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MARIN COUNTY'S NEWS MONTHLY - FREE PRESS
(415)868-1600 - (415)868-0502(fax) - P.O. Box 31, Bolinas, CA, 94924

July, 2004

If you don't need a roadsign to find Bolinas, you're one of us.
A Eulogy for Pat Haines

A eulogy is a song of praise sung posthumously, and this one's for you PAT. Pat Haines came to Bolinas half a lifetime ago, right off Ken Kesey's magic bus in a pair of cut offs and a goat (whose name I don't remember) and along with a few hundred other love and nature inebriated souls tried to clean up mankind's mess, oil-soaked seabirds, and when that was done, she never left: and neither did we.

She always felt that a world full of peace and love must first be full of knowledge and understanding, and so she became a teacher. She felt that art was a powerful force for her ideals, and with a few fine friends created an art program at Bolinas school which has been widely emulated and touched and benefited a countless number of children who are now surely better adult human beings. She was, and remains, a force of nature. Eventually Pat earned advanced degrees in education and decided to go over the hill, as we say in Bolinaseze to teach developmentally disabled children, but she never really left.

Her creative and innovative teaching techniques and curriculums, specifically for children with Down's syndrome have been widely adopted throughout the school systems of California, and thus by extrapolation, throughout the world. Pat was a powerful force for all that is potentially peaceful and benign in people, in us.

She always believed in the power of love, that love is forever, the ultimate secret. Pat and I were lovers ,had a child together, and though we found we could not live together, we were forever bonded.

She knew as many of us do that the material world is a fleeting phenomenon, but love is eternal. She taught her students, her children that , and I'm sure they will remember.

Pat was not a religious person in the traditional sense. She believed in the great Goddess, Mother earth maybe, and that we all become part of her when our life on her surface is done.

On her death bed she told me: "Don't weep: I'm just being recycled" and I believe that.

Last week we placed (not lowered) her into the great mother of recycling bins in Bolinas, so of course she never really left Bolinas, but left the world a better place.

Thanks From All Of Us

Len Coleman

 

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