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Well, that didn’t go like I planned at all…


Huh… Has it really been eleven months without a single post? Sheesh! That’s just all kinds of wrong.

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2013 in Reflection…


…and what lies ahead.

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Seeing Humanity


Most days I am assaulted with examples of the worst of human nature, through the news and stories from the lives of people I know, and it often leaves me in despair for our future. But then something happens, usually something small, that gives me a glimpse of hope. This time it was something huge.
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The “Weird Kid” Speaks


When I say I was a weird kid…I’m really not exaggerating. Reading Shakespeare Sonnets and WWII Socio-Political history books in 4th Grade was just portion of what set me apart from my “peers.” Music also had a huge impact on how difficult it was for me to relate to a lot of people my own age.

My uncle introduced me to the Southern & Album Rock of the 70s, my grandfather’s hi-fi set was my entry into the world of Jazz and Big Band, my mother’s 45s were the source of my fascination with 50s Hit Parade and Rockabilly, and my little “Solid State” transistor radio only seemed capable of picking up one station, no matter where I put it, and one grounded afternoon in my bedroom at the age of 8 started me down the Country road. Add to this my fascination with movie scores, John Phillip Sousa, and the symphony shows at the Kennedy Center…and you arrive at a very strange 12/13 year old girl at the slumber parties. The only Jacksons I had listened to by 1983 were the Jackson 5 singing “Rockin’ Robin” & “ABC.”

Thankfully for me, I had some awesome friends, and a new radio. Shawn introduced me to KISS when we were kids out in the Boondocks, so it wasn’t hard to get into the Hair Bands of the 80s. One of the guys in the drum corps got me totally hooked on the sound of the synthesizer, so the Wave of the 80s was a natural step. My friend Joiey introduced me to two things, better radio in Colorado (KPKE & KBCO), and her boyfriend’s band. The hours we spent exploring ALL that music had to offer put me in a MUCH better spot by the time I got to high school (and made me a frequent visitor to Wax Trax back in the day).

But don’t get me wrong, I was still a weird kid. I was just a more well-rounded weird by the time I hit high school. It was nothing for me to talk Whitesnake & RATT with folks who really should not have been in the smoking area with the volume of Aqua-Net on their heads, or Sex Pistols and The Clash with someone whose hair was taller than I am, even if they were 6 inches shorter. And I could follow the conversation when caught in a gaggle of cheerleaders gushing about the latest Duran Duran video, and who was going to camp out to get tickets if their tour came through Denver. I could also tell when our Maria in “The Sound of Music” was so off-key she was messing with the strong section’s ability to accompany her for “The Hills Are Alive…” And I took my brothers and sister to a Nylons concert at the Paramount, because 50s Hit Parade was still dear to my heart.

While being a weird kid did have some difficult social implications (you are not supposed to get along with Jocks, Theatre Geeks, Brainiacs, and Stoners…all at the same time – it makes everyone nervous, apparently), I think it gave me a better view of the 80s than the average person. It certainly gives me a FANTASTIC soundtrack for my adolescent years. 馃榾


NOTE: And we didn’t even touch on my weirder tastes in music… Yeah, at 43, I’m still a weird kid. LOL Yeah, I’m also trying to get back to my blog again, so hopefully this won’t be the last one.



Thoughts inspired by the Colorado Wildfires


A few things I need to get off my chest in regards to the recent fires in Colorado..

1) Seeing how everyone pulls together, and works to get through these things makes my heart fill with so much hope for us as a society.

2) Witnessing the sometimes stoic, but always strong nature of the emergency services people makes me very proud. These are the people we should admire and respect above all else.

3) Mother Nature is NOT predictable, dependable, or fair. It is the randomness of basic life which allows many things to happen, and seeing people trying to place blame &/or fault on anyone or thing for that randomness just makes me want to scream. There is no one to blame when 65mph winds force the flames to flow in another direction, or when lightning strikes in remote locations set dead timber to fire, or if someone has a blowout that causes a spark which lights the prairie on fire. There is no grand plan, there are just things that happen, you must simply accept them and react to the situation. The only thing you have ANY control over is your own reaction to the things that happen.

4) Please, take some time to use these randomly tragic events to be grateful for and acknowledge all of the good things and people in your lives. And be sure to make a plan of your own to deal with emergencies. Never let the notion of “it could never happen to me” infect your brain. It can always happen to you, and you will never know until it does, and just because you plan for something DOES NOT mean you are asking for it to happen. I’ve had a will since I was 21 years old, and update it often. I also have insurance, and I’ve always made sure to express my wishes, in the event anything happens. And at every single opportunity, I tell people how much they mean to me.

5) Be safe, hug your loved ones, ask for help if/when you need it, and know that I am so grateful for everyone who has graced my life with their presence, no matter how long or brief that association has been, it has value to me, as do each one of you.

*To help with the Colorado Fires from a distance, I suggest you use the resources from this Denver Post article.


