Sunday, July 19, 2009

Week ending 7/18/09

Sunday evening and another week of summer is gone. Gone too is an old and dear friend, Patty McCurdy Pearce, who passed away on 7/15/09 with friends and family by her side. Patty became my friend when we were both 14 and found ourselves in the same homeroom at Peabody High School in Pittsburgh, PA. The date was September, 1960. We spent 4 years of high school sitting side by side, and have served on our high school reunion committee together in past years. Patty was a vibrant, witty, energetic, funny, flirty, beautiful woman who loved people and music and laughter and good food. At age 62, Patty died too young and too quickly from a raging cancer that had taken her life before she could even be diagnosed. Rest in peace, Patty. You were, and always will be loved.

On a happier note is the visit this weekend of dear friends Mike and Connie Mazerov from Houston Texas, formerly from Pittsburgh, PA. We attended a wonderful reunion yesterday at the home of David and Mickie Chatkin, that included friends of Mike who grew up together during the 50's and 60's on Lilac Street in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill section. Mike and Connie, along with Gerri Lockhart, will visit with us tomorrow and stay overnight until Tuesday when, with Dick Diamondstone and Barb and Mike DeMarco joining us, we will visit District Court 16-3-03 to watch Art in action dispensing justice.

Lessons learned or reinforced this past week: Live each day to the fullest and be all that you can be. Have no regrets in life. Never pass up a chance to tell someone that you love them. Good friends are precious. Good health is the most precious gift of all of the blessings that God bestows upon us, for without good health, life is not as sweet. In the end, love is all there is........

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