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Clouds Roll In

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Clouds roll in
as thick and heavy
as my heart
weighted down with
tears unshed
blown in
on gusts of fury
bending tall trees
ripping from their branches
the tender blossoms
of hope

A distant light
a small beam
a beacon
of calm
a promise
of peace

Pedals lay scattered
pink and bruised
as the earth
answering the drumbeats
of the storm
pushes new life
soft and green
to greet a blue
and cloudless

~ Chris

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VALERIEMAHA 5/8/2010 12:54PM

    The richly textured piece is fierce and delicate and lovely.

Your gifts are seeming endless.
P.S. I get to go see May Oliver this month...am I lucky...OR WHAT??? Wish we could go together!!!

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MCGS62 5/6/2010 12:49AM

    Love it!! emoticon

oh well it seems I can't get he flower lined up under the rain

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2BHLTHY4LIFE 5/5/2010 6:43PM

    emoticonHi Chris! Another award winning blog,just lovely and well written and picture. Diana emoticon emoticon

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JUST_TRI_IT 5/5/2010 6:38PM

    Both the photo and the poem.. lovely.

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MARY1313 5/5/2010 1:02AM

    CLAP CLAP CLAP!!!! Love this!

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HOPERISING 5/5/2010 12:27AM

    Oooooh, beautiful! And so fitting, as thunderstorms are rolling through my part of the world too. And I love the lilacs in your background. I just want to stick my nose in them. I LOVE the smell of lilacs!

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GRNISHADE 5/4/2010 10:58PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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0309COOKIE 5/4/2010 9:37PM

    My, you are talented. That is a very expressive and heartfelt poem. Beautiful.

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IUHRYTR 5/4/2010 8:23PM

    Beautiful and visual. -- Lou

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Monday, May 03, 2010

Mike returned from his mushroom hunt yesterday, and brought home some of his trophies; a big bowl of morels. I always thought he was a man of strong morel fiber. emoticon

They are big and beautiful. We only get to eat these little delicacies a couple of times a year, so I savor them when we have some. I only cooked a few so we can have a couple more morel enhanced meals.

Sauteed in a little bit of butter. They are so flavorful they don't need salt or any other flavorings.



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RASTUS55 5/6/2010 10:02PM

    MMMMMMMMMmmmmm We have been savoring these beauties as well! Nothing like them in the world!! YUM! emoticon

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SCOOTER4263 5/5/2010 8:34PM

    Oooh, you're so lucky! I *know* there are morels around me somewhere, but I have yet to find them! Ramps (wild onions) are just getting ready here - fiddleheads soon!

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JAZZMINE 5/4/2010 8:13PM

    Wow! How interesting. Too bad I'm allergic to mushrooms!


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WESTCOASTGIRL1 5/4/2010 4:05PM

    Looks delicious. I never seen a mushroom like that either. Thanks for sharing.

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KATIEGLEN012 5/4/2010 5:31AM

    Have never seen this mushroom before. What fun. Thanks for the great pictures!

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CATHYGETSFIT 5/4/2010 4:00AM

    I think I've seen these growing wild here! Never tried one but they sound yummy!

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RUSTYSHAW1 5/3/2010 11:57PM

    Yum, your dinner looks SO good. You are such a multi-talented person!

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MEOWMAMA3 5/3/2010 10:19PM

    Interesting...I've never tried or even seen these! They look like calamari in an Elizabethan collar! lol! Bon appetit!

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ALEXTHEHUNN 5/3/2010 10:01PM

    I bet that was yummy!

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MARY1313 5/3/2010 4:05PM

    Oh that looks good! I love the pun too!


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LAURIES_PLACE 5/3/2010 3:36PM

  Oh my, I have never had them! I do know of them, but have never ever seen any. Have you ever eaten fiddlehead ferns? Now those are delish!

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0309COOKIE 5/3/2010 1:35PM

    Your meal picture looks so healthy and delicious!

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MARYMAC45 5/3/2010 12:59PM

    Yum, they look so good. I find a few now & then in our wooded area but not enough for dinner for 1. great pics.

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OLDERDANDRT 5/3/2010 11:32AM

    Yum!!! Looks great!!! I have never had those, but they sure look like your mighty hunter brought you a nice big cache' of them. Enjoy some for me, too!!!!


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    Never had morels but I love mushrooms, so I'm certain I would like them!

