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Antioch College Reunion, Juneteenth, and Award Presentation

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States, so it was very fitting that our reunion and the honoring of three very special people from Antioch was on this day. They were presented with the Walter F. Anderson Award for promoting diversity and breaking barriers. All three were very active in the Civil Rights Movement.

Two of the honorees were good friends of ours, who although they received their awards posthumously, we could definitely feel their presence with us on this day.

Bill Chappelle was a fantastic singer and taught at Antioch as a singing instructor. He sang at our wedding and also was a voice coach for my youngest son who was very involved with theater. While Bill never claimed the same kind of fame as his son, Dave Chappelle, he should have received more recognition for his tireless work in community organizing. He founded and served on the Yellow Springs Human Relations Commission, co-founded H.U.M.A.N (Help Make Us a Nation) with our friend Jim Dunn, and founded the African American Cultural Works, in addition to working with civil rights on a more national level.

Bill's wife, Joan, accepted the award and

son, Dave, spoke eloquently about his father.

Jim Dunn was THE sociology professor to have at Antioch. He was also very active in the Civil Rights Movement, mobilizing support for elected officials in Mississippi, and taking his Racism and Discrimination class to NC to protest the killing of factory workers by the Ku Klux Klan and the American Nazi Party. His work to undo structural racism continues to this day through his wife, Diana.

Mike and Jewel Graham, the other go-to sociology professor were on the panel to commemorate Jim's work, as were

Jim's wife, Diana, and our friend, Kenny, who came in from PA to join the celebration.

Diana was very eloquent about the continued need to overcome racism. She is still hard at work presenting workshops internationally through The People's Institute For Survival and Beyond.


I never had the opportunity to meet Edythe Scott Bagley, the other recipient of the Walter F. Anderson Award. Edythe was the first African American student to attend Antioch College in 'recent' history. She attended in the mid 1940's, followed soon after by her younger sister, Coretta Scott who later married Martin Luther King. She was also a key facilitator in the Civil Right's Movement.

Edythe Scott Bagley is now 85 years old. She was unable to attend the celebration, but her son, Arturo, accepted her award on her behalf.

Walter Anderson is no longer living, but his daughter was able to enjoy the award ceremony.

Athena, a sweet friend and co-alum, organized the event.

It was a beautiful event on a gorgeous day. What a perfect way to celebrate Juneteenth!

“Be afraid to die until you have won some small victory for humanity.”
--Horace Mann

When you pray, move your feet.
African proverb

“None of us is free if one of us is chained, none of us is free.”
~Solomon Burke

“To do good, you actually have to DO something.”
Yvon Chouinard

“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
- Nelson Mandela

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WILDHONEYPIE1 6/23/2010 9:24PM

    Maha told me I should check out your Sparkpage, and was she ever right! Thank you for sharing this experience. I would be proud to call myself alumni to such a legacy.


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VALERIEMAHA 6/21/2010 8:31AM

    Oh Chris -- this remembrance brought tears to my eyes and heart. I'm so happy you shared this wonderful event honoring such amazing beings!

I hope, hope hope! I can make it by Yellow Springs before heading home! It's a day-by-day odyssey. I'm spending a few days at Tracey's place to enjoy her phenomenal company (and her lovely boxer girl, Pickles!) gather myself, and take care of some mundane tasks. ALSO it's Pajama Party time tomorrow when another SparkFriend, Norlana, arrives from Harmony, PA to play!!!

Blessed be!

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WATERMELLEN 6/20/2010 10:03PM

    so important -- and so eloquently described.

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    Must have felt Awesome.

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MEOWMAMA3 6/20/2010 8:27PM

    What a powerful celebration of history! I loved reading this! You must be very proud to be part of the Antioch community. The stories must continue to be told and lessons must be learned.

I had great sociology professors at Arizona State (I started there but finished at Temple University in Philly) The one who taught Sociology of Race was phenomenal. I can't think of his name, but I think he was visiting from University of Chicago and I can remember things I learned in his class quite vividly and that they challenged my thinking in exciting new ways.

I also had a professor for Sociology of Deviant Behavior who was very interesting. First day of class he told us "If you're here because you're titillated by the idea of pimps, prostitutes, and junkies then leave now." In order to get an A from him you had to design your own hands-on project based on the premise that deviancy refers to deviating from the norms of society. I wrote a paper about Illiteracy as Deviance and through my volunteer work with Literacy Volunteers of America interviewed about a dozen clients about the experience of being illiterate in America. I was floored by their stories. It was awesome and I got that A. Along with a lifetime commitment to fostering literacy among disadvantaged children.

Glad you had a day to celebrate. I know how hard Father's Day is for you. Thanks for the well wishes and have a great week!

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CLEVAGAL 6/20/2010 7:29PM

    *Tip toes in for that breath of fresh air once again* Ahhhhhh what an awesome little blog about whats going on for you.

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PENNYAN45 6/20/2010 7:04PM

    Looks like a VERY special day!! Love the photos - and especially love the quotes at the end!



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MARY1313 6/20/2010 6:48PM

    love love this! emoticon let us unite with the world!

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ROOBYBEGONIA 6/20/2010 3:01PM

    Very powerful blog post, Pudle. Thank you for sharing the pitchers, too!

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MCGS62 6/20/2010 11:52AM

    An interesting and historical event ! Good photos. you always do a great job!

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MAWRTIAN 6/20/2010 10:30AM

    Nice! I'm still amazed at how many Americans don't know what Juneteenth day is. Looks like a good day!

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Heavy House Cleaning - an Interactive Blog

Friday, June 18, 2010

Hi My Friends,

I'm looking for feedback as to what to count as heavy house cleaning when I enter my cardio points. What do you count as heavy house cleaning vs light house cleaning.

I count as heavy:

Washing Windows
Moving Furniture
Cleaning the Tub and Shower
Major Extruding (carrying boxes of Goodwill items to the car and delivering them)

I count as light:

Taking out Trash
Cleaning the Toilets

I try to incorporate lifting exercises when I work. When carrying out the trash or anything heavy for example, I'll work my biceps by doing little lifts with them. I also try to change sides while I'm working, using my non-dominant side as often as my dominant side. Think Karate Kid I; wipe on, wipe off.

What are the household chores that you consider heavy work vs light work?

Also, what are your favorite 'green' cleaning products? emoticon

(I use a lot of vinegar and baking soda.)

I'm looking forward to hearing your input.

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MEOWMAMA3 6/20/2010 8:29PM

    I've seen the trail of destruction left by your hubby....that counts as MAJOR HEAVY HOUSECLEANING! LOL!!!
I'm afraid you're asking the wrong one to quantify housework. It's all pretty rough to me!
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MARYMAC45 6/19/2010 10:23PM

    I would add shampooing a rug as heavy cleaning.
Here is a site I use often for green cleaning tips


and for home health remedies for humans & pets

I hope these are helpful.


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    Looks like my list too except I think cleaning toilets should count double!

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MARY1313 6/19/2010 8:17PM

    Your list is just like mine! I am like hoperising and put my ear phones in while cleaning and make a fun time of it!

I do love vinegar and baking soda too. for dusting I just use a damp rag and then dry. those oils really attract dust to me.

outside chores are non existent for me now that
I live in an apartment. I do miss it too!

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ROOBYBEGONIA 6/19/2010 1:50AM

    I should do a better job of logging mine, but that's a good list.

I also like vinegar. Another favorite is Bon Ami - cleans fiberglass showers without scratching, and isn't full of toxic chemicals that choke me like Scrubbing Bubbles.

I'm allergic to many detergent perfumes, so the laundry soap I use is pretty mild. I often add a few cups of vinegar to take the mildewy smell out of towels. I have a really sensitive sniffer, but the vinegar really helps.

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OLDERDANDRT 6/18/2010 3:02PM

    I think we think pretty much alike! Sounds good. Vinegar is a great cleaner. My friend uses alcohol and water (1/1) to do her windows. Says it's better than anything else and kills germs. She had a bilateral lung transplant this past winter and had to keep germs really down.
Carry on! Good work!

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HOPERISING 6/18/2010 12:30PM

    I don't consider my every day cleaning chores to be "heavy". I don't generally break a sweat sweeping, doing the dishes or the laundry. But anything that goes above and beyond the basics I count as heavy. Mopping, windows... I don't have any carpets, but if I did, I'd count vacuuming. I like to crank up some music and dance while I clean. Makes the hated housework a little more fun, adds some aerobic intensity.

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New Bike!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Where I live, out in the country, would be beautiful bike riding, but it is too dangerous. Cars whip along the country roads and there are no curbs, just ditches. I tried a few years ago to keep a bicycle in the storage shed at school so I could have a bike to ride while I was in town, but it got stolen. As a result, I have done without a bike for quite a few years.

Yesterday a friend was telling me about folding bikes, so I spent the day researching them. There were several that looked like 'the perfect bike', but were way out of my price range. This one is a little pricy, but I really like it. It is a Citizen Barcelona.

The reviews say it folds up and unfolds easily, and it weighs 30 lbs.

The negative reviews were about the suspension. I don't plan any hard riding, but I did go ahead and order the gel seat with suspension. I prefer the gel seats anyway - much easier on the tush.

And for shopping at the farmer's market or carrying a snack and water bottle, as well as for cuteness factor, I ordered a basket for the handlebars. I think it will add a nice Elmira Gulch touch, LOL!

I can just fold this baby up and keep her in my trunk, or I can put her in my camper when we go camping. We have great bike trails around here, so I am looking forward to going on trail rides as well as around town.

I'll let you know how well I like it when it gets here. I am really excited to being able bike again.

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VALERIEMAHA 6/21/2010 8:50AM

    Hey! We can go riding together if I make it to O-HI-O!!! Further motivation!


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MEOWMAMA3 6/20/2010 8:30PM

    Cool! What about a sidecar for Stella? emoticon

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    I have some friends (in their 70's) who take their folding bikes to Europe every summer and ride all over Europe for about a month. Enjoy your new bike!

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JUST_TRI_IT 6/18/2010 9:28AM

    OH MAN.. that looks like fun!!!! I've actually seen these and they are darn cute. Can't wait to see the pics of you on your folding bike!

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    I especially am interested in the seat:)
Some things don't wear well with age LOL

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MARY1313 6/17/2010 11:28PM

    Aww that is GREAT! Now if I had one of those, I would just put little April right in the basket and take her with me for a ride. But around here, I would have to travel oh probably 45 miles to find a place to bike safely. I surely wouldn't ride on the street around here!

Good for you!!!


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DREMARGRL 6/17/2010 10:44PM

    Oh wow....Let me know how this bike works out for you. We only live about 10 miles from some great trails. (we also live in the country on 10 acres).....We ride Giants and mount them on our SUV, but this would be perfect in some instances. So glad you found an answer to your problem!!!!!! Happy riding, darlin'! I love riding bikes! Sometimes we ride 50 mile rides and love that, too, but it's usually 15-20 for us.

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REVJVH 6/17/2010 10:37PM

    Have a blast with the new bike! I got a new bike (not a folding one, but still new! and shiny!) about a month ago, and I've been having a blast with it.

Let me know how you like that seat. I think I"m in the market for a new one.

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CELLOSONG 6/17/2010 10:22PM

    Love it! I see people in DC with bikes that fold from time to time and really like the idea...might get one someday myself!

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WATERMELLEN 6/17/2010 10:09PM

    Love it!! Hope you get much pleasure from your new purchase. I see it being ridden with a waist cinched circle skirt and a big straw hat, somehow!!

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MARYMAC45 6/17/2010 9:56PM

    Hey, that's great. It's real cute too. I have not taken a ride on my bike in 10 years. It was always fun. My 63 year old sister Angela, rides hers all around town. She lives at the Jersey shore. You have a hard time finding a parking spot for the car in the summer with all the tourists in town. So she heads to town on her bike. I hope you have lots of fun with yours. Enjoy!

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HOPERISING 6/17/2010 9:52PM

    That is so cute! What a fantastic idea!

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ROOBYBEGONIA 6/17/2010 9:15PM

    That looks like so much fun! :)

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A Little Fun for my Writer, Poodle, and Garden Friends

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

I enjoyed this; it tickled my English teacher funny bone.

1. Avoid alliteration. Always.
2. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
3. Avoid cliches like the plague. (They're old hat.)
4. Employ the vernacular.
5. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.
6. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are unnecessary.
7. It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.
8. Contractions aren't necessary.
9. Foreign words and phrases are not apropos.
10. One should never generalize.
11. Eliminate quotations. As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said: "I hate quotations. Tell me what you know."
12. Comparisons are as bad as cliches.
13. Don't be redundant; don't use more words than necessary; it's highly superfluous.
14. Profanity sucks.
15. Be more or less specific.
16. Understatement is always best.
17. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.
18. One-word sentences? Eliminate.
19. Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.
20. The passive voice is to be avoided.
21. Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.
22. Even if a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.
23. Who needs rhetorical questions?

I am babysitting a doodle and a shiny little black dog this week. Everyone has to behave, thank you very much. emoticon

The tomatoes are blooming. It has been so rainy, I think their development has been slowed down.



Day Lily by Moonflower Vine

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MEOWMAMA3 6/20/2010 8:33PM

    Touche teach! Oops, there goes that pesky alliteration.... better stop now Kim! LOL!
Stella's pals look so sweet and innocent....
Garden blooms are lovely!

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WATERMELLEN 6/17/2010 10:23PM

    Loved your list -- your picture of good dog Stella and friends -- and in particular that exquisite malva!!

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PENNYAN45 6/17/2010 3:09PM

    I enjoyed reading your list!! It made me smile!

Recently I wrote in my status that I was "planning to be spontaneous today." I put an LOL afterwards, but nobody caught it. Oh well.

Your photos are beautiful too.


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    Great photos!

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ROOBYBEGONIA 6/17/2010 12:01AM

    I love the list! :)

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MARY1313 6/16/2010 11:06PM

    Great list! Miss English Teacher, do you know what Modals are??? My English teacher made us learn these too, but my children were never taught about them!

the Doodle doesn't seem very happy, that is a decidedly frowny face, when usually they have the countenance of your Stella, with a huge Poodle smile!

Glad you are back!


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ANDRAXIA 6/16/2010 9:22PM

    Love the list. I hate cliches, exagerations and only use quotations when very neccesary. Gorgeous garden. emoticon

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    Great list!

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MARYMAC45 6/16/2010 6:39PM

    Another great blog. Chris. I emailed it to my sisters, they'll love it. Great pictures, you are so talented, I envy you. Your tomato plants are about as far along as mine. I won't see a tomato till August. Our Stella D'oro daylilies are out but the others are in bud. The dogs look very obedient! Enjoy the day!

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DREMARGRL 6/16/2010 6:13PM

    Grinning from here...
I won't brag about my garden then either......
Hope you are having a good week.
XO MaryAnn
PS I'm on the train heading home. Will blog about my visit with pictures soon. emoticon emoticon

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LMB-ESQ 6/16/2010 1:55PM

    Love the list!! The doodle looks a lot like my Buckeye... what a sweet dog :-)

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SCOOTER4263 6/16/2010 12:53PM

    But I love parentheticals! (As if you care.)

I'll keep this brief. There's a lot to be said for being concise.


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HOPERISING 6/16/2010 12:20PM

    Very cute. My tomatoes are even farther behind than yours. I don't have any blooms yet. Just puny plants. Its been cold and rainy in Vermont. My day lillies aren't blooming yet either. Everything seems to be stunted. Great photos though, you are really talented!

