Where The Popsicles Are

Hope

Hope is painful.

But with it

Comes the bird,

Courage.

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Joanie’s Birthday

Today is Joanie’s birthday. As any of you who have followed my words over the years, you know I can’t let it pass without writing something, saying something. The poem that follows is something I wrote several years ago, and I couldn’t think of anything else to say, except she mattered.

May 10, 2018

Birthdays count the years.
They are markers we use
To measure the time of our lives.

From the first to the last,
They tell the world a person was,
And how long they were.

Birthdays tell the world a person was,
But they don’t tell why a person mattered.
That’s a job for the people they touched.

It’s Joanie’s birthday today.
This is the day that marks her time
From the first to the last.

Tonight, I will be alone, but not totally.
I will have a Martini and remember, why she mattered.
To so many of you, and to me.

Brandy will get treats.
She won’t know why, or wonder,
But I will tell her, “We’re having a birthday party.”

Joanie would have been 68.

 

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In 2000, Ed and Nancy Schafer held a surprise birthday party for Joanie at the Governor’s Residence, and was she surprised.

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Where The Popsicles Are

“Barb ordered this book right after we saw it was available. After at least two boxes of Kleenex tissues she finally finished the book, She was so moved by this story, She would recommend to all !”—Jerome P.

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Where The Popsicles Are

Knowing

The handmaiden of cancer is fear. 

The enemy of fear is knowing.

 

 

 

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Where The Popsicles Are

“Just three days shy of her 46th birthday, we began an incredible journey with cancer as our constant traveling companion for the next twelve years.” “Where The Popsicles Are”

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