When I moved to Kentucky from Texas in 1986, Molly became my lifeline to my birth state and my wonderful time there in the 70's and 80's. At the time, she was a regular on NPR's Morning Edition. Her unique voice and pithy remarks often made my week! Thanks Molly. I think of you often.
My heart goes out to Molly's family. May you find comfort in Isaiah 25:8,9
Molly, you'll live forever through your work and wonderful humor. You had such a fine spirit, lived such a big life, and left such magnificent impressions behind. Thank you for the inspiration and for being such a fine example of personal courage.
Molly, it's been hard without you. My political buddies who have lunch every Fri just talked about you past Fri,Apr9,2010. I followed you from your Texas Observer days. Thanks !
WEEP NOT FOR ME
Do not weep for me when I no longer dwell among the wonders of the earth; for my larger self is free, and my soul rejoices on the other side of pain...on the other side of darkness.
Do not weep for me, for I am a ray of sunshine that touches your skin, a tropical breeze upon your face, the hush of joy within your heart and the innocence of babes in mothers arms.
I am the hope in a darkened night. And, in your hour of need, I will be there to comfort you. I will share your tears, your joys, your fears, your disappointments and your triumphs.
Do not weep for me, for I am cradled
in the arms of God. I walk with the angels, and hear the music beyond the stars.
Do not weep for me, for I am within you;
I am peace, love, I am a soft wind that caresses the flowers. I am the calm that follows a raging storm. I am an autumns leaf that floats among the garden of God, and I am pure white snow that softly falls upon your hand.
Do not weep for me, for I shall never die, as long as you remember me...
with a smile and a sigh.
© Joe Fazio
email@example.com /Joe Fazio,
Beverly Hills, California
You were a hell of a gal! You will be missed.
Constance La Mendola
Thank God your left a legacy for slow people like me to enjoy later. I love you, Molly. Thanks for gifting us with your brilliance. Love and prayers to your family who must still be grieving their loss.
Oh Molly, the sky is so blue today! We have a new president and you would be so pleased. I miss you!
Dearest Molly, I still ache for your words in this crazy time. What you would have done with this election cycle! But it was time for you to lay your burden down and let us go on, whether or not we felt ready. I will never forget you.
You made me proud to say I came north from Texas. You gave me the courage to speak out in the face of abject stupidity disguised as the way things are supposed to be. Your spirit will never die.
Molly's Wisteria, in bloom 3/25/07
Dear Dear Molly~ You opened the floodgates for us to cut through the red tape, and speak up about what needs *speakin" up about*. I'm sure you are kickin up a storm in the afterlife, and takin' names. We have so much to deal with here... but rest easy-- we are getting out our pots & pans & will take to the streets to demand a stop to this madness. Ah I don't need to preach to the choir. But if you could see about some divine intervention to help fix this grand mess, it would be greatly appreciated.
Molly, we could always count on you to realize that we were not the only people in the world who did not believe that Shrub's new robe was magnificent...but, that, indeed, this emperor had no clothes on. Again and again you saw through the Rove-isms, and helped others to realize that we were not alone. Thank you for brightening my life, and for never giving up. You will be missed.
For the first time ever, Molly, you done gone and made me cry; what will we do without your rapier-like wit and even sharper wisdom? May light perpetual -- and eternal laughter -- shine upon your uniquely luminous soul. You were one of the good guys in a world where there just aren't that many. I love you.
So late in the game I discovered that you authored some of the great material my brain recalls, the material from which truth is extracted and exposed.
I hope to (on some small level) follow in a toe-print or two in my lifetime. We all really want the same things from our leaders, each other and the planet.
Rest in peace with our appreciation and keep a watchful eye...lend the words when the words do not come.
Your wit and straight forward approach will be missed. You were a true blessing to Texas and world.
I will miss your wit ,energy and your inate ability to add a wry tilt to the crazy political world
I feel like Molly Ivins is my family. I discovered her writings several years ago, and I was home. I miss her terribly, and I never even met her.
I will miss you terribly. Although we never met, I enjoyed each of your insightful opinion pieces and the smiles which they brought me brightened each of my days.
Another bright shining star from Texas has dimmed. Thank you, Molly for keeping hope alive.
I never met Molly, I was just another Texan that felt like she said volumes about what a lot of us felt, and wanted to say, but didn't have a platform.
I feel like we lost a special voice when I heard about her death. I hold her in my heart right where I hold Ann Richards and Barbara Jordan. They each represented Texans and women in a very special way.
I will miss her columns, and her voice, but I know God holds her in his hands.
Our Molly--you personified courage, insight, determination, and freedom of speech. A woman for all seasons, all reasons, you dared us to speak up, and out, realize leaders lie, so we must question, challenge, question again, and again, and fight for the American spirit, and our lives.
I will miss you, dear sister. As another soldier from the war on breastcancer, it just shouldn't have been this hard for you, or millions of others, now free and peaceful at last. But those leaders are yet to come, as well.
I shall do what you always told me to do, to the best of my ability, without backing down (I don't).
Please smile on me, nudge me when you think I need it, and hug Anne, Margaret, Anna, Annette, and our other great friends very tightly. Most of all, ya'all have fun, now, ya hear?
Baker's dozen hugs
A HUGE loss for us, but grateful for her contributions and her life.
She will live in our hearts forever.
Molly was my favorite columnist, bar none. I already miss you, Molly.
There once was a Texan named Molly
Who loved to point out political folly
She'd speak truth to power
We will remember the hour
She made St. Peter exclaim - "Well by Golly."
Molly was honest, humorous, caring and optimistic. She believed we could improve the world if we really thought about what was important and then did something about it. She must have been a wonderful friend. I am very sad that she was forced to lay down her pen. It took a terribly strong adversary to stop her. I will honor her by supporting the values she expressed and working to eliminate breast cancer.
I ws honored to meet Molly one evening at a book signing in Portland, Oregon. I told her I didn't want anything except the favor of her signiture, and she declained that "My Gawd, there are still gentlemen in the world!"
All I could ask of any body that might read this, as a gentleman, go out to some speach given by a puffed up baboon of a politition, and laugh like hell every time they make some stupid statment.
If it's the Shrub or one of his cronys, you may become hysterical.
Dear, dear Molly - thank you for everything!! I have never before laughed out loud at a political commentary .Oh yes, we'll miss you!!!!!
I met you with "Molly Ivans Can't Say That", read you next books, and followed your columns thanks to the web. The made me both laugh and cry. I'm still not sure what evoked each reaction.
Rest in peace, Molly, you will truly be missed down here/
I had the privilege and honor of working at the Dallas Times Herald during the time Molly was also employed there. Molly didn't really know me ... I was just another features writer. But everyone definitely knew her, and you could always tell when Molly was in the building which no longer stands on the corner of Pacific and Griffin. A few years after the Times Herald folded, I got to be around her when she graced the local Society of Professional Journalists with a cameo appearance in our annual Texas Gridiron Show, another institution no longer with us. One night before the show, I told Molly that she and I had worked at the Herald at the same time, and she immediately swooped me up in her big arms -- Molly was a big woman! -- and yelled "Bless your heart!" In an instant, I felt like a long-lost colleague and friend. Like former governor Ann Richards a few months ago, the news of Molly's turn for the worse and her death touched me deeply as a Texan, as a writer, and most of all, as a woman. I feel a sadness in one by one losing the women I've looked up to -- brassy, plain spoken, honest, confident, passionate, ballsy women who showed many of us the way.
Every time your column appeared in our paper it made my day. I will miss you so much.
Rest in peace... and thanks for everything.
Have a nice day:-)
...You will be "sorely missed" ... You pulled no punches ...You had the courage to tell it as it is ... (ask "The Good Lord" to send someone to try to fill Your shoes!!!)
dearest molly thanks for the deep laughs and the smarts and the true kindness of your ways
Molly< you were the best !! You really told it like it is and minced no words. We are missing you and feel sorrow for your sufffering. May you rest in peace and know that millions will miss you and your columns.
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
My dad introduced me to Molly's columns and I was hooked. We always looked forward to every Thursday when she'd be in the Chicago Tribune, and when she wasn't there we were disappointed. My dad would say that all the 'pubs' hate Molly because she has this terrible habit of telling the truth.
As Molly said in her last column, "We are the people who run this country. We are the deciders." We will continue to tell the truth, Molly.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Godspeed.
Molly, thank you for telling the truth so keenly that even the devil couldn't argue the point. I will miss you terribly.
You are irreplaceable.
What a loss for all women and men who care about politics. There was nobody who could say it like you!
Molly stood up,spoke up.She said the things that she believed even if what she said angered others.Her bravery gave me hope.
Now SHE was a True Texan!
Bless you Molly Darlin'.
You made me laugh and you made me think. I can't think of greater achievements for a writer.
Whatever I say, it's all been said. Molly was a shining light in a dark political forest. She made me laugh when I felt like giving up and goaded me on to the next worthwhile cause to fight for.
I will miss her more than I can say.
What a delight Molly was to Progressives! She will be sorely missed.
Esther Clark Curnutt
I feel I must add my name to the list of all those in sorrow. I've been in shock for days. Molly Ivins was one of a kind and I'll miss her terribly. I like to be barefoot, too.
The loss of Ann Richards and now you...who will be our voice? Who will step up to the plate and call for accountability? Who will make the country think about and FEEL the words and thoughts from a pen that "tells it like it is"?
Thank you, Molly
You will be missed here in Alaska! We so loved your columns and appreciated your keen insights :)
Thank you for teaching me so much.
Out of all the columnists I have read, you have been my favorite. Thank you Molly.
I'm missing you. I didn't read every column, but I sure loved what I did read. You were a pistol. Rest well. You served us well.
I beleive dictionaries of the future
should have a picture of Ms. Ivins under the word irreverant. I miss her columns so much already that I've finally started reading the 1st of her books. One of the most courageous people in U.S. History.
Perhaps, as it was the last issue she addresed, her column space should be filled until the war dies with a simple admonition as a continuation of her legacy: REMEMBER MOLLY - STOP. THE. DAMN. WAR. NOW.
How I will miss Molly's columns. She made the sheer lunk-headedness of politics bearable. Her great good humor and unfailing optimism made the fight seem winable. We'll fight on for you, Molly.
I never missed her column and always intended to read her books. Upon learning of her passing, I ordered all of them. You will be missed, Molly. Godspeed.
She was my hero - a fearless and funny true believer. I can't imagine who will ever take her place.
To the Family and Friends of Molly Ivins:
I happened to run into Molly a few months ago at an REI sporting goods sale and was saddened to see that she appeared to be in declining condition. I didn't intrude, but wish that I had. I wished that I taken the time to wish her well.
I prefer to think of her as a fellow St. John's School graduate; I remember Molly very well from her years spent there. Like her writings, as a teenager she was loud and slightly obnoxious, but always with a humorous touch. Molly was clearly a leader in her class of 1962. I can see her in my mind's eye, in her light blue pinafor, shrieking laughter, her head turned sideways as she walked down a St. John's School corridor to the senior's quadrangle. That is how I choose to remember Molly, with laughter on her lips, surrounded by friends, always a leader of her pack of like-minded admirers.
My sincere sympathies and condolences go out to the immediate family, especially Andy, whom I haven't seen since our days at Camp Cimarroncita in New Mexico.
I hope that each of you, Andy, Sarah and all of Molly's family and wide circle of close friends, find comfort in the knowledge that Molly lived her life the way she wanted to live it.
SJS, Class of 1968
I was going to school at UT Austin during the time that Molly was writing for the Observer and I remember her comments on the political situation back then. Her wit and zeal never changed. Molly and I are members of the same generation and I will miss her wonderful words and her downhome evaluation of the political scene. God bless you, Molly and keep the angels laughing.
How I looked forward each week to her columns and her ability to cut through to the chase and tell it like it is, in her wonderfully colorful Texas twang.
I'll bang pots and pans in your honor, Molly.
Dear Ivins family,
I am so sorry for your loss of Molly, One of the things that helps me to cope with the loss of a loved one is the thoughts found in the Bible at John 5:28,29 also Psalms 37:29 May these thoughts bring your family comfort at this time.
We will miss you! We loved your editorials and looked forward to seeing you in our paper.
I wish I had met Molly Ivins. I have admired her for years, and I loved her writings. I feel so sad now, and I will continue to bang pots and pans in her honor!
Your books and columns had so many lines that would make my eyebrows jump up a split-second before a laugh of delight at your daring and clear-sightedness would burst forth. I'd forget all my troubles, feel refreshed and focused and ready to face what had made me tired and down-hearted. It was comforting to have such a brave, smart and witty person fighting for the little guy and America's other fine ideals. I didn't know you were a warm, generous-hearted, funny person in real-life too. It has been nice reading about all the good you did and all the laughter you raised in your personal life. I'll think of you when I remind myself to look at the funny side of human foibles, remembering you.
A great big hole now exists on the Jacksonville Times-Union op-ed page!! We miss you very much, but treasure the time you shared with us.
I loved Molly's columns, admired her philosophies and agreed wholeheartedly with her politics. We needed her words and opinions in today's crazy world. She will be dearly missed.
The heavy, the sinking feeling of knowing that Miss Molly is no longer with us is just overwhelming at times. How I wish I could have had the privilege of knowing her personally and counted her as one of my treasured friends...for which i would assuredly have lavished her in kind and more. Spending Fridays at Scholz's would have been awesome. Thank goodness for the miracle of mass media that brought this shining light into all our hearts just by paying attention. I'll never forget how i laughed for 2 weeks just by repeating in my head "it just sounded better in the original German" (referring to Pat Buchanan's 1988 GOP address). One of the most brilliant assessments ever. And that she ever was...simply brilliant.
Go in peace sweet princess. Our lives are forever brightened by your legacy.
I have listened many times to Molly on the radio and she was always inspiring. Her voice will truly be missed.
I had the great pleasure of hearing Molly speak at the Booksellers Convention in Anaheim, CA in 1992. She was witty, entertaining and so very intelligent. I'd never heard of her before then and never forgot her after. She left her mark in the world. I look forward to seeing her story on Biography. Who will write it?
A loss felt so personally by so many...A hole that can't be filled
Molly Ivans was wonderful. She was appreciated even way up here in Canada. She told the truth about Texas and about America with great style and wit. She will be missed.
Oh Molly, I can't believe you're really gone. I guess I thought that you could fight death to a standstill or, failing that, use your biting wit to talk your way out of it. Now just what are we to do? There is simply no one to replace you and if we ever needed you we need you now. We will miss you so.
I think she was serious about banging pots and pans in the streets. And it would be a fine way to honor her life. What a treasure she was--a font of humor, shrewd observation and wisdom.
molly---u will be truly missed---every protest march i go on --i will beat pots and pans in your honor--may GOD bless you
Who can replace Molly? WE CAN. She spent many years teaching us and showing us that WE are the Deciders. In her honor, I will raise a LOT MORE HELL. It's what this great lady would have wanted her legacy to be. Bless your heart, Molly. Bless your heart.
Thank you, Molly for waking up so many of us with your straight-shooting words of wisdom. May your spirit live on!
Molly had a wonderful voice and an intellect we will all miss.
I will miss the logic and humor that Molly brought into my world each time I read her columns.
Molly you made a difference in this world! You gave us the term Bushie, and Shrub! LOL!
Thank you Molly!
Thank God for people that care about people.
Thanks for your courage and for being outspoken against deceit and hypocrisy.
I'm so glad I gave you that hug Molly when you were signing books in Portland...you were the 1st political columnist I ever read!
I heard Molly before reading her. The voice alone kept me from switching stations, then the way the words pointed out the irony hooked me for good. What a great spirit, and great teacher. WE are the deciders! Raise Hell!!!Thanks, Molly!
Well,even all the way up here in snowy, freezing Buffalo, NY (currently 5 degrees and falling) we are mourning the passing of a true, fierce and funny woman whom we could count on to set the record straight. She will be missed and remembered forever!
Molly will always be a hero and an inspiration to young writers like me. I'll miss her wit and courage and eloquence. She never stopped digging for the truth...
Bless you, Molly. You're missed.
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well-lived.
She lived in my home town. I will miss her wit and humor. I'll never forget her column. She was the best. Molly I'll see you again.
The world is a sadder place now without Molly in it. I feel as though I have lost a dear, wacky, brilliant friend.
It is said that humor is a sign of intelligence. If true, Molly Ivins was a bright light in our otherwise unsettling world. Her wisdom, wit and courage will be terribly missed. She made me proud to be a woman.
I have a great respect for this woman, who spoke the truth. There is so little truth in this country's government, and Miss Molly made sure we knew it. If she knew it, she threw it at us, and we eagerly caught it. This Texas Gal had the courage to say what needed to be said, and said it regardless of who's toes were stepped on. I am going to miss you Miss Molly, I sure do wish I could carry on the work you did, because I sure am not afraid to speak it loud, the truth that is.
Through a mutual friend, Molly and I met at
the Brown Palace in Denver for what turned
out to be a hilarious three-hour luncheon.
Later, she met my late wife Kay, a lovely
woman from Tennessee. They became soul
mates. There were dinner parties in Boulder,
sessions at CU's Conference of World Affairs,
where Kay was a committee member; sailing
at Dillon Lake in the mountains of Colorado
and many sporting events. Molly's chili
cook-offs were a kick. Oh, how I shall miss
dear Molly. Her satire, wit and courage at
poking fun at politicians. And her final piece, calling for the end of the war in Iraq. NOW, she said. She adored her profession. I am
pleased to be a member of her group of
world-wide friends. Though ill with cancer,
I shall never forget how Molly came here to
visit dear Kay who was ill herself with that cruel Alzheimer's Disease. Bless you dear Molly. You were one of a kind.
I was a latecomer to discovering Molly Ivins. I came accross an audiobook of Molly's collection of columns titled "Who Let the Dogs In? Incredible Political Animals I Have Known". I knew of her prior to that--but had never read her columns (March 2003). What a Godsend! If there is anything better than reading Molly's columns - and I'm not sure there is---it would be LISTENING to Molly reading her own columns, with that wonderful Texan drawl and perfect inflection. It has provided hours of laughter, genuine education and serious thought to me and to countless others I have shared the collection with. Thank you dear lady for who you were and your honest contribution to a life well-lived. You are a hero in every sense and will be missed dearly!
I am sure that where she is, they're sitting around a table, chewing and chawing, laughing, and spellbound by her humor, remarkable wit, charm and unique command of political lingo. Molly was a one-of-a-kind wizard of words. Few could match her ability to craft phrases that hit the bullseyes of their targets more often than not.
There is nothing I can say to express this loss to us all. Who will rattle the cages? As Molly said, it's up to us all to stand up against the surge.
I wish I had had the opportunity to converse with you in person...we still shared our ideas and laughter! I will miss hearing from you, but will continue to try to carry on our efforts for a true representatve democracy. Peace.
Molly's writings encouraged me and let me know that there were still strong, liberal Texan women out there that shared my views. She will be sadly missed. Godspeed Molly, we love you and will miss you so very much.
How do you pay tribute to someone who was so able to cut through the bull and talk truth, and to do it with a human touch. Her wit made the medicine of harsh reality go down a little bit easier, and the words even more poiniant. But though one of our brightest lights of hope has passed from us now, Molly's work and passion will live on in her writings. Hopefully, we will continue to listen as intently now as we did when she walked among us. Molly, you will be missed.
We loved you and will miss you. You were our voice and the voice of countless others who thought they had no voice. Take flight, little bird!
The humor and satire of Molly Ivins endeared her to so many. Her unique view of the world in general, and politics specifically, was refreshing and savvy. The world is a little less bright without Molly (my favorite barefoot rebel), but her words will go on to delight new generations and bolster those brave individuals who say it like it is, even when it is unpopular to do so. Thanks Molly and Godspeed.
A true Texas original. Whether you agreed with her or not, you enjoyed her wit and talent.
Minneapolis will miss Molly too.... & following her writings made Texas my other favorite place. Warm, caring people in a friendly, warm place. (It's 7 degrees below zero as I write this.) Godspeed!
She was a breath of fresh air that I read eagerly while in exile in Oklahoma. I especially remember her writing that she'd been saved three times as a child and didn't seem to be hurt by that. Molly, we already miss you terribly
The only good thing about Molly's passing is that Ann is no longer lonely - she now has someone to commiserate with for all eternity. May you both rest in peace.
May the spirit and laughter of Molly's sheer, clear outrageous gumption always be among us. Shoes none can fill; truths we must continue to speak -- as if this amazing woman is coaching us from the wings.
. Molly Ivins was the BEST: A true Texas treasure lost. Thank you, Molly, for your incredible life: for your courage, wit, and humor; for speaking truth to power with no holds barred; for being a beacon of hope to many of us north of the Mason/ Dixson.
She was truly a champion and we’ll miss her straight talk which was always laced with humor. A witty American wordsmith and thinker, those lights you lit will live long in our schools and libraries, our hearts and our minds Molly was at Smith when I was at Mt Holyoke College next door and she reflected all the best of life there as well as in Texas. May the Lord bless you and keep you til we meet again.
Molly, you gave the greatest gift of all - you made us laugh and think.
I was greatly fortunate to meet Molly Ivins in California. My wife Jean, who had meet Molly in Austin, invited her to come to California and stay with us at Hanzell Vineyards. I can only say that if the many occasions over the years where we have hosted a fair number of people, Molly's visit with us was one for the ages. By then, her cancer had made its presence known by removing the hair from her head. We had such a great and fun time with her at a grand dinner Molly decided half way through it to rid herself of her wig and from then on it was all fun and positive thoughts for the night. We had her for two perfect days and we talked and showed her around. We took her to a lecture she was giving in Santa Rosa where there were wine people, writers, and others who had heard about the evening. What a warm and loving time it all was! Boy, we'll miss her!
I just can't get this to come out right, but your eloquence, insight, independent thinking, and humor kept such balance in this world. You were an amazing story teller. Thank you for helping name my daughter when you were here for a speaking engagement a couple of years back- how I thought I'd laugh myself into labor that night. I'll certainly share your books with Eleanor.
I attended a reading given by Molly at my University many years ago. She talked about raising hell with Ann Richards.
I remember thinking: "I would love to sit down with her in some honkytonk bar and have a beer, or eight, with her." She was lovely, a hero.
Molly, we loved you and learned so much from your writings. You will be missed.
Our world is a little darker and duller without Molly.
Oh Molly. What are we going to do without you.
As per your last and lasting published words, I propose that every progressive/peace loving group in every community create a large banner:
"Raising Hell to Bring Them Home, NOW! The MOLLY IVINS MEMORIAL Pots 'n' Pans Brigade"
held high and surrounded by cadres of pots 'n' pans banging marchers. In this way would we honor, respect, and recall you ....and the beat goes on.
I know you will continue to do your part from wherever you are. Raise Hell in Heaven, Molly, along with Ann.
Much love always,
Beautiful Lofty Things
Beautiful lofty things; O'Leary's noble head;
My father upon the Abbey stage, before him a raging crowd.
"This Land of Saints", and then as the applause died out,
"Of plaster Saints"; his beautiful mischievous head thrown back.
Standish O'Grady supporting himself between the tables
Speaking to a drunken audience high nonsensical words;
Augusta Gregory seated at her great ormolu table
Her eightieth winter approaching; "Yesterday he threatened my life,
I told him that nightly from six to seven I sat at this table
The blinds drawn up"; Maud Gonne at Howth station waiting a train,
Pallas Athena in that straight back and arrogant head;
All the Olympians; a thing never known again.
-- William Butler Yeats
Molly was our Olympian, a thing never to be known again.
I'm going to miss Molly Ivins, even though I never met her. I'll miss her writing, her wit, her anger, her good common sense and her voice. I loved seeing her on TV and just listening to her talk. At least I've got "Bushwhacked" on CD so I can listen to her sometimes. All my prayers to her family and friends.
While she was here, Molly did good. She was fearless and funny, but serious all the same.....about serious matters.
I was sad to hear about the loss of Molly Ivins. What a remarkable woman!!! Her wit and wisdom inspired me. Rest in peace Molly.
I loved Molly for har forthrightness. She not only opposed the war in Iraq, but came out against the Patriot Act. She scolded Hillary for her stand on Iraq. I also fondly remember one Conservative cause that she embraced. When the Supreme Court reached its decision on eminent domain, she came out strongly against it. She also reminded the Conservatives that their hero, George W. Bush got the land to bbuild the Texas Rangers baseball stadium by eminent domain. I'll miss her.
The death of Molly Ivins is sooooo sad. Her wit, life's observations and stated truths will be no more-her ability to identify the details using choice words all readers understood was genius. To see the facts clearly was her talent. Thank goodness her writings are still with us. She is missed already. Condolences to her family, her friends and all her readers.
While living in France, our French friends shared that they read the columns and books of Miss Molly Ivins. They would ask for translation assistance to help them better understand her wit and descriptions. They loved her. I made sure they had all her books.
We must celebrate her life and her genius.
I was so hoping that Molly would survive this dreaded disease. Even with a heavy heart, there is a joy thinking of Molly Ivins, for she is a Hera to all of us liberal Feminists. My condolences go out to her family, may your burden be lightened in knowing your sorrow is shared by so many of us.
We have been blessed by her unwaivering courage to stand up for the rights of all human beings. We are blessed that she joins a host of angels to comfort and care for us.
We can't afford to lose her!
There's a vacuum in Austin and the political landscape which will never be filled without your words. Thank you for the years of humor and political sobriety Molly!
Journalism has lost one of the shining lights.
Please tell me that you will still be watching over us. I do not feel nearly as safe as I did when you were out there swinging. I MISS you and your razor sharp wit!
Molly, we hardly knew ye but will miss you terribly. Your wisdom, your wit, your love of life, all treasures taken from us when you left. We will not forget you or the lesson you taught so well, that it is our duty to keep fun and lightness in our lives.
It is with heavy hearts we say goodbye. Thank you for your work, your courage and spirit moved us all. We will miss you so much....
Molly was also a writer who did her homework...On the subject of the poor who live in "colonias" she correctly asked "Who made our (now jailed) Attorney General Dan Morales, the 'White Knight'?" She remembered that he voted against the bill that would have have helped them when he was a member of the Legislature. His attack against (former) Congressman Ron Coleman (D-El Paso), and by implication Governor Ann Richards, who he said did not try to help those living in such deplorable conditions was incorrect. Molly's accurate recollection of events coupled with phrases we grew up with made us laugh. She was a very special person. Molly, you will be missed.
Molly as a young girl
Molly was one of my only two childhood friends.
We went to camp together, we studied in France together and she gave a hilarious toast at my wedding. There was no odder couple than the two of us.
She was so BIG ! I don't just mean that she was at
least a foot taller than me, but she loomed large in every way. She cared with all her heart and she voiced her beliefs with all her mighty might – even then.
She was at least 6' tall (or so it seemed from my 4'8 vantage point), she was a Southerner (I was a Yankee from Connecticut), she was liberal Democrat and I lived a street over from Henry Cabot Lodge. She was
a brave and brawny brunette, while I was a more sheltered but always enthusiastic little curly blonde tomboy. Somehow despite all of that, we were best friends through and through.
Did you know she was a fabulous sailing skipper ?
My memories have nothing to do with her books and columns and Pulitzer prizes, but nonetheless I am awash with grief that she is not on this earth with me any more.
It seems a less safe and rational place somehow, but I have saved the letters she wrote me as a young girl and take solace in them and in the belief that we will be together again -where size and hair still won't matter. Rest in peace my special buddy !
Signed, Admiral Gridley
Molly Ivins should be remembered as a flower: not an orchid, not a rose, but a dandelion. Irrepressible, down-to-earth and a colorful disrupter of proper decorum, she sowed seeds of laughter and encouragement wherever she went.
Yes, I will miss Molly terribly, but now every time I see a dandelion, I will laugh and with renewed determination seek to speak truth to power.
As a Texas woman who migrated to the Bay Area in 2000, I eagerly awaited Molly's words in the SF Chronicle. Molly, along with her dear friend Ann Richards, made me so proud to be a Texas woman. She is a wonderful role model with her courage, wit, intelligence, and love for her human kind. I will miss you, Molly!
My views of Texas changed when I started reading Molly Ivan's column, for the better. I will miss you Molly.
You will never be replaced. We will miss your wit and insight. Thanks for always standing up and speaking up for us, the average American.
Loved your columns...Miss you already with a heavy heart.
I always read your column when I was visiting in Austin and we turned out in full when you spoke at the Drue Heinz Lecture Series in Pittsburgh in recent years. You gave us a new accurate vocabulary which we'll use for a long time.
The world, at least one particular address in the 49202 zip, is a much sadder place upon hearing of dear Molly's passing. But then, death is really only a doorway we must all go through, so here's hoping that your light shines even brighter in the next room, Molly.
Through such souls alone
shows sufficient of His light
For us i' the dark to rise by
A Great soul has passed
We've lost a good friend and ally in this now, even more so volatile world. RIP Molly. We miss you.
A rose by any other name would be Molly.
Molly we miss you.
Thank you for your courage and wisdom, you will be missed.
To Molly's family I send my sympathy and good wishes. For "us" North Texas liberals she was a ray of sunshine coming thru the window on the very day we were ready to give up politics. We will miss her more each day. God bless.
A courageous journalist at a time when it matters.
i just found out, and I am crushed. The only reason I turned to the Monday edition of the Seattle Times was to see her wisdom on the top right (no pun intended) page of Local News.
Godspeed you Molly - you have inspired me. I'd like to hear from you and Herb Caan when you have a way to reach us.
I'll forever respect your integrity, honesty, candor and most of all desire to have us as passionate as you.
We have truly lost a national treasure.
I'm surprised by how bummed I am by your loss, Molly, but then not surprised... people who unflinchingly speak the truth, and do it with such wit and style, are rare. Your radiant smile speaks volumes, too. You wre a class act, and I have no doubt that you'll do your best to make Heaven a better place. We love you, and we'll keep birddogging the bozos for you.
Ann Richards and Barbara Jordan are whoopin' it up right now, and plumpin' a cloud up for her, but the folks down here are just plain heartsick. Ahh, bereft doesn't begin to say it, Molly.
I plan to use some of Molly's style of humor whenever I find myself
dealing with dreadful news and/or politicians. Molly was the writer who
helped me cope more realisticly with power, manipulations and liars.
Molly Ivins COULD say that and she did! God Bless her! She taught me if you wait long enough or use enough wit almost anything becomes funny.Her humor enriched me and I loved her from afar. Thanks Molly,for making life fun! Till we me up yonder...You go girl!
I bet Molly Ivins and Ann Richards are up there trading barbs and "one uping" each other. All of the saints ears should be burning about now--listening to them and laughing.
Molly will be greatly missed.
God Bless You, Molly, now dance with the clouds...
Goodbye, Molly. Texas has too few lonely voices speaking up against greed and injustice...and now there's one less.
It is inconceivable that Sunday and Thursday will go by without a new, invigorating dose of Molly. But at least we had her.
Molly Ivins, I can't believe you're gone. I learned more about our gov't(the good,the bad, and the ugly) reading your weekly columns. Thanks for caring so much for this country. Now who will tell us the truth? Happy trails Molly.
Fellow Houstonian, we never met face to face, but you spoke for me more eloquently than ever I could. You even gave me a special reason to love my younger son: He gave me "Molly Ivins Can't Say That, Can She?" for my birthday, knowing I would read it aloud to him.
Thanks for making sense of our political system -- with your heart and humor. You're loved and will be missed by so many. I will go to my front yard and cut down a "bush" in your memory.
molly we will miss you-- now we will beat our pots and pans so that you will hear them in heaven---we honor you and all that you stood for---
Molly, you put the political landscape into the proper perspective so the rest of us could cope with it. Your wit will be missed --especially with the nitwits in D.C.
I will miss you soooo much. No one could get to the point as eloquently as you.
My mother loved Molly Ivins comments and writings. I hope people will see the truth in her humor.
Thank you Molly Ivins for your courage,your honesty,your laughter and most of all for being a great role model to us all, young and old.
We will miss you great Texan Lady!
In your honor we will now have to keep up the fight for a country and a world we can be proud of again.
Lets all remember MOLLY when we go to the polls in 2008 and elect a president who has the courage to be honest and truthful with himself and the rest of us!
Surely, Molly was a Steel Magnolia. She was tough and gave it to you straight, but her sense of humor was delightful. Rest in peace, Molly.
Who on earth can replace you in our lives? You are one of a kind....and will be sorely missed...The angels must be "rolling in the aisles!"
you, Molly, for being a hero to a little girl who grew up to be a good
ol' tough, liberal, Texas broad. I hope you and Governor Richards are
having a grand old time up there.
I first saw Molly Evans at a Theta Sigma Phi event for women journalism students at the University of Texas back in 1969 or so. I remember how full of life and mischief she seemed. She was pretty and smart -- with large beautiful eyes full of laughter, joi de vivre, wit and intelligence --ever alert to see and subsequently skewer with her pen, the evildoers of Texas politics... I don't think even Molly could get them all but I feel certain that she tried.
I followed her liberal political columns from newspaper to syndication and to newspaper again and yet again and found myself laughing at how accurate and hilarious her portrayals were. She saw the cow pie slices between the toes of the Gucci-shod good old boy politicos in the expensive suits and the cheap tricks here in the Capitol of Austin. And we all loved her for it.
In the tradition of Great Texas Woman like Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan and so many others who have gone on before, Molly was something special and unique to this land I love that we call Texas.
God took another Great One Home.
Molly made be proud to be a Texan. My family listened to her audio-books on our vacation trips across Texas and roared at her wonderful humor that told the truth about Texas politics and politicians. We love you, Molly, and we'll miss your voice.
Molly gave all of us the twin gifts of laughter and unvarnished truth. Her ability to see the absurdity of many political activities gave me hope for America. I will miss you, Molly, but I wish i could be at the parties with Ann Richards.
With the death of Molly Ivins we have lost one of the greatest political writers of our time. Her skill in writing a clear, concise piece in a language we all understand was outstanding. There was no skirting around the issue, so rare in our current era of a media restrained by an attempt to be politically correct.
Molly, In the words of my elderly mother "when they made you they threw away the mold". I'm sorry it took me so long to let you know how much I appreciated your gifts. I hope it's not too late.
You were a gift to humanity. My father and I were always lifted by your spirit. You are the best example of an American Patriot. You symbolize what America is all about. I am very , very sad at your leaving us for a new battle, but you are our best warrior. All of us must carry on your wit and wisdom. Molly Ivans Twain.
I am genuniely heartbroken to learn of the death of Molly Ivins. I loved her, and I loved her savage wit & wisdom. Molly was unflinchingly, unabashedly, uncompromisingly liberal in an age when there have been those who've tried to make the terms "liberal" and "feminist" dirty words. Her final column was a masterpiece. Surely she & Ann Richards are having a big party right now. Molly Ivins was my kind of woman.
I first began reading Molly's wisdom in my local paper, the Miami Herald. As the paper began moving slowly to the right, we got more Cal Thomas and Pat Buchanan, and less Molly. I missed her brilliant words so much I made a point to look for her pieces online. Rest in peace, Molly; you were an inspiration! May God bless and receive your soul and comfort your loved ones.
Molly, you told it the way it was. How we shall miss you!
A true straight shooting Texan. God Bless you Molly, the poor, and the average American have lost a great spokeslady.
MOLLIE IVINS GAVE US SUCH A FRESH OUTLOOK ON OUR GOVERNMENT'S POLICIES AND "LEADERS" SHE MADE US LAUGH AND REALIZE THAT WE HAD TO KEEP FIGHTING!
THANK YOU, MOLLIE. WE MISS YOU TERRIBLY.
I so looked forward to Thursdays and Sundays, and the opportunity to revel in Molly's wit and strength of vision. Such a straight shooter. I e-mailed her columns to friends and family, and I think many of us felt we knew her. She will be greatly missed. God bless her and her family and friends. You are in the prayers of so many. Molly really made some of us in equally conservative states feel not quite so lonely! Thanks, Molly.
It is with the heaviest heart that I write this. It is as though my favorite aunt has just passed. You are an inspiration to us all, Miss Molly. For that we thank you and carry the torch for your most eloquent spirit. Your wit and wisdom are unmatched...I think I just heard a bell...Watch over us...
Oh Molly, we need you to guide us. We care so much; we just don't dare enough. Oh Molly, how we'll miss you.
I remember seeing her speak once and was awed by her presence. I've had to track down my autographed book - sure enough, it says "Raise more Hell" Thanks, Ms. Ivins.
Thanks, Molly. You've been a tremendous inspiration to so many. Your speaking for those who are least able to speak for themselves is admirable. I shall miss your acerbic wit and your "telling it like it is." Grace and peace.
One of the most intelligent people I have read. She died of the same damn cancer that my mother and one of my closest friends died from. All great women. I have not read as much as I have wanted to of Molly, but I plan to start. I need to find the time. I've been depriving myself of too much humor and humanity. Molly left us way too soon!
Oh Dear!! Molly you left us too soon. I will sorely miss your hilarious and on the mark pokes at gettin down to "bidness" Texas politicians. There is just no one to replace you, but we have the books and the memories!!
Although I never met Molly, I worked with her brother Andy in Houston. He would recant stories of her and would have the whole office enjoying them. Andy even got me an autographed copy of her first book which later, in a college government course in Austin, got me 10 extra credit points! You will miss your sister terribly but oh what memories you have to draw from...
Molly will always be an American treasure and a true Texas cowgirl. She was a hoot to read and even more funny in person. She has long been an inspiration to me for her truth and common sense reporting.
I was shocked when I heard of your passing, especially since I am a breast cancer survivor. I always thought you were invincible.
Molly, you made us think and question. I'll never read an editorial page again without thinking of you. You've touched many -- more importantly, you made your life matter --you made a difference.
How can we express the love and regard we have for this wonderful, funny, talented, acerbic woman? She alone, it seems, was able to express the awful truths of the day while making us laugh ourselves silly at the same time. Oh God, how we'll miss her!
Surley there will be a place for you in the daily in heaven,Molly,you'll just have to respect the editor
You hosted some of the funniest poetry slams I have ever attended. "Rick Perry's Hair" still causes me to chuckle...I will always remember your humor, and passion...
You've always been an inspiration and always put a smile on my face, however far from home I have been. Your message to me was always "Perserverance Furthers!"
Molly was the one and only columnist that I always tried to read. I will miss her.
Molly was one woman it was a privilege to share a planet with.
I can't imagine the world without Molly.
It figures that Molly was a United Methodist interested in social justice. She will go down in the history books along with Ida Tarbell as passionately fighting injustice as she saw it.
This will be all working men and women's loss of a great voice on our behalf. Ms.Ivins will be missed.
Blessings on you, Molly Ivins. You will be missed.
Molly, you were such a blessing to us all. There is no equal.
Texas has lost another Queen and America has lost it's most loveable guardian. I'm sure Barbara Jordan and Ann Richards were falling all over themselves trying to get to Molly first when she arrived. Have fun great gals!
When I left Texas, I followed your work online. You have given a voice to many who felt they had none. Your ablity to cut through the pomposity of politics and help us laugh instead of scream, will be greatly missed.
I looked forward to her columns every Thursday. We will miss her insightful observations/writings. Molly provided me with assurances that the voice of democracy was solidly represented in Dallas.
Laughter being the best medicine, Molly cured me of many ills. Too bad it couldn't have saved her. To her friends and family, you've got a lot of comapany and I just hope that somehow that can sooth your loss.
Molly, I looked out at the pink buildings of the Capitol this morning and cried. Who will make fun of this Ledge? Who will teach us new phrases and ways to think about things with a clear heart?
What a fight you put on, to the last day. How we will miss your laughter and your passion for a lady called Texas.
My aunt, Celeste, had me mailing her your columns because she could not get them in the Texas panhandle. When I handed her a signed copy of one of your books,
What a party it must be with Ann and Nellie, waitin' for Liz.
Thank you so much Miss Molly.
Reading Molly's column in high school got me interested in politics in the first place and helped me realize that I could be a liberal while living in a conservative state but still love it. Politics is definitely the best form of free entertainment, and she introduced so many to the fun. Our country is a better place thanks to her.
Molly, I love you and will miss you terribly.
No one could make me "forget my manners" and laugh out loud quite as raucously as Molly. Once, years ago, I was relaxing in my room at the beautiful (but sometimes overly sedate) Ritz Carlton in Pasadena, CA and reading the newly published "Molly Ivins Can't Say That, Can She?. After about a half hour of hoots and hollers, someone knocked on my door. Peering out the peep hole I asked how I could help them. "You can let us in to join the party!" they laughed. Sheepishly, I explained that I was just there all by my lonesome enjoying one of my favorite authors. Only after I gave them her name and the name of her book would they believe me and go back to their own room. God Bless Molly Ivins.
Molly, we will miss you terribly. I absolutely loved reading your columns! What a biting wit, what an incredible talent! You almost always made me laugh, in the middle of some very serious subjects. Thank you, Bob Ray, for your column on Molly this week! Hopefully Molly and Ann Richards are sharing a political joke or two about Texas in the Great Beyond even as we speak. God speed and safe journey, Molly!
A true original who made us laugh, think and remember why America is a good place to be and what we have to do to keep it that way.
...so sad re: this passing...the world will be a smaller place without molly ivins...no one told it like is like molly did...
Your thoughtful words made me see what the world could be. You made me laugh in the midst of all the problems around us.I will miss you greatly but you will not be forgotten.Rest in peace.
I have never met Molly but I have read her words and laughed at her great sense of humor. She told the world the sad truth with a twist of humor. I will always remember you Molly, God Speed.
Molly Ivins has been a huge inspiration to me as a journalist and political commentator. Every time I read a column of hers I think, "Wow - I wish I would have written that."
RIP, Molly. You will be sorely missed.
My best shero has left and whatever shall I do? Molly has given me many hours of laughter and many times she made me really stop and think. I shall miss her intelligence and wit so very very much. Phyllis Fleming
Oh, Molly, you leave such a huge hole in the world. You take a great deal of well earned love and admiration with you.
You called it the way you saw it, Molly, and that is what drew me to you through the years. I laughed at your words while saddened by the absurdities in government that were behind them. You spoke to me and for me and I will miss you very much!
Guess who's now poking holes in heaven. Go get'em, gal!
She was a force of nature, and will be greatly missed. 2 generations of Molly Ivins fans at my house mourn her passing.
Words fail. You have left our world a little darker and scarier and we will miss you.
Molly, I loved your wit. I never see a piece of parsley on my plate that I don't remember your story that ended with the waitress saying if she had known you were going to eat it, she would have washed it.
Tell Ann hello!
It's like saying goodbye to a dear friend; through the wit and wisdom of your words you have been a beloved member of our household for year. We will greatly miss you!
Even though your battle is over, you will always be remembered for the humor & truths that you gave to me in your writings. Thanks for making some of my days more enjoyable.
Molly --- You kept it real!
I am very sad that the country has lost a voice of reason and clarity on so many issues, the most recent the war in Iraq. It is too bad that other journalists have not told the same truth in the news pages. Too few people knew about Molly Ivins, this individual included.
