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The Best Smile Ever September 21, 2014

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Yesterday, I attended the best funeral ever. Fonda ‘Tissy’ Miller was remembered by her friends and family in what I can only say was the most meaningful celebration of life I have ever experienced.

I’ve known Tissy for 9 years since she was my daughter’s bus driver at The King’s Academy. She was married and had three young boys. She had the most wonderful smile.


Tissy in the middle, 2008

I didn’t become more than ‘just one of the parents waiting at the bus stop’ until after Tissy was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. A neighbor, whose kids also went to King’s, was much closer to her and her family and invited us to a party to rally her for her first round of treatments.

Kathy and I were happy to attend. What we didn’t know was her husband was recently unemployed due to the downturn in the real estate market and Tissy would have to quit her bus driving job because of her treatments.

Kathy and I got to spend some wonderful time with her that afternoon and within that short span came to know the truly wonderful soul behind that most amazing smile.

Tissy endured her treatments and was declared cancer free several months after finishing them. We all were so happy to hear the news and quietly slipped back into our lives. Tissy’s husband had taken over bus driving duties in her absence and now that she was better we welcomed her beautiful smile back at the bus stop.

About a year later we heard the cancer had returned. Tissy had to stop driving and begin the battle once again. It would be a five year fight that she lost last week. Tissy was 40 years old.

The funeral was held at their church—it was overflowing. Every seat filled. Friends lined the outside walls and they stood three deep in the back.

We sang, we watched her wedding video, we listened to family members share their love for her. Her three sons all shared, in their most unique ways ever, their love for their mom. Everyone mentioned her smile.

When the last song began bright beach balls began to appear in the sanctuary—just like at a concert. It was so Tissy. tissy beachballs

Her smile was a bright ball of love which shone on everyone she met.

Make Every Day Count March 7, 2012

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I haven’t had many ponderous posts lately, probably because I haven’t allowed myself to be ponderous and that I’m just lazy.

I saw a tweet yesterday morning announcing a  crash at a naval air station in Nevada. Curious, I went to the story and read that it was a civilian pilot contracted to the Navy training their Top Gun pilots at Naval Air Station Fallon. I didn’t think much more about it other than feeling sad for the unnamed pilot and our military in general. Then this morning I read that a military blogger (milblogger), popular with another blog I read every day, died in a plane crash yesterday.

The deceased pilot was Carroll “Lex” LeFon, a/k/a Neptunus Lex. This guy would fly the ‘enemy planes’ and our naval guys would practice shooting him down. I had not ever read his blog before this morning.

What struck me was how fleeting our experience is on this earth. We take it so much for granted.  LeFon’s  last blog post was questioning Attorney Eric Holder’s explanation of yet another in the endless attacks on our freedoms from the Obama administration. His second to last post was a recant of a minor emergency while landing the previous day. With all the coolness of a Top Gun pilot, he explains the issue, evaluates his choices and executes his remedy—in just a paragraph he proves why he’s qualified to fly in the rarefied air of the best of the best. Both of these posts must have been written just hours before his fateful flight yesterday.

And then, something goes terribly wrong and a highly skilled, eminently qualified pilot is lost in the blink of an eye.  We may or may not find out the cause. Judging from this man’s skill and experience I would put mechanical failure way above human error. Whatever, it doesn’t change the outcome; it just gives us another reminder to love our friends and family every day. Tell them you love them, show them you love them. Smile at strangers, hold a door for someone. Today is the most important day of your life.

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Do unto others….. July 5, 2010

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I haven’t posted in quite a while…lots of reasons not least of which is the mounting pessimism I feel about the current state of the world. I talked about my reticence to write with a friend who always has a sunny view because she has trained herself to see the world as she would like it to be. Rather than dwell on the negative and focus energies on the bad, she reverses it and extols the benefits of living the way we ought to be and points out the way to do it. She refrains from any negativity and keeps the focus on the positive. This is all based on the Edgar Cayce teachings (based on Christ) that thoughts are just as important as deeds and carry the same karmic weight. Negative thoughts as well as negative actions create a discordant vibration with the Universal Force (God) and thus retard our souls growth.

I am fighting mightily not to pound out a 500-word screed against everything I see as wrong with our country, President and current direction. Instead, I will take a deep breath and ask everyone to live by the Golden Rule, do something nice for someone else today and keep all of those who need God’s light in your prayers.

Have a wonderful day!

Google’s gears got me gagged May 31, 2009

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I got Geek Fever and survived!

For about a week now my computer was sick. Every time I tried to upload an image in WordPress, my browser, FireFox, would crash.

I tried everything including re-installing FireFox…nothing worked. I was at my wit’s end so I took a deep breath and asked myself, how would my spiritual guide approach this problem.

yogaI saw visions of wheat grass and nut milk bags and heard chimes and gongs and everyone was holding hands and chanting softly, gently drifting in the collective current of love.

Well that wasn’t gonna cut it for this crisis…I was on my own, alone…my tech-savvy guru was off having to-die-for hash browns while I was starving for a byte.

And then it came to me….WordPress Help forums.

I’m not one for actually being patient enough to forage through the wilds of geekdom to find a thread from another techno-retard like myself who doesn’t know his floppy from his hard drive…but I was desperate.  safetyfirst

I’m not a Catholic but I crossed myself anyway. I suited up, strapped on and plunged headlong into the abyss:

As soon as I pressed the search button I knew I was never coming back…I could feel my temperature rising as the geek fever infected me rendering my protective gear useless. This strain of geek fever was immune to every inoculation I had ever had…I was defenseless. I was succumbing. eyeprotection

The very first entry in the forum held the priceless answer to my issue…I now had my cure but would I be able to make it work. I mustered every last ounce of energy and flung myself headfirst back through the electronic portal which I had entered just moments ago. Miraculously, I had enough life left to escape the clutches of the vile place they call ‘the forum’.


I followed the decontamination protocol and proceeded to inject my WordPress site with the only known serum that could save us all. virusI shut my eyes as I pressed the ‘upload’ button knowing if this inoculation failed…all mankind was doomed.

What happened next was unbelievable.  A chorus of beautiful voices began chanting an angelic chord. Gongs and bells peeled a harmony so pure it made me weep. Everyone was supping a glorious green juice drink and my FireFox didn’t crash!!!

I’m so proud of myself…all is right in the world again.

The issue was with Google’s Gears add-on. I’m not quite sure why it just decided to start crashing FireFox since I had Gears enabled previously. The fix was simply to disable Gears and restart FireFox.

Yay for me! January 11, 2009

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Today I celebrated 5 months of being sober.

I wish I could say it’s been an epic battle between the two little guys residing on either side of my head but the sane guy has kicked the crazy guys ass each time the crazy  guy suggests I do something stupid.

I’ve noticed the crazy guy is starting to get the message and isn’t making nearly as many crazy ass suggestions anymore.

Thanks sane guy.

This incredible piece was created by Jon.      His amazing art can be found at:   http://art.thehomeofjon.net/gallery/


I have to add:  I don’t believe in coincidences.  When I wrote this post I thought a cool illustration would  add to the words.  My search of the web led me to Jon’s sight and his amazing art.  I was drawn (no pun intended) to his sight by unseen hands and when I got there I discovered his beautiful art and a spiritually led individual.  I found myself wanting to know more about Jon but his websites and blogs were purposely cryptic about who he is. (A typical artist…modest about tooting their own horn!)

So I will toot Jon’s horn and ask all who read my words to take a moment and visit  http://art.thehomeofjon.net/gallery/

Happy New Year January 1, 2009

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I had a mini epiphany today in the parking lot of my local grocery store.

It struck me that today was New Years Eve and I suddenly thought of making a New Year’s resolution.  I  really haven’t made any in the past but today, the resolution just jumped out at me.  I decided that I  will resolve to spread the Joy in ’09.

All of the events since August 11th of last year have been moving  me towards the new way I have been looking at the world and myself.

Getting physically healthy started the change.  Edgar Cayce said in many of his readings that the ‘body is the temple’.

READING 69-4 F 59 – For indeed the body is the temple of the living God. There He has promised to meet thee; there He does. And as thy body, thy mind, thy soul is attuned to that divine as answers within, so may ye indeed be quickened to know His purpose; and ye may fill that purpose for which ye entered this experience.

I have noticed that as I moved in the direction of a healthier lifestyle I have begun to become more attune to a higher level of energy that has in turn begun to change my point of view on almost every level.  The sun seems brighter, the air seems sweeter and it’s easier for me to see the joy that is all around us.

It’s another step along the way; the Joy step!  Happy New Year!