask Megan to deliver hugs to you and I will be holding you in my thoughts and prayers.


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  • Oct 14, 2013 5:50pm

    hello eveyone, just a note to let you know that emilyn, margaret & megan are sharing your messages with elissa.  she really isn't using a computer these days and is rarely on the telephone---changes, changes!---but really loves to get all the wonderful, heartfelt notes that are coming to her!
    endless thanks to everyone, marti

    aka auntie mm

  • Oct 12, 2013 9:53pm


    Being bored with Facebook, I started typing random names from my past. The unnecessary guilt that I felt from snooping was soon overshadowed by shock.  I always wish for the perfect thing to say to people in whatever situation, yet I never can write or say what I mean. I am so very sad for you though.

    I would like you to know that I valued our friendship during our youth much more than you might imagine. You helped me through some really strange days.  I remember so much about you.  As corny as it sounds, Elissa, you changed my life. Really though, you saved it. I remember mix-tapes (most of which I still have) and so many late-night phone conversations.  I even wrote songs about you, yet kept them secret. Ha!

    If this reaches you, please understand this: From one human to another, I am sorry that I never made an attempt to thank you for everything you've done for me. Although it has been so long, I will always see you as the person from my youth who sparked a significant and permanent change in me, and I know that there are others who feel the same. Thank you, Elissa. I hope for the best for you.



    Kevin Casey

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  • Oct 6, 2013 7:23am


    Here in Syracuse, George Saunders was honored Friday is a lavish ceremony.  Needless to say his speech blew everyone away.  They made a film about him, too which they showed to my great delight: pictures of him and his wife Paula here as grad students and then pictures of him with his kids.  Remember the tent city article of his?

    Anyway great event and George representing Creative Writing.



    Bruce Smith

  • Oct 1, 2013 9:04pm

    Hi Elissa,

    Bruce here, from Syracuse, and sent you a postcard today, I won't ruin it, but it's a Wegman's update as I know you want to know what's happening there.

    Her, the newbies think it's 70 and sunny every day,



    Bruce Smith

  • Sep 29, 2013 11:27am

    Hi Elissa,

    Just heard from John Coyne about what's been going on with you.  So sorry for the struggles you have had to face, but so proud of you and your family for the incredibly brave and inspiring way you have responded to everything placed in your path. It sounds like you have an amazing group of loved ones surrounding you, which is wonderful.  I'm sorry I'm all the way across the country and can't visit, but I'm sending you love and healing thoughts and also sending them to your family and friends.  
    Lots of love,

    Nina Shope (from Syracuse) and Chris Narozny (also from Syracuse)

  • Sep 3, 2013 9:24am

    Hey, Elissa... great to find this page and hear all the news and updates. Marti gave us a good update when we visited her in early May. Keep smiling and dreaming...

    This is from Terry Shelton.. a long ago friend (and his wife, Shirley Smith)

    Terry Shelton

  • Aug 21, 2013 3:03pm

    Hello Elissa

    Gary and I are no longer with cough and cold and would so like to come say Hello at any time that is good. We are back and forth from home in Salem to Portland . If someone could e mail or call to let us know if when a visit is possible. Gagl2@comcast.net or 503 508 6549. We think about your sweet self and how much we enjoyed having dinner with you. Much love Gale and Gary Lasky

    Gale and Gary Lasky

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  • Aug 20, 2013 1:58pm

    Hi Elissa
    appreciate the updates your family posts. Mike and I play scrabble and he kicks my ass! He loved having you in the game to up the challenge and introduce the words "aa" and "za." I use my scrabble mug and say a prayer for you before i enjoy the coffee. (hope you got your mug in a package i sent) Went to take a friend to The Flyer Saucer for a cup of coffee and it is no longer there. :(  (But Sahadi"s was!)  Enjoyed those days sipping coffee with  you!! 
    Glad to hear you are still writing....such a passion of yours.


    oh yeah, remember that coffee shop in queens that was odd and seemed like a front..that was quite the coffee!

    tammi turcina

  • Jul 22, 2013 3:40pm

    A happy belated birthday Elissa from a wintery Gold Coast in Australia. I am glad that you were surrounded by so many loved ones on that special day. You are a true inspiration to those around you. Tap into the collective energy and prayers

    Carlin and James Saldanha

  • Jul 22, 2013 3:15pm

    Happy Birthday, E! Sorry I am a day late but I've been at the Florida DMV... no joke. Put a candle atop a tomatoe sandwich and enjoy. Much love and hugs. Miss you...:)


    Gerry Lambert

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