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I caught it at a Parade

I did…REALLY !

So here’s the typical situation. I pulled into the carpool line….the teachers are getting both girls.. On the floor is an assortment of beads , cups, and other St Patrick’s Day trinkets from the parade.

Naturally the one that falls out is pictured above. 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March 17, 2009 at 7:38 am Leave a comment

In Memory of Melissa

In the Spring of 1982 a somewhat shy 13 year old boy was gearing up for his first Spring Dance. He decided to ask a friend -a fellow 13 year old girl to go with him, and she accepted. He felt out of his league-wanting to impress and do all the things boys his age would do to win the favor of a date. He knew to be polite and treat girls like young ladies, and he wanted to do it all just right. His mom brought him to pick her up-his nerves worked up as he got out of the car. He asked for help pinning on the corsage, and then they were on their way. The dance was fun, even relaxed… and the night ended on a good note. And although neither was interested in “dating for real” after that dance, it was still a poignant moment in that young man’s life.

The young man was me, and the date was an attractive young woman with an amazingly outgoing personality named Melissa Duke. After the 8th grade we did not go to the same high school. In fact, I never saw her again after that…..A phone call with one of my best friends brought her memory back to me.

“This whole Melissa Duke thing still has me messed up,” my friend Steve said. I had NO idea what had happened three weeks before.

Melissa Duke Mooney passed away at the age of 41 on February 18. It was sudden. And she had not been ill until her last hours. Her Facebook page showed two beautiful little girls walking side by side-her daughters. I then Googled and found the obituary and began to read about the life of a woman I had not known for 27 years. As I read on I saw You Tube videos of her singing on stage, and saw that she was publishing a book. And in a strange moment I caught myself reconnecting with someone who I could not actually reconnect with at all….because she had passed on.

And although I did not know her at all in my adult life, I began to grieve…. for her…for her family. I asked “Why?”

Melissa was not only the first “dance date” I ever had. She was also the first peer of mine to pass away at this age. And for someone whom I did not know at all beyond 1982, I still grieve for her passing. And grieve for her husband and family in Nashville that must move on without her…and grieve for two little girls who have lost their mom in their youngest of years.

Sometimes the smallest moments in time leave the largest impressions on us…..I felt a loss of someone who I shared only a blink in time with…

I’ll close now…it’s getting tougher to read the screen. My prayers go out to the Mooney family tonight.

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March 9, 2009 at 10:07 pm Leave a comment

25 things: Murphy

OK , I understand this is supposed to be cathartic, but this is going to be 25 ( if I can get to it) random things. If you ask Jodi, I am such an expressive person that most everyone knows everything about me. So I’ll try to pop a few surprises in here.

1-I love my family. My Jodi_taylor-phoebe family, and my immediate family growing up. It’s unconditional, and we’re lucky to have no superficial BS get in the way.

2-I idolize my grandmother, Heidi. She’s 95 now. She always said “Honey you can do whatever you put your mind to” and “always pay attention.”

3-I started in radio when I was 16. I’ve never made a living any other way.

4-I chew my tongue. I can’t stand it, and can’t seem to stop.

5-I’m insulin dependent ( Type 1 diabetic).

6- Sometimes I get really outdone with #5. But it’s a blessing.

7- I smoked cigarettes for 13 years, 2.5 packs a day. I loved it – but I quit in 2000. One of the blessings of #5.

8-My favorite indulgences are music and food. I love ALL kinds of music from Nat King Cole to Nirvana to FloRida.

9-I’ve asked Jodi that if I am ever in a coma or unconscious to have music playing by my side at least 12 hours a day.

10 Even at 40, I’m a bit naïve.

11- I’m really proud of my dad. He’s been dry for 19 years. I’m really proud of my mom for coming to terms with all of that back then.

12-My parents gave me a cassette recorder on my 7th birthday in 1975. I still have some of those recordings. My love for what I do today was born then.

13-The most peaceful place for me is the beach. It is my favorite escape.

14-I am glad I waited until my 30s to have children. I was not ready in my 20s to take care of myself much less a family.

15- I am compulsive and like to buy things in 2’s.

16-I’ve had four major turning points in my life at 13,19,29 and 37. Each were rude awakenings that I needed to learn and better myself. I also got a “bonus round” at 40 which was dumb but accomplished the same thing.

17- I work with a special team of people. This is my 17th year with what has become Murphy Sam and Jodi. I do not take it for granted. Life changes quickly.

18-I’ve never met another person who knows me ,can read me, can predict me, and loves me like Jodi. That one works the same in the other direction too.