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IUHRYTR 5/3/2010 10:27AM

    What a mighty hunter and such a great cook. A good combination, yes? -- Lou

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CRAFTYC 5/3/2010 10:12AM

    I remember when I was a young girl, crossing to a old burn site (grown back up, but the burn seems to be important to morels) and bringing home several grocery bags FULL of them. That year was awesome! Just don't try to eat them raw... they contain toxins that cause gastrointestinal distress. VERY thankfully, the effects are nullified by the cooking process.

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PLAYBLUES22 5/3/2010 8:25AM

    Yummy!!!! emoticon

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    Never had them but they look interesting.

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LIZMEYER 5/3/2010 8:04AM

    You are so lucky! We usually get a few pounds of morals but this year we have not found even one. I always look forward to moral time - living in Wisconsin, sometimes they come in May. I guess I will have to keep watching. I know they are delicious so enjoy!!!

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BILLTMAN 5/3/2010 7:45AM

    I guess the "morel" of this story is "savor them while they're here because tomorrow they'll be gone" They look great! While I love mushrooms, all kinds of them, I have never had the privilege of tasting a morel. Maybe one of these days.

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FLORIDASUN 5/3/2010 7:37AM

    Some of my fondest memories are centered around mushroom hunting in Iowa (our home state)...I loved the peacefulness and the way the sunlight played through the trees...loved eating them too! So healthy! Thanks for sharing...they look delish! emoticon

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OZARKMARY 5/3/2010 7:23AM

    Looks yummy!! We have mushroom hunted several times down here, but only find a couple and they are always in the same area. We have about 100 acres of woods...you'd think we'd find a TON!! emoticon

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J.J. and Glenna Update - Thank You For Prayers, Healing Energy, and Meditations

Sunday, May 02, 2010

J.J. before the attack enjoying lunch with Sister Mary.

Nose broken, jaw wired, plates in head, 47 staples, and still swollen

J.J. is being moved to a different rehab center - I am not certain why. He is conscious and talking, but sometimes has reality warps, for example needing to go to the bank right now. His face is still swollen and misformed. He is a musician, a drummer, and he is drumming on everything he can get his hands on. Right now, because of swelling, it is impossible to tell the extent of either brain recovery or permanent facial damage. He has always been such a handsome man; I know he will still be beautiful as his sweetness will shine through. He will live through this ordeal, but with damage to his frontal lobe, his personality may be forever altered. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

Tuesday is his birthday.

There is a good possibility that he was attacked by skinheads, sadly enough Iraqi War veterans. Two of the four were arrested for a very similar attack on a homeless man in Cincinnati.



J.J. doesn't have any insurance. His friends will need to to plan some fundraisers. Mike and I are thinking of a benefit concert in our back yard.

My MIL, Glenna, has made a remarkable recovery. She finally got a couple of good night sleeps and felt much stronger. She was released from the hospital yesterday and is home. I hope that was a wise call on the medical profession's part. I am certain that she is very glad to haver had the opportunity to go to church today, church is such a big part of her life.

Again, thank you for your kindness and support over this past week,


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AQUAJANE 5/3/2010 11:46PM

    Thanks for the update. I'm glad JJ can drum. Sounds may well help his recovery, though some hospital types might feel it's driving them crazy. And glad to hear your MIL was cleared to go home and to church. emoticon

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SHANNON267 5/3/2010 5:21PM

    My prayers and thoughts will remain with your friend and MIL. You are such a great friend to JJ and I'm sure he know how much you care. I'm glad to hear that your MIL is doing better. Take care. emoticon

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    Some people are just plain sick.

Brain injuries take time. My mom had one and while she had a personality change she re-learned to do all she previously knew to do and had a good long life after. Funny, shortly before she died from cancer (about 18 yrs later) she was slmost the same person she was before the injury.
Keep hope.

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MARY1313 5/3/2010 12:01AM

    thanks so much for the update. God bless JJ, what an awful thing. I can't stand people who pray on others just because of color or religion. it's not right and it's not what america is about. Those guys, I hope they end up in an all black jail. that would serve them right.

Meowmama had an excellent idea to call the radio stations and tv stations for a fund raiser for JJ. They are usually very very glad to promote it and announce it as a Public Service Announcement. the news papers may take it up too. An account can be set up easily for people to donate to also and here in Alabama, that is what happens. People are giving and loving no matter where you are, you just have to get the word out that help is needed.

they both are in my prayers and you are too kind lady.


