Showing posts from January, 2008

Glenn Beck-CNN Tribute to President Hinckley

The dash of life

I wish I could embed this video in my blog. Watch it, you will be glad you did. Today is Anthony's funeral. His dash was full of joy.
Now, they are reunited in love. Look at the joy on their faces. We should all work to have that same level of joy in our lives.
Great quotes from our beloved President Hinckley:

"Faith in something greater than ourselves enables us to do what we have said we'll do, to press forward when we are tired or hurt or afraid, to keep going when the challenge seems overwhelming and the course is entirely uncertain."

"The Lord would want you to be successful. He would. You are His sons and His daughters. He has the same kind of love and ambition for you that your earthly parents have. They want you to do well and you can do it."

"Our lives are the only meaningful expression of what we believe and in Whom we believe. And the only real wealth, for any of us, lies in our faith."

"Criticism and pessimism destroy families, undermine institutions of all kinds, defeat nearly everyone, and spread a shroud of gloom over entire nations."

"Of course we're …

Linear Life--I wish

Yesterday, I commented that I wished my life was linear. Now that I have had 24 hours to reflect upon this comment, I am more convinced than ever that it would be nice to have one thing to do and when finished with that one thing, have another thing to do and when that was done have something else to do.

Instead, I woke up this morning with the thought in mind that I needed to do some filing in my office before going to work. I sat down at my computer and saw the box of dolls sitting on the floor waiting to be mailed to my granddaughters for their birthdays. I got up from the desk and gathered up all the birthday and Christmas gifts (remember we do Christmas all year long) we had accumulated and went on a search for boxes and wrapping paper. Somehow I was able to finish that project with only one interruption--Tarzan had a hole in his pocket so I had to stop and mend it. While working on the gifts, Tarzan called me from his car and told me we had a serious water leak outside and …

SPT-What's in a name?

Once I was asked what the perfect job title for me would be. No doubt..."Wizard of Creativity." I like to try new things, learn new things. I like interesting, cute and fun things. As you have already read, our family moto is "If we are not having fun, why bother." When I started working for the Arizona State Legislature one of my job duties was to make it fun to work there. And so I sign all of my e-mails with the following:

Legislative Computer Services Wizard of Creativity

Enden-Monday with Anthony

Monday was a holiday, Tarzan and I had a billion things on our list. Anthony was on the list, but he kept getting pushed lower and lower on the list because businesses would be closing and we needed to get the table saw into the shop and we needed to buy some walnut and we needed to buy some paint and the plumber decided to show up at 4:00 at the condo we rent out and then he didn't come after all. Everyone was busy and most people were rude. We were very frustrated and as the day drew to a close we just went home and I decided to visit Anthony Tuesday morning before going to work.

It's Tuesday, I arrived at 8:30 a.m. Anthony died at 5:00 a.m. today.

How strange it is to know there is nothing you can do and yet needing to do something. We were going to talk about Anthony's childhood today, now I won't get the chance until the eternities.

Our Moms

Tarzan and I love our Moms. We visited Mom Nellie in Memphis last week. Mom Phyllis visited us in December
The trick is getting all the skin tones right in one picture. LOL

2--Monday with Anthony

When I arrived, Anthony was watching golf on TV. We talked about the time we went to the PGA here in Phoenix when it was the Thunderbird. Now, they have changed the name to some initials that I don't even know what they mean, so I refuse to remember them. But I digress...

Our trip to the golf tournament was a fun adventure. Anthony had been before and he knew just what to do. We went to the beginning hole where all the big names were. After they all teed off we walked over to the final hole and waited for them to make it to the end. That way we always had a good seat for the two most important holes. We remembered thinking the guys with the little coats who hushed the crowd were funny. We also remembered the crowd at the party hole. We avoided that, but you could hear them all over the course. It was an easy day with no pressure. Most of the time we spent together was like that.

While we were visiting today, Jeff brought in a little food for Anthony. It was cake mixed in milk. He ca…

Monday with Anthony

Who is Anthony? Anthony is my very dear friend. We have been friends for 24 years. When I was going through hard times, Anthony was the friend who supported me and got me through it all with no questions asks, accepting me for who I am and not who he expected me to be.

We used to just spend time doing nothing much and when I needed to talk, he was there. It's funny, I don't remember him ever needing to talk and me just being there for him.

Yesterday, Tarzan and I went to the Hospice to visit a friend who is dying of cancer. As we were leaving, I looked in the door of one of the rooms and said "Anthony? Is that Anthony McCune?" A gruff voice weakly said "Yes."

I said, "What are you doing in here?" He replied, "Dying."

That was Sunday. Today, I went to visit him during my lunch hour. I asked him if he remembered going with me to the mall and walking into a store that sold sound systems and dancing with me, right there in the middle of everythi…


I am a list maker. I just made a list of responsibilities for the near future. Granted, I don't have to do all of them, but I have to be sure they are done by someone:
Gift Show February 14, 15, 16 (me)Get 12 more sticks cut (Tarzan)Paint 12 more sticks for the show (me)Make 15 bags for the sticks (me)Take dinner to a family (Deirdre)Arrange dinner for funeral (Susan)Check on Little Tony (me)Balance the Checkbook (me)Pay the Bills (me)Visit Nellie in Memphis and take her a cell phone (me and Tarzan)Set up classroom on Blackboard for Word 2007 class (me)Set up classroom on Rio website for typing class (me)Set up classroom for html class at Delta College on Etudes to start on the 14th of January (me)Set up classroom for html class at Delta College on Etudes to start on the 4th of February (me)Prepare program for Visiting Teaching Conference on the 15th (me)Prepare talk for Visiting Teaching Conference on the 15th (me)Make handouts for Visiting Teaching Conference on the 15th (Presi…