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OLDERDANDRT 6/16/2010 12:11PM

    What a great blog! I am going to share it with my daughter! Way back when, she thought she wanted to be an English teacher and is now, finally in school to teach, but decided she'd like Elem. Ed. Love the pics, too! Your furbaby charges are very lovely! And your poodle is a doll!!! Some day, I might even figure out how to share my pictures with everybody! I really want you to see my furbabies and my plants!
Be well!

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IUHRYTR 6/16/2010 12:09PM

    Do you ever utilize utilize when you can use use? emoticon beautiful doggies and flowers. -- Lou

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Under Every Dark Cloud

Sunday, June 13, 2010

There is always the silver lining. In the thick of sadness, I am enjoying having my niece and nephew visiting from South Carolina. I never get to see them as often as I would like. My niece, Kory, used to stay with us for extended visits and we had great adventures together. Now she is at college, studying to become a teacher. How wonderful is that?!

Kevin is enough younger than Kory that we did not get as much alone time with him. My BIL and SIL moved to Georgia, so the commute was much farther. We are glad to spend any time with him that we get to. Where Kory has always been an extrovert, Kevin has been the quiet one. He is a musician, playing the piano and clarinet.

Kevin recently started to learn to play the guitar. He is named for his uncle Kevin, who drowned when he (MIke's brother) was only 19 years old. Mike had been the keeper of Kevin's guitar until Kevin was 16. Now Kevin has his uncle's guitar and is learning to play it.

Kevin had fun learning how to drive Mike's backhoe on this trip.

Tomorrow we will all be going to Glenna's funeral. There will be many family members there to pay their respects, church members, and community members, all who loved her and who she loved back. It will be good to gather to share tears, but also good memories and laughter. She has had a big life to celebrate, and would love this gathering in her honor.

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MEOWMAMA3 6/20/2010 8:34PM

    Happy you could enjoy the kids despite the circumstances. Such is the big wheel called life.

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ALLEGROVIVO 6/14/2010 9:27PM

    You are such a gem!

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MARY1313 6/14/2010 7:47PM

    Oh my Goodness! I missed your post and thought Miss Glenna was doing fine. I am so so sorry my friend. I know there will be a huge hole in your beautiful heart and the heart of your husband. there are no words I can give you to ease your grief, so I will just say I am keeping you all in my prayers and that I love you!


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OLDERDANDRT 6/14/2010 7:23PM

    So glad you will have plenty of family and friends to help you celebrate her life. Hugs, my friend.

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    It is so good to have family close at times such as this. I will be thinking of you and praying for your comfort and peace with your loss. Sandee

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0309COOKIE 6/13/2010 10:39PM

    I will be thinking of you tomorrow.

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WATERMELLEN 6/13/2010 10:05PM

    All best tomorrow: it will be a tough day, I'm glad your family is there for support and to share.

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DJS-DEBBIE 6/13/2010 8:09PM

    I am glad you are able to find something good in this time of sadness. I hope you are able to remember all those good memories and laughter during the funeral tomorrow.

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JUST_TRI_IT 6/13/2010 8:03PM

    I do enjoy your spirit. Yes, there is always something to line a dark cloud. Sometimes it does take some looking and some patience. And other times, it is just right there. Sounds like this is one of those special family times that all will remember for a long time. Lucky kids to have an aunt and uncle with such a special place to visit.

Take care.. You will be in my thoughts tomorrow.


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IUHRYTR 6/13/2010 7:19PM

    Such good looking young people. Prayers be with you tomorrow. -- Lou

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LMB-ESQ 6/13/2010 7:15PM

    You have such a beautiful family :-) And I hope the celebration of Glenna's life brings you all peace.

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MCGS62 6/13/2010 6:57PM

    The kids are beautiful! I'm glad they are bringing some happiness into your life when you need it the most.

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~MISS_TEA~ 6/13/2010 6:44PM

    I am glad you are finding the light in this dark time! Enjoy the kids (can I call them that?) as much as you can. Sounds like a nice visit for them, considering the circumstances.

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