Monthly Archives: November 2008


As we start the one week countdown to Avery’s surgery, I continue to learn about others that have been through this.

The video below about “Mary”, recounts her and her family’s experience regarding the surgery to correct her 75 degree curve (Avery has a 52 degree curve). Ironically Mary went to the same schools as Avery. Centennial Middle School and Mountain Pointe High School.  

Her story is actually a relief to watch as tonight we head to Phoenix Children’s Hospital for a tour/class. 


Record-breaking success:

When Dr. White came out the operating room, Mary’s parents could tell immediately he was upbeat, even before his first words were spoken.
He showed the concerned parents a small X-ray of the rods and inserted screws, and what was now a very straight spine. According to Dr White, Mary set a new personal record for him for the number of screws used during surgery.
Mary received excellent care. Not only from Dr. White, who was as we anticipated, awesome, but everyone that came through our door. Everyone cared about Mary as a person. –Sally
The record-breaking endeavor was significant for Mary, too. She’s now doing everything she’s ever wanted – including being a member of her high school’s state champion badminton team – without the heavy physical and emotional toll that once weighed her down.
She has her whole life ahead of her, to embrace life, and live it any way she would like. It’s just a joy to see her so healthy.     –Sally
Needless to say, Mary no longer needs a brace. She finds all the support and strength she needs from her family and within herself.

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Friday’s World Music Video


Well once again the date says it’s Saturday but not here. So still time to post a world music video as promised.

Here’s the legendary Femi Kuti; son of African icon Fela Anikulapo Kuti.

Femi was born in London on 16 June 1962 to Fela and Remi Kuti and grew up in the former Nigerian capital, Lagos. His mother soon left his father, taking Femi to live with her. In 1977, though, Femi chose to move in with his father. Femi eventually became a member of his father’s band.

Like his father, Femi has shown a strong commitment to social and political causes throughout his career, but he differs from his father in his religious views.

I had the great pleasure to meet Femi in Milwaukee after his Summerfest 2007 performance. You can see my images from that concert on my web gallery here. Look in the “World Music” album. And it was a blast meeting the members of his band (pic at the top of this post).

Here’s Femi performing one of his hits, “Beng, Beng, Beng”


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Ten days later….

Long time between posts. After the election I had to catch my breath. It’s a relief to not feel glued to the day’s scandalous election topic. 

Now there’s much to do. Preparing for Avery’s surgery and aftercare. He should be back in the swing of things by end of January.

I’m taking the next step and leasing a studio in the Garfield Galleria.  Even though there’s that “economy” thing going on.

In the meantime, we’re enjoying the phenomenal weather, creatin’, and livin’ the dream. 

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Time to Walk the Walk

We got the change we needed. it’s time to do something with it. We talked the talk, now it’s time to walk the walk.

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Did they forget about me?


“okay it’s been 2 days and I ain’t heard nuthin’. call!  McCain!?!? Sarah!!?!?

whatamygonnadonow? gottadosumthin’.

I just charged up that white cordless house phone over in the corner and it works-

haha “white-house phone”- get it?,

ok, just calm down and think this through.

Let’s see, I’m single with no prospects, not really a plumber, can’t afford to buy the company, owe back taxes… hmmm…

think, think…

oh crud, why don’t they call?”

…..and what’s Andy doing here?


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from the BBC….

The BBC’s Justin Webb said the result would have a profound impact on the US.

“On every level America will be changed by this result… [it] will never be the same,” he said

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Change can happen



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