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Monday, July 16, 2012

Momma Henry's Trek


Bicycles for Momma Henry's Trek
Saturday at McDonald’s in Louisburg, Kansas, we met four college students traveling cross country by bicycle.
“We’re raising money for charity,” David Henry said. “My mother died of lymphoma last November and the ride is inspired by her and in her honor.” David's brother, Jonathan, is part of the group, along with two friends, Carlos and Guadalupe.
“We left San Francisco 44 days ago and have 36 more days until we reach Yorktown, Virginia, our final destination.”
The four students said they’d met other cyclists and many people at their stopping and resting points. Sponsored by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, they hope to raise a minimum of $10,000 for cancer research. At this time, they are close to that goal. 
Traveling across biking trails and less-traveled highways, they’ve mapped our their route. When they entered Missouri, they planned to cross the state on the Katy Trail, then take Route 66 to Chicago. 
“Utah was the hardest,” they all agreed. With deserts and mountains to cross, it taxed their abilities. One said he’d already lost 25 pounds on the trip.
They are living as cheaply as possible, camping out most nights. They frequently eat and connect to the Internet at McDonald’s. They also discussed the many meals of Ramen noodles.
When they head back to college next month, they should all be energized, in top physical condition and feeling the satisfaction of a job well done. To check on their progress and/or to donate to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, visit www.mommahenrystrek.org.
Other groups of students are making similar cross-country treks to raise money for research. It certainly gave us an appreciation for today’s young people who will be able leaders and responsible citizens in the not-too-distant future.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Tallulah Bankhead




"Nobody can be exactly like me. Even I have trouble doing it."
                                Tallulah Bankhead


On the square in downtown Huntsville, Alabama, we found a sign indicating the site of Tallulah Bankhead's birth in 1902. She left home at the age of 15 and became an actress on stage and in movies and television.

She was a contemporary of actresses Bette Davis and Greta Garbo. One of her most famous film appearances was Alfred Hitchcock's Lifeboat.

Tallulah became famous for her deep voice and flamboyant personality. Although raised in a conservative environment, she made a name for herself with her anything-but-conservative comments and actions.

She was Alabama's first professional actress and was inducted into the Alabama Women's Hall of Fame - http://www.awhf.org/bankhead.html.

To see her in action, watch the YouTube video, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiCdydG62SA.


Saturday, July 7, 2012

Moments that mold lives


Mike Sweeney and Ben Avery



Moments grasped amid the chaos of everyday living can change and mold us forever. Yesterday such a moment captured our family. 
Eight years ago this month, our grandson Ben suffered a critical brain trauma injury in a car accident. This event that defined our family and most certainly the everyday lives of his parents and brothers brought unexpected and deeply appreciated blessings from family, friends, neighbors and “angels” across our country who prayed for Ben, winged their love and positive energy our way and displayed God’s hand at work.

One such "angel" was MLB's Mike Sweeney, then playing for the Kansas City Royals. In a day when too many sports "heroes" have feet of clay, Mike Sweeney's reputation as a good, kind-hearted man doesn't make the news headlines.

For the true story of Mike's influence on a young boy and his family, read http://http://www.examiner.com/article/a-hero-creates-an-unforgettable-moment-for-a-young-kansas-city-boy?cid=db_articles.