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Time to Rest and Reflect

Saturday, February 04, 2012



Attended and spoke at my friend's memorial service yesterday. It is hard to know the right words to say. There are no 'right' words, but words seem insufficient to express the importance of someone's life and the grace they have given their friends and community by their existence. His memorial service was a beautiful reflection of his life. The room was beyond full and the hall and lobby were packed with people who did not fit in the room. So many of the children, some now adults, whose lives he touched were there and spoke to how they are now writers because of his love and influence.

The week has been a long one with difficult twists and turns. I need a long hike in the woods with time to reflect, and time to just be home, so I am very grateful for the weekend.

Breathe
Meditate
Write
Walk
Play music
Reflect
Recover

  
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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 2/6/2012 4:03PM

    Oh, I am just so sorry for the loss of your dear friend. I am going to have lunch with my friend tomorrow, the wife of our friend/judge who was killed on his motorcycle a few months ago. I hope to have an encouraging affect... Loss is just so difficult! emoticon

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MARY1313 2/5/2012 6:12PM

    Sorry you have had this to go through. It's so hard to say goodbye. Glad that you got to speak and tell how much he meant to you.

Yes, rest and reflection for you!

Mary

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PENNYAN45 2/5/2012 11:04AM

    You have good strategies for caring for yourself. Good.
Feel better soon.

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DDOORN 2/4/2012 11:22PM

    Great words and strategies for your recovery weekend...hope all is moving in the right direction for you!

Don

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JAZZMINE 2/4/2012 3:31PM

    So sorry for your loss.

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MAWRTIAN 2/4/2012 3:08PM

    Peace and love to you friend!! emoticon

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1HAPPYWOMAN 2/4/2012 2:06PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss. Sounds like you know just what to do to take care of yourself.
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PUDLECRAZY 2/4/2012 11:57AM

    Just to clarify, Don was not the person who committed suicide. Don died the next day of a heart attack, which as sudden, unexpected, and unfathomable sad.

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SCOOTER4263 2/4/2012 11:30AM

    You've had a rough week. Be gentle with yourself and take time to recover - you know that, though. emoticon

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JLITT62 2/4/2012 8:38AM

    I hope this weekend can begin the healing process for you.

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Loss of a Friend

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

This has been a hard week on both a personal and a professional level. As most of you know, the week started on a difficult note with the suicide on the bike path and right across from the school. This caused quite a bit of concern from the children who needed a lot of processing time regarding this. It is where they walk, ride their bikes, and play.

After I got home and settled in on Monday evening, I got the news that a dear friend died suddenly and unexpectedly from a massive heart attack on Monday morning. Don's children and mine went to school together, and we have been friends for many years. Don loved our school and spent many hours volunteering teaching creative writing to my students. He wrote a wonderful book about our school, and was also serving on our school board.

In the broader community, Don mentored writing with high school students and at the college, as well as helped students organize community building activities and with mediation and conflict resolution skills. He was a warm, thoughtful, intelligent, kind, and dynamic person.

The children were very upset to learn of his death. I am certain that the entire community is very upset to learn about his death. I miss him already, and am still trying to wrap my mind about not having him in my life any more. The world seems a lot emptier without him here to share it.

  
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PUDLECRAZY 2/16/2012 5:06PM

    It was not my friend who committed suicide. I know it was confusing because of the suicide on Sunday morning. My friend died early Monday morning of a heart attack. He was a man full of life, hope, kindness, and respect for others. He would NEVER have committed suicide.

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PONYFARMER 2/16/2012 4:39PM

    I already answered this blog but I have one more then to say about this subject, having had first hand experience with it.

It is a quote and do not know to who it should have credit given...

"Suicide is permanent solution to a temporary problem."

And I just want to add that I am very sorry that young children had to be exposed to this kind of thing, it will bother them (some more than others) for weeks or months. I am so sorry this person felt he needed to take his life, but really poor choice so close to a school filled with eager young children learning how to take on the challenges of life.

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IUHRYTR 2/16/2012 4:22PM

    Chris, I'm getting to this late but am sorry for your loss. It is never easy when we lose a relative, friend, even a pet. It does sound as if he was a man respected for his contributions to the students and to the community. I pray the happy memories you have of him will help carry you through the sad times. emoticon -- Lou

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FIFIFRIZZLE 2/5/2012 5:30PM

    He sounds lke a wonderful person who really made his contribution. Take are of yourself through this period of loss, which I know will resonate with the other losses you have experienced lately. emoticon

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BADASSBLONDIE 2/4/2012 12:58AM

    *hugshard*

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NANHBH 2/3/2012 7:45PM

    Chris,

It's been a rough week for you. I am so sorry for your loss.
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GUITARWOMAN 2/3/2012 12:23PM

    Chris, so sorry to hear of your loss, my best wishes to you as you continue on....


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ANJELIA1968 2/3/2012 11:38AM

    So sorry to hear of your loss. This was obviously a shock for you and I'm sure you are hurting. Your friend seems to have been a wonderful man though, and clearly he will be remembered.

“I maybe here for a shortwhile, gone tomorrow into oblivion or until the days come to take me away. But, in whatever part you play, be remembered as part of a legacy...of sharing dreams and changing humanity for the better. It's that legacy that never dies”

May you be comforted and find peace during this difficult time.

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PENNYAN45 2/3/2012 9:59AM

    I'm sorry you have had so much loss and sadness to bear.
Be sure to take good care of yourself while dealing with this new emotional wound.

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SCIFIREADER 2/3/2012 9:22AM

    Chris,

I am so sorry for your loss. This is a difficult time but try to keep the positive memories. You will always be able to remember Don by looking at the people he has helped. I will say a prayer for you and your community. Don sounded like a great man who touched many people.

Deb

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DDOORN 2/3/2012 8:37AM

    Too much darkness as of late for you in your world...! Hoping people can take away from this the lessons on the preciousness of life and taking care to move toward a healthier and longer life for ourselves!

Don

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KOMAL53 2/2/2012 9:57PM

    Coming to terms with any Tragedy is difficult and a pall of sadness hangs over one's head.Then slowly we resume our old routine---but the Pain of the loss remains!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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OVERWORKEDJANET 2/2/2012 8:26PM

    Life does not slow down, does it?
Peace.

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KLASSIE 2/2/2012 6:41PM

    May you be blessed with a sense of peace in this time of grief. You will never forget your friend, and hopefully with time your loss will be easier to bear.

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MARY1313 2/2/2012 3:01PM

    Chris, I'm so sorry about the loss of your friend, for you, the children at the school and the community as a whole.

(((Chris)))

Mary

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OLDERDANDRT 2/2/2012 11:31AM

    I am so sorry for your loss and the loss of your school and community. emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 2/2/2012 9:59AM

    Oh, this is so sad. Death is such an awesome (in the true sense of the word) thing for young people to grasp! It can be so overwhelming! I'm really glad that they have you to process it with. I'm just so sorry for your loss. emoticon emoticon

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MCGS62 2/2/2012 9:15AM

    emoticonSorry to hera of the Loss of your friend. He souds like a wonderful person.
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BILLTMAN 2/2/2012 9:08AM

    Chris,

I'm so sorry for everything you are going through right now. Sometimes it can seem overwhelming and I know you are brokenhearted right now, trust me, I know because I've been there too. Time will pass, you won't forget but you will be able to move on with all the good memories of your friend. Please know that I am praying for you as you go through this difficult time.

Bill

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JLITT62 2/2/2012 7:58AM

    I'm so sorry for the tough tine you're going thru. Be gentle with yourself.

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LMB-ESQ 2/2/2012 7:57AM

    You have suffered more than your share of loss over the last year; I am so sorry to hear of another one. It sounds like a great loss to the entire community. emoticon

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BD3269PM 2/2/2012 6:45AM

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Losing a dear friend is so very saddening and one who shared so much is a especially so. emoticon emoticon

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PUDLECRAZY 2/2/2012 6:19AM

    Yes, Don is one of the people who I am extremely fortunate to have had the pleasure to have in my life. A treasure of a human being.

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MTULLY 2/1/2012 10:57PM

    So sorry for your loss. Don sounds like he was a wonderful human being who truly made a difference in the lives of children and all he knew. You were lucky to have had such a friend in your life.

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TRULYVISIBLE 2/1/2012 10:28PM

  So sorry such a loving giving person has left this earth and in such an unexpected way. At least there are many people to mourn with and remember his gifts with.

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STARLASUE 2/1/2012 9:25PM

    My sympathy on the loss of your friend and the turmoil in your community. Sending love and healing energy your way.


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MILLISMA 2/1/2012 8:53PM

    emoticonso sorry for your loss. There are no words to take the pain away. Hold on to the memories Don.

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W82GOWHEE 2/1/2012 8:40PM

    I am sorry. May good memories of him give you solace.

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HDHAWK 2/1/2012 8:30PM

    I am so sorry about your friend. It sounds like he used his life well serving others. emoticon

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DREMARGRL 2/1/2012 8:19PM

    Holding you and your friend in my prayers tonight....
Hugs,
MaryAnn

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VALERIEMAHA 2/1/2012 8:18PM

    Oh MY! When I saw your status, I had no idea about these two events, Chris. Loss and grief, so difficult to process. Like your sis, I wish I could be there to give you a real hug!

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ASTABETH 2/1/2012 8:08PM

    I am so sorry to hear that. Wishing you strength.

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WATERMELLEN 2/1/2012 8:07PM

    My sympathy on your loss: Don sounds like a fine person.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 2/1/2012 7:56PM

    So sorry for the loss of your friend...
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JAZZMINE 2/1/2012 7:50PM

    So sorry for your loss. Losing a friend is always difficult.

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0309COOKIE 2/1/2012 7:42PM

    I'm sorry for your loss Chris. This has just been an awful week for you.

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FABBYMAY 2/1/2012 7:37PM

    I am so sorry. I wish I could give you a real hug instead of a cyber hug....

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Disturbing

Monday, January 30, 2012

I live in a small, peaceful college town. It is the kind of place where if you forgot your wallet and you have gotten through the line at the groceries store, you can take your groceries home and come back later with your money. Sure, there is some crime; stolen bikes, etc. but it has always felt safe, insulated.

Yesterday morning a man was found shot dead on the bike path right across the street from the school where I teach. There is no other information right now, except that he was shot in the chest and was in his mid-50s. This is such sad and horrifying news. I feel quite certain that the man felt safe as he walked on the path, we all do.

I am not naive, I know violence can happen everywhere, even in a sweet bucolic college town, but it is still shocking. In fact, I find it sad that in many areas of the country, the world, it is no longer shocking when someone is murdered because it happens so often.

I worry about finding out who was shot - it is sad for whoever it was, but was it someone I know?

This is where I walk every morning during the work week; and in the dark through the winter months since that is when I can get my walks in. I think nothing of walking alone, or walking in the dark. I will not be doing this again until more news comes out about how and why this occurred.

I am grateful that it was not a child on her/his way to school who discovered him lying dead on the path.

So sad, so scary.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 2/5/2012 5:36PM

    Kia kaha, Pudle. I find suicide more disturbing than murder, it can be contagious. Hoping that the children will be able to process this in a safe way.

Death seems to be a theme for you at the moment, remember to be kind and gentle with yourself.

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STARLASUE 2/1/2012 9:28PM

    Very sad and unsettling. hugs

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VALERIEMAHA 2/1/2012 8:16PM

    Such a sad thing.
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P.S. The link is not to the article.

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PAPERCLIPSUE 2/1/2012 4:07PM

    Well, I know how your feel. A few weeks ago a lady I knew from church was murdered in her home. That was so unnerving. G. was elderly by the world's standards, but quite young in heart. So sad.

You hate to say that suicide was better than murder because both are horrible. It does take the worry out of the thought of a loose murderer hanging around.

You are lucky to have such a nice place to walk or bike.

Count your blessings.

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ANJELIA1968 2/1/2012 12:46PM

    What a sad thing. Although I'm glad your safety does not have to be questioned (although you are right that none of us are entirely safe anywhere), it is terrible that someone would come to a point in life where they see death as the only way out or simply a better option than living.
Living in a small town, I'm sure everyone will soon know what happened complete with details (and if it's like our town, what they don't know they will make up). It will be talked about for a while until something more shocking catches their attention. I don't say that to sound calloused, but my experience is that when the next "big story" comes along, the last story fades into a memory.
I pray that I never become so jaded and cold that the loss of a life is made insignificant though. As you said "it's sad that in many areas of the country, the world, it is no longer shocking when someone is murdered because it happens so often. " :(


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LINDAJ0621 2/1/2012 10:43AM

    Very sad news. Hope you all can recover quickly and return to your peaceful lifestyles. Your town sounds wonderful.
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AQUAJANE 2/1/2012 9:44AM

    So sad. Not only for you, but for the children who saw/heard about the death. While I feel sorry for the man in such despair that he killed himself, the place and manner he chose for his final angry outburst temper that sympathy lots. I'm glad others can express themselves more empathically.

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ASTABETH 1/31/2012 9:35PM

    I am so sorry! I hope you can still feel safe now that you know that it wasn't a murder.

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PENNYAN45 1/31/2012 8:25PM

    How sad!
The ruling ias a suicide eliminates the safety issues for you and other town members, but you are so right about the impact on the school children.
Imagine if one of them had found the poor man.
Those are very heavy topics for the little ones to have to deal with.




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MAWRTIAN 1/31/2012 3:22PM

    I find suicide so heartbreaking, sorry for the sad news. Stay safe and know you are loved!

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1HAPPYWOMAN 1/30/2012 10:25PM

    I hope the kids in your school feel safe soon. This will be very unsettling news for the wee ones!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 1/30/2012 8:21PM

    How sad! Poor guy should have reached out. Maybe he had a terminal & painful condition so he did it his way, I get that.

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0309COOKIE 1/30/2012 2:35PM

    I feel badly for the person if it was a suicide, but it would make more sense in your community if it were that from what you say. A tragedy in any event and traumatic for all concerned. I will pray for healing and for the victim.

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TRULYVISIBLE 1/30/2012 1:54PM

  Sorry the man committed suicide. I think that is just as sad if not sadder than to be murdered. Glad it brought thoughtful discussions with the children. I also like walking alone in my own thoughts or listening to talk radio. Walking in the dark, not so much. For safety at least take Stella with you if you go for a walk in the dark. Sorry this happened in your neighborhood.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/30/2012 12:22PM

    Oh, how I understand! Just last month, in the VERY same Italian restaurant where our son, Jeff, worked for two years until very recently, one of his old co-workers was coming out of the restaurant as his younger brother was being held up. They turned to him and shot him in the chest. He died in his brother's arms! THIS is in OUR small college town! This could have easily been my son! You are right. These times are quite different. They're sad. I long for when there will be peace and safety. emoticon

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_RAMONA 1/30/2012 12:00PM

    I'm so sorry for you and your community! We had a similarily jolting experience this past Thursday... a gun was discharged in my daughter's elementary school (details in my blog). Taking her to school this morning was very hard.

It seems to me that the world has been up-ended and things that were unheard of before are suddenly happening in an almost common place way... at least this is how some people seem to be reacting to news such as yours and mine. For my part, I think we need remain incredulous, indignant and unaccepting that this should be our reality.

Your community will be in my prayers, as I pray for my own... MAY GOD ABUNDANTLY BLESS YOU, and those you love, in every way that you require. May he hold you gently in the palm of his hand in a very personal way, and may you rest in the fullness of his love, his grace, his strength, his wisdom, his rescue, his redemption, his healing, his inspiration, his restoration and his mercy as you require it! May you carry in your heart always an extra special awareness of God's great love for you, may you feel his sweet and gentle touch upon your life, and may you see his miracles all around you. I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen!

ramona

P.S. I really enjoy your coooking in school blogs!

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OLDERDANDRT 1/30/2012 11:45AM

    Very unsettling! I hope the authorities are able to definitively solve just what happened. I also hope none of your school kids are lastingly affected by this! Just be careful, my friend, as always......... emoticon

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MCGS62 1/30/2012 10:16AM

    I'm glad that one of the kids did not find him too!!
I still think you are relatively safe because you and the kids are not dealing drugs or somethin which is ultimately what I suspect will be discovered. that is the way it is here and I hear a shot about once a week or so.
I suspect this because running and walking trails ( rails to trails) are generaly well traveled by us exercising people to shoot some one there without being seen would hahe to be the middle of the night when the drug deals happen

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KRITTERKEEPERS 1/30/2012 10:08AM

    I remember when the peacefulness of the small town I grew up in was shattered by a pervert (from out of town) who killed two young girls. It was necessary to transport the "suspect" to a jail in a larger town in another county to prevent locals from trying to do him harm.

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PUDLECRAZY 1/30/2012 10:02AM

    It is now suspected of being a suicide, still sad but not as scary. The children had a lot of processing to do this morning. A great deal of discussion about how they would have felt if they had found his body, and about what to do if you saw someone trying to commit suicide, or someone with a gun. Weighty stuff for children. Many of the children use the path to get to school, so it hit very close to home for them.

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/30/2012 9:53AM

    Crime is rampant in my city, despite recent PR reports that it has gone down. This country seems, for the most part, accepting and immune to the dangers of so much madness. Yes, it is very scary. My neighborhood has become increasingly bad. Can't live in fear, but have to be aware. There are also a lot of new situations due to the economy, being accosted in new ways for handouts.

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MARY1313 1/30/2012 9:35AM

    I saw this on the internet news and was horrified myself as I know that is where you live. How sad that you have to afraid in your wonderful town because some jerk had no regard for life.

Hugs

Mary

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DDOORN 1/30/2012 8:50AM

    Whoa...! Certainly gives pause to stepping out into the great wide outdoors with abandon...no...? Not that if it occurred elsewhere (away from the bike path) anyone would be more safe on the path, but...

Hoping this is solved soon and will be very curious to hear the outcome, if it is determined...!

Don

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WORKINGSTIFF 1/30/2012 8:40AM

    That really is terrible. My hometown is the same way--you can still write a check at the gas station.

When things like you describe happen in a small town it feels so much worse because it's not the every day happening like in a larger city. It's scary.

My thoughts go out to you and the residents of your town. Hopefully the crime will be solved quickly.

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GETTO140 1/30/2012 8:21AM

    That is very scary!

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ROCKMAN6797 1/30/2012 7:52AM

    How tragic. Stay safe and be aware.

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JLITT62 1/30/2012 7:40AM

    That is VERY scary.

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MEOWMAMA3 1/30/2012 7:31AM

    Disturbing, indeed. Even in a big city that leads the news daily with the overnight body count on the streets I find it very upsetting that there is so much evil and dysfunction and lack of respect for life throughout society. I hope it's not any one you know Chris. Try to have a good day. Hugs, Kim emoticon

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WILDHONEYPIE1 1/30/2012 7:15AM

    emoticon Disturbing is an understatement. My thoughts and prayers are with that community. (Where so many of my friends live, play, and work.)

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GUITARWOMAN 1/30/2012 7:11AM

    So sorry to hear this, is is always a tragedy when someone dies like this and when our trust in the world is lowered.

Hope the crime is solved soon, this may sound weird, but best case scenario is that the crime was not done by a stranger, this will hopefully lead to the community feeling safer.

Have a good day and be safe out there!


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Year of the Dragon Festivities and the Rest of the Day

Thursday, January 26, 2012

It was another big cooking day at school for a school celebration of the Year of the Dragon. My class made the Vietnamese spring rolls (one of my favorites) and egg rolls.

The Vietnamese rolls are so light and healthy and delicious! Here are the ingredients all laid out and ready to assemble. In the ones we made today: rice noodles, cilantro, carrot strips with a little rice vinegar, and bean sprouts, wrapped in a rice spring roll wrapper.



The assembled rolls look like this:



No frying, no fat, just fresh yumminess.

We also made egg rolls. The children did the chopping and wrapping, but I did the frying.



Lots of healthy veggies in them (bok choy, bean sprouts, bamboo shoots, water chestnuts, carrots, broccoli, snow peas, Chinese cabbage, fresh ginger, and garlic) but definitely fried.



The kindergarten children performed the dragon dance and led us all to lunch.



This was my delicious lunch:



Tofu stir fry, made by the 1st - 2nd grade, almond cookie prepared by the kindergarten, jasmine tea, prepared by the nursery school children, plus an egg roll and spring roll prepared by my group.

After school, I had my acupuncture appointment. My acupuncturist is trying to help me with my sleep problems, but that issue is much slower to respond than my treatments for my back and hip. I also have an appointment with the sleep clinic doctor next week for an assessment. I hope I can get this straightened out because this chronic sleep deprivation is taking its toll on me.

After dinner I went to my guitar lesson, which is always a treat, then on to the gym before returning home.

