Welcome to my Blog of my daily gratitude and photo of the day!
Since January 1, 2012, my goal is to write a daily sentence or two (or paragraph or two) about gratitude of the day and to include one photo (at least) that I took that day (but will add others from time to time). It has definitely been a challenge most days throughout the past eight years, and welcomed the challenge again this year - 2020 - Covid and all. I hope you will continue the ride with me!
Thursday, June 17, 2021
Sunday, June 13, 2021
With this guy named Bill Tomoff - TODAY! Happy Anniversary to US!
|Volunteering at Camp Fantastic Registration at NIH|
|Lockdown run around the Crofton Parkway April 2020|
|Special Love's Parent Getaway Weekend-Winchester, VA|
|White Oak Canyon Trail, Syria, Virginia|
|Battle of leagues: Washington Nationals gave vs. Cleveland Indians|
Saturday, June 12, 2021
|Christine with her Red Stem Cells|
|Red stem cells and White Plasma (recipient needed plasma too)|
|Christine and Cliffy|
Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Remember those vacations of years past, and last year a bust for many? Hopefully, not this year as we are ready to move about the cabin...and more. A trip to our beloved Kelleys Island, Ohio, was a perfect segue to get back on the horse of being with our tribe of family and friends. Except for one day of liquid sunshine, we had a grand week of stellar sunshine (mostly) with fun, laughter, bike rides, visits and the KI annual 5K and 10K races. A good time was had by all.
Laughter...what a great medicine!
|Can't beat an Ohio sunset (#nofilter)|
|Shell Beach, Lake Erie with Tom/Rosalie Franek and Jodie Smith|
|Jodie and me|
|Go Speed racers! 5K and 10K'ers|
|Welcome to Lake Erie - Rosalie and Tom|
|Last dinner together at the Island House Restaurant|
|Medal winners/placers: Olivia (5k); Rosalie (10k); Beth Tomoff (10k) Bill (5K) in their respective age brackets!|
Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Bill and I had so much fun writing in the Akimbo's Writing In Community 1 and that signed up for WIC2 over two months ago. We 'met' people all over the world writing powerful words with the hope that those words will be published. It's a big deal for that day to finally arrive and I would like to shout out Susan Fritz with her moment this past week.
Hot off the press is Susan Fritz’s memoir Everything Relevant Has Already Been Said. A
Cancer Love Story. Susan’s book was the first thing packed in my backpack for our vacation. Now it’s a toss up on who reads it first and we are “fighting” over who gets that pleasure. From the photo below, it looks like Bill has the advantage. Not so fast.
Friday, May 28, 2021
There are fighter jets and fights on the playground during lunch time. There is always some type of fight going on, most of them not good. Cancer fighting moms are in a league of their own. They are in the trenches with their child on good days and bad days. Then they have to deal with or take care of the siblings as well.
The photo below are two of the cancer fighting moms, Marilyn Eichner and Patty Lubin, that shared the burden of that distinction with me from the beginning with my son and their children in 1996-1997. We have formed an unbreakable bond. There were times no words needed to be exchanged as we went into our own battles. We understand (or understood) all the feelings and goings-on in our hearts and minds. A sisterhood, if you will, that very few moms (and dads), thankfully, have to be a part of.
So on a beautiful Annapolis evening, we celebrated our friendship with an outdoor meal on the water. It feels so good to "move about the cabin" once again. We caught up with our lives since being in lockdown and it felt great to be together and just hang out for a spell!
My hope is that we can all re-acquaint with the various tribes we belong to as the summer unfolds. This can only help our psyches and definitely our hearts after fighting through the madness of lockdown and the other "C" word and all that it entailed... worldwide.
Have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend!
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
A few weeks ago I was interviewed by Maureen Coburn, executive director of the wonderful foundation Just Tryan It. JTI is a kids triathlon fundraiser that helps families in financial need. My family and I have been involved with the foundation over the last 10 years as volunteers at their super fun/family friendly races. https://justtryanit.com/
Maureen and I had a lively conversation on my recently published memoir, The Focused Fight. It was a delightful zoom call that I was able to share further about the story of advocacy and resilience and what it took to fight through the ferocious fight of our lives. It's 30 minutes long if you decide to watch it (I hope you do).
The interview flew by like a New York minute! If interested, you can tune into the candid chat at: https://youtu.be/By8nRstyuTw
I cannot thank JTI enough, as well as Maureen, in spreading our message of families fighting through courageous battles like Ryan's and Co.
The photo below was at the Germantown, Maryland Top Golf kick off fundraiser for JTI on May 16, 2021.
|Ryan, me, Olivia, Bill and Linda Misencik|