Before this begins, we all saw the post from Annalee regarding the passing of an original Niner, Serenada. I didn't know her as some of you did, but I remember a lot of her material throughout the past few years. As I moved from lurker to commenter on io9 and the O-Deck, Serenada's presence was always known. She was one of the good one's.
"Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them." - George Eliot
"Death is a challenge. It tells us not to waste time... It tells us to tell each other right now that we love each other." - Leo Buscaglia
"When I was human I died, and that showed me that life is precious and it must be protected at all costs, even a life as pig-headed as a Winchester's." - Castiel
Now for some levity:
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