And now...

it's time to wind down.

On tap for tomorrow - parent conferences.






  
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LINDAJ0621 2/1/2012 10:50AM

    Yummmy!!! I want to go to your school!


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JABULONESTAR 1/29/2012 2:28PM

    Excellent! Looks like it was a fabulous day :) I hope you get some help with your sleep issues but it sounds like you are doing all the right things so I am sure it will eventually come! emoticon

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BADASSBLONDIE 1/29/2012 12:09AM

    Nom nom nom nom nom.

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MEOWMAMA3 1/28/2012 8:19PM

    Gung Hey Fat Choy!!!!!
Such a wonderful celebration!!!!!!!!!!! I want to be in your class!
(Love your page!)

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OLDERDANDRT 1/28/2012 6:08PM

    Sounds like delicious fun today!!! Making me hungry! If you were teaching in the public school, I'd say UGH to the parent conferences, but I imagine it's a pretty good day for you!! Have a great one!!

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PENNYAN45 1/28/2012 12:27AM

    The food looks tasty!

I hope you are sleeping well soon.

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MCGS62 1/27/2012 3:58PM

    Sold!! tonight I am making my version of chineese !!!!! with frresh ginger

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MARY1313 1/27/2012 12:16PM

    Deelishus!!!!

Wow, you are so bizzy you make me dizzy LOL!!!!

Mary

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BILLTMAN 1/27/2012 7:58AM

    The food looks wonderful. Wish I could have been there to sample.

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DANCINLOVE 1/27/2012 6:55AM

    Looks like a delicious lunch! Good luck with the conferences.

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JLITT62 1/27/2012 4:29AM

    Good luck with the conferences - I imagine those can be stressful. Sounds like yesterday was a good one!

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1HAPPYWOMAN 1/27/2012 2:17AM

    What a fun and delicious day you had! I hope you are able to sleep like a baby soon.
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MEDDYPEDDY 1/27/2012 1:38AM

    I´ve had it in the back of my head for a couple of days - to check that I really am born in the year of the dragon and what it means that this year is that yeaar... and I had not checked before but it turns out that my daugther is also born in the year of the dragon! Love that!

I will breathe some fire over things today...

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/26/2012 11:59PM

    WOW! Thanks for the wonderful visit to the orient! I just LOVE the kind of teacher you are! emoticon emoticon

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FABBYMAY 1/26/2012 11:47PM

    Wow, lunch looks fantastic! What fun!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 1/26/2012 11:27PM

    Looks delicious not different from the rolls I had at lunch today.

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0309COOKIE 1/26/2012 11:08PM

    Lunch looks great! What wonderful experiences you make for the children!

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TRULYVISIBLE 1/26/2012 10:37PM

  Hope the sleep clinic can help and has a successful suggestion. Those spring rolls look good and I think I will make them and have for lunches next week. I think I will leave out the noodles and add shrimp lightly marinated in Tamari. Thanks for a great idea! What great experiences those kids are having.

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Cuckoo Banana Head's Birthday

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


Fun With Bubbles

Well, tomorrow is Stella's birthday. I can hardly believe she will be four years old; it just doesn't seem like it's been that long since I brought the little black ball of energy home. It was March and in the middle of getting the class ready for their spring musical. And here I was with this poodle puppy who was either zooming around the house full speed, pestering the ancient cat, or sound asleep somewhere where I couldn't find her, scaring me to death that I had somehow lost her.



Even when she was relatively calm, she was a wild-eyed maniac, LOL!







She did, eventually graduate from obedience school.



Although, that didn't slow her down at all!





How about music lessons?



She loves her Peeps, is an excellent baby sitter,



and has even taught my granddaughter to fetch!



Happy birthday to my beautiful, free spirited diva, Stella.

  
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WATERMELLEN 2/1/2012 8:37PM

    What a super blog! Oh how we love our dogs!!

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LINDAJ0621 2/1/2012 10:53AM

    I needed a smile today and this blog gave one to me!
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MCGS62 1/27/2012 3:46PM

    Happy birthday Stella!!
The grand daughter fetching is a priceless picture there is a certain "yuck" factor to it but funny.



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CHALLENGER15 1/26/2012 9:58PM

    Happy Birthday to Stella!

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BADASSBLONDIE 1/26/2012 1:08PM

    Happy Birthday, Stella!!!!

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OLDERDANDRT 1/26/2012 12:58PM

    She sure has a ton of energy!!! Wouldn't it be great if you could bottle it? You'd make millions!! hehe Love the pics of Stella "through the years!" What joy you've been having with that beautiful Diva!! I love the big pink bow and oh how scholarly she looks in her mortar board!!! Could you spare the baby-sitter sometime? lol! Great pics and oh!................................
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SLIMMERJESSE 1/26/2012 10:00AM

    So adogable! Thanks for sharing the lovely photos.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/26/2012 8:58AM

    I am SO IN LOVE with your baby! In LOVE, I tell ya! I grew up with silver miniatures and well, yours just takes the cake! emoticon

Your sister is so sweet, Chris! So glad I friended her! Thank you for pointing us in her direction! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

WHERE on earth do you LIVE, by the way? Watched that video, and I have to say, I haven't seen green grass like that in TWO STINKIN YEARS! Lovely!

Have a wonderful Thursday, my poodle friend! emoticon

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1HAPPYWOMAN 1/26/2012 12:04AM

    Happy birthday, beautiful pup!
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MARY1313 1/25/2012 10:04PM

    I just love Stella to pieces!!! She is so happy and just loves being outside and jumping and running! What a joy! Happy Birthday pretty Stella!!!!

Mary

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TRULYVISIBLE 1/25/2012 9:23PM

  Stella has such a joyful and peaceful spirit about her. Each shot of her is priceless. That last picture just says it all of contentment and being at one with the world.

Happy Birthday Stella, don't ever change.
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PENNYAN45 1/25/2012 9:13PM

    Cute photo essay! Thanks for sharing it with us.

Happy Birthday to you....
Happy Birthday to you....
Happy Birthday DEAR STELLA...
Happy Birthday to you!


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FABBYMAY 1/25/2012 9:04PM

    Happy Birthday to my favorite niece-pup! Stella, Stella full of beans....

Here's to a year full of chasing bubbles, harassing cats and chickens, getting into the trash, cuddling with your family, and acting generally cuckoo-lala.

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VALERIEMAHA 1/25/2012 8:34PM

    Dear Stella, I'm so glad to have met and cuddled and even played just a bit with you! Now be still for just a little while and listen:

If you didn't have birthdays, you wouldn't be you.
If you'd never been born, what would you do?
If you'd never been born, what would you be?
You might be a fish or a toad in a tree.
You might be a doorknob or three baked potatoes.
You might be a bag full of hard green tomatoes.

But worse than all that: you might be a Wasn't!
A Wasn't has no fun at all. No she doesn't!
A Wasn't just isn't. She just isn't present.
But hey! You are you! And isn't that pleasant?
So we'll go to the top of the tallest blue space.
The official CUCKOO BANANA HEAD'S sounding off place.

Go on: Open your mouth and BARK loud at the sky!
BARK loud at the top of your voice:
I am I!
I am I!
And I may not know why. But I know that I like it!
Three cheers! I am I, I am I, I am I!!!!!

Today is your birthday, that's truer than true.
There's no one on earth who is youer than you!
Shout loud: I am lucky to be what I am!
Thank goodness I'm not just a ham or a clam
or a dusty old jar of sour gooseberry jam.
I am what I am and that's a great thing, yes m'am!

Dr Suess...and Maha!

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OVERWORKEDJANET 1/25/2012 8:32PM

    Awwwwwwwwwwww
Happy Birthday Stella

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0309COOKIE 1/25/2012 8:09PM

    I love watching Stella! She is such a love!

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MAWRTIAN 1/25/2012 8:04PM

    And I love the name, cuckoo banana head!!

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JLITT62 1/25/2012 8:03PM

    Many happy returns! It's amazing how th yrs go by.

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MAWRTIAN 1/25/2012 8:01PM

    I love this!! I have totally fallen off in my blogging, this is a great photo montage. And she moves so beautifully!! Happy birthday.

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 1/25/2012 7:57PM

    she sure is a beauty & active at that.

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GUITARWOMAN 1/25/2012 7:53PM

    She is a lovely dog!

I have read that poodles are very intelligent.

I wish her a happy birthday!


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