Bourbonnais, IL 60914
Nowadays, I rarely visit Care2's web-site. Maybe once a month. I spend most of my free time either resting or sleeping. I am so thankful to still be alive. I was given 3 to 5 months to live on June 3, 2008. I never thought I would see Christmas. I am fortunate to witness the beauty and wonder of Spring.
At the end of May, I received some somber news: I have a bone marrow and blood disorder which will eventually take my life. According to my primary oncologist, I have a life expectancy of 3 to 4 months. A University of Chicago oncologist said I have more than 3 to 4 months. The doc at Loyola Medical Center said that I should survive 6 to 8 months. Fortunately, I am in relatively great shape physically so I am trying to prolong my days through exercise and better nutrition. I am also spending a lot more time enjoying every precious day of life.
Since getting the news, I rarely visit the Care2 website or check my e-mails. Please, do not be offended if I do not respond to friend requests or messages. When I am at home nowadays, I tend to spend a lot of time sleeping or watching TV. I just don't have a lot of energy anymore.
I feel most fortunate to still be alive and kicking. When I finally leave this earth, it will be with a grateful heart for having had a most wonderful life.
Here's a pic of me holding little Megan's feet in August...
Our family reunion in Houston...
Just as Spring follows Winter,
there is a hope within each of us
- the hope of Easter
that life will follow death;
that life will continue beyond the grave.
We see evidence of this
in the barren trees which start to bud;
in tulips emerging from the frozen ground.
Soon, we'll see the brown grass once again turn green
and the barren ground once again filled with flowers.
Wishing you a Happy Easter and a life filled with promise and hope.
Violent crimes have dropped 25% since '87, but harsher sentencing for lesser crimes has caused overcrowding and fueled a thriving private-prisons industry. - Time, March 17, 2008 issue.
For more information on this cartoon:http://www.pewcenteronthestates.org/news_room_detail.aspx?id=35912
“For all the money spent on corrections today, there hasn’t been a clear and convincing return for public safety,” said Adam Gelb, director of the Public Safety Performance Project. http://jurist.law.pitt.edu/paperchase/2008/02/one-in-100-us-adults-in-prison-pew.php
Something is terribly wrong with our judicial system...
with our zero-tolerance attitude.
My daughter, Laura, married Mike on December 1st. She was stunning.
Jennie took these photos of Laura and me...
Introducing my grandson...
Isn't he beautiful? Isn't he precious?
This little fellow stopped by on November 1st for a snack:
May thoughts and acts of loving kindness warm your spirit.
I took these photos while kayaking on the Kankakee:Click here to see 2 minute slide presentation of the trip.
I read this somber reflection of War.
It still holds true more than a century later:
We tend to criticize others, but we don't always live as we should.
Isn't it better to live by example? We ought to be a light in the darkness.
Gitmo doesn't protect us from harm. It actually hurts us:
Guantanamo Bay stirs up anger and hatred against America.
It makes our citizens left safe as they travel abroad.
When America tramples on human rights and the Geneva Convention, we inadvertantly encourage other countries to follow in our footsteps.
Zero-tolerance is Extremism...
I took this photo of a woman walking in the woods on May 19th:
I took this photo in early April:
Recently, I came across this quote:
It seems to me, we care more about justice for just us. Americans, as a whole, don't seem too concerned about justice for anyone else. Apathy tears at the fibers that has made this country great.
After the Virginia Tech shootings, much of the news media focused its attention on the ease in which some mentally unstable individuals are able to purchase guns. The reality is that thousands of normal, sane Americans go gun crazy each year.
Most of us remember the horrors of 9/11 in which 3,000 perished. Yet, we don't seem horrified at all that 30,000 Americans are killed by other Americans each year. We have a serious problem guns and we don't seem to care. I came across this great annimated cartoon from Mark Fiore on the CBSNewswebsite. Take a look:http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/04/26/opinion/main2730337.shtml
Last year, I took this photo of an Amish family: