Category Archives: Friends

Philly LiveStrong Challenge- 2010 vs 2009 vs 2008

I just wanted to say, this year as I’m doing the Philly LiveStrong Challenge it’s quite a bag of mixed emotions… remembering when hubby did the 100 miler in 2008 and I brought our tiny son to meet him at … Continue reading

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Philly LiveStrong Challenge

Tomorrow, I’ll be doing the 5K in memory of John. http://philly2010.livestrong.org/maryksmith So far, Team Smitty has raised a total of  $$2,045.00 I want to send a shout out to Team Smitty David Dushkin Mary Smith Scott Baer Carolyn Brown Elizabeth … Continue reading

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RIP- Susquehanna Squall 1987- 7-7-2010

A week ago, I lost one of my best friends… this one with four legs…  Ms. Squall has been part of my life for 17 1/2 years.  She was my coming of age animal, the one who was with me … Continue reading

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“Nathaniel & Daddy” A story for Nathaniel written by me…

I made a Shutterfly photo book for Nathaniel.  I figured since he doesn’t  have a father that he can celebrate Father’s Day with, I’ll try my best to bring his father to him.    Below is the link… I hope you … Continue reading

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“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.”

“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” -Winston Churchill I find this quote surface periodically in my life.  I started riding when I was five and horses have been … Continue reading

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Seeing his handwriting…

I worked on getting the computer desk cleaned up.  I didn’t get too far.  I came across a post it note that John had written some notes on.  Two names I didn’t recognize and phone numbers, some numbers that made … Continue reading

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Big snowstorm headed this way…

Rumors are flying about the amount… some people are saying up to FORTY INCHES (forecasts range from 6-26 inches)!!!  Nathaniel is only 34 inches tall… this could be a problem!  Punkin (cat) got high centered in the 17 inches of … Continue reading

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Celebrities suffer grief too, “Patrick Swayze’s Wife Shares, “I can still feel his hand in mine.”

Patrick Swayze’s Wife Shares, “I can still feel his hand in mine.” For the first time since her husband, Patrick Swayze, lost his battle with cancer, Lisa Niemi talks about their poignant last two years together and the amazing lifetime … Continue reading

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“Death is nothing at all” also know as ‘What is Death?’ by Canon Henry Scott-Holland

“Death is nothing at all” also know as ‘What is Death?’ by Canon Henry Scott-Holland (1847-1918) Death is nothing at all I have only slipped away into the next room I am I and you are you Whatever we were … Continue reading

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Fears

It’s funny how your fears change.  When John first got his cancer diagnosis, my worst fear was losing him.  Well, my worst fear happened. I used to be afraid of dying.  The day I held John’s hand as he died, … Continue reading

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