Her wit, humor, and reasoned thought will be sorely missed.
Molly always set a great example of how you can skewer political opponents with wit and humor rather than bullying, defensiveness and a mindless hewing to a party line. God bless her and may she rest in peace.
So it must have been in 1973 when I first met Molly Ivins. She was the co-editor of the Texas Observer along with Kay Northcut and they were in an old house in Austin TX. My good friend, the late Hawkins Menifee at the time was a State Representative and he was writing something for the Observer and I went along with him to the Observer location. It was a dark January cold evening in Austin. And even late in the evening there was Molly and Kay working away getting the Observer ready to go to print. But, we mostly sat around drinking beer and gossiping about the politicians in the Texas Legislature.
Hawkins could mimic almost anyone and Molly could also do a great impression of an East Texas good old gal, so it was a fun evening and I don’t remember a lot of work getting done. I was an interesting evening for me in that I started to get a good understanding of what Texas liberals were doing to change their party. They were of course celebrating the defeat of the old Conservative guard in the Democratic Party and reforming the party. The dirty thirty, single member districts, Democrats in control of the state, etc. Those were the days.
Of course Hawkins was killed , the next year, in an auto accident which the Observer covered in great depth and Molly went on to the New York Times and the rest is her history. But I can tell you today, Texas politics will never be the same without Molly around to poke fun at those who run our institutions.
Have a Great Eternity, Molly
I wish I had some personal story about Molly but I don't. But I have read her column for years and enjoyed her thumping of the self important people in our public world... But I do have a real connection with Molly and her recent trials... My daughter was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 1999 and was re-diagnosed in 2003 and then again in 2006 and died on January 1 of this year. Sounds familiar doesn't it ? When I run in the race for the cure this year and future years I will run for both of them as well as for all the others who are fighting for their lives dealing with this insidious disease... Molly, when you and Ann meet my daughter, please say hello and do a couple of Margaritas together...
Although your syndicated column was not always carried in a local newspaper, I actively sought out your musings on various Internet sites. Your view of this crazy, screwed up world helped keep me grounded. When I finally met you at an ACLU event in Nashville, I realized that you had never met a stranger. God blessed us with your presence for too short a time.
Molly Ivins was a constant source of amusement and inspiration. Truly a life well lived.
God rest her spunky soul and bless her family, her friends, and all who grieve her parting.
God how I will miss that woman's penetrating wit, her ability to demolish the hypocrisy of law makers even at the highest level, and her guts to speak for the unpopular cause. I looked for her column on the internet every day and when I read it I could hear that velvety Texas accent cut to the bone. Dam, I'm made she is gone.
I will miss this intelligent, funny, and incredible writer with her wickedly accurate observations about American politics. She left us too soon.
We learned and laughed from every writing of yours. Your words and spirit will remain with us always. Peace be with you.
The tributes to the inimitable Molly Ivins so moved me. How well I recall the National Education Association stepping up to the plate and defending Billy Don Montgomery, the East Texas teacher who was fired for - on his own time - registering Black voters. These years were my time in Texas. This was my world then. I was in Indianapolis when she came - pro bono - to address the annual meeting of the Indiana Civil Liberties Union and at the book event here in the District where she packed the house. With the passing of women like Billie Carr, Molly Ivins and Ann Richards, we are all diminished.
Shall be accept the challenge to honor them by example -- raising Hell for Heaven's sake with humor to sustain our passion?
Paul Krugman said it best: Molly never lost sight of two eternal truths: rulers lie, and the times when people are most afraid to challenge authority are also the times when it's most important to do just that. Molly Ivins, who devoted her life to questioning authority, will be sorely missed.
MOLLY IVINS WAS AN INSPIRATION. HER LEGACY WILL LIVE ON IN THE PRINTED PAGE AND IN THE WRITING OF THOSE THAT HAVE BEEN INSPIRED BY HER.
Molly reminded us that if you can't laugh, why live? Her spirit will live in each of us who laughed with her.
Molly Ivins always brightened my day with her columns. She will be missed.
Molly, you were one of my few,true heros. Articulate, brave, devastatingly funny,wise, smart as a whip,strong, tender, a Truth-teller- all of this and so much more. The world is better for having had you live in it, and is now poorer for your leaving of it. Your particluar immortality lies in the hearts and memories of all your devoted friends, family and fans, and in your written words, which will outlast us all. Thank you for each and every moment of joy and of outrage you engendered. I shall miss you endlessly, and wish you Godspeed. With love,
I feel like I've lost an old friend. In the old days, there weren't too many of us Texas liberals; we all identified with each other. We've lost one of the best.
We've all lost another ray of sunshine.
I feel saddened by Molly’s death and will miss her columns – the first thing I looked for in our paper. I will remember her energy and her determination and will continue her work in my way. If we all keep working for peace and justice she will always be with us.
It must have been when I was working for Ann Richard's first campaign that I discovered Molly Ivins and I shared the same birthday. I have celebrated and applauded her on "our special day" ever since. She flat-out said what most of us thought and felt. This shared occasion was a special gift I cherished in my heart because I have so admired Molly through the years. Onward and upward, Molly. Godspeed. My sincere sympathy to her family and to the rest of us who will miss her.
Bye Molly. We'll miss you around the doggie park. We love you and you will be greatly missed.
My friend told me about your articles about 3 years ago - and I have been reading them ever since. You were a breath of fresh air in what seemingly is a world of madness. I am already missing your next column. Your passing will definitely leave a void in my life. Thanks for all you did and wrote about Molly.
Rest in peace, Molly. I feel like I have lost a sister. You educated us, fired us up, and most importantly, made us laugh. I will miss you more than words can say.
Dear Molly, Your columns brought tears of laughter and outrage and now the tears are of mourning. I will carry your spirit of Joy, humor , and activism with me. May we all embody those traits we so admired in you.
We've lost a dear friend much to soon but what a lasting impression she has left, much joy and wit. God has eased her pain and ours as well, we just think of her!!
Molly dear...you were one terrific lady ! I had the joy of meeting you at dinner in Houston last April before your presentation to the Houston Progressive Forum. My sympathy to your brother....and other family members and to all the many people in the world who loved you.
A blessing on us all, she is. Her bright light is luminscent now. Let that luminesence burn through the heartbreak of our loss and be the light on all she would want us to see. My hero.
You opened our minds and our hearts, and did it with that earthy and honest humor that made us laugh, even when we were mad as hell.
You weren't good....you were Excellent. Your legacy of wit and wisdom has enriched the planet.
My first reaction - Cancer sucks! And, yes, it does. But she vowed to keep writing till this war was ended. So dry the tears and let's get on with it...writing all those unfinished columns.
We have lost a dear friend, a rare spirit with a great heart, a great brain and razor sharp wit. No writer attacked incompetent leaders more deftly than she. To the very end of her too short life, she fought against people in power whose decisions are destructive to human lives and our planet. Each in our own ways, we need to carry on her fight.
Molly, I have been reading your columns for several years, printing them and giving them to friends to enjoy. I hope we find someone to take your place.
The name Molly Ivins will always bring a smile to my face for all the laughs, joys, and delicious insight she has given over the years. We will miss you, Molly!
There's so much I'm going to miss about. My gosh! Next year's election season won't be the same. I got used to reading her column in the Chicago Tribune every Thursday morning and routinely found it hard to sip my coffee and laugh at the same time. Thanks - Thanks!
Every time I read a column from Molly, I would first laugh and then cry but always I felt that I was not the only one. Your voice was important and you have gone to your rest knowing that you did your very best in this life.
The world has lost a great lady.Thank you for all you've done!
The women who work at the Boulder City Public Library are lost; who will we read? Bless you Molly. You made our days, our weeks, our years.
Even if you have gone you are still one of my heros. I will miss you.
As a northerner, I have my prejudices about southerners in general, Texans specifically. Molly's sassy wit, intelligence and gentility, as well as her consistent ability to say what I wish I had said, always made me think twice about my prejudice. I am -- we are all -- going to miss your insight and courage, ma'am. But Texas is really going to miss you!
A thousand, make that million, points of light now raise their voices and follow with their feet to honor and continue the legacy of Molly Ivins.
I am sure you are having one doozy of a political discussion with our dear friends, Ann Richards, Ralph Yarborough, and so many others who have crossed over. Molly, we will miss your humor, but you have left quite a legacy and we will be able to revisit your speeches and editorials thanks to the good ole' internet. Sure did need you in the 08' elections....to put everybody in their place...LOL Your a great gal....see you on the other side. We love you.....
Molly was one of those people who made Austin all the more livable for a radical like myself back in the dark days of the 1980s.
With Molly's early death, the fire is slowly going out in a long, proud tradition of populism in Texas, replaced by a meanness that Texas had not seen since segregation.
I'm sure she is at the Las Manitas in the sky, cackling about the absurd hilarity of it all, what the hoot she was.
I tell you what.
Oh, Molly, you spoke my mind so well I felt like I knew you. Thank you for so much.
Rest in Peace, Sweet Molly.....and keep Ann Richards laughing.
Thank you for the sanity
You are already missed
moll- may flights of angels sing thee to thy rest. you were one helluva woman and i'm glad i got to know you.
We have lost the clear wise and funny voice that spoke for me and what I hold most dear. Molly was at Smith when I was--I was so sorry I didnt know her then, but have been a constant admirer from afar. Condolences to her family and friends and to all of us. This is a sorrowful loss ---her brilliant voice inspired a more humane and just society. Our work then and now...Miss you, Molly.
Oh, Molly, you will be missed. Thank you for making me laugh and inspiring me all these many years. Such a brilliant light and now gone. Say hello to Ann Richards, and have one helluva time with her.
Such a brilliant woman with a wit anyone would be envious of. Such a loss...
Although I am sad to say goodbye and relieved to know your suffering is past, I also believe that the candles you lit in our minds will live long in our schools and libraries, our hearts and our minds. Your words will continue to inspire, amuse and amaze: we will make it so.
People who "swim upstream," such as Texas liberals like Molly Ivins, have my enduring admiration. She could turn phrases to make her well reasoned points with striking humor. We will miss her.
Molly, we'll miss you so much ~ who will write for us? No one will ever take your place.
Barbara Jordan, Lloyd Bentsen, Ann Richards, and now Molly? Heroes, every single one. Lets all speak our minds a little louder, then all meet on the other shore.
You were right Molly, we are the deciders. I have decided that you were a journalist that exhibited courage, clarity and humor. You will be missed by millions of people who loved your books and columns. You were a true patriot and a great Texan.
I will miss you so much, Molly.
May you rest in peace Molly. Thank you for your wit and wisdom. They will be missed.
May God bless you.
Dear Molly: From the moment I started reading your column in the library at San Diego State University in 1987 in the old Houston Post, you were a giant for me. I will miss you tremendously.
The world is greatly diminished by your passing, and we are, too. Mark Twain and Will Rogers have nothing on Molly Ivins. We were lucky to be around while you were here.
Thank you, Molly Ivins for your presence, writing, and for being you.Texas will miss you, your wit, and your countenance. Say hello to Senator Yarborough and all the good Texas Liberals who have gone before you.
My next life will be patterned like Mollys. Thanks for your inspiration.
Oh, we will miss you so much. Know that you are in our hearts and in our prayers!
I am a conservitive by nature, however I appreciate your view and the men/women who died giving you the right to express it. I also am proud of the path you have etched for women of any opinion to be heard across party lines, ethnic lines, gender lines, and especially, the male made glass ceiling. Here's to you molly Ivans!
Thank you for everything that you have done!!! You have brought many a people to laughter with you Texas wit. The world will not be the same with out you. Say hello to Ann Richardson for me.
Molly's the one writer who felt like a member of my family. So often, I'd feel outrage and just be speechless, only to read what Molly had to say about it and think, "Yep, that sums it up exactly." Losing her hurts more than I would ever have expected. Hard to believe she's written her last column.
I'll never forget you, Molly. You really were the very best.
Everyone will miss your humor and insight.
Molly could trenchantly illuminate deadly serious issues and make me laugh at the same time. My world has been a richer place because she was in it. Thanks, Molly
Oh, Molly, it's so sad to lose your wit and wisdom and courage, just when we needed them most.
I am not ready to say goodbye to this wonderfully powerful woman. What I learned from her is that I can laugh even when things are looking dark. That gift from Molly is what I want to keep in my life.
Here in conservative Richmond, Va. you were responsible for eliciting crazed, scathing letters to the newspaper threatening subscription cancelling if they didn't cut your column. The rest of us who loved reading your wit and your wisdom will miss you sorely.
Thank you so much for the wit and wisdom that you gave us throughout your life. I hope you are now "raising hell" up there with Ann Richards! We'll continue to "raise it" down here.
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
HOW SWEET YOUR WORDS WERE TO THE EARS OF SOMEONE WHO NEVER GOT PEN TO PAPER UNTIL NOW. I"LL BE BANGING THOSE POTS AND PANS, TODAY JUST FOR YOU!
Some proud and happy memories I have are not only in reading Molly's books and columns but receiving thanks for recommending her to many who appreciated as much as I did. It is a sad sad piece of news indeed, she was much too young to leave us. Gwen Mandl Quebec Canada
Whenever I thought things were bad your witty columns assured me things are bad.
Miss Molly Ivins was more than a reporter. She was more than a humorist. She was an exceptional gentlewoman with the ability to see the truth and to tell it to us poor mortals in that unique, penetrating, crystal clear way we could understand. She left us with a laugh and with wisdom we could find nowhere else. We will not forget her.
Thanks for the memories.
I wish I could be a fly on the wall when you and Bullock and Richards hook back up. They WILL believe what Shrub has gotten us into! Thanks for everything.
If Disraeli was correct that "justice is truth in action" then Mollie Ivins was a powerful voice for justice. I will miss her voice. Reading the Monday Seattle Times just won't be the same.
A great and witty American wordsmith, thinker, and truth-teller has left us... All's I can say is, I wish she hadn't.
Here's to you Molly! Bless you! You are a bright light in so many peoples life-certainly in mine. You made me laugh, you made me feel good when things were dark, and you made me want to act to right things in this crazy country. But most of all you gave me hope just knowing you were out there saying what needed to be said when no one else would---and with such courage and wit! I had always wanted to meet you, guess now I'll have to wait awhile for that. Thank you, thank you, thank you! May you continue to have joy and laughter in your soul.
I had the privilege of meeting Molly when she was in Santa Barbara for a Planned Parenthood fund raiser. I don't think I've ever laughed as hard as I did that night. She was truly a champion of us all and we shall miss her straight talk which was always laced with humor.
We laughed with you, learned from you, leaned on you, loved you.
God bless you, Molly. Your voice will be sorely missed in American politics.
Molly Ivins has long been my favorite columnist. We all will miss her. My condolences to her colleagues, friends, and family.
I was so saddened to hear the news today that Molly had died. We need her insight and humor so badly. Who in the journalistic world can even start to fill her shoes? Thank you, Dear Molly, for making our hearts lighter by making us laugh and for making us think we really can work to make things better.
now when we need the truth and even more humor.....miss you and thanks.
Although I didn't read her regularly, I'll badly miss her voice... and we needed someone like her.
Molly Ivins was a joy to read. Her books are as funny as hell and insightful, too. I so enjoyed reading her columns. I will really miss her unique take on matters both large and small.
During the USA's darkest hours, Molly has been a beacon of hope to many of us north of the 49th parallel; as long as Molly was free and ranting, we knew there was hope. Dear friends south of the 49th, don't let her light fade......keep up the good fight! We'll miss her too.
I never had the chance to tell her, that I admired her.... I was going to send her a video of a dancing dog that sings, " Who Let The Dogs Out"! after the Dems won! Heres to ya' Molly!
your more happy now! Plus I am
going to read your books.
I know we should celebrate your life, because of your wit, passion, and that bigger than life Texas spirit you had, but tonight I simply miss you...
God, you were brilliant: Molly!
If there's a Heaven, you and Ann Richards are laughing together for eternity. She's been waiting for you, Molly. The idea comforts me.
Molly was a beacon of hope to this country and to the world, the light who we could always point to and say, "SEE? SEE? We're not ALL completely nuts!". God speed, Molly, what you have given us (shared hope and laughter) are rare commodities these days indeed.
was fortunate enough to meet this incredible woman last year, soon
after I moved to Austin, and after years of being avidly addicted to
her incisive wit and fearless (and funny) columns. I have had few
heroes in my life, but Molly was most certainly one. She contributed
more to more of us, struggling to remain among the rational people on the planet, than she will ever know. The world has lost of one of the
great women of our (or indeed, any) time, and she will be sorely
missed. At least, we were lucky enough to be here while she was, and
could revel in her words, marvel at her wit, and stand in awe of her
I've read Molly on and off for a Decade. (Before the Internet it was hard to find her in Minnesota sometimes) Since Shrub I've Followed her commentary closely. With out her words there have been a lot of times the last 6 years I would have cried. Instead I've Laughed at the oddity of it all.
and Now I will have to make up for that
Thank you Molly
we will miss your commentaries Molly. God bless.
National Public TV had commentary on your passing today. It included your observations concerning the statue on the Texas state capitol building. While I did not recall ever seeing you before, I instantly fell in love with your wit. I'll surely miss you.
Molly is the conscience of America!
Able to write of corruption, immorality, illegality and just plain idiocy, without the rhetoric and political correctness of so many of her peers.
I truly hope somebody will step up and continue to be our voice of reason in these trying times.
I will miss Molly's column very much. She was one of a kind.
I was up late, again, just two nights ago, worrying about the slow march we're making to war with Iran, when I remembered Molly. I was thinking "I've got to get one of those Ivins' books; I need that kind of therapy right now." Cuidanse mucho, familia--I wish her family all the love and support they'll need to fill the canyon Molly leaves behind. Instead of that book, maybe I'll go get my pots and pans instead...
Good golly, good golly!
We'll miss you, Miss Molly!
Your wonderful use of the language was and will continue to be enjoyable and inspirational. Thank you very much.
What a treasure Molly was to the progressive cause. Always on target with an unmatched sense of humor. Those of us who value freedom of speech will sorely miss her leadership.
Not since the passing of Barbara Jordan have I felt our nation so bereft. Rest in peace, valiant heart.
I heard her speak at the SFPeninsula Speaker's series several years ago. An unforgetable experience. She always hits the nail on the head.
Molly personified everything that is good about America.
Thanks for looking out for us plain ole folks. I am deeply saddened to lose you but your influence and contributions will live on. Thinking of you will always bring a big smile to my face and my heart.
Molly was the woman I wanted to be. I wasn't brave enough. Who will step up? Get out your pots and pans, your pens, raise hell! You are the Deciders!
Molly touched so many of us with her witty, wise words. I read her columns faithfully to both be better informed about the nefarious doings of those in power and to have a good laugh. So rare a writer can accomplish both.
We lost a true hero at a time when we so desperately need them. To the spirit of Molly - I'm glad you had such fun while you worked so hard on our behalf.
Molly will be missed by many people....both liberal and conservative. She always made me think while I was laughing.
Not a good day for supporters of Human Rights everywhere. The news of Molly Ivins' passing hit hard this morning. We all knew she was fighting a terrible cancer but we hoped and believed that if anyone could beat it, Molly Ivins could. We were wrong.
She was our Freedom Fighter and our voice for minorities and the dispossessed. Her ability to mix humor while reporting on political matters of major consequence was unmatched. Reading the editorial page will never be the same.
I had the privilege of hearing and meeting Molly at a human rights fundraiser in Kansas City more than a decade ago. She autographed her book "Nothin, but Good Times Ahead" for me that evening and said "For Gary, a Texan in exile....Come Home". Last month I took her advice and moved back to Austin. I'll sure miss her. Rest in Peace, Sweet Molly.....and keep Ann Richards laughing.
What a gift you gave us. Your humor helped me through our countries difficult times. Your words linger in my head and heart.
What is a person who writes truth with grace and wit? A Molly Ivins.
Monday mornings with the Seattle Times will not be the same. I shall miss you.
Molly dear. Your brilliance, your wit and your courage lives on in your writings. We have lost a dear friend.
Molly Ivins’ talent of helping us laugh at the absurdities and atrocities of politicians will be sorely missed – especially at a time when it is desperately needed. Her boots will be hard to fill.
When Molly spoke at East Texas State University in 1988, a friend and I went up to meet our idol, babbling in our excitement how much we admired her and agreed with her. Molly's answer? "Isn't it amusing how intelligent we find those with whom we agree?" Yes, Ms. Molly, it was amusing to agree with your shining intelligence. You are missed and will never be replaced. Shine on in peace.
Dearest Molly - you made all of us chicks look good! You wrote with great insight and wit and great humainty. The earth is a poorer place with you missing from it. We will always love you and look forward to seeing you again on the other side.
With love and sadness,
How will we manage without her? I guess we all must now pick up the banner and the courage and the humor and not put up with the lies. Godspeed, Molly.
Mollly, I always read and loved reading all of your political columns. You were the best, and will really be missed. There is none like you. Miss you.
The passing of Molly Ivers and Art Buchwald this year has left a hugh literary void that expressed the insanity of politics in such a insightful and witty way.
"ANOTHER LEGEND HAS LEFT A VOID IN OUR LIVES"..thanks for being you, thanks for the books and many laughs!
thank you molly ivins. you were a great woman. your editorials were so necessary. thank you for all you did. congratulations to your family. they should be proud.
What shall we do for our weekly laugh and discussion.
Before today you always made us laugh--today you made us cry...
Molly Ivins pulled me through the
'dark times' of Clinton's second term with her biting humor and common sense. I will miss her.
I will miss you, Molly Ivins. I have read your columns and books for years, and when I heard the news on NPR, I had to pull my car over and mourn the loss of your funny and perceptive voice. Thank you.
My mother-in-law (Norma Yovich of Ashland OR) came to see you speak in Marin and will be as saddened as I am to hear of your passing. You go girl!
Molly: Your sharp wit and no nonsense style of writing was a favorite of mine. I will miss you.
Thank You for all you did to keep our humor during Shrubs presidency.
I met Molly in the mid-70's in Austin but read the Texas Observer before that. She expressed my feelings exactly about our state and my daughter and I will miss her greatly.
Oh, Molly, you powerful force of Truth and Wit! Enjoy the Heavenly Host, and don't hesitate (as if you would) to make suggestions to the Creator with respect to deepening the legacy you've left us lucky lights below. We miss you.
Thank you, Molly, for your incredible life. For your courage, wit, and humor. For speaking truth to power with no holds barred, and with glee! For making America a better place for your being here. If you can figure out how to poke at the politicians from the other side, you go girl! We'll be looking foward to it!
I've read Molly since I was twelve years old and she was working for the Texas Observer. Then I made my own children read her. I'll never forget her. She's as big a patriot as this country has ever had. God bless her.
I looked forward to reading Molly's column every week online, the way I look forward to a family letter. That's how I feel- like I lost a member of the family. In honor of my dear departed "relative", it's time to take to the streets with pots and pans.
I already miss her. Right now I'm fighting back my tears.
Well, Goddammittohell! (I find it fascinating that nearly everyone I told about Molly swore like storm troopers. Most of what people said about Molly dying can't be printed here. Mostly, no one will cuss when the people she wrote about die -- but for her, yes, DAMN it!!!! )
My heart has a hole in it the size, well, of Texas. She was a Texan -- like Barbara Jordan, Ann Richards, Babe Didriksen, Janis Joplin, Lyndon and Lady Bird, Bill Moyers, Willie Nelson, you know, a REAL Texan. In a time when being an American is in so many ways an embarrassment, she reminded me of why it is a GOOD and HONORABLE thing. God's got some good company now -- but she better watch out, because nobody's safe from Molly's pen.
We hate to lose your voice when we need it so badly, but thank you for sharing it with us while you were here. You embody much of what I love about my home state and the spirit that makes it great despite its glaring faults. You are terribly missed and honorably remembered. Thank you for your service to our country.
Molly, Dear Molly:
Us Liberals are dwindling here in Texas and your death is a huge loss to us. You will be so missed. My best to your family
Molly, you are one of the few persons of importance that made me proud to be a native Texan. Your wisdom, insight, commitment to truth telling and brilliant wit illustrated all the good things Texan and stood in sharp contrast to the infamous products of the Lone Star State that you rightly and unflinchingly skewered. Very few are as good as you, and you will be missed painfully by Texas and the world. May Prime Creator bless you abundantly for your good works on Earth.
Molly, you were a beacon for us Texas liberals. Reading your columns always made me feel less alienated from my roots. Your wit, your words and your presence will be deeply missed.
When I left Austin in 1980 to go to graduate school, my friend John McLane gave me a subscription to THE TEXAS OBSERVER. I've been reading Molly Ivins ever since. She makes me proud to be from Texas.
You and Ann have a tall one for me!
Your voice will be sorely missed. thanks for making us laugh at our foibles and for giving us all the courage to take our country back.
I feel like I've lost a best friend. Your wit, wisdom and style will be missed.
For a while the sun is going to shine a little dimmer. What a loss. Texas and the country needed Molly.
I don't think I ever read more astute political writing than Molly Ivins' -- and with such wonderful, wonderful humor! Give 'em hell up in heaven, Molly!
A true Texas treasure lost.
A clever turn of phrase could not begin to measure this amazing woman and her wit, both of which will be sorely missed.
My deepest sympathies to her family and close friends.
An American original. I will miss her.
life will not be nearly as funny &
enlightening without Molly's candid
and profound observations. She was
really one of a kind.
Molly, wherever you are, don't give 'em any slack. Keep up the good work. (We miss you.)
Molly will be missed so much here in Massachusetts! She was a voice crying in the wilderness and called us to challenge those whose policies weaken the most vulnerable. Thank you, thank you, Molly.
By all the Powers that be-what a loss for all of us. Molly Ivins was a breath of fresh air and sanity compared to the rest of the colunists out there. There are a few out there close to her, but none with her spot on view of our current "leaders".
Molly, we looked for you always in SF Chronicle, Nation, Populist, Progressive. We shall miss you forever. Aloha, Keala and Murphy
Molly, you made our lives more joyful in an era of too many depressing public events. I am grateful for your company along the way. I will miss you.
Molly s passing is a loss for a America that has forgotten much about what we as a people should be.
Her voice reminded us that we all need to speak up. She made many realize that not all of Americas Foes are overseas, but are often those that wave the flag with the most fury.
Molly, we took the courage with your wit,
took hope and laughter... all these years!
Now, back to you we give: a promise not to quit.
(and oh, so many loving tears!)
Will politics ever be as much fun without her...I don't think so.
Your voice will be missed, but will live on in memory - with pleasure.
It was a delight to discover a fellow liberal Southerner who could see through the propaganda and get to the substance of the issues. And her jabs at Bush were much appreciated and needed. My condolences to her family and friends.
Oh Molly, how I'll miss your wit. When I'm down, I grab a copy of one of your books, open in at random, and have a good laugh. How I'll miss you! Rest well...you did a great job!
Molly, did you really walk around the NYTimes newsroom barefoot? Babe, there aren't enough accurate words to express my joy at your life and work and my heartbreak at your early passing. I'll spare you my obscenities, some of which I learned from you anyway. Lovingly, Catherine
I always turned to the last page of the Progresive magazine to read Molly's column first. Now sadly no more
Bill Ruhland Orinda CA
I met Molly in Chicago in Oct. 2003. She was cheerful, joyous, and made sure everyone in line got their books signed. In no hurry, she chatted with every one of us. Bless you, Molly, and say hi to Walter Winchell and Ed Murrow for us.
I'm going to miss you Molly, you're a friend I never met.
My Dear Molly - You were my hero, particularly these last 6 years of this administration. Whatever are we going to do without your sense of humor and your just plain good sense? I will miss reading your column.
we will miss you, one voice we really needed in these bad times, you were a gem and god bless you
I wept at the news of your passing. Though I am sure there is a party going on in the Bush White House today, you will be missed most by Democrats and progressives who valued you as a voice of reason and conscience.
This was never more apparent than in your last column.
You were a paragon of your profession, and a perfect example of journalistic excellence. May other, younger voices follow in your footsteps. God bless you and keep you always.
Thanks Molly for your gift of thought and speech. You will be missed by all who felt integrity was the best a journalist has to offer.
I took my 80 year old Mother to see Molly on her last lecture tour. She told the truth and made us laugh at life and ourselves. I can't think of a more interesting place to be than in heaven listening to Molly and Ann. What a pair to draw to!
I just emigrated to Austin from New Orleans on Saturday, and last night when I read the news I stood among the unpacked boxes in my new apartment and cried a little, then raised a Shiner in a toast. Molly was one of my heroines, the best role model a young journalist/editorial writer could ever have for how to raise hell and make a point or two while you do it. As an assistant editorial page editor back in about 1993 or so, I got to interview her for a Sunday opinion piece I was writing. One of my treasures that drowned in Katrina was the answering machine tape I saved that I used to record that phone interview so I'd get every word right and have it to keep for always. The clips I'd saved of the actual story I did washed away too. But during our conversation, Molly called me sugar, and then she blessed my heart, and I guess that goodness won't be washed any time soon.
We were so sad to hear of Molly Ivins death. We will miss her wonderful take on politics. She made us laugh - We will miss you Molly. Jo & Rob
Molly give Ann Richards a hug for me. We miss both of you. Your cynical humor will be sorely missed as well. Our condolences to your family.
Molly, You will be dearly missed. Your quick wit and political insight were enjoyed and appreciated by so many people around the world.
Dear Molly: I loved you and am deeply sorry I never met you. You made me so proud to be an "Amurican", even in the darkest times. You brought sunshine where none seemed possible. You will be missed terribly. God bless you on your way, Love, Michael Haines
I promise to be active tomorrow. but today i am sad and miss you.
THis is what I learned from you 'don't carp about the crap'
Molly, your absence will be a great loss for progressive minded people in America. Wherever you may be - may you keep on smiling and telling the truth. Thank you Molly!
When they asked "Where's the outrage?" I knew part of it was in Austin. I know she had to tolerate fools gladly or miss a lot of inspiration for her column. I am so, so sad.
We were lucky to have had her words of truth and wit. Molly fought the good fight and this world is a better place for having had her walk amongst us.
It is very rare when a person like this graces the earth. Molly was a hero to me, always speaking the truth, with that Texas sense of timing and bite, she will be duly missed.
The world will be a lonely place without Molly.
Molly was one of our greatest warriors against government absurdities and corruption, wielding her shining sword of humor.
I'm not an American, I have never visited Texas and haven't been to the USA in more than a decade. But in that time I never, EVER, missed a Molly column. We've lost a great soul, a sharp mind and, most sadly, a huge, full-throated, twice-weekly laugh. Peace, Molly.
My deepest sympathy for Ms. Ivins' family and friends. I am sorry for the loss of a great mind.
Molly, you will be greatly missed. You are a true American Patriot. I hope you and Ann Richards are having a great ol' time up there in heaven together.
Molly Ivans was like a bright ray of sunshine here in So Dak.I'll miss her so much and I intend to get everything she wrote so I'll never forget what smiles and laughs she brought.GOD be with you Molly.
Molly Ivins was a true Texas hero. She will be missed
Molly Ivins, you will be sorely missed.What a rare gift you had of speakiing the truth, with wit and humor.
Molly Ivins was the BEST. So many times I have laughed until tears came.To her family and close friends: I am so sorry for this terrible loss. My heart hurts with you. Somewhere in heaven laughter is ringing loudly...
Thank you for being You, and showing us humor where we might have thought there was nothing funny. ie: "Shrub", an obvious example.
If we could all just remember to laugh- while making a difference, and make others laugh too!
I knew Molly mainly from the Mouton Hunt. She was a sporadic participant and often a latecomer, but kept everyone spellbound with her stories when she was there. I remember her adventures with dogs -- trying to keep Athena from terrorizing the Gumberts' goats in Wimberly, slipping the ashes of her mother's Scotch terrier McDuff aboard a plane, and, of course, her famous story that ends "What was the dog's name?"
Molly Ivins mad me laugh. She made me think.
What can I say - the loss of such a talented, wonderful person who was never afraid to say whatt she believed. May God bless you, Molly.
First Governor Richards and now you. What are we going to do without you Sister?
I will always miss your wit and wisdom and uncanny knack for cutting through the high weeds. We could always count on you to shame them into doing the right thing.
Oh how we will miss you. Rest in peace dearest Molly.
Molly is too needed to be lost. It's such a huge loss. So few populists remember the non-famous when they become famous, and it's what can make it easier to be a true democracy. I hope they're ready for her wherever she is--
we must carry on her battle. None of us can have the wit and humor, but all of us can have the dedication to truth she had. I feel such a loss for someone I never met; Got to go get my mamogram!
This Liberal will really miss your columns, Mollie.
God Bless you!
Now who will guide us through the wilderness of the next two years?
WHY DID YOU LEAVE US SO SOON, I'LL MISS YOUR POKING FUN AT SHRUB AND MOST OF ALL I'LL MISS THE ONE PERSON WHO COULD EXSPRESS MY FEELINGS IN PRINT.
There was always an eerie similarity between the Texas "Lege" you regularly skewered and the good old dipsticks that roam the halls of our Georgia legislature.You brought great joy to this Yellow Dog Democrat stuck in a Red state...we're a little bluer today because you're gone. Fight on.
You gave the greatest gift of all - you made us laugh. How I'll miss you girl.
I have been a fan of Molly Ivins for many years. Unlike so many of the people passing comment on current events, she knew what was right and what was wrong and told us which was which. Also unlike so many, she was usually right about her facts, but when she was wrong, she told us and she apologized. Publically and in print. Truth, insight and wit have lost a great supporter with her passing.
You gave us much-needed laughter and hope. Now that you're gone from us, others will have to take over skewering the deserving, but, lady, you're one tough act to follow.
My heartfelt sympathies to your nearest and dearest.
What a grand ride you took. And what delight you gave us.
I spent 10 years in Abilene, TX reading Molly Ivins every chance I got. She will truly be missed.
Molly rates enormous gratitude for helping us sort out Bushes from the all the genuine Texas Trees like LBJ and Ann Richards, further distinguishing by giving us Shrub.
Molly: The physical loss of you is overwhelming. Of course politics is absurd serious business, and you were the voice of reason. Thanks for incorporating so many lasting wonderful expressions into my DNA forever. Please say hello to Ann, Barbara, and Judge Hughes. Certainly you all have taken over the place by now. I'll miss you terribly, Dear Heart.
Thanks, Molly, for making us laugh when we didn't know we should be crying.
My sincere sympathy to all of Molly's friends and family. I had the privilege of sitting next to Molly at one of her SXSW dinner parties. I was no match for the other guests at the table but Molly made me feel like I was as important as anybody there! I appreciated that so much. She was and is a beautiful spirit and it's heartbreaking to have her and Ann leave us so soon.
Molly taught us how to live and enjoy the foibles and humor in politics; not to take ourselves too seriously. She also taught us how to face death with courage and humor. She was unique, one of a kind, and God, how I will miss her.
From the very first time I read her column in the Progressive I knew this was someone who articulated my thoughts. I had the pleasure of hearing and meeting her in person in San Antonio in 2000 a personal highlight of min.
My you rest in peace and I for one will miss you humour and wisdom
-loved your Texas way of speakin tho I'm from Ca, Billie Lee Bramer taught me, Martha Eckman mentored & today you took them & a Texas voice that has always delighted & cheered---with you--will miss much!
The world lost one of its shining stars yesterday. Her words will continue to inspire us for many years to come.
My favorite free-thinking writer. She had such a clear way of expressing politics by guiding us through the spin. I and many others will miss her. Who will take her place?
Molly, you were a dear unmet friend who spoke the truth with love and nerve and courage and passion. I will miss you, and the light in the world will grow a little dimmer with you gone. Peace and Love.
The truth did not die with the Great Molly Ivins but we did lose a great American and truth-teller... so, TELL MORE TRUTH!!! We'll miss you, Molly.
Secure yourself to heaven. Love.
When Molly Ivins was on her game, her blend of humor, anecdotes and insight were without peer. And Molly Ivins was never off her game. May you rest in peace, Molly.
Thanks Molly. America is a better place because of you. Rest in Peace. You earned it.
You have been a precious gift. We will truly miss you. You so loved your country and us. Your way with words,and those words, have been a beacon of hope in really dark days - and have encouraged us to speak and fight for the truth. Eternal Memory, Molly, Blessed Repose!
I will miss you, gentle lady. Your charm and common sense allowed you to speak very clearly to say what many of us needed to hear. Thank you for the spirit that you brought to this earth. Bless you.
I did not always agree with Ms Ivin's opinion, but I always liked the way she made it known. You don't have to agree with someone to respect them, especially someone as brilliant and insightful as Molly Ivins.
First Ann Richards, now you...
We will miss your voice.
The world is a much poorer place
My grateful thanks for your life sustaining inspiration and sanity saving presence. Especially thank you for showing us how passionate attention can be so hilarious. May your spirit remain close to our hearts and minds forever.
Adios, my fine friend.
I will miss your humor, your insight and your humanity. I am sure you and Ann Richards will be adding sass and class to the after-life. I will miss you but will never forget you.
I will miss your passion for factual reporting and lacerating wit. Giants like you cannot be replaced. You made a difference.
Miz Ivins was truly a treasure and will be deeply, deeply missed. I take comfort in knowing that in that place where are great strong
Southern women (as opposed to ladies) get to go Molly and Barbara and Ann will be doing just fine goading their spiritual children into getting on with the work they started. To her family and many, many friends, the pain of your loss is shared and appreciated.
Molly, you were always one of my heroes. I'll miss the way you made the truth shine and my smile spread.
Thanks for the truth and your wonderful humor.
My words seem inadequate to express my sadness of our losing Molly! I have not recovered from the loss of Ann! My only comfort comes from knowing that they are probably exchanging "zingers" about "Dubya"!! I hope they know there are many of us that will continue the fight to get rid of our state's embarrassment in the White House. The Dixie Chicks got it right!
My biggest shock was learning that Molly was not a native Texan. I just knew she was one of "us". It is okay, she earned the right to be called a Texan.
Thank you Molly for the years of laughter and courage you gave me. You see, I too am battling breast cancer. You fought the good fight, now rest in the peace of the light eternal. God bless and keep you!
I named my cat Molly after her - they both had hair that was orange, dark and white by turns, though Ivins' was sequentially and my cat rocked all the colors at once.
It's hard to believe we'll never read another word from her. Gone too soon.
I would always peruse the editorial pages in desperate search for at least one other person who truly gets "it" and who was not too timid to write about "it" for others to see. For me, that person was Molly. So while I can take comfort that Molly is truly at peace, I can not take comfort in the fact that a true voice of reason is forever silenced.
Molly once told the story about how she spent so much time on the road covering politics that she hadn't seen a green vegetable in ages. Finally, at a diner somewhere, parsley was put on her plate as a garnish. It was the first thing resembling a real vegetable she'd seen in a while, so she ate it.
The waitress returned. Noticed the parsley missing and said, "Well honey, if I'd'a known you were going to eat that, I'd'a washed it first."
I hope that wherever Molly is now, she's tossing back a cold one with Ann Richards.
I have always considered Molly Ivins to be one of my idols. She is one reason I went into journalism. I was looking forward to many more years of reading her work, and am so saddened by her death. May her spirit be carried on by each of us wherever we may be!
On the days when her column appeared, that's where I started reading - even before the headlines. Often it seemed like she took the words right out of my mouth - & I always meant to write and tell her so- but never did...I did not know she was ailing, and wondered why her columns had not appeared lately.
Will sorely miss her humor, sarcasm and above all, her frank opinions about the 'Bushies' and their cronies in Washington.
Irreplaceable. Thank you for every word, Molly. We lost you too soon.
How are we gonna survive without Molly Ivins? How is sanity going to be maintained without her? As a political junkie, I read a lot of newspapers daily and a lot of columns. Molly's was one of very few that I actually looked forward to. She is (was)a gem!
Molly, I know you'd rather we were raising hell about the escalation in Iraq and the provoking of a war with Iran, so I've written letters yesterday and today. But I am still so very sad to see you go. You leave mighty big boots to fill.
We'll miss you, Molly. Might not have agreed with everything you said, but you always shot from the hip and tought us to stick with what we believed. Rest easy, lady.
in the early '70s i was privileged to work with Molly at the Dallas Times Herald. as past president of the local printers union, we shared some parallel political views. Molly was unpretentious, fun, and didn't mind speaking her piece. Her wit and priceless parodies of politicos will be sorely missed. Ken Cowen, DTU #173
First Ann Richards, now Molly Ivins--were are the great Texas dames now?
Molly, you join my short list of, "Where is _____ when we really need her/him?" You are right there with Mary McGrory, Ann Richards, and Herblock. Hope you party hearty and keep the heavenly courts laughing and on the up and up.
I think it's OK to keep raising hell in heaven...
First Ann Richards, and now Molly Ivins....this is a sad day for Texas and the rest of the country. I'll miss you, Molly.
Dear Molly, you and Ann were my political mentors. You taught me so much with your keen insight and humor. I will reread all your books and pray that somewhere there is someone who can take up your pen, even knowing no one can replace you. Rest well. You will not be easily forgotten.
Molly, your column was a breath of fresh air, when I was down with current events, you gave me a supportive hug. Thanks for sharing your outlook.
What's to become of the National Laboratory of Bad Government, now that Molly is gone?
Thank you for your good work. Molly, you will be missed.
I will miss you, Molly. I moved to Ft. Worth in 1991 and got hooked on Molly then. Political views will not be the same for me without Molly's. Rest in peace, God bless you. My sincerest condolences to your family.
As this is a sad day in my life for your passing, it is also a day of remembrance of all you have given to me and this great country that you loved and acted so strongly and beautifully to preserve. Of this I'm sure your family, friends, and admirers from all over the world will take comfort. I will miss you and your great wit.
Don't sit on your haunches (as she might say) and mourn her. Get out in the streets and fight for what you believe in--that is a fitting tribute for this wonderful woman. Speak up, stand up, and never give up.
My wife told me this morning, "Molly Ivins died." I said , "damn," and wept.
You made me laugh!
You had a quick, sharp wit. You share that with another of Texas' all-time favorite women, Ann Richards. I hope you two have a great time discussing Texas politics.
You once said one of your greatest achievements was being banned from the Texas A&M campus. May we all be so lucky...
Hook 'Em Horns,
Oh, Molly-- somehow, you had us convinced the Big C couldn't prevail. I wish it hadn't, because we need your brave wit, now more than ever in these dark days. Thank you for showing us that it's never right to roll over. I'm looking forward to meeting you someday on the other side!
I am so sad to hear that she's gone. She was more than a good columnist, she was a light-bearer, shedding light on the dark side of politics and a heart-warmer, a bringer of joy. It wasn't just that she told the truth or made us laugh; she brought things into their proper proportions. That's a VERY rare gift. I am glad that she lived and that I can count myself a contemporary of hers.
I'll miss you so much, Molly. You always fought the good fight, and your humor was wonderful!
Molly's passing is a great loss for our country. We need more real journalists like her to cut through the fallacies and get to the truth. She will be greatly missed.
Some states have great food; some have great scenery. Texas has all that, AND a long, long history of great women. Although the men look better, the women are smarter and more entertaining. No one can tell a tale like a Texas woman can. Ann Richards and Molly Ivins were the best storytellers in my generation. I never hear the word "Dallas" and not think of Molly's pronounciation: "Dulles". Hard and clipped on the first syllable. Molly, you were the light along so many paths. Please continue to watch over us from your keyboard in Heaven.
God bless Texas!
How I looked forward to reading your columns. You were always honest and true and funny.
We need a million more "Texas Liberals", not one less. Good folk who maintain a progressive sense of right and wisdom, yet don't take life so damn seriously. Thanks for all the smiles Molly. God Bless.
Oh Molly... I wish your death were one of the "impossible things" I had to try to believe before breakfast. I only had the privilege of meeting you in person once, but I will miss you terribly. Thank you for getting us through MOST of the Bush administration. I'm just sorry you won't be there to rejoice with us on the day he finally leaves office. Thank you for all the truth and all the laughter--you and your writing are irreplaceable. We'll keep fighting AGAINST this monstrous war Bush started, and that's a promise.
No one can take her place----her humor, way with words, strength of character. I will miss her.
Molly: May the angels who welcomed Ann and John Henry surround you with wings of rapture. You have entertained, educated, and inspired.
We'll miss your words Molly. Give Jesus a hug for me.
Molly was the best. I remember a column where she said one of her influences and inspirations was Mike Royko. I'm a native Chicagoan, and I'm writing from Chicago,and she was better. She was never bitter, and you always knew where she stood; even if you didn't stand with her you knew she was doing what she felt was the right thing. And she was funny; I loved it when she was interviewed.
God bless you, Molly. Good rest.
We must honor this witty, fiesty woman by never stopping fighting!!! Pass on her words of wisdom and humor to everyone you know and keep it alive. Molly will be missed incredibly in this time in which we are surviving...
I loved your wit and your biting criticisms of political figures. Rest in peace Molly.
You made me laugh and you made me have hope for Texas - and you got Shrub in one. You will be missed.
Growing up in San Antonio, being the tallest girl in my class I felt out of place. Years later I read a quote of hers "I spent my girlhood as a Clydesdale among thoroughbreds". I could relate. Molly was a real Texas thoroughbred. A very rare breed. I will miss her her.
I remember back in the early 1990's when I was a "cub reporter" at the Statesman, learning the trade under the watchful eyes of Dave McNeely, Laylan Copeland, Mike Ward and others. I fondly recall several evenings spent at La Zona Rosa in the company of Molly and the other politicos (state and local) who populated the Austin scene back then. It was truly enlightening. If you thought she was good on paper, you should have heard her hold court over a cold beer and a plate of nachos. What a rare treat. We have all lost a courageous voice of truth and democracy, as well as a passionate defender of our beloved First Amendment. No matter what your politics, you cannot dispute that our system is better because of Molly. Her effectiveness was in her rare ability to combine humor and wit with her frank and incisive analysis. It was this unique blend of prose that truly helped shape the political discourse within in Texas, and later on a national level. With the passing of Molly, and the earlier loss of HST, a truly unique era of critical journalism has ended.
Everybody loves Molly's insights and humor about Texas, but she was equally insightful and humorous about all the places she visited or lived. For example, Molly would occasionally teach at the U.C. Berkeley School of Journalism as a visiting professor, and she came up with the best description of Berkeley that I've ever heard. She wrote, "None of the women here where high heals. Even the hookers in this town wear Birkenstocks."
I sure will miss her.
In the words of another great outspoken critic of war and politics-as-usual, the late folksinger Phil Ochs--"can't say who's to praise and who's to blame when I'm gone" and "can't sing louder than the guns when I'm gone, so I guess I'll have to do it while I'm here." I'm inspired to carry on the torch she lit. She found her role and played it so very well. May we all do the same.
When I would get upset about something happening in government, I could depend on Molly making me laugh about it instead, a much healther attitude. I will miss her greatly.
Let her courage and compassion be the inspiration to the rest of us to carry on the fight. Never be afraid to speak the truth!! Peace and blessings, Molly!! I'll miss you!
Molly was the finest kind of southern woman - smart, funny, and TOUGH! She held the torch high. Good on ya, girl.
Relocating to Texas in 1989, I picked up a Fodor's Texas guide with the introduction by Molly Ivins. I was hooked.
Ms. Molly's best advice: "raise some hell" -
AND read and be open-minded to
what the "all hat and no cattle" spew.
My little bit of heaven-on-earth was meeting her at a book signing in Austin and at a Texas reception in NYC at the Dem National Convention in 1992. I told her then I loved her...wish I'd reminded her every book and column since. Heavenly hugs,
I was fortunate enough to meet Molly once at a book-signing in Mills Valley CA. It was a few months after the recall of Grey Davis and the election of "The Arnold". Needless to say, the audience had the subdued demeanor of a spanked puppy. Molly spent the first 15 minutes of her presentation giving us a humorous pep talk....it was just what we all needed! In the hugely dark times of the past 6 years I very seldom missed one of her columns for just that reason. She was a huge light. I will miss her terribly.
Dear Molley,may you rest in peace,you were truly loved.
Thanks for giving the country a piece of Texas we could all be proud of. You are missed.
Go in peace Molly
You will be missed - and we will carry on in your spirit
There will never be another like her
Keep raisin' hell, sister. Your blend of courage & wit we'll ne'er see the likes agin.
What a wonderful writer. I used to look forward to reading her columns. I didn't even know she was that sick. My heartfelt condolences to her family. She will truly be missed.
Thank you, Molly. You had the guts to say what we all were thinking!
Agree or disagree with her views, her made you think. She was a wit with a "lick and a wink" who was unafraid to show us her decidedly liberal view of the world. I often didn't agree with her, but I sure did enjoy the discussion fodder her columns provided. I feel like we lost a great friend of Texas and a woman of courage. Blessings to her family.
Rest in peace and rise in glory. You made it easier to be from Texas and I will be always grateful.
Even in Canada Molly Ivins was respected. I was saddened to hear she had passed. Her integrity shone through right until the end. We need more courageous journalists and writers like her, here and in the US. The good indeed go too soon.
May peace always be with you. See you on the other side.
Molly hit the nail on the head with every word she spoke or wrote. She made me laugh and think but most of all made me proud to be a woman from Texas. Had the privilege of shaking her hand here in San Francisco a few years ago and she reminded me how easy it is to live in the Bay Area - that I needed to get back to my roots. She was so brave and smart and we are all challenged by her life to "raise hell" with the powers that be.
Today I feel as if I've lost a dear friend. Molly, your singular voice, common sense and sharp wit will be sorely missed. The world is a darker place without you.
I have to persuade all the nice shy even-tempered Minnesotans I know to get out our pots and pans and make some noise. I'm trying not to cry. But here's something you might like; Even dubya misses you. He said so. HA!
You did what we all went to journalism school to learn to do. You did it well.
Doctors say it's healthy to laugh and believe me, I will miss your treatments.
"Molly, Ann, Abraham, Martin, and John". I'm not political enough to know the young Texan women who will fill the shoes of Molly and Ann, but I can't wait to hear them one day. Sooner than later, please. This has not been a good year for Texas - losing Molly and Ann. What a huge loss for us and their families.
Although Molly and I belonged to different Parties I lived in Texas 35 years and always read Her Columns. I will,miss you Molly, Over the years I respected your many Articles. I liked your Grit.
Oh what a great loss for this nation. A wit and writing skill wrapped in a wonderful soul.
Molly-I loved your humor and your courage.You've given Me the courage to speak out as well.We'll miss you.
Some editor somewhere had better say "We are diminished."
What a true patriot she was. Her wit helped me get through these difficult political times. I will miss her hilarious writing on Texas and national politics.
YOUR HUMOR @ CAUSTIC COMMENTS WILL BE SORELY MISSED.
I will miss her powerful messages. She spoke about our political leaders - but she also challenged us the be civic participants. We need to remember her call to action - get out in the street with your pots and pans in her honor.
I'll miss her truth and sense of wit.
Living out here in the boonies, after the 50-miles-away newspaper stopped printing Molly's column, I resorted to reading it via computer. Oh, the search I had to make to find it at times! But always it was worth the time. Molly inspired many of my letters to editors. What a woman! She will be sorely missed. May God bless her soul.
I lived in Texas as a pre-teen (1956-57) for a year, and then later from 1961-1964. I grew to know the culture, still segregated at that time. When I registered to vote in 1963, I was told that it would cost me $1.00, a poll tax. I was fortunate enough to meet Barbara Jordan and hear Molly here in CA in 2000 when she was promoting hef book about the shrub.
All I can say, in one of the few Texan expressions I know was that she knew how tell how the cow ate the cabbage (and I hope others understand what that means in Texan). We will all miss her.
My husband and I were very saddened to learn of Molly's passing. We have her books and always enjoyed her columns, reading aloud to each other when something serious or funny struck us. She will surely be missed.
Molly was the only bright spot in the last 6 years. I shall miss her writing and perspective greatly.
Thank you Molly for the laughs and the insight. I will miss your voice and wit. We all gained courage to speak truth from you.
Everyone knows that Molly was big, loud, smart and funny, but not everyone knows that she was kind too. In a sign that the end was near, I, a very junior editor, was Molly Ivins' editor during the last year of the Dallas Times Herald, while it was in its death spiral. Most of the time all I did was remove the dirty words from her columns, but sometimes I would have suggestions or ask her to change something. I have a timid personality and Molly could have verbally wrestled me to the ground in 30 seconds, but she never once argued with a single request I made. One time she turned in a column that was much too long. There obviously had been something wrong with her word measurement of the column because she told me she'd had to pad it out because it was too short. I told her the portions I'd removed. She paused a second, then said very nicely, "That's interesting." Obviously, I had removed her original point and left what she considered the padding in, but she didn't say another word, didn't ask me to change it.
My daughter just called me and offered this comment on Molly's death: The world is a blander place now.
I discovered the fascinating world of politics as a young girl when I accidentally read one of Molly's columns. After that introduction, there were no more accidents - I sought out her insight and humor. Thank you, Molly, for enriching our lives.
What a hideous shock to read of your death. God love you, you are my hero, and I, like millions of others, will miss you dreadfully. You are one of a kind, possessed of a rare wit, intelligence and plain common sense. Rest in peace, dear friend. with love,
Oh Molly!!! We hardly knew ye
Oh what a great loss for the political world. We needed someone like Molly to remind us that "IT IS OUR GOVERNMENT" and "THEY ONLY HAVE CHARGE OF IT AS LONG AS WE SAY THEY DO." Especially when the tone of the world today is so anti-government. Molly reminded us that we are in charge and they only drive the bus for awhile. She also had a way of focusing our attention on what is important in life. Who will forget her famous colum "as thousands cheer," about the Dallas Cowboy Cheer leaders who quit because the new owner wanted to make them into "sex objects." She told it how it was, and sometimes we didn't want to hear. But she also showed us that no matter what you do in life, you have to laugh while doing it. So long Molly, we will keep your motto in our hearts. au re voir.
Rest in peace Molly. You've enriched us with your wisdom, joy and humor and we'll miss you so very much.
May your wit and laughter and wisdom and generosity of spirit live on in the hearts of all the others you inspired. Oh, how we will miss you.
To me she will always represent the soul and true genius of the state; she helped convince me that this was a home I could return to.
Your humor, light and courage will live on in our memories. Out there in that field beyond right and wrong doing, we will meet again.
A fellow Patriot,
Heaven is a happier place today.
I spent most of my life ignoring political writers, then a few years ago stumbled onto some Molly Ivins' articles--and got hooked. Molly was this genius of an investigative reporter but she presented what's going on in the world like you are leaning on a fencepost listening to your next-door neighbor. God, I'm going to miss her. I'm sorry she passed away before seeing Shrub vacate the presidency of this nation. But she sure fought the good fight, and her more personal battle with cancer was just amazing and inspiring. My condolences to her family & friends who are grieving right now...God bless you all. We will NEVER forget Molly!
molly was my favorite. although i never met her, to my regret, her writing gave me the idea that i had. journalism has lost an irreplaceable voice. thanks, molly, and happy trails!
I'm missing you already. You were a great sole to discuss politics with! Love, Debbie
Inconsolable loss. Molly was the best.
To those who were lucky enough to know her personally, be assured, we will not forget her, we will not fail to continue to be inspired by her example.
If you can love someone you never met, I loved Molly.
A life too short, but what a wonderful life it was.
How lucky we all were to live in the time of Molly Ivins.
As a Liberal I Loved your politics and as a reader I Loved your writing. R.I.P.
There are sad days ahead for all of us knowing we will no longer have Molly's sharp wit to illuminate our never ending political battles.
Working people have lost a true voice in the passing of Molly. She always stood up for workers' right to organize and share in the American Dream. Solidarity Forever, Molly! We will miss you.
What a gal. I cannot even imagine this world without her. Our mission is clear, she taught us well: Carry on, raise cain, and don't stop.
First Ann, then Molly--have we been left to wander in the wilderness alone? No, for we still have their words, their courage, their humor, their integrity to guide us as we continue to fight the good fight. Peace to you, Molly.
Last evening I was sitting in my kitchen rereading "Shrub" when I heard the news. Irreverent, straight-shooting, anti-hypocritical Molly Ivins, you will be missed - and Texas has lost it's conscience.
Hey, Molly. My dad, now deceased, drove other to the bookstore every Sunday morning so he could buy the Fort Worth paper just to read your column. Hope there'll be a place at the table for him with you and Ann and all your supporters. You sure helped many a lonesome Dallas liberal over the years even if they couldn't read you in their own dang hometown paper.
I will miss your insight.
I grieve, but since I heard the news, I have smiled a thousand times with memories of all those "just the right words" to express how so many of us feel. What a blessing that we can read them again and again.
Can't think of anyone with whom I disagreed more deeply on most issues than Molly but I am sorry to see her die of cancer. Cancer took my beautiful wife in 2000.
First of all...my thoughts to all of her co-workers, family and personal friends. I will miss her column...her laughter...say "hey" to Ann Richards and Lewis Grizzard! Am sure the three of you have lots of catchin' up to do! Adios amiga!
I'd found the Erma Bombeck of politics! What a breath of fresh air and a whole new world to a naive Bay Stater. Thank you for existing. I would have been a duller person today without you.
A great Champion of the People has been taken from us. She will be sorely missed for her intelligence, wit and love of life. They are having a real Texas style barbecue bash in Heaven with Molly and Ann in residence now!
oh Molly, how I'm going to miss posting your columns on my classroom walls - never mind that most of my kids didn't bother to read them. I did. and I cherished each one. with you and Ann together, heaven will never be the same. bye.
Losing Molly will hurt us all.
I would have liked to have known her. She is a true yellow rose.
Molly will be with us as we march on the Pentagon on March 17!
May GOD bless you Minnie ..aw shucks
Dear Molly no matter how dark the moment we live in you always brought cheer and laughter with your wit, sister you did well to keep us going against the dark side now your light shines on through others, rest well till we all meet again, try not to laugh too hard without us.
To laugh, to sigh, now weep and cry. Oh, Molly, I will miss you.
Good bye Molly. I will personally miss you. You never ceased to make me smile and grit my teeth at the same time. RIP
One of the brighter lights in my life has gone out...you'll be sorely missed, molly.
Goodbye dear Molly. We can't replace you. MEM
The passing of a true iconic woman, who never wavered on her ideals and principles. I remember reading Molly when my interest in politics at the age of 12 was starting to pique. May the next generation of Americans without the help of the bully pulpit have someone like you raising hell. May God bless you always.
Thank you for being you in a time when others needed the balance and reality of your perspective. You gave hope to many who could not or would not use their voice. Bless you, Molly Ivins. Bless you!
In the late 1970s, when Molly was NYT bureau chief in Denver, I was her stringer in the high desert of Navajo-Hopi country. When she came through once or twice a year, she'd take me and a reporter friend or two from the Navajo Times or Gallup, NM, Independent to dinner at Gallup's Pedro's Restaurant. There, over rellenos and margaritas and Dos Equis, she would delight us and inspire us with stories of her life as a reporter and as a Texan. She was fond of saying, "Texans are like other Americans, only more so." What a woman. What a reporter. What an American. What a life.
I will miss the plangent rantings of one of Texas' greatest women.
A world without Molly breaks my heart.So long Molly, it's sad to see you go.Godspeed.
A voice of reason and wit during the "Dubya Darkness".
A great loss and a reminder of a more idyllic Austin.
Molly...I often had tears of laughter while listening to or reading your words. Today, tears of sorrow. I'll miss you...
Molly was such a lady of brawn, grace, charm, wit, intelligence, and guts and she did it all in an irreverant dance through life. What a broad!!!!
Thank you doesn't even begin to cover it. And you went far too soon.
If there's an afterlife, I know you and Ann Richards are up there watching the rest of this sad, sick situation we're all in, and I hope we all manage to take your advice and get ourselves out.
Thanks for everything, Molly. Now go have some fun with the bureaucracy upstairs. We're heartbroken down here, but we'll manage somehow.
Molly was one of the Texans who made my 7 years there ('93-'00) very entertaining. I worked on the Ann Richards campaign in '94. Too bad Molly didn't run for Governor at some point -- that, too, would have been an extreme hoot!!!! See ya in heaven, Molly -- watch over Texas and the rest of us until then.
I was so sad to hear of Molly's passing. She publically expressed ideas that few other journalists had the courage to express. It gave me hope and made me feel that there was some sanity left in the world. She was truly a great lady and I will miss her words and her widsom. God Bless, Molly!
Molly was the greatest! Living in Texas we got to know her by her keen wit and rapier style. She made it possible to laugh about things that infuriated us. She will never be forgotten and her words will live on. I'm getting out my pots and pans to beat on, in her memory.
A rare voice has been silenced. You will be missed!
I like to think of her now as Saint Molly. Patron Saint of Democracy, Justice, and the American dream.
Watching over us. Making sure we're all setting "the record" straight, and holding our leaders accountable.
The good ones die young...
Molly will be missed
Thank's, Molly, for the laughs for sure. But most of all, thanks for having the ovaries to stand up and say the things that needed to be said and are sorely missed from many quarters these days. I'll miss you!
As a UT journalism classmate of Ronnie Dugger, I followed the Texas Observer, and Molly, from the time she arrived there. Though a fan, I never really knew her, but a Gilmer friend thought I did. We were attending an Ann Richards reception in Austin one time when my friend spotted Molly, she approached her and said of me, "I think you know my friend." Oh yes, Molly said. "She's nice." As a newspaper woman, I've always regretted that she knew no more about me than that polite dismissal. For I thought she was the greatest.
I loved reading your articles over the years. You will certainly be missed.
Molly, Ann & Barbara, My Heros. Gone but not forgotten ! A part of my Broken Heart has gone with you'll.
OK I'm going in for my Mammogram ASAP.
Keep Dancing in your Heels !
Molly Ivins should lie in state surrounded by her many thousands of admirers, but from what we know of Molly she would never consent to such pomposity. Our favorite memory is a panel discussion a few days after 9/11 when, after various experts had weighed in, she stole the show with an old story of John Henry Faulk's about being frightened by a chicken snake at age 12. Upon being told it couldn't hurt him he said, "I know, but they just scare you so bad you hurt yourself." That was a road map for the journey we've been on ever since. God bless and speed her precious way to peace.
At the bookstore in Rochester, NY, I saw a picture of Molly Ivins on "Molly Ivins Can't Say That, Can She?" book and was curious about this book. So I bought it and read. Her book about Texas politics and legislators made me chuckle alot. She helped me to understand Texas politics and cherish her wit about Texas politics. Here I am in Texas and will miss Molly's wit stories!
My deepest condolences go to Molly Ivin's family.
Thank you Mollie for your wonderful sense of humor. You have also touched us all with your unyeilding strength. I felt the earth shake in your passing. As others have said I will say it again the world was made a better place with you and Ann in it. God Bless.
One of the few people that made me proud to be a Texan. Molly will be missed by me.
Molly, you and my grandmother shared the same vocabulary. Your wit and wisdom will be greatly missed. I treasure your memory.
Bye, Molly. I always looked forward to Mondays when your commentary would run in the local paper. The conservatives would go ballistic and write letters to the editor saying you should be tried as a traitor, but I would say "thank you for giving me a voice." I've got your autograph in my copy of You Gotta Dance with Them What Brung You, and it's one of my treasures.
Thank you for enriching our lives!We will never forget you. RIP
Molly Ivins was one of my "S"heros. She told it like it was with such depth of humor and strength. I will definitely miss you and your column. My sympathies to your family.
Thanks for all the years of enjoying your work. What a lady. May you & Ann & Judge Sarah Hughes have a grand time together.
A tragic loss that fills me with sadness. And yet what great gifts she gave to inspire and touch us all. These last forever.
Your attempt to keep the political schemes of governement honest and open wil truly be missed. I will miss reading your columns
What a great loss for our country. May her legacy of her convictions serve as a role model for journalists.It will be needed more than ever with her passing.
Molly, I did'n know how much we would miss you til it was too late.. Thanks for the memories..
Thanks for the truth, which has been sadly lacking from our own corporate media. I loved reading the "putting lipstick on a pig" comment, my sisters and I laughed till we cried.
Molly Girl, thank you for being fierce and fearless and feminine, for showing us a woman can be bold and strong and female, for being the smartest kid in the room and the coolest. The rest of us will just have to go on in your memory.
For a Texas-born girl, one of the great moments in my life was meeting Molly Ivins and having her sign what I had written about her with, "Raise more hell!" I'm sure she and Ann are having a great time catching up. Peace.
I can't seem to stop crying. Who will ever replace her?
Oh Molly, how we will miss you! The world will be much darker without your unique touch of wisdom and humor. Who could possibly take your place? Of course no one can. Huge was your heart and your talent. We mourn your passing and are thankful that we were graced with your enlightened views while you were here.
Agree with her or not--she had a way with words! She fought the good fight against breast cancer.
I will miss Molly and my heart is so very sad this morning. Molly and I were diagnosed with cancer the same year. I always read her political writings with glee and I always cheered when she wrote about her fight with cancer. Molly inspired everyone, no matter what she was writing. She was a trail blazer for other women journalists. More importantly, she was true to herself and her beliefs.
Heaven is probably having quite a party about now. She and Ann Richardson with so many other women are watching down on us and inspiring us to keep up the fight. We owe it to them.
Molly's candle has been lit since I first heard she was in the hospital (except when no one could attend it). There is probably a couple hours left before its flame will go out. Like Molly it has shown brightly however, Molly's flame will never go out. People will read and quote her forever.
What a treasure Molly was to us all.
Dear sweet Lord Jesus, I know you've welcomed this wonderful lady and will cherish her the way we did down here.
Bless you, Molly Ivins, for all the wonderful things you did that afflicted the comfortable, smug and hypocritical. You were one tough Southern gal (like my late momma); may you entertain the heavenly host the way you did us.
Hey, Kid. I didn't always agree with your politics, but I always loved your "style". I'll never forget how you cracked up Jay Leno on the Tonight Show, telling him about your luggage (with your dress in it for the show) not making it from Austin. You were an original. Rest now.
She was my hero. Many of us walk with heavy hearts today.
Molly was able to do with her life what we all would love to do with ours -- she truly made a difference in the world. She cared deeply about people and their problems and she showed that caring with sidesplitting humor in everything she wrote and said. She made us all want to be like her when we grow up. With her as our inspiration, her work must and will be continued.
Thank you, Molly, for being who you are for all the world to see. You always spoke your truth with bravery. You have given us a model for our own lives. Oh, yeah, you did make a difference!
Keep it up now that you are free of the pain of your body. Your soul and spirit are with us and we will end this damn war. Hey, push the "Big One" about this. Use your power in Heaven and help us out down here. You are missed
Molly wrote the nicest obituary when my father, Larry Bales passed.She was one of our favorite customers, but more importantly, friends from our days at Scholz's.We'll miss her dearly.
The greatest people to come from Texas are Barbara Jordan, Ann Richards & Molly Ivins. Thank you, Molly, for making us think.
You touched all who knew you. We will miss you but will never forget you. Tell Ann Hell'o.
As an East-Texas native, a small girl growing up in a masculine, horse-culture environment, Molly made me feel truly BIG. Ann Richards and Molly Ivins afforded us young Texas girls the opportunity to entertain the notion that we could be seen as well as heard in life. As an English major and struggling writer in Western Kentucky, I began to devour everything Molly Ivins had ever written. I only wish I had the same wit with which to write. She is the epitome of the smartest Texas women that surrounded me in my childhood—strong opinionated, boisterous, and vocal. I continue to use the present tense when discussing Molly, because the residue of her life will be with us all for a long time to come. Though I carry with me today the sad knowledge that two important role models in my life have made their departures, I do find some solace in the notion that both Molly and Ann will, now, be a constant and up-close reminder to God to stop "hanging out with politicians." Thank GOD, Molly, that you leave such a legacy and a long, long list of literature for future women to read in this world and be influenced by. Cheers to you, Molly. Texas and politics won't be near as much fun without you.
She is whispering in God's ears right now. There is devine laughing. The world is darker today.
How I wish I had saved everything Molly ever wrote! I will miss her wit and her uncanny ability to put into print everything I think regarding politicians. Reading the newspaper will never be the same for me. I'll miss you, Molly!
Molly Ivins was always one of those columnists I sought out wherever she happened to be. Thank goodness for the Internet. The Web kept me in touch with her humor and her consistent opinions.
My wife was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer in 1994. After two radical mastectomies, chemotherapy and radiation - culminating in a heart transplant in 2002 - she seems to be recovered. We keep our fingers crossed.
So we have an idea of what Molly endured. God bless you and your family and friends.
I am so sad to hear of her passing. I so enjoyed her humor. She is now in the good company of Ann Richards. Bye for now..
Her columns and books were beacons of light, clarity and humor, when most other political writing was illogical and dull. Our family loved to read her columns out loud at the dinner table, cheering her wit and focus on the truth. Even as we were saddened at her illness, we know we will only begin to see what a loss she is to political consciousness in our country and the world. Farewell, Molly.
I never liked reading Molly's columns. Usually it was due to the fact that I am a "more-or-less" conservative and Ms. Ivins was very insightful (or is it incite-ful?)in her liberal ideology. Molly was very good at asking the hard questions and unwilling to have a lip-service response to her pointed observations. She knew right from wrong, and I respected her a lot. Molly forced me to ask myself some hard questions.
I am very sorry that she is gone.
On one observation I am 100% on her side: WOMEN: GET THAT MAMMOGRAM! TODAY!!!
Thank you for everything, Molly. We will miss you. Enjoy the peace you have earned. We'll keep fighting the good fight here. In your honor, we can do no less.
Thanks for being there for us, Molly! It's so hard to lose someone with wit, intelligence and humor! You will be sorely missed!
When the politicians leave me scared and sad and fatlistic, the thought of Molly Ivans sets me to rights with chuckles and new resolve. I never knew you personally, Molly, but you're my sister-friend and heroine. Thank you for making a difference.
Sometimes you made me mad. More often you made me laugh. You always made me think.
And now you've made me cry.
Rest in peace, Molly.
There is a huge hole in my heart and soul with Molly and Ann gone.
Thank you Molly for all your inspiration!
I once shared an editorial page or two with Molly Ivins and I've not been this moved by the passing of a great journalist since Mike Royko and Charles Kuralt exited. I'll always remember her smile as she just watched - watched - Al Franken and Bill O'Reilly go at it on C-Span a few years back. Maybe "Good Hair" should declare a day of mourning.
Her wit stung with truth and laughter and was always right on the mark. We need more just like her.
Molly proved that we liberals do have a sense of humor.
I've enjoyed reading her over the years. She was one of a kind and I'll miss her.
Thanks for making everyone think about the world alitte different.You will be missed. Go with God speed.
We've lost another "great ol' gal" that had the guts to say what she thought, and the brains to say it in a way that was so honest and entertaining. Thank you Molly! Many of us loved you and will miss you.
I didn't always agree with her politics, but she had a way of getting her view across in a manner that clear, consise, and very down home Texas. She had a rare quality about her, she didn't compromise her views. She'll be greatly missed by many from both sides of the political spectrum.
Thank you Molly for helping me understand the state that I have grown up in and to maintain a sense of humor about my culture. Please say hello to my Mom. She is ripe for some of your humor and your support in sobriety. Please keep on working on humans from the other side of the threshold. Don't you and Ann and others taken from us prematurely give up on us down here!
You showed us it is necessary to stand up for what you believe is right - and keep you sense of humor while doing it. You will be missed very much.
Her interest in the truth and telling it made her very special, very rare, very wonderful.
They say nobody is irreplaceable, but they were wrong. You should have lived to be 1000. May all our pompous pols remember you, and let a little wind out of their bags. And may you keep Heaven in line and laughing until we see you again.
In 2001, Molly keynoted the SC Chapter of the ACLU Annual Dinner. I was the volunteer who picked her up at the airport. We shared several drinks in the hotel bar as I told her the sorted history of the bar and hotel's role in our state's major political scandal. The world is just a little less funny today. But just imagine Ann Richards and Molly together again.
We will miss Molly's wit and intellect in our home each week. May peace be with Molly and those who love her.
I had the priviledge of meeting Molly and have followed her articles for over 30 years. What an inspiring woman! She will be greatly missed.
I knew it was going to be a bad morning when I woke up to a cold and rainy day. But I was devastated when I heard that we have lost one of our greatest minds. Molly Ivins was an incredible source of wit, wisdom, and sanity. To me at least, the world seems unbalanced with Bush still President and Molly Ivins gone.
God knew what she was doing when she chose you to reduce the world's pomposity. Well done, good and faithful servant.
The first time I read a Molly Ivins column (over 20 years ago), she made me laugh, she made me think and she gave me hope. Hope in the sense that as long as we had someone like her commenting on the political landscape, then perhaps there was a chance for goodness, decency and maybe even some wisdom to inflitrate policy and action.
Who, now, will pick up her torch?
I'll miss ya' Good Golly, Miss Molly.
May you rage in Heavan as you did here. Miss You. cer
Soooooo many things to love 'bout ya, Molly!!!! Know what I loved the most?
YOU TOOK NO PRISONERS!!!!
Molly, when I awoke & turned on my puter this a.m., I had an offline message from my dear, dear Kiwi (New Zealand) friend, Karen Blundell that read, "WOW is molly sure puffed up or what???? I sent Karen last night's NYT front page story 'bout ya b/4 I turned in. There is NOTHIN' like turnin' a foreigner onto ya, Molly; 'specially when that foreigner had your wit, sense of humor, and of course, took no prisoners either!!!!!!
Molly, I can't begin to tell ya how much I, the World, of course Texas, and da Kiwi will miss ya, hun ;-(
Love ya heaps, Molly!!!!
Molly was a first class journalist and presented her views with humor and a twinkle in her eye. She was a reflection of Texas as it can be. Bless you Molly as you spoke for so many people all over the USA
Molly gave us the words and humor that we needed when we stood dumbstruck at the misdeeds of those in power. What a terrific and powerful lady. The sadness of losing Molly is doubly compounded by how much we need her now. My thoughts and prayers to her family. Thanks for everything Molly.
What a loss! She was truly special. If the incidence of lightning strikes around and in the seats of power increases, we'll know she's still kicking butt out there.
We love and miss you Molly !
It was such an honor meeting and sitting with you on the Clinton-Gore Bus Tour through Texas in 1992. Raise some Hell up there---
You'll have everyone in stitches.
Molly Ivans, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan -- Texas must be fertile ground for great women. There is no other voice to match Molly's which rages so well against the insanity of politicians. Heaven must be a much richer place, while we are much poorer
How we will miss Molly Ivins. The world, but especially Texas and the United States, is better for her having been here -- and much poorer now that she is gone.
Molly I'll will miss your wit, and intelligence. I wrote you several years ago, responding to an article. And to my surprise I received a cordial, and witty reply from you. Your voice shall echo in this vast land of liberty, and justice for all, forever. Ciao Bella
We will miss her. The fight continues.
Molly was such a joy to work with. I handled her marketing for her books when she would do events in Dallas. Her wit and humor will always be missed. One of my funniest memories of an event we did at Borders was we had nearly 900 people come to the book signing and someone even stole her chair for her to sit in and sign books. Molly ever unflappable said I will sign books standing up. With that her chair was returned. Molly thank you for being the great woman that you were and for the friendship too.
Molly Ivins was an alchemist of language -- she could turn a mere word into golden wit. She embodied the best of 'freedom of the press' I miss her already.
Dadgummit Molly! We'll miss you, your courage, and your style so much!
I've dedicated my meager little blogsite to you in recent days. Of course it is slightly sassy, of course it speaks truth to power and of course it's style shows the influence you've had on so many, many writers. We shall take the baton you passed to us with your self-possessed mission statement and run with it. Godspeed to you Molly Ivins.
I awoke last week in tears at the thought of living without Molly's insightful sharpness. She was one of the rare Texas women who stand larger than life, helping the rest of us to be more of who God designed us to be. I'm so glad I moved back to Texas in time to meet her, hear her speak, and sit at her feet.
We will miss you so much, Molly, but perhaps your courage will encourage another to stand up and be counted.
Thank you, Molly.
Molly could write the socks off most good political writers. Her wit and common sense wisdom and the fact that she was an encourager and not a discourager will live on in the hearts of many. Memories of her are very special to me.
"When there are persons to be found who form an exception to the apparent unanimity of the world on any subject, even if the world is in the right, it is always probable that dissentients have something worth hearing to say for themselves, and that truth would lose something by their silence." John Stuart Mill, On Liberty.
Good Show Old Girl. You did it well.
It matters not who occupies the Governor's Office. Molly Ivins is The First Lady of Texas.
We will miss you Molly, you were the best!
Molly's passing is a monumentally painful event. This wonderful woman, brilliant political analyst and gifted writer was an American treasure.
Without her, our society is surely poorer. Bless you, Molly. Give 'em
hell in heaven, girl!
As a suvivor diagnosed the same year as Ms. Ivins, I felt a kinship that crossed political affiliations. She had a great gift with words, insightful and witty. And she's right - cancer can kill you, but it doesn't neccessarily make you a better person.
Bless you, Molly.
I always loved what Molly wrote about receiving "hate mail" from the right....written on Big Chief tablets in red crayon! We will miss her wonderful writing.
Our condolences to the family and to Molly's many friends.
Margaret Parker Sergeant
We need your words now more than ever, Molly. Thank you for being a true patriot.
Oh Molly, you are a true heroine of our times. My hope is that we will carry your wisdom and courage in our hearts and continue the good fight to make this world a better place. Love and rememberance, forever.
You will be sorely missed in this "Blue"community, "Blue" City, and "Blue" State.
Molly, you were one of a very few true Texans. Your way of putting politics and politicians in their place was outstanding. You kept us smiling in the face of great difficulty as a nation. Thank you, Molly. You will be greatly missed.
May God grant you peaceful rest.
Molly, you will remain one of my personal heroes. As a writer who occasionally gets stumped, I often think, "how would Molly say this?" I had the honor of meeting her once in an elevator, and told her how I admired her work and felt she was like a friend. I will continue to envision her as one of my muses, and I will miss her enviable way with words.
Thank you.Thank you. Thank you. You made my politcal leanings proper and fun.May you and Ann Richards have great fun in skewering all the proper stuff in this silly world. May God bless you and yours
You gave so many of us "a voice".
"Thank you" does not seem adequate.
Thursday monings in the Trib will never be the same.
Molly Ivins was and will continue to be a role model for me. I'm proud that we share an alma mater. I will miss hearing her voice and her informed and funny take on both the important and silly issues of the day.
I'm saddened that you lost your battle, so bravely waged. Thank you Molly for fighting the good fight for all of us. Rest well.
Molly we will miss your humorous way of calling an idiot an idiot. Your columns were genious and fun to read. God bless you Molly Ivins.
Too soon gone from our midst but what a legacy you left us!
I will miss her wise, warm and witty words. Cancer did what politicians couldn't do--silence a voice of reason. Let's all get out there and "bang those pans" but let's also get out there and fight for a cure!
I just adored Molly. Her work on "Shrub" was timeless. All my best wishes to her family.
Molly Ivins has been with me since I first read her and loved her many years ago. It has always been hard for me to believe that anyone except Molly Ivins could write so wittily, sharply, trenchantly, and incisively. The liberal and left movements (two different entities) has lost the most outstanding member of their ranks.
I take comfort in the notion that Molly and Ann are together again raising hell.
Molly was my hero. My late sister idolized her, too. I am so sorry that she is gone. *sigh*
I am in tears at my desk, knowing that I will not have Molly's wisdom and humor to get me through the day. I will miss you Molly. You are a hero. Love, Cornelia
The world was the better for having lived and wrote, and the poorer for her passing away.
you Molly for having the courage, the wit, the humor and the
persistence to stand up for what is right day after day. You gave me
This is SO depressing! Molly, you are way too young! I feel like one of my best friends has died. I got to meet Molly in 1994 when she spoke in Charleston. We all went drinking afterward. She was my hero!
From Yoder Colorado, we will miss you molly. We loved you and your articles. It's a sad day in our home, but it's a very wonderful thing to have known you and read your articles. We will keep up the good fight. You taught us that much. We won't let you down.
You were a writer of wit and polish and a hostess with boundless and natural hospitality. I'll never forget your work, your ability to cut through the nonsense, and your amazing parties. You were a true professional.
My God, Molly, what is Texas going to do without you. We have so few voices that truly care about humanity. Well, all I can say, is that I hope you have a good time advising God on how to run her kingdom. You certainly made a difference on Earth.
I can't tell you how much I am going to miss Molly. She kept us honest at the same time she made us laugh. There is a tremendous journalist void to be filled.
When I heard the news last night, it felt like I had just lost a member of my family. What will Texas and the world do without the tell-it-like-it-is wisdom of Molly? Rest in Peace. May we all have the courage to finish what you started.
Molly, what is there about Texas that produces such wonderful women, Barbara Jordan, Ann Richardson and you and then takes them from us much too soon.
I have first editions of your books, not because I collect first editions, but I couldn’t wait to own them. I have your columns saved, laminated and memorized.
I’m sure that heaven is more crowded today because you are up there and still raising hell.
I greave for what we lost
I rejoice for what we had.
Thank you Molly. You made us pay attention. As a writer, an activist, and a progressive you showed America the real truth behind the smoke and mirrors. Our nation has lost as genuine a patriot as any of the great writers of the revolution of 1776. That inspiration to stand up for justice and human rights will be your legacy long after the politicians are forgotten.
Bless you, Miss Molly. Thank you for all the laughter and wit. Sam Clemens is waiting to greet you.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, Molly Ivans for telling the truth and doing so with grace and humor.
I absolutely loved your work from afar and appreciate a lifetime of courage.
My dearest Molly, you have always lived up to the highest standard of political commentary that I know: "Comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable." Your loss feels like the loss of a trusted family member, one who brought me back to mirth-filled sanity when all around me had me convinced that the village idiots had finally and irrevocably taken over. Your wit and wise perspectives have been taken from us much too soon; you might say we've been Shrubbed by your cancer. I trust that you and Annie are now having a cocktail and a cigarette at heaven's happy hour, and I will look for you both when I get there. First round's on me!
Iv'e read your writings for the last 20 years, your humor and wit will be sorely missed. Who is going to keep the "lege" on it's toes with you gone ?
Thank you for everything.
Molly's wit and willingness to speak the truth to power will be missed! We all need to remember her attitude and courage, and emulate her more often.
Molly, Molly - how we will miss you! Miss your passion, your humor, your razor tongue, your patriotism. You made a difference and left behind thousands of readers just yearning for your words. Thank goodness you left behind so much worth re-reading!
After reading some of the beautifully written condolences, I can only add how much I admired her and the courage and strength of her words. I can only imagine the battle she waged fighting this disease showing the same tenacity as she did with her columns helping the less fortunate amongst us. God Bless, Molly.
We have lost a great person, a great human being, a woman of incredible quality, creativity and beauty. I am so sad at this loss. And I wish I had an inch of her talent so I could express this feeling of loss in better words.
Molly Darlin": Being an arch Republican Conservative I did not agree with your politics as a rule, but I did enjoy your opinions and admired you so greatly for your courage and dignity during your battle with cancer. I am sure that you are up there now giving the Lord a new take on things. I am very proud of you. W Staley Sargent, Texas
Molly's passion for her work and words will continue to inspire many others to keep on carrying the protest signs that expose the frauds in our political scene.
We've lost a national treasure far too soon. Al Franken and Jim Hightower came close, but no one could touch her combination of a wonderful sense of humor, penetrating passionate compassionate political insights, and great writing. She never quite got the acclaim she deserved. The world is a lesser place without her.
Molly wrote and we read her as if we were friends, whether we had ever met her or not. We all suffer the loss of a family member.
The Truth with humor; how wonderful she was! It's true: only the good die young...RIP, Molly
She'll never be replaced. She was inimitable, and (thank God) irrepressible.
My favorite Molly memory is of watching the 1992 Clinton Inaugural parade with her, in a law firm's posh offices overlooking the street, in what she called "a room full of very serious suits."
With her and Ann gone, who'll make us laugh? Who will skewer those who need it?
With a heap of humor and a dash of biting wit, you always made the world a little saner. I miss you already. Hope you left your replacement sitting in a corner, with fingers poised over the word processor.
Molly: I will miss your humor and grace. Texas is a much greyer and lonelier place now. My only hope is that somewhere there's a futue Molly Ivins ready to pick up the pen and continue the good fight. You were indeed a bright star in the Texas firmament and we were all blessed for having stood a brief time in your light.
The world is a poorer place today with Molly's passing. Her wit and style will be sorely missed. When we left Texas 17 years ago, her columns and books kept us in touch with home.
We are all comets. Some shine brighter than others, and sometimes, unfortunately, they don't hang in the heavens above us for as long as we'd like. Godspeed, Molly.
Molly was a straight shooter when the safe thing to do was to keep your head down and agree with the damn fool who said that the age of irony was over. She was also fair enough to point out to her own side when they were nodding off at the wheel. She pointed out a person's natural foolisness without ridicule or shouting...she had the grace and talent to raise hell like a lady.
What a shakeup must be going on in heaven about now when Molly and Ann (Richardson) meet up again. From now on when I hear summer thunder, I'll know it's those two gals having a grand ole time!
As a cub reporter, I devoured everything Molly wrote for the Texas Observer. I was even privileged to work with her at the Dallas Times Herald. I never stopped following her work and her ability -- more than anyone writing today -- to puncture the pompous and the self-possessed with her sharp wit. We will miss you, Molly.
A big, big thank-you from Sweden for all those laughs at your wizardry with words and for fighting the good fight. Rest well, see ya next time!
Gone but not forgotten. Tell Ann Richards hello. Y'all are the true First Ladies of Texas! You canged my life in so many ways. Thanks little lady.
Oh, Molly - You gave us such insight into our world, coupled with that great sense of humor. You helped us maintain our sanity on a planet in which sanity seems sadly missing. You gave us hope and courage to fight the fight, and never more so than with your final column. I miss you, and the world will never be quite the same without you. We won't forget you or or your work.
A powerful voice for the truth (with humor) has been lost today. Molly we will miss you!
We have lost a true journalistic giant! I have read Molly's books and articles for many years and my heart is sad with her passing. She had the "Texas" guts to tell it like it is and give a voice to those of us who work in the trenches. God Bless You, Molly. I am sure you and Gov. Richards have a great many things to discuss in heaven.
Thank you for letting me know I was not "crazy" in how I view the world. We were all blessed by your life.
Having learned the hard way that I must pick and choose my battles and what I can say out loud in my small, rural, southern community. I once picked out an apartment only because the owner had multiple, yellowed, Molly Ivins' columns posted on his office door.
Thanks for the laughs and perspective.
My mother is 89 and an old FDR Democrat. I can't tell you how much she was cheered by Molly's work. This is a sad day indeed.
I am truly sad for the loss to all of us, but I am also grateful that we had Molly Ivins, whose courage and candor, along with humor, gave hope for a return to government of, by and for the people.
I'm so glad I have Molly's books and some of the Observer editions in which she expresses her great wit. She provided the humor we needed to get through some of those horrible times. Thanks, Molly, and rest in peace. You will be missed.
I was in agreement with everything she wrote and stood for.
I may be a Yankee but I still found Molly Ivins to be the most delightful and witty and funny and straight-shooter columnist I have ever read. How lucky we all have been to have had her bright light in our lives for so long. Look out, Lord---here comes Molly!!!
Good Golly, Mz.Molly...You will be missed. The conversations, the food, the laughter and the sisterly love. Thank you for enriching my life. Go in peace.
Bless you, Molly. I've read you for years and we met in 1999 when you were busy warning us about Shrub. You were funny, smart and kind to my kid. We will miss you. RIP.
There is now NO reason to bother to read my home town rag. I'll miss you.
Molly made me laugh, made me think but always seemed to get my attention. Regardless of politics she was just fun to read. I will miss seeing her colum and know that right now she is writing her first colum for the saints to make them laugh and think. God bless you molly
I see Molly Ivins and Ann Richards together today in a celestial afternoon tea. My, the conversations in the clouds just got a whole lot more fun.
Angels will be laughin' so hard they won't be able to fly...
YOU HAVE BEEN A BREATH OF FRESH AIR TO ME FOR MANY, MANY YEARS.
YOU WILL BE DEEPLY MISSED BY "TELL IT LIKE IT IS" TRUTH SEEKERS.
I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU.
WITH DEEP GRATITUDE AND SADNESS,
Though I never met her - I feel I lost a friend. I related so well to her editorials that many times it was as if I wrote them myself. This morn upon seeing her picture on the ed-op page I immediately went to read her column only to learn of her demise. I moved here to Texas almost 4 years ago now and her viewpoints was a mainstay in my reading. I am deeply saddened by her death! Now who will stand up for political truth the way she did?
Molly, when you missed a column, my dad would always swear that the Republican-pocketed newspaper publisher was censoring you for an especially barbed piece that week. You were revered as the one of the few bastions of true journalism in my household, and you're a big reason I'm in journalism today. You're matchless; I hope you rest in peace.
I will miss her straight talk and her love of Texas.
one of the true texans has gone from us. read you everytime i could. made me want to come back home to texas. may your star shine forever.
My God! What a loss! How I will miss Molly Ivins! How the country should miss her!
Some people have no entries and some have a few but this is unreal. Heaven will never be the same. Thanks Molly.
Texas crude and New York slick.
we'll all miss you and your wonderful sense of humor and wisdom.
Molly Ivins was one of the few journalists who told the truth.
Her books are so enjoyable because they make you think and make you laugh. She will be missed.
I will miss you profoundly, Molly, down deep and out loud. I have admired you for so many years -- seems like every time I turned up at a political function, you (and/or Ann) would jump up on that stump and have something pointed to say about things. I know this would embarrass you, but you are one of my heroes, and I'll never stop missing you.
I know Ann Richards grabbed your hand when you got to Heaven yesterday -- and took you around to meet all her friends and say howdy.
Rest easy, my friend. Your work here is done.
Molly had class and a heart bigger than Texas. We will miss you. Rest in Peace, we will continue the FIGHT.
I will greatly miss your wit and wisdom. No one could put politics in proper perspective like you. The newspaper will never the same again without your voice. May God welcome you.
Of course I never met Molly Ivins, but no matter where I've roamed these past few years I always took Molly along with me, via the internet. Her piece a year ago - "I Will Not Support Hillary Clinton for President" still stands as a stunning piece of writing - not only about Hillary, but a call to arms to the democrats to stand up for something: "Don't go Republican-lite", she wrote. It reminded me of what Gore Vidal once said: "We have a great two-party system in America: the conservatives and the reactionaries." He said that about thirty years ago; and look how far we haven't come since. Read Molly on this, and weep.
Next time you have the occasion, please raise a glass to Molly - a really great member of the human race. I can't imagine anyone ever taking her place.
We moved from Austin a little over a month ago. Wish I were back there today. Such sad, sad news. I'm glad Molly is at peace after her long fight, but darn, I'll miss her!
First Barbaro, now Molly. A dark, dark week. Thanks for the light while it lasted, Molly!
Such a joy. We laughed together and now I'm sure you are saying - don't cry stupid - bang a pan. And I will you'll hear me all the way from Prague (Cz).
What a shock. Even though her truly wonderful columns had been dropped by our local newspaper as being too "liberal," I always searched for them elsewhere. All her books were uplifting in these bad times. I will miss her. God bless you, Molly!
Molly, you inspired and amused us at the same time--a rare feat in the spirit of Abe Lincoln and Mark Twain. Your never-ending efforts to keep us from ignoring the powerless and the sins of the powerful will be missed. May we have the courage and wisdom to pick up your banner from where you have fallen and carry it forward.
Your wisdom, humour and courage will be sorely missed.
But Molly, your work here isn't done yet...
You are so appreciated and will most certainly be missed.
How we loved her! Thanks for the many writings we have enjoyed over the years. She will not be replaced easily if ever. It is a great loss.
To lose the brilliant lights of Molly Ivins and Ann Richards at about the same time is too much to bear for us lefties who love to laugh. Molly said: "If you can't laugh at the Texas Legislature then there's something wrong with you." I'm laughing right now just thinking about her words, wit, and smile. Molly, thanks for the memories.
I have lost a friend and family member ! I will continue the good-fight for you !
This is overwhelmingly sad. There will always be a special place in my heart for Molly Ivins.
You and Ann Richards were Texas originals. You both had a way of looking at radical politics and calling it for what it was. Bon Voyage Molly.
Her writing kept many a desperate progressive believing that our nation could be a beacon of hope for humanity. I think Molly has passed the baton now. Who among us can or will take it up and help win the struggle against hatred, bigotry, corruption and warmongering? Let's hope that we lesser lights together can figure out a way to keep a light shining on those dark places that may now feel free to breathe a sigh of relief. Words cannot express how much we will miss you.
(Now living in Hong Kong)
She spoke "truth to power" and did it with style and grace, and, of course, a world-class sense of humor. We will miss her voice, which could rightly be termed the "conscience of Texas politics."
What will Texas do now without my two greatest heros? Molly and Ann were my light at the end of the tunnel...God speed Molly, I will miss you terribly.
A great voice has been silenced. You were one of the best. Your will be missed. The world needs more Mollies. Thank you Molly.
Like the song says, "There will never be another you."
You will be sorely missed. We can only hope that your spirit will infuse a new generation of journalists and prompt them to take up your banner.
God bless you, Molly. You've more than earned your rest.
So many have written eloquently about Molly's impact and legacy and I echo them all. Her gift for speaking truth to power in her delightfully humorous way will be missed.
Molly, you will be sorely missed. God bless
Having read your columns for the past 25 years, all I can say is 'Thank You' for your wit and wisdom.
Gone but not forgotten. Molly we will miss you.
Thanks for helping me and the nation through these hard times with your original wit and wisdom. You will be sorely missed.
The first star I see tonight, I name after You....
what courage, what grace, what wit, what smarts, what class, what a great earthy lady! If only she knew how much she will be missed and remembered by so many who were strangers to her.
We will miss you. You ability to tell the truth will be remembered as one of your greatest gifts to Texans and all Americans. Watch over us as we continue the fight.
Molly lit many minds with her dry humor and uncanny nack for stating the obvious.It's a truely dark day.We will miss you Molly. R.I.P.
A unique voice is stilled, and the world is a duller, sadder place. Thank you, Molly, for your words, your wit, and your wisdom.
I'm going to miss you, Molly. You made the unbearable understandable. Or ridiculable. (sic) It's too early to be able to think clearly. That's why we counted on you. See you soon, Lady.
You really did say that Molly and we love you because you did. You were Bubba's greatest friend.
When I was scared to live in this country because so many people seemed so mean, I would read Molly Ivins and know we would all come to our senses soon.
Thanks to a smart, wit of a woman.
You were always right on target with your comments and your humor was priceless. You will be missed!!!
You kept us laughing, kept us informed, and made us all a little smarter. You'll be sorely missed.
!Vaya con dios, muchacha dulce!
This is a very sad day for this displaced fellow Texan....
Los Altos Narranjo de Atenas
Atenas 4013 Alajuela
Thanks Molly. You were my favorite columnist and I will miss the breath of fresh air.
Molly, with ultimate wit and folksy elegance, you spoke the Truth. How we needed you in these Bushwhacked times (We could have used Art Hoppe, too). Thank you for the repeated dollops of humor-filled sanity you brought to the world. I won't forget your spirit. You were Texas' best export. Ramble on!
MISS MOLLY: I feel really cheated by never having access to your columns. It sounds like your life is a good example of my TRACKS; Even though we leave tracks in the snows of the mountains; And leave tracks in the oceans sands, The only ones to last...are the ones we leave...on the hearts...of our fellow man.
Molly, we never met in person but I knew you through your writing. I'm going to miss knowing you, but then, I can always read those words again. You and Ann have fun now.
As a fellow "warrior," I understand the pain you endured...yes, it takes a great deal of strength to face the pain each day brings...it took no less strength to slip away.
Dear Molly I worked at Berkeley where I heard you were speaking at Davis. I just had to go! your description of two legislators "high fiving" over passing a particular bill had me in stiches for weeks afterward. I told everyone I knew about your words! I am due to join you in about two years. Yes cancer too! I look forward to joining your demonstrations there.
Molly Ivins such had the knack of the cutting phrase, whether it was "play Texan" or "shrub" for George W. Bush, or saying a legislator had the brainpower of a houseplant. I miss Molly already.She'll be remembered as one of the great American columnists and satirists, like Art Buchwald, who left us last month.
Good Golly Miss Molly
Thank you for trying to save the world and for having a ball doing it.
I can't believe that I'll never see a new article with your byline. I'll miss that thrill- what is Molly going to say today? What unexpected laugh will she pull from a seemingly hopeless situation?
I've read the "call to arms" people are rallying for in your honor. Count me in. The world lost a great voice today. Mine is not so strong and funny, but if I raise it with others maybe it'll help fill the void your passing has left.
I'll miss you so much.
Golldarnit Molly, we are going to miss you like sin---both being so much fun.
Your point of view pointed me in the right direction; thank you. And give Ann a Big HUG.
Rest in peace Molly and know that the work you and just a few other brave Americans initially started (when most were too afraid of the Bushies) will be carried on until we've won our country back from the radical right wing. You were one of my heros and I'll never forget meeting you when you came to speak in Northern CA three years ago. You were a firebrand who brought the house down and that's not easy to do in Bezerkeley, CA. As another well-wisher said earlier in this guest book, I like to imagine you and Anne Richards having a great old time up in heaven and of course prodding us when we slack off on our civic duty. Thanks for all you did to inspire so many. You are already missed.
I don't know how I can go on: my two favorite Texas gals have both passed during the last year. I live out in California, so it was always a treat when her column appeared in the local rags.
I miss you already, Molly!
I've always considered myself to be a conservative, except when I'm reading Molly Ivins.
It hurts to have lost such an articulate and warm voice. I want to be as courageous and active as Ms. Ivins, a political activist for social and economic justice. This lady from Texas and her writings meant much to me in SF, DC and outside of the U.S..
I had the privilege of talking to both Molly Ivins and Brian Lamb the final time she appeared on C-SPAN. I remember saying, "Today’s my lucky day, I got a twofer, Molly Ivins and Brian Lamb on the same phone call." We all laughed. Molly had just written a column called "Why I Can't Vote for Hillary Clinton," and I told her how I agreed with her column.
Her deteriorating condition was obvious and tonight, after learning of her death, I teared up. I'll miss her wit and plain spoken way of telling the truth to power. May she rest in peace.
Thanks for the laughs, the tears, the anguish, the outrage. You will be missed, and I will renew my subscription to the Observer, even if they won't be able to carry new writings from you anymore.
Ya don't know whatchu got til it's gone. A nation weeps.
Vios con Dios,you wonderful woman.First time I ever heard you on the radio I had to pull over and stop-I was laughing too hard to drive. You'll be missed..
Molly Ivins was one of the greatest columnists who ever lived. She had her finger on the pulse of everything and painted a picture every time she wrote. I will miss her terribly
We'll miss you, Molly. You were the brightest, freshest voice we had. We'll all have to work harder, now that you've gone. You showed us the way, and we're going to do it Molly. We're going to take back our country.
Molly, you and Ann made me proud to be a Texan. God Bless You Both.
Molly was a bright light in dark times. Her progressive voice was a lifeline.
She stood her ground and held it, even in the toughest state to be a liberal.
I always enjoyed watcing you speak at the World Affairs Conference held each Spring in Boulder, Colorado. You will be missed so much. When you could not make it in 2006 I hoped for the best. Thanks for the memories.
Molly, you provided surcease from sorrow, you were the Balm in Gilead, with your bright humor and sharp intelligence. Thank you. You are and will continue to be missed.
We will cry long and hard today.
Tomorrow, we will carry on with your spirit and smile beside us.
Godspeed, Ms. Molly.
I very rarely agreed with Molly Ivins' opinions and views; however, I rarely missed the opportunity to read her columns. We'll miss you, your charm and your wit.
Today there is a great hurt and a
giant hole deep, deep in the heart of Texas
We rarely saw eye to eye, but your column nearly always gave me somthing to think about and frequently made me laugh. Your wit and humor will be sorely missed.
You were my hero. I will miss you.
We've lost one of our best and brightest. Molly was insightful and funny as hell. I'll miss her writing and just knowing she was out there jabbing something that needed jabbing.
Molly you always kept my spirits up - even in these tough times. I will miss your amazing wit and wonderful personality. Bye Molly-sorry to see you go.
Molly seems to have lived life with passion, humor and joy, her life will remain an inspiration to the rest of us. She will be missed by thousands she never even met. She died much too soon, but through her writing she will be remembered for many, many years to come.
So sorry...it was a shock. Her humor enriched many of us. My sympathy goes out to her family and friends.
What an incredible wit and intelligence lost! You will be missed.
The average Texas political IQ took a hit with the passing of Molly. I am saddened by the loss.
To her family and all those close to her, my deepest and most sincere sympathy.
You made us laugh. Thank you, you made the world a better place.
I wish I had to words to thank you for all you've done. But then I guess I do: Thank you. I want to thank you for your wisdom, your bravery, your insight and your gift of laughter. Give 'em hell!
Oh, my heart ached as I read the headline that Molly Ivins passed on. There's very few like her, as a matter of fact, there was no one like her. I will miss her poignant point of view and her smile.
RIP, Molly. You will be missed.
Molly was always an inspiration and will forever be my hero. After shedding tears tonight on learning the news, I couldn't help but smile while thinking of the grand ol' time she's having with Ann Richards once again - two great ladies who'll always be cherished.
Tonight, the eyes of Texans are moist and blurred...... Thank goodness for the years of clarity, wit, and grit that Molly gave us all.
Thank you Molly, for everthing. Give 'em hell!
Thank you, that is all I can say. You have always been an inspiration to me - from my days in the Texas Legislature to my days working in San Francisco politics. May you rest in peace always - you deserve it for the battles you have fought.
It's a shame we won't be able to read more of your heartfelt columns. America needs more like you, willing to stand up for their beliefs. Have a safe journey the rest of the way.
I don't know what I'll miss most about Molly...her wit, her intelligence, or her guts. RIP girl. You've earned it.
Oh Molly, my heart is heavy tonight.
I just can't believe that you are gone, and we will never have you around to explain to us what is really happening. Your insight was serious but right on target, your humor was a delight that added extra to your columns. Definitely, you and Ann Richards will be missed.
May God bless your family in their loss, and may God bless us in our loss also.
Thank you for all your words. All the memories - everyday was a little brighter when I could laugh with you.
Molly, I am so saddened that you have left us. I loved your politics, your wisdom, your humor, your integrity. It will never be the same. Thanks for your gifts and for speaking truth to power in your wonderfully unique way.
Molly, with all that goes on in our nation and beloved state of Texas daily, we will miss your wit and political savvy. Thanks for being a Texas liberal and for never changing your stripes. Peace be with you.
I'll miss your columns very much. Our local paper sometimes reduced your brilliant writing to a couple of blurb paragraphs. I cancelled my subscription. Who will explain Texas to the rest of us now?
Gosh I loved Molly's writings. I looked forward to them weekly. Her wit, her candor and her absolute gutsiness to tell it like she saw it were all so refreshing and so enlightening. I will miss her so much. Happy Trails, Molly Ivins.
Barbaros and Molly! Two of my best heroes; Molly we shared a birthday, and I will tip a glass to you every next birthday. You are tough, funny, human, and humane, even to the idiots we all laugh at. I know you're chuckling out there, not gone, nor forgotten
Thank You Molly Ivins for sharing
your great wit and wonderful writing with all of us and we will
all miss you deeply.
your wit, humor and integrity will be missed immensely by all your faithful readers - and then some. you will continue to inspire us all. peace be with you.
I TRULY ENJOYED READING YOUR WRITINGS,THANKS FOR BEING UN-AFRAID TO TAKE ON THE POWERS THAT WISH THEY COULD BE...WELL DONE,,,WELL DONE...
I will miss reading you so very much.Damn, you were good. You had guts and grace. Every time I read you I stood a bit straighter; proud to be a liberal. I am so glad to have been a contemporary. To Molly's family; know she was loved!
i once bummed a cigarette off of molly ivins, and it was the closest to greatness i've probably ever been. i don't know what lies in the hereafter, but knowing that molly ivins is there makes me feel a hell of a lot better.
Molly's wit and wisdom will be greatly missed. I had the honor of meeting her about a year and a half ago and I will cherish that opportunity. Get out the pots and pans! To all women - get that mammogram done for Molly's sake.
Molly, you were the greatest! Your wit and right-on insights about the crazy political scene will be missed so much. I met you at your book signing here in Marin a few years ago, and you were so gracious. Wish you could have lived to be 100, at least!
I've always admired you, Molly, for your courage in speaking the truth in your columns. No timid columns for you! Thanks for not being afraid to tell the "emperor" he had no clothes on. You are an inspiration for journalists for generations to come. We Texans are so proud of you!
The mother of a high school friend introduced me to Molly. Nearly 20 years later, she was someone I looked forward to reading and in fact sought her out. When I saw this news, I nearly started to hyper-ventilate. When nobody else would stand up and tell the truth, she did. I have such a hard time with people who show grief for people they don't know, but Molly meant so much to my own political and ideological evolution, I can't help but sit in shock and disbelief...I literally cannot believe what I am reading. Is this really true? Dammit will I miss her.
I loved Molly Ivins the first time I read one of her columns. I laughed with her and will really miss seeing her columns. I thought she always hit the nail on the head regarding George "Dubya" Bush. Even though I never had the privilege to meet her, she will always be in my heart.
Well, we have lost another Texas original. Just like Ann Richards, Molly could cut to the heart of the hard truth, but do so in a way that made you laugh out loud. We were lucky to have her. She made me proud to be a Texan.
Thank you for your inspiration. I greeted every one of your columns in our local newspaper like it was a letter from a beloved friend.
Please come to me in a dream and tell me who I can trust now.
Thank you Molly for keeping us honest. You've left a void.
The first thing I'd do in the morning was boot up the 'puter,
jump on the internets and see which blowhard had been Ivined. I aways started my day with a smile on my face.
Thanks Molly, I will miss you.
Rest in peace, Molly.
We'll remember to keep laughing for you. We'll remember that the whole point of life is to live it. You gave it your best Molly.
God help the politicos now. Molly and Ann are together..., and have God's ear.
Molly, you have been a sage for our time, a voice of wisdom in this world so full of hatred and violence. I will miss your words, thoughts, and politics. May the angels lead you into paradise.
When i didn't think i could stomach the politics of Texas anymore, your column always brought me some perspective.
When i moved to California for a short,miserable, period of time, my mother would collect your columns and send me a months worth in a large brown envelope. Your column and the Texas Monthly, kept me connected.
Mom will need another excuse to send me stuff now. You are loved and missed.
I am a semi-conservative Republican, but Molly...you were quite a girl!
Even if I didn't agree with everything you wrote, I enjoyed the way you had with words and how you could take the air out of the windbags. You and Ann Richards were a pair and Heaven will be a "hoot" with both of you there!