19- Todd, Randy, Carol, Steve,Gina, David, Dana, Rick…my most unconditional friends who’ve known me for 25 years.

20 – My secret guilty pleasure: easy listening music ie : Jackie Gleason, Mantovani.

21- I love the Blue Angels, and see them when I can. Nothing else is like the rush you get from the sound and sight of their formations.

22- I believe the guy should do the ‘V” instead of his wife having surgery. It’s too easy not too, and less complicated.

23-I believe that what you give really does make the world a better place. When I get the feeling of a strong blessing for my family ,I make a donation to those who are less fortunate in that same area.

24-I don’t ever want to become stagnant. I’m always looking for ways to improve what I do, and learn new things every day.

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January 27, 2009 at 10:58 pm Leave a comment

“40 on a Tuesday Night” – Murphy

A Tuesday night: I pulled into Walgreens to pickup just a few things, “40 ” hit me:

Walking across the parking lot, a shiny Toyota Solara stopped to let out its passenger. The driver waited inside.

Both were attractive ladies dressed to get attention and ready for a party……… I was wearing crocs, shorts and a t-shirt- just “beyond” sleepwear.

We walked through the door, I let her pass first.

“Never” by Heart was playing in the store. I thought it was cool and flashed back to high school……… She was probably all of 1 or 2 then, and has “never” heard “Never.”.

I went on about my shopping, and we met back at the cash register.

She had a birthday card and a six pack of Seagram’s Escapes………… I had a box of Zantac and a six pack of paper towels.

We exited together….

I walked to my truck and put my bags into the unoccupied child seat, she got into her friend’s car- music cranked.

They sped off excited to get to their party……….. I headed home excited to be sleeping soon.

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January 27, 2009 at 10:15 pm Leave a comment

We Should All Take the Oath

I’m glad today is the day we can briefly (hopefully) put all politics aside and note something very important. Regardless of political belief, or who we as individuals voted for as President, today marks something equally as large as the historic inauguration of Obama today – and that is the reminder that we are not only installing a new leader today, but installing a new leader to the freest nation in the world.

We should each take the oath to support our country in the same way the President does today. And we need every opportunity to remind ourselves and our children that we what have in this country is not “guaranteed” without us doing our part. We get really hung up on the next episode of our favorite TV show, a sale on clothes, “getting a great deal”, and so on…..but at the end of the day those things a re superficial. The only reason we are able to “worry” about things large, small, real, and/or superficial is because we have the freedom and choice to do so.

Freedom.

Freedom.

Our process is a free and peaceful one. It is that way thanks to our founding fathers. It is that way for those who fought for what they believed in both overseas and in our own country. God Bless America.

I’m saying the oath today too….

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

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January 20, 2009 at 8:51 am Leave a comment

Twilight series: a bit of irony

Is it a vampire ? Or is it a boxer ?

Depends on how you look at it. Jodi has been “bitten” by the vampire since Twilight came out. If it has Stephanie Meyer’s name on it, we have it.

Problem is we also have a four legged “vampire” in the house….Ashley…And she loves to chew EVERYTHING ! Even books that have no scent ( so we think) and are carefully stashed out of reach ( so we think) on the counter.

Last night it was a few game pieces from Candyland, a small artificial Christmas tree, and Phoebe’s lunchbox.

Over the weekend it was a box of Cheese-Its and a Snoopy doll.

Other unsuspecting victims included: a roll of paper towels, matching Princess cups, an antenna, and a pair of Crocs.

SO how do we train Ashley to resist her urge to chew like the Cullens in Twilight ? Not sure yet….Hey, at least SHE sleeps at night.

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November 26, 2008 at 8:54 am 1 comment

The Incision Decision

It’s done ! Years of pondering, months of procrastination – and now it’s done. And the verdict is…..

“Wow…that was it ?”

I knew from the beginning it was an easier procedure for me than in would be for Jodi – motivation #1.

Hectic pace, hectic schedule and daily life – motivation #2 and #3.

Words of advice:

  • Once you accept how permanent it is, you’re 99% of the way there. (That was my biggest hangup).
  • I never knew a bag of frozen peas could be so therapeutic.
  • Ask your doc about the “pre-incision trio” : Mild sedative, mild pain killers, antibiotics. (Although I needed no pain meds after the first 24).
  • Feet up for the first 24 hours, makes life a LOT easier in the next 48.
  • Resist the temptation to move furniture, nail up drywall, or pick up bags of cement.
  • Most importantly: Don’t get microfocused on the “event”. Set the date and time and just do it.

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