And the winner is……

Something to think about – The 1755 Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary defines cancer as:

 A virulent swelling, or sore, not to be cured.

 Emphasis add by me. Not to be cured! Sometimes we just need to be thankful. The entry is accompanied by this Addison’s Ovid:

As when a cancer on the body finds,
And gradual death from limb to limb proceeds;
So does the [chilness] to each vital part,
Spread by degrees, and creeps into the heart.


I wanted to officially let everyone know what a wonderful time I had while I was on vacation and playing and holding hands with and skipping and having tea parties and just living life to the utmost I could while with my daughter and her beautiful family. There are many good things in life (just ask Conan the Barbarian) but few are more-so than just sharing a smile or the embrace of a trusting child’s hand in yours.

My daughter Sarah and her children.

It was very pretty there and filled with history, art and that big sky expanse which the northern latitudes provide. It was cold (for me) (yes, the kids snickered at me in my many layers) but not unbearable. It was the most colorful shade of gray every day. There was fog and snow, There was a slight sleet and many other beautiful aspects of the weather that have so long be void in my life. It was the tranquil peace of small town America just across the river from the towering fingers into the sky of the ‘Twin Cities”.

Bonus: My luggage arrived with me on both portions of the trip. Winner!

I understand you had a wonderful meeting with Chris’s mother giving a wonderful talk on peg tubes. Wouldn’t you know it; that is the meeting I miss? Go figure. Michelle still has tickets for the Gaslight event. Please contact her with your request and/or order confirmations. The due date is approaching pell-mell. Please communicate your ticket selling results with her as soon as possible. Just a reminder, this event has always been a success for this organization. One we all want to see continue. I look forward to seeing everyone there.

Just an aside: Have you been enjoying the beautiful sun sets we have had the past several weeks? Priceless!

When I was a much younger, I remember that the annual Academy Awards show was a rather big event in my family. We would watch to see a ‘real’ movie star in their fashion glory however that wasn’t the driving event of the evening. It was a real celebration of the motion picture arts and science productions and when a BEST category meant just that. The Best, not the most popular, the most politically correct or the best statement or showcase of a cause. Some aspects I still enjoy. There seems to be a genuine respect of each other and of the talent; just somehow the attendance list has been tilted towards something I don’t really agree with in the past few years. I know nothing ever remains as honest and as special as it once was; just seems that OSCAR has been rather tarnished with the demise of Hollywood. {Yes, that is an opinion}

I would like to take you back to the chill and ambiance of the early years. To nights filled with surprises and respect. When ability and skill were celebrated.  A tribute to a time when the term ‘God given talent’ was not a slur. I want to take you to when the whole world watched in anticipation and with the comfort in heart that the decisions were honest and were delivered POUR LE MÉRITE. The spot lights are lit and race brightly skyward. You are at the edge of your seat with your heart beating in anticipation. Finally the category you have been waiting for has come.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the winner of the BEST is…….

YOU! Yes, you. You are the best and the most precious of individuals. Your performance, your life this year revolving around your fight to be here this evening is recognized for the efforts you have made every day of your life to mean something to someone, to anyone and sometimes only to yourself. Congratulations; you are the most amazing of things. You are a human being with a unique ability to be human even again all odds. We recognize the contribution you bring into this world and we thank you.

For those of us who watch the Oscar evening, I hope you enjoy. Somewhere and somehow, on that evening; place yourself on that stage as the winner and remember to thank all of those who helped you take each step on you journey. We are your support group, we are here, each of us for each of us, to hold by the hand, to speak an encouraging word and see you in your Oscar Sunday finest on that special stage, that evening of celebrating success. Life!

Sort of like the feelings I got upon hugging and embracing my grandchildren.

Please, if anyone has any news, stories or pictures they wish to share with the group,  get them to me. I am more that happy to post anything which is of interest for the group here on the web site. Remember, this is OUR website. Use it, leave comments or pass along suggestions. It is here for us to use.

Don’t forget the meeting coming next month on the 6th day of March and be strong everyone. Be strong for each other because Cancer Sucks!

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