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Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort

Nigel Paterson 15 Jun 15 - 06:09 AM
ChanteyLass 09 Jun 15 - 07:15 PM
gnu 09 Jun 15 - 01:21 PM
Nigel Paterson 09 Jun 15 - 02:52 AM
ChanteyLass 07 Jun 15 - 08:26 PM
GUEST,Pete from seven stars link 07 Jun 15 - 04:50 PM
Nigel Paterson 07 Jun 15 - 08:11 AM
ChanteyLass 06 Jun 15 - 11:18 PM
Janie 02 Jun 15 - 11:04 PM
ChanteyLass 02 Jun 15 - 09:51 PM
ranger1 02 Jun 15 - 09:33 PM
maeve 02 Jun 15 - 04:17 PM
GUEST,pete from seven stars link 02 Jun 15 - 03:35 PM
frogprince 02 Jun 15 - 09:22 AM
gnu 02 Jun 15 - 07:39 AM
maeve 02 Jun 15 - 06:12 AM
maeve 01 Jun 15 - 11:14 PM
GUEST,Manuel 01 Jun 15 - 09:43 PM
frogprince 01 Jun 15 - 08:49 PM
Janie 01 Jun 15 - 08:05 PM
Janie 01 Jun 15 - 08:04 PM
GUEST 01 Jun 15 - 07:46 PM
ChanteyLass 01 Jun 15 - 06:49 PM
ranger1 01 Jun 15 - 06:44 PM
billybob 01 Jun 15 - 01:41 PM
GUEST,Pete from seven stars link 01 Jun 15 - 01:15 PM
maeve 01 Jun 15 - 09:44 AM
ChanteyLass 31 May 15 - 08:53 PM
gnu 31 May 15 - 07:54 AM
Nigel Paterson 31 May 15 - 03:20 AM
Nigel Paterson 28 May 15 - 07:48 AM
Nigel Paterson 28 May 15 - 02:04 AM
gnu 27 May 15 - 03:00 PM
maeve 27 May 15 - 11:48 AM
Janie 26 May 15 - 11:14 PM
ChanteyLass 26 May 15 - 07:39 PM
GUEST,pete from seven stars link 26 May 15 - 06:13 PM
frogprince 26 May 15 - 11:49 AM
gnu 26 May 15 - 10:39 AM
Nigel Paterson 26 May 15 - 10:18 AM
ranger1 23 May 15 - 08:04 PM
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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: Nigel Paterson
Date: 15 Jun 15 - 06:09 AM

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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 09 Jun 15 - 07:15 PM

Great news, Nigel!


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: gnu
Date: 09 Jun 15 - 01:21 PM

Glad she's home safe and sound!


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: Nigel Paterson
Date: 09 Jun 15 - 02:52 AM

Big hugs all round!
      Our eldest Granddaughter has returned safely to London, a little older, a lot wiser & with a head full of new sights, sounds, cultures & friends. She's off to uni. later this year with an enlightening gap year behind her. Her academic 'travels' beckon...a journey along which she will excel. Of that I have no doubt.
                                                                     With Love,
                                                                                     Nigel.
                                                                                     xxxxx


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 07 Jun 15 - 08:26 PM

Yes, Nigel, I feel the same way about you, and I suspect I'm not the only one!


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: GUEST,Pete from seven stars link
Date: 07 Jun 15 - 04:50 PM

And you, yourself, Nigel, contribute richly to that description.    Blessings.   Pete.


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: Nigel Paterson
Date: 07 Jun 15 - 08:11 AM

I want to pay tribute to all the fine people who, by their love of humankind & with their selfless actions, often in the face of personal adversity, populate this thread, making it a refuge, a sanctuary, a safe harbour when Life's storms rage. You are my inspiration...my friends...my mentors. My life would be all the more barren without you.
                                           With Love,
                                                          Nigel.


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 06 Jun 15 - 11:18 PM

Refresh!


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: Janie
Date: 02 Jun 15 - 11:04 PM

Ahhhh. Beautiful, maeve.

Even when I could sing, I could not sing at the funeral or memorial service of some one I held dear. Managed, just barely, my grandmother, whom I loved but who moved far away and I did not see often for many years before her death at a very old age. Neither Annie or I could manage it for my Dad, and were fortunate for our own sakes that he understood when we told him we knew we just could not emotionally manage it when he asked us to sing at his memorial service.   

Takes a special kind of love and courage and compassion to do that, regardless of what one chooses to sing.


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 02 Jun 15 - 09:51 PM

I love the song, too, Maeve, and echo Tami's thoughts.


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: ranger1
Date: 02 Jun 15 - 09:33 PM

Maeve, whatever you choose to sing, I'm sure it will be a lovely tribute to your friend.


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: maeve
Date: 02 Jun 15 - 04:17 PM

For kind words, thank you.

Pete- I don't know that I'll try that one in the service. It's not a good practice, in my experience, to sing a raw song in the midst of raw emotion. I'll see when it's scheduled and what I am able to sing.


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: GUEST,pete from seven stars link
Date: 02 Jun 15 - 03:35 PM

some good thoughts expressed in that piece , maeve. hope the song goes ok for you in the service, it is evident that it will be heartfelt, and rendered with conviction.    blessings       pete.


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: frogprince
Date: 02 Jun 15 - 09:22 AM

Beautiful indeed, Maeve; that reaches right down to the bone.


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: gnu
Date: 02 Jun 15 - 07:39 AM

Condolences, m. Beautiful song.


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: maeve
Date: 02 Jun 15 - 06:12 AM

No wonder I couldn't sleep. Our own big-hearted Jean Ritchie has flown away.


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: maeve
Date: 01 Jun 15 - 11:14 PM

Thank you, friends. I'm so grateful we worked together to give them music right away rather than putting it off for a convenient time. My friend and his wife needed that particular kind of solace. I've been asked to sing at his service, and I will do that, but this form of love-giving does always make singing harder for me for a while afterwards.

***    ***    ***    ***    ***    ***    ***    ***    ***    ***
                Song for Bill
               
'Tis easy to linger in sorrow alone
Turn away from the ones we hold dear
Far harder to open Grief's door to the world
And let the West Wind take our fears.
    The pain of our losses, hard choices of life
    Mark each step we will take on the way
    But the Love that encircles a generous heart
    Brings clear vision in darkest of days
   
When Grief clings too close as you search for a path
You may stumble as you walk together
Hold fast to sweet music, that high-flying bird,
In the worst sort of hardship and weather.
    A sorrow that's shared can make enemies, friends.
    So give pardon for wrongs felt and given
    Release the old grudges, let them fly away
    And cherish your loved ones still living.
   
Reflections and shadows of previous grief
Will color each subsequent sorrow.
The sadness of losing our family and friends
Will linger through many tomorrows.
    So sing for the heart that is weeping tonight
    The heart that's bereft and forsaken
    Joy comes in the morning to comfort and cheer
    And Contentment one day will awaken.

© Maeve in Maine, 2015


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: GUEST,Manuel
Date: 01 Jun 15 - 09:43 PM

Maeve, the 7.46 pm post above is mine.


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: frogprince
Date: 01 Jun 15 - 08:49 PM

You can say that again, Janie   : )


Maeve, bless your heart; ya done good.


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: Janie
Date: 01 Jun 15 - 08:05 PM

Maeve, holding his family, you and all who loved him in my heart. Such a gift you and others offered him in his last days. Such solace.

Congrats to your nephew, Tami.


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: Janie
Date: 01 Jun 15 - 08:04 PM

Maeve, holding his family, you and all who loved him in my heart. Such a gift you and others offered him in his last days. Such solace.

Congrats to your nephew, Tami.


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Jun 15 - 07:46 PM

Maeve, just checking in after many a day and seeing your post of today. A long, warm, consoling hug from me too. Stay strong!


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 01 Jun 15 - 06:49 PM

Oh, I'm sorry Maeve. I am sure your singing and that of others has eased her along her journey.

The Continuing in Guam thread contains more sad news.


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: ranger1
Date: 01 Jun 15 - 06:44 PM

Hugs to you, Maeve.

I am headed to Kentucky in a couple of days for my nephew Austin's high school graduation. He is the child of my heart, the apple of my eye, and we have shared a special bond from the day he was born. I could not be prouder of him. He is severely dyslexic and reads at about a 4th grade level and has persevered without any encouragement from family in Kentucky. He reads for enjoyment, even though it is frequently a struggle, and we have the Harry Potter and Percy Jackson books to thank for that. I do wonder where the years went, seems like just yesterday he was a toddler who used to climb into bed with me in the morning for a cuddle and now he's a tall young man heading into adulthood.


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: billybob
Date: 01 Jun 15 - 01:41 PM

Sending hugs Maeve xxx
Wendy


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: GUEST,Pete from seven stars link
Date: 01 Jun 15 - 01:15 PM

Bless you maeve. I hope that the comfort and kindness that you have been able to demonstrate to your friend in his passing, proves to be some consolation to you at this time.    Pete.


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: maeve
Date: 01 Jun 15 - 09:44 AM

The friend to whom I've been singing alone and with the folk chorus to which I belong died yesterday. Thanks for your kind thoughts, and please be encouraged to offer your music to those who have been bereft of music.

Maeve


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 31 May 15 - 08:53 PM

The young ladies may have a period of readjustment as you suggested, Nigel, but I imagine they will be happy to be home--and soon start planning their next adventure. Gnu, unless I misread, your post was the 4,500th on this thread!


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: gnu
Date: 31 May 15 - 07:54 AM

What a wonderful and educational trip save that early "glitch" which was, in a way, educational albeit very upsetting.


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: Nigel Paterson
Date: 31 May 15 - 03:20 AM

Our 'Travelling Twosome' fly back into the UK on Tuesday, after two days sightseeing in NYC. I think there will inevitably be a period of 'readjustment', fitting back into the home routine. After roughly three months of new sights, sounds, food & culture; dear old London Town is going to feel so mundane. I'm very relieved that we didn't have to call on any of you to provide emergency bed & board, but it was most reassuring to know there was a veritable army of Folk, willing to help, had the need arisen...thank you, All.
                                              With Love,
                                                             Nigel & Ann
                                                             xxxxxxxxxx


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: Nigel Paterson
Date: 28 May 15 - 07:48 AM

I forgot...heartfelt thanks to senders of PMs & emails.
                                                                                  Nigel.


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: Nigel Paterson
Date: 28 May 15 - 02:04 AM

Some love-filled musings...gnu: I might just abbreviate the title to 'Rant', which suddenly reminds me, I used to play a tune called 'The High Level Rant' on Mandolin, back in my Halliard days. Thanks for the kind thoughts.
         Dean: you're right, I am a compulsive apologist. You'd think, after all we've shared on The Rainbow that I could open my heart, guilt-free. I promise, next time I'm feeling so beset, I'll just say what's on my mind, no apologies for doing so. I'm fairly certain that will be a first for me...real progress.
         Pete: Yes, the composing has helped to ease the pressure. My thinking is now more preoccupied with the 'Musical Behemoth' I'm creating...anger redefined!
         ChanteyLass: I'm pleased I made you smile, but whether you'd enjoy listening to the finished piece, I'm not so sure! Yes, there are clashing cymbals & some mighty hits on a Tam Tam. It's something akin to Hans Zimmer meets John Cage!
         Janie: I'm sure I've said this before, but you have the uncanny knack of finding 'le chanson juste'. The alternative title: 'Ludwig's Song' says it all for me. Of all the Classical composers, Beethoven is the man I admire the most. I studied his life & music. Taught some of his music to eager students. Not only do you bring me Beethoven, but Joni Mitchell too, the singer/songwriter I admire the most. Beautifully poetic lyrics, carried on a complex, compelling melody & the arrangement is wonderfully idiosyncratic. No one writes like Joni...she's in a league of her own. "Shake your fist at lightening. Roar like forest fire. The gift goes on". I need those words, writ large, on every wall, in every room of my house.
          A simple "Thank you" to you all, conceals a greater love.
                                                         Nigel
                                                         xxxx


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: gnu
Date: 27 May 15 - 03:00 PM

Ditto m.... RIP and thanks, Art.


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: maeve
Date: 27 May 15 - 11:48 AM

Dear friends,

Art Thieme has died. He lived every minute to its fullest. There's a thread upstairs. Thoughts for his best friend and love, his wife Carol.

Maeve


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: Janie
Date: 26 May 15 - 11:14 PM

Shake your fist at lightening. Roar like forest fire. The gift goes on.


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 26 May 15 - 07:39 PM

Aw, Nigel, it often seems like when one body system gets off-balance, it starts knocking down others. I wish this wasn't happening to you, but since it is, this is the place to come, as you well know.

"Rant for Orchestra"--hmm, the title makes me smile, but the sound of the music might make me frown! Any cymbals clashing in that piece?


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: GUEST,pete from seven stars link
Date: 26 May 15 - 06:13 PM

here's also hoping that the orchestral rant relieves some of the pressure as you express yourself through music.   and for an easing of the ailments.    blessings all    pete.


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: frogprince
Date: 26 May 15 - 11:49 AM

You oughta apologize for apologizing for sharing your problems and your frustration here, Nigel : )
Always keeping you and all here in mind and heart.

               Dean


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: gnu
Date: 26 May 15 - 10:39 AM

Sorry to hear of your woes, Nigel. I'm glad to hear "Rant for Orchestra" is of some solace. Great title, BTW.


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: Nigel Paterson
Date: 26 May 15 - 10:18 AM

Much here on which to reflect...much here that is deserving of comment, which, as so often happens, has been covered by others, far more eloquently & profoundly than I could ever manage. All of which is not helped by the fact that I'm writing this, wallowing in self-pity...PMR out of whack...Diabetes out of whack...Osteopenia causing more problems than I was ever led to believe it would & steroids, don't get me started on steroids! I'm trying to compose my way out of this 'slough of despond' with mixed results...little finesse, loud, rough 'n' ready...a brass player's/percussionist's dream. It's interesting how the internalised anger finds it's way to my hands...not just a case of physically striking the keys harder, but also the harmonic choices...more dissonance; melodies more angular & abrasive. If I get this piece finished, it's going to need as much editing as it did composing. An appropriate working title could be: "Rant for Orchestra".
          Forgive me...I'm in an awkward frame of mind.
                                                                                 With Love to You All,
                                                                                                                Nigel
                                                                                                               xxxxx


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: ranger1
Date: 23 May 15 - 08:04 PM

The only resolution for him, I fear, will be when he turns 18 in two years and a month. In the meantime, I will support him as much as I am able without getting either him or the non-custodial parent in hot water with the custodial parent.

In other happier news, my beloved nephew Austin, aka The Bean, will graduating from high school in two weeks and I will be flying down to Kentucky to see it happen. Where did the years go?! Seems like just yesterday he was a toddler...


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 23 May 15 - 07:36 PM

Tami, I hope your young family member's situation is resolved soon and in the best way possible.

Wendy, I hope your daughter soon gets safe, effective treatment.

Hugs to you both and to everyone aboard Jane's Rainbow.


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: gnu
Date: 22 May 15 - 12:39 PM

I've been doing research lately. I searched "caregiver" at YT and here is a good one (there are many)... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSUNMbQz59g


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: gnu
Date: 22 May 15 - 12:14 PM

Janie... she sounds tough indeed! Sad to hear of the injuries.

Tami... I know how you feel.

Wendy... I hope good news continues.


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: billybob
Date: 22 May 15 - 06:27 AM

Sending love to Maeve,Janie and Tami and through them to their loved ones who need our Rainbow magic!Just reminds us how wonderful it is to be able to come here and share our joys,fears and sorrows.

Some more good news from me, my daughter ( very ill since August last) gave in to my nagging and saw a consultant privately on Monday. She, the consultant, was very cross that Sam had been so badly let down by our local hospital. She has arranged for an MRI and other tests to be done asoon as possible on the NHS!! Also says Sam is a suitable candidate for a new treatment that is very expensive and probably the local hospital didn't want to fund? So fingers crossed once again.

I must say that the same hospital is where Billy has had such wonderful care and treatment over the past 7 years but in a different department, so praise where it is deserved!

sending love to all

Wendy xxxxxxxxxxx


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: frogprince
Date: 22 May 15 - 03:35 AM

When I read stuff like Maeve's last couple of posts, I'm reminded anew of how I love this bunch. There are very few days when I don't check this thread and think of you all.


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: ranger1
Date: 21 May 15 - 09:29 PM

Maeve - hugs.

Janie - Poor Mom! Glad she has all of you looking out for her.

I could use some hugs myself tonight. I have a young family member being used as a pawn between feuding parents and it ain't pretty and there isn't much I can do about it. Said young person has a much older sibling who is out of the house and trying to help, but is running into roadblocks. I just wish people would put the needs of the children first. My heart is breaking for the poor kid.


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 21 May 15 - 08:09 PM

Ouch for your mom, Janie. I hope she recuperates as quickly as possible with no setbacks. It sounds like she has a good support team. Good thoughts on their way from RI.


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: Janie
Date: 20 May 15 - 10:26 PM

In the whole scheme of things not a big concern, but will still ask for healing thoughts for my Mom. As she notes, she is a tough old bird and among my sister, my nephews and me we have the bases covered, but no fun not being very ambulatory, and at an age when having to rely unequally on assorted joints to compensate for injuries to others can cause problems. Mom took a hard fall last weekend in a parking lot leaving a theatrical production. Sprained her left ankle, broke her right knee cap, has a sprained thumb and a black eye.

The sprain is more problematic than the broken kneecap in terms of ambulating, and she says that if she were still a working stiff, she would be taking ugly leave rather than sick leave due to the black eye.


Sis had had driven down here from Maryland on Saturday, to continue her remarkable efforts to help me with home maintenance and repair. She headed up to WV on Sunday to tend to Mom, and I head up on Friday to relieve her. My oldest nephew who lives with her is gone on a very rare vacation to Arizona but will be back by Tuesday and I will head back home and back to work on Wednesday. My youngest nephew, who happens to be a physician, is also attentive but has a busy work schedule plus two preschool kids. He is managing the medical pieces. Mom has had some joint surgeries and other health issues that could be problematic but have not been so far, and it is a huge relief for us non-medical folks to know he is on top of those potential issues and communicating with her doctors, a huge relief and help for us non-medical ignoramuses.

As I read through what I have written, realize it is not so much about asking for good thoughts for my aged mother as it is an expression of gratitude.


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: Janie
Date: 20 May 15 - 09:29 PM

Well said, Maeve. And well done as the doing continues. Realize the situations are probably different in many ways, but as the cancer spread in my Dad's brain and his ability to communicate and our ability to comprehend what he was communicating diminished, (and the morphine was upped to produce a coma-like state, it was still clear that the music mattered and that he knew and cherished and was comforted. Not only that, but took joy in it.

I suspect isn't trying to sing. He is singing.

Surrounding him, his wife and all of you who love him with light and love.


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