My Dear Readers:

There will be no fresh content today on THE PLANET (at least today and perhaps longer). We received terrible news on Saturday. Our brother Peter died suddenly at home on Friday. I ask for your kind indulgence in the interim.

Thanks for your understanding. I thank all those who have contacted me, on this site or in some other fashion, with condolences. They mean more than you realize.

My brother Pete was the oldest of three boys, six years older than me and three years ahead of Mike. Pete provided us with a great example of how to be a boy then, later, how to be a man. There is a hole now, an empty part, but I hold it true that we rise on the “stepping stones of our dead selves to higher things … Let Love clasp Grief lest both be drowned.” These are the comforting words of Alfred Tennyson, from his epic poem, “In Memorium.” It’s the alarm clock that wakes me from a nightmare.

I hope to find it in me to write a proper tribute to Peter, but that must come of its own choosing.




JUNE 17, 2013



  1. Shakes His Head
    June 17, 2013 at 10:40 am #

    Condolences and prayers.

  2. Tom Sakshaug
    June 17, 2013 at 1:33 pm #

    So sorry Dan.

  3. bobbyd
    June 17, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  4. Joe Pinhead
    June 17, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

    Sorry to hear Dan, thoughts and prayers

  5. Scott
    June 17, 2013 at 2:11 pm #

    Sorry for your loss def interested in a piece on your brothers life as a tribute to him and his accomplishments when you’re ready.

  6. B. Clairmont
    June 17, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

    Sorry for your loss, Dan.

  7. Donna Todd Rivers
    June 17, 2013 at 5:03 pm #


    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your brother. My prayers and condolences to you and your wife.

  8. Dave
    June 17, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

    My prayers and condolences Dan.

  9. FPR
    June 17, 2013 at 7:24 pm #


    My condolences and deepest sympathy.

  10. danvalenti
    June 17, 2013 at 8:20 pm #

    These messages are comforting, and I thank each and every one of you for thinking of me. Please keep my family in your prayers.

  11. dusty
    June 18, 2013 at 1:01 am #

    So sorry to hear of your loss Dan.

  12. Magic
    June 18, 2013 at 3:08 am #

    So sorry for your loss

  13. Joe Blow
    June 18, 2013 at 4:38 am #

    Dan, Sorry for your loss.

  14. Varsity mom
    June 18, 2013 at 5:01 am #

    Saying prayers for you and your family at this sad time. So sorry, Dan.

  15. JerryPosner
    June 18, 2013 at 7:05 am #

    Lynne and I are very sorry for your loss. Heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

  16. The Kraken
    June 18, 2013 at 7:25 am #

    Dan, please accept my condolences on the loss of your brother.

  17. tito
    June 18, 2013 at 8:02 am #

    Dan, please accept my heartfelt condolence on the loss of your brother.

  18. Downtown Dweller
    June 18, 2013 at 8:53 am #

    So sorry for your loss. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts.

  19. Stevo
    June 18, 2013 at 10:43 am #

    Thoughts and prayers to you and your clan Dan.

  20. TKO
    June 18, 2013 at 12:04 pm #

    Sorry for your loss. It must be so difficult to lose a brother. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

  21. Ron Kitterman
    June 18, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

    So sorry for you loss Dan, our sympathy and prayers are with you and your family for sure. God Speed

  22. Bill Sturgeon
    June 18, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

    Dan, my prayers and thoughts are with you and yours. Let your faith be your strength. Bill

  23. Mark Smith
    June 18, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

    I am very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  24. jlo
    June 19, 2013 at 11:54 am #

    Dan – So sorry for your loss, it makes one appreciate the true importance of those things we hold so dear.