"Only those who risk failing greatly can ever succeed greatly." –RFK
Sunday, April 01, 2007
Bells & Floods
I was checking out Kelly's new blog and I saw her 70's photo of her and her siblings (way down on the right hand column) and I told her I'd find one of me and my brother, Gary, too. Well, this is what I found! There are others...that you may get to see, but I just loved my big brother's floods and smile in this one. My younger brother Jeff wasn't even born yet.
It was great timing for me to pull out some old pictures since our 21 year Badger High School school reunion is this June. (Yes, I know it's usually 20 years but it's a large task to put together for my friend who works and has kids.) I will be at Western States, so won't be going to the reunion, which is ok since I have mixed feelings about it anyway. My friends I've kept in touch with are just super people though and it was nice to reminisce with pictures.
So, were you around in the 70's? Got any pics to share?
[By the way, my scanner crashed, so I had to buy a new one late yesterday. I used it here. It works great. And as a follow-up on my keyboard: it could NOT be resurrected and went into the garbage! So much for just letting it dry out. I'll let someone else test the dishwasher method of cleaning a keyboard. I'd hedge my bets that it ruins it.]
I am an ultra runner, physician and have been medical director of some of the toughest ultras. I tend to be a mover and a shaker and louder than my size suggests. However, my Gemini twin is gentler and contemplative, an artist, a writer, and a poet. I am a dog lover, a believer in souls, and have a special affinity for those who struggle because I have been there.
This is my crazy lovable huggable Weimaraner, Steely Dan. I call him Steely. He left us in January of this year at only 6 years from lymphoma that did not respond to chemotherapy treatments. Steely was a total goof. He loved trail running, road running, treadmill running, new experiences, making eye contact, sleeping on his back, me, kids, and liver treats. He was Zappa's best friend. We miss him dearly.
This is Stella. A rescue from the shelter. She's about 6 months old and a Border Collie. She is a joyous bundle of energy and curiosity and now also Zappa best friend. She will make a nice running partner when she grows up.
This is the now the big brother of my family - a rescued Greyhound. His name is Frank Zappa. I call him Zappa. He's 7 years old and has learned all about life beyond the track and crate from Steely when he was with us. It was very rewarding to watch his personality bloom as he settled into the family. And yes, he runs like the wind!
This is Natasha, my dearest friend. She was with me through college, medical school, residency, and she moved with me from Chicago to Spokane several years ago. She was my best running partner for 10 years. My sweet Natasha died from bone cancer in 2006. I miss her still. I hung a windchimes over the deck outside. When it chimes, I smile and think she has finally -- wherever she is now -- caught a squirrel!