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Best All Around – that’s my girl

Got a call this morning that Jinni & I ought to come and stay for all three hours of Grimsley High School’s Senior Awards Day.  So we did.  If you are looking for the good in public education, Grimsley’s auditorium this morning would be a fine place to start.  It is a pretty amazing event. [...]

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Hoggard for queen

In another, albeit non-partisan, upcoming election, I am pulling for Hannah Josephine Hoggard to become Grimsley High School’s 2009 homecoming queen. She was one of 12 finalists who made the cut to circle the track on board a fancy convertible during the halftime activities during next Friday’s homecoming game at Jamieson Field. I’m pretty proud [...]

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The path (hopefully) not traveled

I don’t mind telling you that this sent me into a bit of a funk last week. My Jinni was diagnosed with the same cancer, in the same week, as Elizabeth Edwards back in ’04.  They both underwent the same therapies and received the same prognosis when the doctors got through with the cruel magic [...]

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Life is good, except for that stadium vote

It could be because I have let this blog to lanquish for a time, but my N&R column ended up coming across like three separate blog posts this week: One about Jinni, one about War Memorial Stadium and, of course, I had to mention Grimsley football. I really am trying to get back to blogging [...]

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Paying it backward and forward

“…Greensboro took my family under its collective wing and sent us soaring to heights of gratitude that are extremely hard to express.  But let me try…” Since the N&R has given me space in the newspaper to say whatever I want, what I wanted needed to say in today’s column is “thank you” to our community for all [...]

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Two words for Greensboro

Yesterday, during the ‘Commissioner’s Comments’ portion of the Greensboro Parks & Recreation Commission, I used my time to relate a ‘point of personal privilege’.  Because the meeting is televised over cable Channel 13, it was the only way I could think of to thank my community in person for what it has done for my [...]

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The last chapter… sort of.

Today’s N&R article about my family and cancer was hard to read, especially the things my children told reporter-turned-friend Maria Johnson.  Things that have slipped through the cracks and seeped into the seams of my family’s lives over the past year.  Things that seemed trivial at the time… but really aren’t. Yeah, I know 16 year-old Jackson [...]

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Turn the page

I just returned from taking Jinni to her last radiation treatment at the Cancer Center.  She has absorbed everything they threw at her as is now cancer free. Although the people that work there are just the nicest folks you would ever want to meet, it will be good to see them less often than we [...]

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Too expensive to repair?

One year ago today… rain fell.  One year later, it is a beautiful sunny day.

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The cancer year

Marking the end of her breast cancer cure, the last of Jinni’s 35 radiation treatments will be administered this coming Thursday.  The day before, November 2nd, will mark the one year anniversary of her diagnosis.  After a year and a day of bad news, chemo, surgery, meatloaf, more chemo, more surgery, good news, laughter, nausea, financial devastation, community support, [...]

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