Life down here will not be nearly as much fun without you and your observations. Thanks for sharing them with us....yes, even us Republicans!
I am broken hearted. The world has lost one of the funniest, wisest, and most thought provoking journalists I've ever read.
Last year, my friend and I had tickets to see her in San Francisco in conversation with Gavin Newsome. Unfortuneately, she wasn't able to be there. Ann Richards did a marvelous job filling in for her, but she wasn't Molly.
I hope they are together somewhere camping, swilling some beer and having a lot of laughs. They are both irreplaceable.
Dadgumit, Molly has gone to whomper-jawed heaven. Texas ain't never ever gonna be the same.
You were that rare American voice of common sense and decency and we will miss you. But your legacy of integrity, wit and biting insight looms large. Now, see what there is to write about up there and raise some hell!
It's a great loss to lose Molly, we need her so much just now... Simply the best, she is irreplaceable...It's a very sad day. Thanks, dear lady, may you rest in peace.
There have been so many great Texas women. Beautiful, funny, intelligent, fearless, and full of fire. Ms. Ivins certainly belongs at the top of that list.
Countless times I would read her column to find that she had put into words the very thoughts and feelings i was experiencing. And of course, always with a clarity and humor that few possess.
We were so fortunate to have her tell us the way things really are. Or should be.
Molly was someone I always wanted to meet. I grew up in Texas and found her a great alternative voice.
Molly was a heroic figure. Her words made me laugh and angry at the same time. I never wrote her to thank her for the example she set. So now, I thank you Molly, I'll try to live up to the challege you have set before us all.
Godspeed, Molly. We're all poorer for your departure.
Her truth on the subjects that she had discussed with America had made everybody smarter and wiser. I will miss you dearly.
Molly, you will be missed. You were always able to bring a politician down to size with your wit and astute observations. Your rest is well earned.
Molly was an oustanding writer with a sharp wit and an indomitable spirit. She was brash, brave and brilliant. The world is poorer without her.
I am saddened to hear that the country has lost such a wonderful voice of reason. There will never be another one like Molly Ivans.
I first encountered Molly Ivins' unique wit when she was doing occasional commentary on the McNeill/Lehrer Newshour in the 1980s, and only later did I discover her columns. Her writing had the amazing ability to leave me laughing and mad as hell at the same time. I will miss her voice.
I was given a copy of her book "Molly Ivins Can't Say That, Can She?" when it came out in 1991. I'd never heard of her but became an immediate fan. I was privileged to meet Ms. Ivins at a book signing in Atlanta in 1993; she signed it, "Y'all raise more hell!" The piece she wrote about Ann Richards in that book was so memorable, and she quoted from it in the excellent obituary she wrote for Richards last year. Molly, I'm so glad you got to see the last election. And no one loved Texas more than you did.
My home state, our country, and editorial journalism as a whole has lost a hero. I hope you and Ann Richards are having a blast. I will miss you and your work greatly.
Molly, We will continue the fight against cancer of the body and the body politic in your name!
Molly Ivins will be remembered as the voice of the down-trodden, underdog in society. Great journalists, like Molly and Mike Royko, are greatly missed. Rest in peace.
Molly you will be greatly missed. First, Ann Richards and now you, it's a great loss for the state of Texas. At least you are now rejoined with Ann. God has his hands full. God Bless.
My husband and I will miss Molly Ivins "right on" observations of our countrys' political participants, and her humor and good sense. She lightened-up the confused days of the last six years. We thank you for that Molly.
I'll miss your humor and wit. Texas has lost a cherished daughter.
Your political insight and humor will be missed.
Seldom has this country been blessed with intelligence, humor, dedication and strength in one person. Such was Molly Ivins, she will be missed by those of us who shared her convictions, and the blessings of being "liberal".
I treasure the few chances I had to experience her cutting wit and generosity of spirit in person -- and the knowledge that although she is gone much too soon, her work and her challenges to us as journalists, as women, as people remain.
Losing the wonderful Ann Richards and now the wonderful Mollie Ivins leaves us empty of brave voices who encouraged us to laugh at our country's misfortunes. I shall miss them both, terribly.
A true defender of the faith of those who choose to think... Inspiring, inspiring, inspiring! Thank you, Molly.
A fantastic writer who could make a point and make you laugh, no matter how scathing the subject matter. Her insight and keen wit will be missed. I put her up there with the late former governor, Ann Richards.
Thank you so much for giving us all hope and make us laugh. We will miss you
We'll never forget you and your great work Molly. RIP.
One of a kind, a true heroine, Texas' own. We won't be the same without her. We'll be so much poorer, until someone else like Molly comes around again. We can hope. Molly always wanted us to hang on to hope, as she did.
what a lady. what an intellect. what a loss. shall we each commit outrageous acts of clarity, integrity, and rebellion in honor of her lifetime of work? I've got a pot...bring your pan. Let's make someone sit up and take notice.
Thank you Molly. Your words live on in our hearts. You inspire us to stand up against injustice and treachery and to fight for truth. Rest in peace.
I loved reading your columns, today is a sad day for America and me. We have lost a voice of reason and sanity at a time we need them more then ever. i shed a tear at the annoucement of your passing. i will trully miss you
What an original, what an original. A voice in letters that can not be replaced.
Intelligence, wit, honesty, passion. Molly was a treasure and will be greatly missed. This is a very sad day.
Just when we need you so much, it was your time to go. Godspeed, Molly Ivins, and thank you for the words of power, truth, and wit.
A great Texan, with the best insights on Texas politics. Thanks for all you were and all you did.
Oh Molly, Well all miss you so. Who will ever take your place? Wit and wisdom are so seldom found together in one person. More rarely in one who writes so well. May God welcome You!
You will be missed. Your humour, brilliance and wit, wonderful, admirable lady. I am so sorry you had to go.
Miss Molly, I will miss your wit and wisdom so.
Go with the Goddess
The latest reincarnation of Mark Twain, we shall miss her terribly. I met her at numerous book signings where she was always at ease, and not afraid to say what she felt. That our leaders would be so wise.
Molly your light will never be extinguished. We will all carry on for you, your words forever part of our beings. Peace to you for a life well used and love given freely to all of us.
I loved her writing, wit and grit. Our loss is heaven's gain. Rest in peace.
When Molly got to bitin', it wasn't like a mean-spirited pit bull; more like a golden retriever--friendly, but the message came across. And everybody could still be pals. We'll miss that great mind.
Thank you, thank you Molly for making us think, laugh, and realize that there are two sides to the story and your's was usually the right one. You were the best and we will miss you so. You made us Texans proud.
You were everything good about
the USA-you were a true American!
Just read USA Today's report of Molly's death. They called her book about Bush "Scrub". She would have loved that, I think.
I will certainly miss her wit and her wisdom.
It is hard to imagine this particular world without her, but she gave us enough to know how to do the right thing when others won't. Miss her? Oh, yes.
I loved Molly's sharp wit and progressive values.She was fearless.
I have a signed copy of "Bushwhacked" - now even more one of my greatest treasures. She made my life and all our lives, I think, a bit more hopeful because she knew how to laugh. What an extraordinary gift to have, to share, and to give - which she did as a full-time job. She is amazing and always will be. I feel blessed to have read her writings so frequently.
I loved your work. I didn't always agree with it, but I always felt that you had a sincere appreciation of the absurd, which is lacking into today's dialogue. The light has dimmed a little with your passing but hopefully enough shines on.
Molly---you old warrior woman---watch over us.
Molly, I'm sorry for once getting after you for putting your dog on the expense account. Your columns were well worth the price. Now, there is no one to replace you.
Texas and The Nation have lost a wonderful human being. I read as much of your work as I possibly could and will deeply miss ya !
to the Spirit of Texas than any other journalist. You will be missed
greatly, mourned deeply, and loved all the more. You left us in grace,
humor, and style.
Thank God for the gift of you!
Truth and humor have lost one of their greatest champions.
The world will be a poorer place without you. Thank you for speaking the truth.
Lord, you have set your servant free to go in peace, as you promised.
You will be missed Molly...the world of journalism has a big void in it without your viewpoint.....you are the best!!!
Molly we will keep on fighinting the good fight for you. ur candle will never go out
Vaya con Dios Molly Ivins. You spoke the truth to power, and made us laugh as you made them squirm. You will be missed--you leave big journalistic Birkenstocks to fill.
Thank you for being one of my heros, and a great role model.
There will never be another Molly, this woman with a dead aim at the hypocrisy and foolishness of the nation's elected officials. And how splendid that she was there to remind us that liberal is not a dirty word. Thank you, Molly. Go forth and stir up whatever else is out there.
Molly...you're one of the great "dames" of all time. Say "hi" to Governor Richards and drink one for me when you two gals get going. Your wit, intelligence & humor will be missed here on Earth.
I love your intellect, I love your wit, I love your spunk & humor-I love you Molly. You've enriched my life and I thank you.
Sure gonna miss Molly. I first started reading her in the Star-Telegram in high school. She could teach you, get her opinion across, and entertain you - all at the same time.
Molly Ivins is the reason I'm in college getting my degree in journalism right now. Bushwhacked was the first political book I ever read and I've been hooked ever since. She made a profound impression on me and will be sorely missed. I only hope someone is ready to pick up where she's left off, because we need more watchdog journalists out there.I'm just devestated.
I am really going to miss her columns. Her family will be in my prayers.
I am really going to miss her columns. Her family will be in my prayers.
I enjoyed reading Molly in Funny Times. She was one helluva person- able to speak her mind and mean it! Peace be with you, Molly.
I loved reading Molly Ivins. she was the kind of writer that I wanted to aspire toward with her blunt journalism. I was also fortunate to meet her in the early 1990s, when she came to the bookstore that I worked at for a booksigning and found her to be a nice person. I still have that autographed copy of "Molly Ivins Can't Say That!". Again, she was very unique writer.
God rest you, Molly. You were and are the best political writer I have ever known. And we'll keep on after the rascals for you.
I am so sorry to hear of Molly Ivins' passing. Her columns are always inspiring, impassioned, and on-target. She will be sorely missed.
Thank you, Molly, for your quirky irreverence. I hope my daughters and granddaughters will learn from your writings which side their bread is buttered on when it comes to election time.
Good Golly and Good Bye Miss Molly! You spared no one your wit and sharp pen. I have j awards because I followed your example, and I have fair reporting because I always hear your voice in the back of my head as I type.
You made me proud in a twisted way of being a fiery redhead raised in Texas.
Heck, you make me appreciate the weirder points of Texas culture, such as it is.
Lift a Lone Star with Ann Richards and flirt with Hunter T for me, and may we one day sit in the Martyr's Lounge together and lampooon the foolish pols who thought that in death they could cheat us of good material.
Molly, you ispired me both personally and politically. I'll miss you girl. You fought the good fight, rest in peace.
What a sad day. My heartfelt condolences to Molly's family. Molly's passing is a great loss to all her fans. We all looked to her to bring humor and perspective to the most ridiculous political arena.
Thank you Molly for all you've done to help us through the quadmire of politics. Rest in peace, sweet lady.
As a rare Idaho liberal, I'll really miss your columns. Requiescat in pace.
I will miss her so! She was a breath of fresh air.
We always thought how hard it must be to understand it all and yet have to accept that others just didn't get it. We got it. And we loved every word. Thanks, Molly.
Bye Molly, we needed your voice.
What a tremendous loss to me personally and to the world. We have lost a voice of truth, silenced only by death. I will miss her tremendously.
Thank you so much for that unique combination of wit and wisdom. So much of what you wrote I carry with me. Above all, thank you for introducing the word "horsepuckey" into one Midwesterner's vocabulary. Godspeed.
Molly, you can say whatever you want...we will listen.
Bye Molly, we needed your voice.
Dear Molly and family,
Your columns were absolutely delicious; our country is in pain today from your having left us here to fend for ourselves.
Please say hello to Mary McGrory for me.
I greatly admired her unwilligness to suffer fools and criminals and do it in a kindly fashion.
I will miss Molly and her wit. Rest in peace.
Molly, Ann Richards and Sarah Weddington spoke at the Texas delegation before the march supporting the right to choice in Washington, D.C., a few years ago, and we in the audience laughed and listened to these three wonderful women. Two are gone now, but I know Ann met Molly a few minutes after she left us, and they're laughing somewhere together and waiting for the rest of the state to come to our senses and see the world as they saw it. As a four-year breast cancer survivor, I know what they went through. I miss them both mightily. And I take great pride in being a Texas woman along with them. God bless you, Molly, and keep you safe in the hollow of his hand.
God Bless You Molly! Bon Voyage . . .
Molly Ivins was an American treasure, at least to the thinking people. Her first name lives on in my grandaughter Molly (though I wanted my son and his wife to name her Molly Ivins Savage.) I think Molly Ivins' light will shine on us for a very long time. Bless her soul.
One of my heroes has passed. My deepest condolences to everyone who loved her and her writing. I guess God just needed someone to translate Shrub's continued ramblings. Molly, we hardly knew ye.
A great loss! Molly--your perceptive sarcastic wit and wisdom always rang my bell. Thank you!
Molly was one of the first columnists that I read regularly. She did a beautiful job of pointing out the obvious. A few years ago, I had the treat to hear her speak at a Women's conference in San Francisco. She was as much of a hoot in person as she was in writing. Thank you Molly. Rest in peace.
There are just some voices that resonate, voices that make you feel less lonely and bring good humor to unfunny situations, voices that make you want to use your own voice louder, better, righter or in Molly's case lefter...That was Molly Ivins to me. I heard her first on NPR in the late 80's and promptly ran out and bought my own-now well worn- copy of Molly Ivins Can't Say That Can She? I found more than a talented writer in those pages. I found a kindred spirit. New writers are constantly developing, but my world got a bit less interesting tonight at 5:30 when Molly succumbed to breast cancer. I'll miss my favorite liberal, cowgirl writer and commentator. I cannot even imagine 2008 without her.
A day without Molly Ivins is a day without a bright sun.
Hey Molly, say hello to Ann.
You will surely be missed! I have always enjoyed the writings of Molly Ivins.
A TRUE American hero has passed on.She can't be replaced.I will miss you always.
Thank you so much, Molly, for sharing your insight, wisdom, and humor. You have enriched the world.
Molly, a whole new crowd is right now learning just how brilliant you are and what a rapier wit you have. As someone else already said, you made me very very proud to be a Texas woman. I will miss your columns desperately. Where else could I laugh so hard one minute and get so absolutely furious at the rich and powerful the next minute?
Watch out for us from up there. And give the angels a break at least for the first month or so!
thank goodness for your bleeding heart and biting wit. you will be missed!
I dearly loved Molly Ivins' wit, intelligence, and keen observance of political idiocies. She was brilliant, funny, caring, and irreplaceable. I was devastated to get the e-mail notification of her death. I never met her, but I feel I've lost a kindred spirit. I'll miss her writing so much. Give 'em hell in heaven, Molly. My mom will be pleased to welcome you there.
You were our beacon of light.
I couldn't wait to read Molly's columns and with what's happening today We've lost a Great Voice.
It's interesting to note that my favorite Texans are all women and now there gone. Ann & Molly were the Greatest
My heart is heavy tonight. There is a huge hole now in the fabric of hope for this country. It will be filled somehow, but not with the heart and style that Molly gave us.
The one voice of sanity in our otherwise right wing local rag is lost. I will miss Molly's thoughts on the state of affairs of our nation.
You go girl---You always did. Keep them laughing in heaven.
Molly, you told it like it is..What will we ever do without you?
Molly Ivins's death today is a terrible loss to her family, to journalism, to liberalism and to America. I hope we can take courage from her example, and carry on as she would want us to.
Sometimes one finds oneself in the presence of fame, greatness, or simply someone whom he or she admires for whatever reason. I met Molly Ivins once, at a birthday party for a mutual friend. The gathering was huge and diverse; some in attendance were journalists and otherwise active and recognizable members of their communities, and some of us were co-workers and acquaintances of the guest of honor. I was rendered nearly speechless when Molly introduced herself to me, simply to say hello, ask how I knew our mutual friend, and strike up a brief conversation. I expect terms such as "salt of the earth," "real," and "honest," will rightfully be invoked as we remember Molly. I can tell you that I believe she was all of these and more.
Thank you, Molly, for keeping democracy alive for a little longer. We will miss you.
Who will tell the truth now? I will miss Molly so very much. She was a gift to journalism, and a gift to us all.
She did the best writing, for she told the truth when other journalists slunk away like...darn, what Texas expression would Molly have used? What a brave and gifted person! I'm glad she was around for the elections. Too bad she didn't stay to see the impeachment. Her last column said it all - we must take back the country by opposing this war to our utmost. That would be the finest tribute to her.
Tonight, heaven will be throwing a welcome home party. I love you Molly!
You encouraged women everywhere to make their own voices heard. You've inspired a whole generation of women with your wit, intelligence, courage, compassion and humanity.
I'm pretty sure that you and Ann Richards are kicking back over a beer somewhere in heaven swapping tall, Texan tales...plotting how to get back to rid us of "Shrub."
Good golly Miss Molly
She sure could write
Good golly Miss Molly
Her words shined bright
No doubt she's turning in a column
Up in Heaven tonight.
And the Gods of Truth said,
"Welcome, and well done, good and faithful servant..."
(A long time reader...)
A great "Black Hole" now exists in the world of journalism. I will miss you Molly
I feel so fortunate to have met Molly in Austin last year at a Codepink retreat. I will never forget her advice to laugh, never forget to laugh.
Here's to you, Molly. Born in California, but Texan to the core.
You were a bright star that will shine forever.
Thank you for the humor.
I thank God for giving you to us! Though I only knew you through your writing and lectures I feel blessed in spite of the limits of this knowing.
Your intelligence made us think, your sharp wit made us laugh, your battle for the powerless compelled us to do more.
You will be missed by many, hopefully the breeze in Heaven is as nice as the one in Texas. I am pretty sure Willie will be on the radio, there.
God Bless you, the way He blessed us with your presence
Thank you, Molly, for making us laugh, and for making us think.
Now that you're upstairs with The Big Guy, maybe you and He can have a talk, and give us some insight how we can take care of our problem down here!
Godspeed, and God Bless.
Ivins was an inspiration as a woman, a writer and a liberal. I often
used her columns in my journalism classes, and many are clipped and
saved. As a native Oklahoman, I grew up savoring the wit and political
commentary of Will Rogers. I expect he and Molly are already exchanging
stories about politicians and other grownups behaving badly. When I
heard of her death on the evening news tonight, I knew the world had
lost one of its brightest porch lights!
I miss you already, Molly -- your incisive wit, rollicking humor. As far as waking your fellow countrymen up as to what's really going on, nobody had your chops -- it doesn't get any better than what you shared with us. Thank you for being authentic -- a rare thing.
The two of us on the news side who were left to finish putting out the newspaper Wednesday night were seriously bummed over Molly's passing. As editor of our daily newspaper, in a mostly very conservative Arkansas city, it was always fun to see what the newest "Molly" column had to say, and offer up her opinions to our readers. Having once been an editor in Texas added to the smile factor she brought me. The quieting of this wonderful voice is a deep, deep loss.
Molly we hardly knew ye
For years I have sought out Molly's columns to enlighten & inform me in her insightful & witty way. She will be sorely missed by many Texans, esp. during this pre-national election in '08.
Thanks molly. God blew all of her trumphets when you arrived.
She captivated us with her humor, charm, and grace. I will miss her.
Molly -- How are we going to do without you? Please watch over us and help us through the troubled waters from your newly acquired perspective! Thanks for everything!
Molly, Molly--You carried the tradition of Texas letters with gusto, verve, and all-around saltiness. Now, J. Frank Dobie, John Henry Faulk, Ann Richards, and you have passed into the world of immortal storytellers, and no one has stepped forward to take your place. But we have our memories of you and your words to remind us of how a large life well lived shines forever.
Oh Molly ...I'm gonna miss you ..my heart hurts ..I could listen to your voice all day and feel warmth and comfort from your words and oh how you could make me laugh and nod my head up and down saying Ayup in total agreement..what a remarkable woman you are..thanks for being a breath of fresh air and so real.
Peace be yours
A light has gone out in this country. Molly Ivins represented all that is good sane in this country. Molly and her voice of reason will be sadly missed.
Though I didn't really agree with her writing I would read her column occasionally. Godspeed Molly you are at peace now.
I am heartbroken for the loss of Molly Ivins, which is a loss for America, and for the entire world. Molly, when you signed my book you wrote "Raise Hell!" I will.
When I moved to Texas in 1985, Molly's writing was one of the first of many things I came to love about my adopted home state. It's hard to accept that it's all over...Godspeed Molly.
I am sure the stars dimmed a little over Texas tonight. I also pray that Ann Richards and Molly will be howling with laughter around a barbeque as only immortals can.
Molly directed me in one of her columns to Josh Marshall's Talking Points Memo blog. He is still doing good work. Molly knew her stuff and knew where the voices would have to come through during the recent dark years. Again, thank you, Molly. I have read her online since she disappeared from my local paper in the Cincinnati media market. I took a class in Satire in 1992 and used her book, Molly Ivins Can't Say That Can She? as the basis for my somewhat informal project. Her writing took my breath away. And I laughed until I cried through the pain of the truths.
Kentucky has voices strong like hers from time to time, but oh she was always herself and never ever demure. When the columns became few and far between I was afraid that this news would come soon. Much too soon.
We miss you, Molly. Whether we knew you or not. What a great loss.
As a teenager in 1988, I heard Ann Richards speech at the Democratic Convention and I thought there is a woman who has a rare wit...then I read "Molly Ivins Can't Say that Can She." and found another. God Bless you Molly..you will always be a hero to me.