Jim M.'s Profile
Photo: Life's beautiful path. It always includes a few bumps, but well worth the trip.
I'll try the challenge later this morning.
The passing of our DC friend Lauren had quite an impact on Donna & I yesterday. As a fellow cancer patient, DC'er and member of our church, it hit Donna pretty hard. Wish we could attend her life celebration in PA.
I'll be signing off for a couple of weeks. Next week is more medical appointments. Next Saturday is a gifted trip to Colorado by Donna's sister & hubby in Wisconsin. We're going to meet at the Denver airport and drive to a rented cabin on the Big Thompson River near Estes Park & Rocky Mt National Park where I packpacted for many years. I have not seen the area since 1979. We're packing some worm clothes, the cabin is at 7,300 feet. A week in a mountain cabin will be great for Donna's health.
I'd again like to share my favorite verse about life & death for our friend Lauren:
“Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing.
And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb.
And when the earth shall claim your limbs, … then you shall truly dance.”
Photo: Donna, DC friend Lauren Herman, me. Photo taken after a church service in Naples last year.
Lauren lost her long battle with cancer last night. She was an amazing fighter and went through many treatments. As you know, Donna has been in a cancer battle for several years as well. Lauren wrote a book that showed her strength and peace during her fight. She autographed a book for Donna.
Several years ago Lauren saw on Daily Challenge that I lived in Naples, Florida. She had just moved from Naples to Pennsylvania where she & her husband were building a beautiful new home. Prayers go out to Lauren & her family.
Jim T -- were completed out challenge today. Lot's see what the point Goddess gives us as a reward. I'll soon be taking a DC break for medical things and travel.
Have a peaceful day.......
I've participated in local beach clean-up days. We have to do this after our tourist season comes to an end. I give some help at our local Red Cross & donate goods to local agencies such as the women's shelter & veterans organizations.
We're off to an early morning oncology appointment.
Pact Day #4 Jim T -- keep it going.
Our hearts go out to fellow DC'er Lauren K (Lauren Herman on FB). Her daughter Tara sent us a text last night stating that she's been moved into a hospice care facility. She lives in PA, her daughter lives here in Naples
God bless her.
I enjoy early morning walks and listening to the birds & other wildlife.
Thirty-six years ago today, May 18, 1980, was a quiet Sunday morning. I was living in Spokane, Washington. Being a Sunday & not working I was enjoying a laid-back morning reading the newspaper. By late morning I noticed the sky getting very dark in the west. Ah, some needed rain. No, it was a cloud of ash thousands of feet in the sky.
The white ash started to fall, the ash cloud covered the sun, the street lights came on at noon and I rushed to the TV to get some news. Mount St. Helens in the Cascade Mountain Range had erupted at about 8:30 AM and the ash clouds were heading east towards us. We were located 240 miles ENE of the volcano. Near the end of the day I went out to my back yard and to see white powder everywhere. I grabbed my camera, wrote a few words in the ash on our patio table as shown in this photo.
The city declared Marshall Law for quite some time. No travel from your home unless it was an emergency (after 2 days we declared a 'we're out of wine' emergency. I called my neighbors to find out their supply needs, wrapped scarfs around me like Lawrence of Arabia and headed out in my car to a little grocery store that had reopened. Driving so slow that my speedometer barely read any speed (less than 5 mph) my car raised a dust cloud that looked like I was racing across a desert.
All of us men in the neighborhood banded together and started washing the ash to the street gutters as the city requested. We had a few hoses attached to each other and large brooms. We cleared our street and a few more. The ash was slippery and would make a fast moving car slide when breaking.
We wore paper respirator masks outdoors for the next 6 weeks. We picked them up free at fire stations. I cleaned ash from our roof gutters for the next year plus. Mount St Helens, an experience I'll never forget.
Pact Day #3 Jim T -- we're gaining on it.
Have a great Wednesday.
Having a terrible time with the DC server. This is my 4th try.
Thanks to everyone for the encouragement!
Pact Day#2 Jim T.
Have a terrific Tuesday!!