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Remembering: Carla Louise Boe

Went to a Celebration of Life at a campground just south of Duncan in the Cowichan Valley for Carla Louise Boe. I did not know her, but it was also to be a reunion of her pets. We have Annie (registered name: ExcessBaggage Annika), a Swedish Vallhund, who needed to be placed in a good home after Carla’s death. I was unfamiliar with the breed previously.

The only other dog of Carla’s to be brought to this gathering was Mikkael. It was great to see him.

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Birthday Girl

My daughter Kassidy enters the double digits today, born ten years ago. It is so nice to see her, healthy, active, and physically able to do what she wants. That is not how it started out, with a complicated pregnancy, her mother on bed rest for months just trying to keep her alive, and then after her birth, Kassidy spent three months in hospital, on oxygen for 89 days. You can read her story of the complicated pregnancy and birth on her website, Kassidy’s Story.

I did not finish the story after the birth. It was therapeutic to write at the time. We were busy with so much, spending so much time at the hospital, and looking after the rest of the family, though her sister became an excellent cook when she tired of the monotony of my famous dish of chicken thighs, potatoes and carrots.

The prognosis for most of Kassidy’s early life was bleak. We were warned that if she lived, she could be sickly, require oxygen at home, would have asthma or other lung conditions, or could be severely physically disabled.

She made it through all that, and her five bouts of pneumonia. She has no lingering lung or physical health issues, and is very bright, an excellent speller and grammarian, and loves nature and being in her garden.

Kassidy is a testament to perseverance in the face of adversity, and to keep up hope, to keep trying, to be optimistic, and to recall the Stockdale Paradox.

Noreen Louise O’Hara

My cousin Noreen died on November 22, 2008 at 3:45 am at Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, exactly three years ago today. It was two weeks after her 42nd birthday. At her funeral, a small funeral at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Chilliwack, after her brothers spoke, I said these words. They are based on notes I read from my BlackBerry. Her brothers thought that was appropriate, because when Noreen was in the hospital, I would visit her and afterwards, write and email a report for them. (more…)

What Keith Martin Wants To Do

Now that the election is over, and Dr. Keith Martin is a private citizen, here is a video, from 2009, of him talking about what he wants to do.

The Id: What Others Can Do, What We Can Do

An associate of mine has said he couldn’t do what I do. (more…)

Aunt Marie

I received sad news today, on the passing of my Aunt Marie, Mary Segatore. (more…)