Sunday, August 30, 2009
"...But today I'm simply compelled to remember Ted Kennedy as my father and my best friend. When I was 12 years old I was diagnosed with bone cancer and a few months after I lost my leg, there was a heavy snowfall over my childhood home outside of Washington D.C. My father went to the garage to get the old Flexible Flyer and asked me if I wanted to go sledding down the steep driveway. And I was trying to get used to my new artificial leg and the hill was covered with ice and snow and it wasn't easy for me to walk. And the hill was very slick and as I struggled to walk, I slipped and I fell on the ice and I started to cry and I said "I can't do this." I said, "I'll never be able to climb that hill." And he lifted me in his strong, gentle arms and said something I'll never forget. He said "I know you'll do it, there is nothing you can't do. We're going to climb that hill together, even if it takes us all day."
Sure enough, he held me around my waist and we slowly made it to the top, and, you know, at age 12 losing a leg pretty much seems like the end of the world, but as I climbed onto his back and we flew down the hill that day I knew he was right. I knew I was going to be OK. You see, my father taught me that even our most profound losses are survivable and it is what we do with that loss, our ability to transform it into a positive event, that is one of my father's greatest lessons. He taught me that nothing is impossible..."
"There is nothing you can't do".
Some fun fun fun fun fun sounds good about now, no?
Saturday, August 29, 2009
The first flash mob took place in Pioneer Square, about a block from where our offices used to be when I first worked there; the second is at the Pike Place Market (home of the fish-throwers). Fun fun fun. Enjoy:
(Update: The Official video including the third performance at Kerry Park on Queen Anne)
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
I admit it, I stole this. But hell, I can't look at our dogs and not believe every single word of this.
This is an excerpt from the book "Dog Is My Copilot" (Three Rivers Press, ISBN 1-4000-5053-7). The author is Pam Houston. Enjoy...
LESSON #1 That if your paws are too big to fit in your ears, you have to get someone else to do the scratching.
LESSON #2 That if you want your hand to be licked, you might have to put it under somebody's nose.
LESSON #3 That the exact right dog will always come into your life just when you need him or her most.
LESSON #4 That loving in the face of inevitable loss, is the single most important challenge of our lives.
LESSON #5 That all your new habits. like weeping and praying and talking about your feelings, will actually endear you to more people than they will drive away.
LESSON #6 That sitting in the grass together doing nothing isn't really doing nothing at all.
LESSON #7 That if you love somebody deeply enough, cleaning up their diarrhea doesn't make you want to puke.
LESSON #8 That in the end, the money doesn't matter a bit.
LESSON #9 That sometimes, even if you haven't acted perfectly, the good thing happens after all.
LESSON #10 That everything is forgivable, that every moment contains eternity, and that loving unconditionally doesn't mean you are a self-annihilating fool.
"I ask (my dog) for a story to go with lesson #10, and he says in his Zen-ish way that there isn't one story that goes with this rule because they all do. He says that lesson #10 is what every dog has been trying to teach every human since the beginning of time."
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Heading toward downtown:
Leaving the city:
Yes, that blue sign says "Volcano Evacuation Route":
Too cloudy to see the mountain:
On this side of the sign, you're in Mt. Rainier National Park ...
Hiking down the mountain:
There's a steep drop-off to the right - and one lane of the road had, well - dropped off:
NOW the sun comes out:
Hope you enjoyed our little trip!
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
I present ... Tropical 12 of 12. Ummm ... Seattle style. How 'bout "Flora and Fauna"?
Cool things Scott inherited (yes, that's a carved ivory tusk)
More CoolThings Scott Inherited (also carved ivory):
Pineapple on top of the fridge:
Tiki Bob clock from Hawaii:
Hunter the Wonder Cat - grrr:
Very fragrant white lilies on the balcony:
Banana tree in the back yard:
Stargazer lilies - one of the best fragrances in the world:
Kali the Wonder Puppy:
Boo Boo the Indian ringneck parakeet:
Happy Tropical 12 of 12!!!!
Saturday, August 08, 2009
Friday, August 07, 2009
Sunday, August 02, 2009
One thing I know about myself beyond a doubt, is that when things get rough, I collapse in on myself. Kind of a mental and emotional fetal position. I ignore the fact that the world exists until the clouds all blow over and there is some semblance of a livable reality out there.
If anyone sees one, please forward it my way.
No, life isn't over as I know it. But things are scary, and agonizing, and ... well, making me stay in a fetal position.
(Oh, I threw my back out last week, which makes this even more pronounced).
Please don't be offended by my disappearance. I need to be inside myself for a bit.
Here's a pretty picture for now: