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Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Birthday, Mickey



It was May since I last wrote here and not coincidentally, it was May when we lost a beloved family member, Mickey, a Tibetan Terrier. We celebrate his birthday today, Halloween. This is an appropriate birth date for him, I guess, as he was quite a trickster, with an intelligence that allowed for keen playfulness, willfulness and even deception. We loved that about him. He was a presence, one of a kind. He had a saintliness, a wise gentleness that touched our lives and the lives of family, neighbors, friends, and strangers every day. Mickey was 13.5 years when he died from heart disease. Part of his AKC registered name is Braveheart, and brave, big-hearted he was throughout his life. We miss you, Mickey.

Here’s a poem written for Mickey by our 9-year old neighbor, Zoe.

Mickey

He was a great dog who purred, not barked,

He shined like a glistening star,

He made sure that his owners’ felt safe

He cared for his family through love and friendship,

He was a best friend with any dog

This dog was Mickey.

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Monday, April 11, 2011

Greetings From Evanston!

Hello, from Evanston where it is 83 degrees F. On my walk yesterday it was cold enough that I was wishing for my gloves. So we’ve jumpstarted into summer (at least for today) when you’ll see more of the consultants and work-at-home types meet at the local coffeehouses (A few summers ago, I saw a sleepy Evanstonian stumble into Starbucks in what looked to be his jammies, even after taking current fashion trends in consideration.) I’ve always said Evanston has a resort feeling in the summer and I found historical evidence of that feeling in this vintage postcard. Life may not be as carefree as this postcard depicts but we enjoy our beaches and it is lovely to feel the hot sun again.

There is a certain laziness, may I say, blissful feeling today. We hang on the front porch and greet the neighbors (two and four-legged) as they stroll by; Lake Michigan and the sky are clear blue, there’s time to read and write; green shoots from the bulbs in our flower beds; tiny buds on the trees; time to sniff around in new books or new websites; work on some interesting professional projects, then off to my Shen Tao class…maybe a movie tonight.

So in that vein I came across a nice quote from the FT’s Secret Agent’s Inside Track (4/9/11) describing the elements that lead toward “inner bliss.”

“Certainly it’s nature – be it this crystal-clear sea, the Scottish Highlands or the wilds of Patagonia. It’s aesthetics and place; it’s work – doing it hard and well with modest success; it’s finding a creative outlet…it’s about learning - discovering new things; keeping a curious mind; it’s exercise – feeling fit and physically healthy; it’s about company – loved ones and a singular loved one – sharing happiness, friends, the mere quotidian of life.”
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Friday, February 4, 2011

Welcome to 2011 & the debut of our website!

We glided into the New Year with the warmth of family and friends. We want the love and good wishes of the holidays to continue through the year. This is the Year of the Rabbit which is reported to be, thank goodness, a kinder, gentler year. There is much need for compassion and we think, cause for optimism. Like all of you, we try to work for positive change even in small steps. Pick up The Impossible Will Take a Little While: A citizen's guide to hope in a time of fear (Paul Loeb, 2004.) In this book, Howard Zinn says: "Revolutionary change does not come as one cataclysmic moment (beware of such moments) but as an endless succession of surprises, moving zigzag toward a more decent society. To live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory."

We’ve been blessed with positive changes in our lives and work. Look to Al Jazeera English for news pieces by Randy Jr., recently promoted to producer there. Jesse is enjoying Internet marketing and Manhattan. Randy Sr. is practicing law and developing new business. Deanna started her own business working in marketing, CSR strategy and bringing together companies and causes. Mickey and Hani, Tibetan Terrier and Maltese respectively, bring joy to the world all year round. If someone asked what our word for 2011 would be, we’d say it is celebration and you’ll see why in the photos of our loved ones, friends and family and all that we have to celebrate in our lives now and going forward.

We wish you a year full of happiness, good health, prosperity, and love.

Deanna and Randy
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