I don't even know where to begin.
Doug, please accept my deepest condolences, and I hope you will also convey to scarlatti
's mother how deeply she will be missed.
You don't know me, and neither did Susan (if she did it was very briefly), but I've lurked and read most of both of your fic and many of your entries. I think it's safe to say that in addition to all that has been lost for you and her family, the M*A*S*H fandom has lost one of it's greatest writers, even though she hadn't written in the fandom for ages. My two first humble attempts at M*A*S*H fic where both very much inspired by her work.
I hope you won't interpret this as insolence, but rather as a testament that scarlatti
touched people she didn't even know, and we can only hope that she had that knowledge with her when she left us.
I don't know of what faith Susan was, but I believe very strongly that (as I believe I've heard that she was ill?) she has moved on to a better place. This sound so cruel, I know, and it's so hard to believe and accept, and we would very much like to have her with us for a much longer time. Sometimes, it can't be done.
I've always thought it corny to write these things, but I'm still going to. Job 1:21: "the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord"