Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Still Alice -- the Movie

I couldn't help but post this review from Variety about my friend Lisa Genova's film adaptation of Still Alice.  It got rave reviews at the Toronto Film Festival and it will be in contention for Oscar season.  So proud of Lisa and for everyone involved with the film.
Still Alice movie review from Variety

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Alzheimer's Awareness events

I have had two speaking engagements in the last couple of weeks -- thanks to my new friends in Madison Georgia and the First Presbyterian group here in Athens.  I so appreciate you asking me to speak to your groups and meeting all of you.  Thanks for wanting to learn more about Alzheimer's and helping to spread the word about this dreaded disease.
A dear friend of mine, Kathy Davis, is holding an Alzheimer's fundraising awareness event at her church on Saturday October 11th. It will be held at Moon's Grove Baptist Church, 1985 Moon's Grove Church Road in Colbert Georgia from 11am to 1 p.m. The event will feature jewelry sales (all proceeds go to the Walk to End Alzheimer's), gel nail manicures, raffles and lots of fun for everyone.  Information about Alzheimer's will be available. Also, my friend Kathy will be walking with us this year in the Walk To End Alzheimer's....see below.  She is asking everyone that comes to the event to bring a framed photo in honor or in memory of someone they know that has (had) Alzheimer's.  Kathy wants to then take a photo of all the photos gathered at the event and carry this photo with her in the walk.  She also wants families to sign a t-shirt she will wear on the day of the walk to remember and honor all of her friends and their families that are dealing with Alzheimer's.  It sounds like a great event and I would encourage all of those living out near Colbert to take a few minutes and go by Moon's Grove Baptist Church on Saturday October 11th and say hello to Kathy and do your part to End Alzheimer's. 1985 Moon's Grove Church Road - Colbert, GA 30628  -  706-7
This year's Athens Walk To End Alzheimer's is Saturday October 25th. Thanks to all who have contributed to make our team-- Team Athens the top team for Athens so far. If you still want to donate to the cause you may do so here -- any amount is appreciated!

Monday, September 22, 2014

It's been awhile

I've had so many things going on, so many thoughts in my head, I couldn't get them down on paper.  So many things I have wanted to write about, but getting them out of the brain and through my fingers to the keyboard has been impossible the last few weeks.  I keep making notes of things I want to write about but then when it comes time to sit down and process all the information -- the "processing" fails.  Some days it is like that.....hard to express what you want to say......hard to even say the things you want to say.

I panic when I can't get the thoughts organized in my brain enough to share them.  I think "this is the beginning of the end", "I'll never be able to have a rational thought in my brain". But, eventually, the thoughts become clearer and sharper.......for now.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The heat

has returned.  As you can see by this photo -- we have a friendly deer that comes to get the water out of the watermelon rind we put outside. This is right outside our back door.

Monday, August 18, 2014


I am currently in Bar Harbor Maine.  I am enjoying the scenery, the lobster and the beautiful weather. my son is Iceland, enjoying the scenery, beautiful weather, glaciers, volcanoes and hot spas. who has the better deal here?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Back At It?

About two and half months ago I had my left knee replaced.  I had my right knee replaced about three years ago.  I thought I remembered how long it took for therapy and getting back to "normal" was, but apparently not.  Although, this time around during and after prescribed physical therapy I took to the pool once a day and got stronger a lot faster than I thought I would.

So, last week, I started playing Pickleball again.  I am still not running -- kind of hobbling along best I can.  My partners have been good to me and compensated for my weaknesses.  But, one day I was playing and in an effort to "guard my knee" I took a tumble on the court.  It wasn't the first time I or others have fallen on the court.  We play on a basketball court and sometimes depending on the shoes you wear, your feet can get "stuck" on the floor -- so your body moves but your feet don't, and consequently, down you go.  Well, that is what happened to me and this was the result

a nice bruise to the right thigh. But I didn't hurt my knee!
Tomorrow I am playing golf for the first time since my knee surgery -- let's hope nothing else happens.

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Back from Illinois

We returned from Illinois where we celebrated my brother's life with his wife, my other brother and my brother's children and grandchildren.  It was nice to be with family.  My sister-in-law is doing well, but I know she is exhausted from everything.  Now that my brother is in a better place, we hope Fran will finally get to do some things she has not been able to do for the past few years.

My friends Pody and Rick also came to visit us while we were in Peoria. They are the best friends.......I have many people that I consider "best friends" in the sense they are always there when you need them and even when you don't think you need them, they are there. 

I had my knee replaced a little over two months ago.  I'm not sure if I posted that or not, but I'm glad to say that I am doing much better.  Thanks, in large part to swimming every day and my physical therapy.  This week, I went back to Pickleball -- even though my running is still not what it should be, I was able to play and that makes me happy.  Getting to see my little Pickleball family was good and it lifted my spirits.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Rest In Peace
William Eugene Stagg

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

My brother Bill

As many of you know that have been following me for awhile my oldest brother, Bill has been in ill health for several years.  He has been on borrowed time. But the end is near for him -- the past week has seen a heart attack and two strokes among other things. He left the hospital today to go home to be with loved ones for his final few days.  We have known this day was coming -- but quite truthfully I thought this "time" had come many times before. Now that it is finally here we know that he will be in a better place shortly and in no pain. He is surrounded by his family.

Bill is 13 years older than me so I didn't real know him as a brother. When I was in kindergarten he was in college. I vaguely remember going to some basketball and football games he played in high school. I also remember some times when he baby sat for me and my other brother (who is only two years older than me). After my brother graduated from college he lived away from home, then married. So, I really never spent a lot of time with him until we were both adults. When I was out on my own, we only lived a few miles apart and worked in office buildings across the street from each other. For about a year, every morning we would meet at 5am and play nine holes of golf together. It still gave us time to go to our respective houses and change and get ready for work.  It is kind of strange that that is what I remember the most. I can't remember who won the golf games, but I would be surprised if I won any of them since he played golf on his college team. I am just grateful he shared that time with me.

He has requested no funeral, no memorial service and doesn't even want an obituary in the paper. That is they way he wants it so that is the way it will be. He will leave his wife of 45 years, three children, eight grandchildren and his first great grandchild is due in another month
Since Bill was so much older than Tom and I he was much different than we were. He was partly raised by my grandparents who lived next door to us. We always joked that he came from a different gene pool than we did.  There are a lot of funny stories to share, but those will be saved for another time. He will be missed.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Longest Day

Welcome Summer!  It is really hot here in the south already so I hope it is not an indication of what we have to look forward to all summer long.  Last year, about this time I was lamenting about running in the Peachtree Road Race (largest 10K in the country). This year -- I'm not running or walking -- just watching.  My son and daughter-in-law are going to be running again and I am just going to watch them go by! I do have an excuse this year, a few weeks ago I had my left knee replaced.  Three years ago I had my right one replaced and it was time for the left one to follow the same surgery.  I forgot a lot about what it was like, but my physical therapy is kicking into high gear and it is kicking me in the butt!  I don't remember it hurting like that before but it probably did.  Anyway, in a couple of months I will be good as new (well maybe not quite true) but will be much better off than I was a month or so ago. 

Today is "The Longest Day" as it is the summer solstice. However, you may have also seen a little publicity about Alzheimer's Longest Day.  Today, many groups and organizations are helping to raise money for Alzheimer's by doing an activity all day.  For instance, there is a group here in Athens that is playing bridge all day and raising money.  Others are running, sailing, playing scrabble, walking, playing basketball, etc. to help raise awareness and much needed funds for research.  Thanks to all of those that are participating this year.  I hope next year, I can organize some of my friends and we can play Pickleball all day long!