A Defining Moment



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Definition of COMMUNITY

1 : a unified body of individuals: as

a : state, commonwealth

b : the people with common interests living in a particular area; broadly : the area itself <the problems of a large community>

c : an interacting population of various kinds of individuals (as species) in a common location

d : a group of people with a common characteristic or interest living together within a larger society <a community of retired persons>

e : a group linked by a common policy

f : a body of persons or nations having a common history or common social, economic, and political interests <the international community>

g : a body of persons of common and especially professional interests scattered through a larger society <the academic community>

2 : society at large

3 聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 a : joint ownership or participation <community of goods>

b : common character : likeness <community of interests>

c : social activity : fellowship

d : a social state or condition

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Busy Geek is Busy


Just got back from GalaxyFest, a brand new con in Colorado Springs, which benefits the Colorado Literacy Foundation. I am really loving this charity trend coming out with the new conventions. On the slate for June is the new Denver Comic Con at the Colorado Convention Center, and they are benefiting the Comicbook Classroom project, which uses the graphic novel medium to inspire kids to write and create.

Add to that the 50th Annual Denver St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17th, with a new float and the addition of the Colorado Movie Cars to our lineup, we’re going to ROCK the streets of LoDo with our awesomeness. And then we have Starfest in April, which is always a big event, and will be quickly followed by the 2nd Annual May the Fourth celebration at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum. With the help of the museum’s new marketing firm, we’re hoping to make this year an all-out success!

Later in the summer, I’ve got tickets to see Colorado’s own Parker & Stone’s “The Book of Mormon.” These were not tickets easy to come by, but I was determined, and made it through the ticket system to snap them up. And then there’s my ULTIMATE GEEKTASTIC VACATION OF AWESOMENESS! Star Wars Celebration 6, followed by a road trip up the southern coast with my best friend, and then it’s Dragon*Con 2012, baby!

So, I am really thrilled with everything on the schedule this year. May not have as much time for a lot of other stuff, but I am gearing up for the R2-KT Make-A-Wish Auction that I run at Starfest (and always looking for geektastic donations), as well as starting a contest for my work with The X-Wing Project (check out our Facebook page for forthcoming details).

If you need me, I’ll be the exhausted one on the other side of September.


The Origins of…Me


I’ve been at this family history thing for a long time. You could say that it all started with an assignment in my 8th grade Spanish Class. Se帽or Mason had the class make family trees in order to help us learn all the Spanish words for familial relationships. I don鈥檛 think he realized what he was unleashing nearly thirty years ago.

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*That* House


I am thankful for many things in this life, including the ability to take every breath, and I try very hard to not keep my gratitude to myself. If I am thankful for something, or someone, I work very hard to express that gratitude, because I鈥檝e discovered that it can actually grow when you let it out.

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Eye on the Prize


It’s that time of the year when people send out cards and letters, catching people up on their lives and taking a few moments to reflect on the past in the process. I am just as guilty as the next person when it comes to that kind of thing. But this year I’m taking a slightly different route.

This year, I’m looking to the future.

People do this all the time. People who aren’t me. I’ve had to spend much of my energy dealing with the present, and merely hoping for the future. But things are different now. I am different now.

First of all, I’m hoping to begin a long, painful, powerful and intensive process of physical reconstruction. Injury and generally pushing my body beyond its limits for a very long time has taken its toll. First up, my evaluation for total knee replacement surgery. My right knee was damaged in an accident when I was fourteen, and because of growth plate damage it never properly formed and I’ve spent a lot of years and surgeries keeping it working.

Total knee replacement is the only thing left to do, but thanks to the insurance industry I’ve had to wait a long time to meet their criteria for approval. There are still a few hurdles to make it over to get that far, but that’s the heart of the the changes. After that’s done, there’s the damage clean-up to the good knee, and finally some work on my poor feet. For more than twenty years I have not known a world without pain, and for more than ten I haven’t known a single day without it. Even if I only get one day a month without the pain, it will be worth all the trouble.

I am now faced with a chance to do things I’ve had to leave behind for years, and the prospect of a life without so much pain is almost too good to believe. Just being able to get down on the floor to play with the kids without needing the Corps of Engineers to get back up feels like a pipe dream. I might be able to do more than take a drive in the mountains again, without risking the chance of having to be rescued when I take a fall. And something as mundane as being able to take my mother shopping without spending an entire day recovering from the time on my feet could be a reality again.

So, after gathering up all the photos for creating聽 a year in review album to share with family and friends, I took a few moments to see a vision of my future. And as scary as it all is, I have to admit that I really like what I see.

This has gotten me thinking about the way I’ve been living my life until now. Always my mind on where I was, and never on where I was going; the anti-thesis of the admonition Master Yoda gave to a young Luke Skywalker. Proving once again that everything in moderation is really the way to go. Never taking the time to look forward is just as bad as always looking back. In some ways, it might even be worse. You do and say things in the moment, that you don’t always think about the consequences of them. And I hope that this realization is enough to help me continue to grow intellectually this year, just as much as the physical transformation.

Going forward, I now know that I need to use the lessons of the past, live my life every single day without regret, and always keep an eye on the future to know where I’m going.聽 And may each of you have a happy and transforming new year as well.

FYI – That year in review album I mentioned.

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