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0309COOKIE 5/2/2010 11:38PM

    Thank you for the update. I will keep both Glenna and J.J. in my daily prayers.

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DJS-DEBBIE 5/2/2010 10:46PM

    Thanks for filling us in. I read the article too. People never cease to amaze and astound me, not always in a good way. We had a hate crime here last week too ~ some guys beat up a local drag queen and companions. I just don't get it myself.

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MEOWMAMA3 5/2/2010 9:34PM

    Thanks for the update. More than a little scary that these guys were entrusted to protect our country.... I am still so shocked and upset by this, I pray that JJ has a truly miraculous recovery.

Glenna is a beautiful lady! Good news that she is doing well.

A good friend of mine from college is a DJ on one of the mainstream stations in Cincinnati, Laura Powell. Why don't you contact the radio station about planning a fundraiser. I haven't talked to her in a long time, but she's a great person and maybe she can help? (I also have a SIL named Laura in Cincy!)

Good luck with the show, that will undoubtedly take your mind off your worries for a bit and a costume malfunction or a missed line will seem like no big deal in the big scheme of things in your life! Follow the yellow brick road!
Hugs, Kim

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GRNISHADE 5/2/2010 8:59PM

    it is so sad that some people are so filled with hate that they have to strike out at others... if we could only learn to love the differences that make our world such a wonderful place to be!

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PRIDEL 5/2/2010 8:22PM

    This was bittersweet. I'm glad that both are recovering but sad that it happened in the first place.

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IUHRYTR 5/2/2010 8:22PM

    Sometimes slow progress is frustrating but we need to appreciate every improvement, no matter how small. Continued prayers for them both. -- Lou

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MARYMAC45 5/2/2010 8:00PM

    So glad you MIL is back home and able to go to church. That is very important and will help her recovery. JJ is in my prayers as is your MIl. Good luck and blessings to all.

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2BHLTHY4LIFE 5/2/2010 8:00PM

    Chris, emoticonfor this update.He looks like a very strong willed young man.I am so happy that he is starting to heal as I have a feeling it will be a long and winding road for him. It just makes me sickened to my tummy that we have to have these horrible things that are suppose to be human(humane).That would be so kind and wonderful of you to have a fundraiser for him,I wish that I could come and give him a hug and enjoy the music you would play.If we had a better budget I would bring our son and have him play his trumpet and it would help him to learn about the giving of ourselves to be kind and helpful and unselfish. How are you holding up?Is that his mom he is standing next to? This momma bear would learn martial arts and give them in a pile to the police. I know someday the will get what's coming to them and we may not know what.I leave that up to God or I will get myself in a ranting frenzie! emoticonand emoticon and peace to all,Diana

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JUST_TRI_IT 5/2/2010 7:28PM

    Give him my best... The world out here is thinking of him!

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LN7777 5/2/2010 7:17PM

    I will keep J.J. in my prayers. I will never understand the hatred some people have. Glad your MIL is doing better and got a chance to go to church.

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How Did You Choose Your User Name?

Sunday, May 02, 2010

I am trying to gather my thoughts for a more serious blog, but I am still processing and coping with strong emotions. So that blog is on the back burner.

But.... for now... I often wonder why people have chosen the user names that they chose. Some are fairly clear why, but others are a mystery.

I chose mine because of my poodle, Stella, who has brought great joy to my life after a long stretch of unhappiness. Her lively, feisty, and indomitable personality is a very positive force in my life.

The name "poodle" is a derivative of the old German extraction "pudeln" which translates roughly as "to splash in water."

They actually were bred to be duck hunters (the French name is Canishe - for duck hunter), not to parade around in dog shows looking silly. Stella, would beg to differ - she likes to 'hunt' birds, herd cows, AND parade around looking silly.

So, when I signed up, I decided to use the name Pudlecrazy. It refers to two things: I'm crazy about my poodle, and my poodle is crazy.
It's a Gemini thing - everything has to be in twos. emoticon emoticon

I thought it would be fun for people to tell about why they chose their usernames. Will you share your story?


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INFLATED 5/21/2010 10:42PM

    I found your blogs tonight and read quite a few. I certainly believe you have enough life experiences that you would make an excellent writer. I like your pictures too, so you could illustrate your own books as well.

There was a song in the 1950's called A White Sports Coat and a Pink Carnation. I misunderstood what was being sung and thought the words were, Bob White Sports Coat. It didn't make any sense.

My Dad was a game warden and would play a tickle game with me where an imaginary nest of eggs was on my belly and he would say what type of bird was coming and I had to guess whether it was a predator bird and would get the nest of eggs (I would be tickled). I learned to identify birds by this game.

I find your blogs interesting and enjoyable to read even when you talk about sad things. To me that is the key in writing, to be able to express the very feelings that touch each of us as we pass through this life, those common bonds we share over a birth, a true love, special occasions or death.

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STARLASUE 5/4/2010 8:12AM

    Miss Stella - you always bring me a smile with your exuberance!

My name is very common- Sue; it is usually taken. So I took a jazzed up a version of my middle name, stuck it in front and tacked Sue on the end to get Starlasue. It has been my user name for many many years now on many sites.

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MARY1313 5/3/2010 12:10AM

    I love the pictures of the prissy yet boyish Ms. Stella! she is a joy to my eyes.

My name is Mary so that part is obvious. The 1313 is another story. I was in the Army and I was sent to Osan, Korea for 13 months and 13 days. But mostly I just used that number to wig my Mother out because she was soooooo superstitious!

I remember she freaked out because I swept under my brother's feet one day and she swore he would never marry because of it. Was I relieved when he got married LOL! And forget getting anywhere in a reasonable amount of time. If there was a black cat OMG I would have to drive to Ohio to get to where we were going in Alabama! And don't put that hat on the bed ARE YOU CRAZY!!!! Ah, I miss my Mom.


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CATHYGETSFIT 5/2/2010 10:18PM

    LOVE the picture of Stella! I'll bet she brings much joy to your life!

Nothing special about my user name. Just my first name, initial of last name and the year I joined SP. I've thought about changing it but just haven't done it. emoticon Many other things in life have taken a priority to that. emoticon

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MEOWMAMA3 5/2/2010 9:38PM

    Well, mine is pretty self explanatory...and I was down to 3 cats when I signed up, so really I'm Meowmama4, but who's counting!?!

That Stella is just bursting with joie de vie...I LOVE all of her photos...she really is the world's most photogenic pup! I LOVE that bubble shot! I'm glad you have her to keep you happy and active!

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WATERMELLEN 5/2/2010 9:02PM

    Your Stella is such a gorgeously crazy poodle it's easy to see why you are crazy about her! Love especially the picture of her dancing with the bubbles! (My sister is equally crazy about her bright red standard poodle . . . ).

And as for my name: Ellen Ellen Watermelon of course (kind of like Peter Peter Pumpkineater -- loved watermelon as a young child, still do (had some for supper in fact) and perhaps my slighly rotund melon-style shape also lent itself to the nickname!!

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GRNISHADE 5/2/2010 8:57PM

    Back in the 1800's accountants wore green eye shades to protect their eyes in the questionable light... I'm an accountant, therefore, grnishade!

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JUST_TRI_IT 5/2/2010 5:37PM

    I love the origin of your name.. I actually have to remind myself it is about your poodle and not a puddle! This story will help me remember :) I now have a list of my sparkers with their really names because frankly, most everyone's names in my head float about in the SPARK form only!

My username origin just has a long long history. I was one of the first 100 teachers on AOL when it first came out way way back when modems were sooooo slow but seemed sooo fast! When FTP, GOPHER, VERONICA and HTML were all words most internet users knew! I was dianepbh then and so now every username I have regardless of the account is dianepbh. Helps me keep my head on straight! (Those are my initials...)

Love your darling Stella.. Quite the character I can see!

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SCIFIREADER 5/2/2010 3:23PM

    Stella is beautiful. We had a miniture poodle when I was in school, he would sleep with me in my bed. My name came from my dog. I had a Great Dane named Kalli and the first letter of my last name starts with F so Kallif.Easy an no one else was using it. As a fellow Gemini, I agree that we are not talking to ourselves, we are talking to our twin.

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CELLOSONG 5/2/2010 3:20PM

    I chose mine because I always want my life to be a sort of song that I'm singing...and sometimes I use my cello to sing that song! I love being a cellist!

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LN7777 5/2/2010 1:47PM

    My user name is my name LN (Ellen) and the number 7 is my favorite number. I too am crazy about poodles. Rigby is a crazy poodle for sure. Sometimes we think she is bipolar. She also has brought so much joy into our family. emoticon

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DJS-DEBBIE 5/2/2010 1:33PM

    My user name used to be SEEKINGMYSELF but I felt like I found myself here and wanted to use my own name. Debbie is a pretty popular name, though, and after a large number of failed attempts at a name, I decided to use my initials and then my name.

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ALEXTHEHUNN 5/2/2010 1:06PM

    I love the pictures of Stella. She's delightful. I've only been exposed to standard poodles very briefly; but it was enough to make me think I might like having one.

Regarding my user name: as a historian, I was interested in a name that had some historical connotations but also linked to my own name. Somehow "AlexTheGreat" seemed a bit pretentious and over the top for me. But since my name is Alex Hunnicutt, AlexTheHunn worked out nicely as an allusion to Attila the Hun. Though I freely confess that as a historical character, Attila holds rather low interest for me.

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IUHRYTR 5/2/2010 12:41PM

    A fellow Gemini, huh? Always love the pictures of Stella. My screen name is iuhrytr which reflects that (I) am (uh) writer (rytr). Seemed pretty clever at 3 in the morning several years ago, but don't a lot of things at that time of morning? By the way, being Geminis mean we can legitimately talk to ourselves (our twin). emoticon -- Lou

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2BHLTHY4LIFE 5/2/2010 11:50AM

    Hi Chris ! How are you doing? Another award winning blog, emoticon.The pictues add so much to the blog,Stella is such a beautiful poodle,her personality is so fantastic! I wish I could purchase one of her sibblings if they are raising poodles still. I guess I should ask you where you got her?I do love my Curly,but he is so protective and persnickedy I am always a bit nervous about him meeting anyone.He still growls at our daughters boyfriend and our youngest daughters friend next door.Do you think it's because of how Stella was raised around children or just her natural personality or she is female? Yes,Curly I am talking to Stella's mommy,I will say hello for you! Shifting gears,my user name is fairly self explanitory; healthy and my name and j for my middle name Jean.The first time was healthycurly,my name had already been taken so I looked down at Curly and used that. I kinda wish to change my user to something a bit more unique or! For now I will be who I am. emoticonfor sharing another Sparktastic blog I always enjoy visiting you. Hope you have a relaxing enjoyable Sunday! emoticonDiana emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TKADEEPBREATH 5/2/2010 10:17AM

    LOVE the doggie/bubbles!! What a moment to catch and fun for the rest of us.

My SP name is pretty self explanatory, but I chose it because whenever situations in life "press in" it's like I'm holding my breath !!! A person will die if they don't breathe . .. . so taking deep breaths helps me go the opposite direction of the negative pull life has at times.

Seemed like a good reason to me to use that name, helps me remember.

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LMB-ESQ 5/2/2010 10:12AM

    Not much to tell about mine! Just my initials and a random, easy-to-remember number! Yeah, so I'm not very creative... just too logical.

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SHANNON267 5/2/2010 10:06AM

    1st thing: love the lilac background!!!1 do they smell as pretty as they look?!?!?

2nd: mine is one of the easy ones, if you didn't figure that out LOL.


3rd: your dog is wonderful; no wonder you are crazy about her!! emoticon

I hope you are doing well and you are having a good weekend!

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0309COOKIE 5/2/2010 9:48AM

    Aaawww, love the pictures of Stella, especially the one with the bubbles, too cute!

Mine is my name with my birthdate. Simple enough.

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PLAYBLUES22 5/2/2010 9:30AM

    Very cute blog and it is going to interesting to read some of the answers that you get.

Mine was chosen for my life always seem to be so very sad , not sure because of the depression or just the way it had turned out.

Remembered listening to Billy Holiday singing Good morning Heartache, and she never had a beautiful voice, but because of her lifestyle the Blues singing came from the heart. The 22 came from the age I felt the happiest

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A Friend Beaten Almost to Death

Saturday, May 01, 2010

I just found out about this:

Last Thursday night, J.J. attended a jam session in Cincinnati. Afterwards, he couldnít get his truck started so he called the Springdale police department at 3 a.m. and they came and helped him jump his car. He was fine, sober, and nothing out of order at that point.

At about 4 a.m., he called his friend, who had been helping him with rides to work. He left a message letting her know he was driving around trying to recharge his battery, but would probably need a ride to work.

At about 6 a.m., he turned up at his sisterís house beaten beyond recognition. He had no defensive wounds, and the damage was all to his face and head. They discoverd at the hospital that he had about 27 breaks in his face. They essentially took his face off and reassembled his skull with four titanium plates and wired his jaw shut. There was also some damage to the frontal lobe of his brain, and a contusion on his brain.

He has been steadily improving, is walking, talking (although his face is still swollen and his jaw is wired shut so it is hard to understand him), his memory is intact. Any brain injury requires time and patienct to determine the extend of the damage and to what degree he will recover. He was moved from the hospital to an extended care facility yesterday. They will be working to rehabilitate him. This rehab center is really awful, but with no insurance he is lucky to be in a rehab center at all.

This was certainly attempted murder. He was left for dead and if he hadnít been able to somehow make it to his sisterís house, he would be dead. He remembers breaking down agian, not far from her house. He didnít see anybody or what hit him, but the last thing he remembers is the tone of an aluminum bat. They found his truck miles away with all of the windows bashed out. The police think they got him while he was looking under the hood.

This was a random act of violence, or a hate crime. As far as I know, there are no suspects so far, but the attack follows a pattern of hate crimes that have recently occurred.

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CATHYGETSFIT 5/2/2010 10:26PM

    Oh, I am so very sorry about your friend!! I cannot understand this kind of hatred especially since they didn't even know him!! So very sad. I sincerely hope that the brain damage your friend may have suffered will be very minimal. I will be keeping him and his family in my thoughts!!


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MCGS62 5/2/2010 10:21PM

    Sorry to hear about your friend, I hope the police catch those responsible for such a senseless and brutal crime.

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MARYMAC45 5/2/2010 11:22AM

    Oh my God how terrible. How sad it is that a person minding his business is attacked so viciously. The haters are getting more outrageous. How sad for this country. I pray for him, his family and loved one. Please God he will heal from this senseless attack without too much damage physically and mentally.

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LMB-ESQ 5/2/2010 10:16AM

    Good God... it never ceases to amaze me the capacity some people have to be cruel. Why? It just doesn't make any sense. Here is hoping JJ makes a fast and full recovery, and that the people who did this are caught and punished

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LAURIES_PLACE 5/2/2010 9:52AM

  Cruelty. It astounds me. I live in that kind of neighborhood, where people beat each other, shoot each other, create holes in the souls of others with their words.

I am so sorry.

I will add JJ to my prayer list. I will be praying especially that the damage to his frontal lobe will not change him. If you talk to him, tell him people are praying for him, and sending encouragement to fight to have himself back as whole as possible.

One step at a time, JJ, until you are running!


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I am so sorry to hear what happened to JJ. This has really become a scary world when innocent people become targets just because they are alone and vulnerable. I will pray that he makes a full recovery and that they will find the person(s) responsible for committing such a vicious crime.


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PYNNER 5/2/2010 2:15AM

    I am so sorry to hear about your friend. Unfortunately this world we live in is changing so much and for the worse. People are getting more and more afraid every day. He and his family will all be in my prayers. He looks like a wonderful man.

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DELAPIS 5/2/2010 1:16AM

I was saddened to read this about your friend. I hope and pray that he will make a full recovery. I believe in karma, and know that whoever did this to him will be punished. I will keep J.J. in my prayers.

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AQUAJANE 5/1/2010 11:04PM

    This is so shocking and said. JJ's in our prayers.

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MEOWMAMA3 5/1/2010 10:55PM

    This kind of incident just leaves you mumbling "why?" I'm so sorry that this happened to your friend and I know how it must be hurting you. I will never understand how anyone could be capable of such violence upon another human being. I pray for J.J. to recover. I pray for mankind to heal. I pray for peace for you my friend, and thank you for your support with my bad news today.

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PAMMAX64 5/1/2010 10:47PM

    I am so sorry to read this story about your friend. My t&p are with him and all of you.

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JUST_TRI_IT 5/1/2010 10:46PM

    Oh.. this is so sad... so terrible.. so senseless. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family and those who love him. People who do these things have no shame... no conscience.

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ROOBYBEGONIA 5/1/2010 10:40PM

    The teabaggers and haters are getting more and more outspoken and brutal.

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ROOBYBEGONIA 5/1/2010 10:39PM

    I will never understand what makes people so vicious. I'm SO very sorry for your friend. :( How horrible.

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YAFENELRA 5/1/2010 10:14PM

    It is a sorry world we live in. So sorry for this to happen to your friend.

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MARY1313 5/1/2010 9:54PM

    oh chris, this is so evil. I just can't imagine the pain this youngman is suffering. I am saddened by this and it is very prevalent in our cities. I'm adding J.J. to my prayer list and to my church's prayer list.


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WATERMELLEN 5/1/2010 9:13PM

    Beyond sad: heartbreaking; senseless; horrifying; enraging.

I am so sorry and wish J.J. a full recovery, body and soul.

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0309COOKIE 5/1/2010 8:50PM

    I am sorry to hear what happened to J.J. I will keep him in my prayers for a complete recovery.

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IUHRYTR 5/1/2010 8:03PM

    I will never understand what thrill random violence holds for many people. Let's continue praying for his full recovery. -- Lou

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DJS-DEBBIE 5/1/2010 7:41PM

    That is just beyond words. My prayers are with him too.

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LINDA! 5/1/2010 7:11PM

    I am so sorry. I am originally from the Cincinnati area. I hate to hear it. I hope his condition improves.

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SHANNON267 5/1/2010 6:58PM

    My thoughts and prayers are with your friend. I am so sorry that something so horrific like that happened. I hope they catch the animals that did this. Please keep us inform on how he makes out. This is so sad and just so maddening.

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JERESS26 5/1/2010 6:55PM

    I am so sorry for your friend. I just don't understand people that do such things. My heart and prayers go out to him and his family. emoticon

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2BHLTHY4LIFE 5/1/2010 6:18PM

    Oh Chris. That is so horrible and so sad.The violence of a crime such as this is so unreal and so hard for me to understand whatever you call these unhuman somethings. I worry for my daughter going to college and where she parks her car is so heavily wooded and remote,she calls when she gets there and when she leaves for home.I am still a worry wart constantly,her father is to,but he would never admitt it. At this point how is he doing? emoticonI remember several years back our family friends from before or close to when us kids were born and used to go camping with,there daughter,Kathy whom had the biggest crush on my younger brother.We hadn't seen them in years and was told that Kathy was a lesbian though she was still Kathy to us,the only reason I brought that up is she was nearly beaten to death with a lead pipe and left for dead.I as well as others believe this was a hate crime.The horrible physical pain in healing from these kind of brutal attacks,but the emotional healing has got to be unimaginable.These are times when I get confused about my faith in religion and tested for my faith in God. I will send my hearfelt thoughts and prayers and healing energy to all whom are involved.How are doing? I am here if you need a friend.Take Care. emoticonDiana emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DANCING4UJESUS 5/1/2010 5:48PM

    I am sorry to hear about your freind I will pray for him to have a complete and speedy recovery. It is a shame that we have such violence in this world.

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ALEXTHEHUNN 5/1/2010 5:36PM

    I am so saddened by this brutal, senseless attack on your friend. I wish him and all his friends and family the very best possible outcome from this horrible event.


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CELLOSONG 5/1/2010 5:31PM

    I'm so sorry...I'll be praying as well. I truly don't know why people do these things to others. I try to use these occurrences as motivation to do what I can to make the world a better place, to educate the ignorant and love the people who don't know what love is. I pray that some good will come of this horrible situation...

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    My hope is whoever did this will be held accountable, but the chances are not so good for crime like this.
My prayers to the young man and his family.
Things like this break my heart.

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PUDLECRAZY 5/1/2010 5:25PM

    I do not understand hatred and violence against another human based on race, sexual preference, religion, station in life, or any other reason. In my 20's I believed we were making progress as a nation, and I guess in some ways, we did. But it feels to me like we have been swinging back to more violent times, time when it is okay to invoke violence against others. I am angered and saddened by this.

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ZOILAT 5/1/2010 5:19PM

    I am sorry to read about your friend. I will keep my hopes for his complete recovery close to my heart.

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JILLIEWILLE1 5/1/2010 5:18PM

    I will pray for your friend. It is hard to accept that violence of that nature exist. I have no understanding of how one human can do that to another person or living thing. It just brings me to tears.

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