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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Waiting

Posted By on Thu, Jun 18, 2009 at 10:33 AM

Sitting in the Breast Center yesterday, while Tracy had a “routine” mammogram. Except, of course, they are never routine, especially after a couple has gone through breast cancer together. 

After a few minutes, I began to become nervous, and my mind began to replay the first time that we had been here, in the spring of 2007, when Tracy had gotten her diagnosis. I’ve written before on the fear we both experienced, and the day she donated her hair to charity, both of which I recalled with sharp clarity yesterday, sitting on the couch in the reception area, unable to focus on the book in my lap.

I would refocus on the book, only to jerk my head up every time the door would open, expecting either Tracy or (my worst fear) a nurse asking me to come back so that I could talk with Tracy and the doctor.

My hand began to trace a pattern on the fabric of the couch. The book was forgotten in my lap as I awaited my wife’s return.

Finally, the wait was over, and Tracy emerged. Allis well, and we both heaved a sigh of relief - yes, that;’s a cliche, but you have no idea how true it can be.

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Well done, KNWA

A nice piece on KNWA (Channel 24) about the Fayetteville trailer park with people living in horrific conditions. Next time, might be nice to know who actually owns this particular hellhole, and put them on the spot.

Also, might be nice to get the reaction of the mayor, and whichever aldermen whose ward this trailer park is in - but still, nice job.

More than we get from the daily papers.

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Quote of the Day

"Nobody can be well psychologically if their riches or life depend on the instability of someone else's life." - Rachel Townsend, Northwest Arkansas Workers' Justice Center (2007)

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Joe Alexander - Renewing Your Life-Force

Fayetteville artist and activist Joe Alexander has published a new book, Renewing Your Life-Force, the result of 35 years of his personal search for more vitality and joy in life.

Out of his research, he has found what he believes are some basic tools that may help everyone in the key areas of:

1. Renewing your spiritual energy

2. Detoxing your body and optimizing your nourishment

3. Releasing suppressed emotions

To order, call 1-888-795-4274 ext. 7876 or www.xlibris.com  More information can be gleaned from the website.


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On the Air with Clayton Scott, Fayetteville's Poet Laureate 

Next week I’ll be sitting down for an interesting  conversation with with Clayton Scott, Fayetteville's Poet Laureate.

In addition to being Fayetteville's Poet Laureate  Scott’s  recent one-man play “Down in Littletown” had its debut in Fayetteville.

Show days and times

Monday - June 22 (7pm)
Tuesday - June 23 (noon)
Saturday - June 17 (6pm)

C.A.T. is shown on Channel 18 of the Cox Channel line-up in Fayetteville.   Those outside the Fayetteville viewing area can see the program online:                                                                             
http://www.catfayetteville.org/

Programs online are shown in “real time,” meaning that they are shown at the same time as they are shown on C.A.T.

rsdrake@nwark.com

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