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Monday, May 28, 2007


An annual Memorial Day weekend event - the NCAA Lacrosse championship game!

Each year as lacrosse season begins, my husband, an alumni and former lacrosse player for Johns Hopkins University himself, watches as his former alma mater battles toward the Memorial Day championship game. This year, after a slow start, the JHU team came alive and weaved their way through the season. But first I must explain the season as it went.

Since Johns Hopkins is in Maryland and we live on the West coast we don't have access to the games on TV. Ever the avid fan, my husband found an ingenious way to get all the scoop. Each week, he would tune into an internet station to listen to the play by play action. It is addicting to listen to the announcer call out the movements, gains, goals and penalties.

As Johns Hopkins' season gained momentum, my husband had visions of another championship to match the one in the '05 season, for which he proudly dons his t-shirts. Now that the shirt is ready to be retired for wear, it's time the team won another championship game. Week after week we would listen as the team won or lost their game. My husband's 30 year college reunion gave him an opportunity to see a game first hand and another win.

Hopes were alive as the team played on through the season. Then, as other teams in the conference gained their wins and losses, Johns Hopkings University made it into the Championship playoffs. Through the driving rain, Hopkins pulled through game one. Next game, again Hopkins pulled through. Now down to the final four, Hopkins is set to play Delaware, a fairly new team on the final road to the championship, while Duke was faced with Cornell two well known teams with winning records.

All weekend the tension was high as we watched Hopkins run, score, and win their way into the championship game. They beat Delaware and were on their way to the last game. Duke and Cornell had a nail biter of a game when Cornell came from behind to tie the game in the last seconds. Then, by shooting a hail mary, Duke scored with 3 seconds left in the game to win the game and their chance at the Championship title.

Going into the game on Monday, Duke was favored to win in more ways than one. After a year of scorn and negative publicity when 3 teams members were accused of rape, Duke was coming back. The men had been falsely accused and the team was back with a vengence. They were out to win and they were in the position to do so. All the sports announcers had their bets on Duke.

The game began with Hopkins scoring in the first seconds. Everyone was surprised, especially my husband. JHU went on to score 6 goals, totally shutting out Duke until the 2nd quarter. At the half, Johns Hopkins was ahead. Not long after the 2nd half of the game began, Hopkins is in with another goal but that was to be the last as Duke came back, one after another, stealing away Hopkins' lead. As the game teetertottered, Hopkins was 1 goal away from the championship title when Duke scored to tie the game. Nail biting it was because overtime meant more play until the first team scored. With 3 minutes left in the game, Hopkins scored the tie breaking goal! Now to keep that lead would take a lot of team effort. The Hopkins goalie was playing the last game of his career and he had saved many attempts by Duke to score. Could he do it for 3 more minutes? Other teammates needed to keep the Duke big scoring players away from the goal but 3 minutes is an eternity in game play.

Last several seconds and Duke attempts a goal, SAVED! Again another another attempt......
SAVED! As the final seconds ticked down......Hopkins held on to the lead and went on to win the championship game.

Another National Championship title for Johns Hopkins University. Now I write this for two reasons. Of course we love lacrosse here but also because the newspapers and sports shows merely made mention about Hopkins and focused all the attention on Duke. It was as if Hopkins had done the worst thing possible by winning the game. Now I ask you, because Duke went through the horrific year they did was that the reason Hopkins didn't deserve to win. I didn't know a team should win out of sympathy. If that were the case , then Duke should have won without playing the game. Truly, Hopkins played the game just like Duke did and they both played a great game. The fact that Duke overcame many obstacles through the year in light of the accusations against the former players is a testament to true sportsmanship. However, does that mean that the Hopkins players are any less sportsman? Does it mean that Hopkins doesn't have players who would go above and beyond for their teammates and school?

I only want those who do the job to get what they deserve - recognition for achievements well done. So a big huge cheer for Johns Hopkins University's Lacrosse team of 2007! They deserve some recognition for winning as the underdog!

Monday, May 14, 2007

Mother's Day

I read this yesterday and thought of sharing it with all of you as you think of your own mom. I lost my mom over 2 years ago and this is the first time I have been comforted by thinking of her and remembering her. Now as I reflect or as I am reminded of her, perhaps because I make a dish she taught me, think of a quote of hers, or do something just like she once did, I can see that she is right there with me. Instead of loss, I can feel comfort and actually feel her. Now I have something to look forward to from her everyday! What a positive perspective!
Your Mother is always with you.

She’s the whisper of the leaves as you walk down the street; She’s the smell of certain foods you remember, flowers you picked and perfume that she wore; she’s the cool hand on your brow when you’re not feeling well.

She’s your breath in the air on a cold winter’s day.

She’s the sound of the rain that lulls you to sleep, the color of a rainbow, she is Christmas morning.

Your Mother lives inside your laughter. And she’s crystallized in every tear drop.

A mother shows every emotion….

Happiness, sadness, fear, jealousy, love, hate, anger helplessness, excitement, joy, sorrow…and all the while, hoping and praying you will only know the good feelings in life.

She’s the place you came from, your first friend, even your first enemy, but nothing on earth can separate you. Not time, not space…not even death!

“The best and most beautiful things cannot be seen or touched; they must be felt with the heart.” ~ Helen Keller

Friday, May 11, 2007

Spring Swing

Ok, I have a question for you - be honest - when was the last time you rode on a swing? You know the kind at the park. Well, if it's been awhile, you have to go and give it a try.

Today, my daughter and I took my grandson to the park. After he climbed on the ladders and slid down the slides, ran over the bridges and jumped off the steps, we made our way to the swings. Of course, I immediately started pushing him on the swing. He loved it and wanted to 'go fast'. He loved it and laughed as we talked about all the things he could see now that he was so high up 'in the sky'. Then he asked if he could ride with me. He giggled as he leaned back on me and we looked up to the sky as we moved back and forth.

Now for the big deal! He wanted me to ride alone! Me! The nona - yes a little bit of time has definitely transpired since I last rode a swing alone. Ok, I'd love it! So off I went, higher, higher and higher! It was so much fun. Addicting I would say! Once you start you really don't want to stop. It's such a free feeling and not much work needed. It was having a great time and so was my grandson.

Then it was his moms turn. I pushed her and she laughed so hard as she was riding higher and higher. We both forgot how much fun it is! Remember that little tickle in your stomach when you were swinging? It was there!

Another great day at the park with me being a 'kid' again. All this time, I have always thought I still had that little bit of a kid inside and today was definite proof. So I challenge you to and ride a swing and see what you think. Have a blast!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Here comes the sun

Finally - it's here and we hardly knew what it was at first. Let me start at the beginning. We live in Seattle where it rains or it sprinkles or it mists - A LOT! This can go on for months and months at a time. If it's not raining or snowing or sleeting or whatever, it is very gray. Of course, there are different shades of gray but to me, gray is gray. Now, this type of weather is expected for a majority of the year, about 7 months to be exact. This winter was especially rainy with record rainfall and flooding. Believe it or not, we actually have less annual rainfall than people on the east coast but we do have those misty days or whatever you want to call them.

Now it's May and we get the tease. Yes, every spring, we get this tease of days that are bright with that unfamiliar thing in the sky. We can finally go outside and see this thing and it actually feels warm. Of course, it's the sun but to those of us in Seattle, it is a true wonder of the universe since we don't see it for 7 or more months in a row. The tease is that we get a couple of days in a row with this beautiful sunshine and vivid blue skies and then BOOM! Out of nowhere we are back to winter weather with rain, and wind and cold. I kid you not. Our summer doesn't actually begin until after the 4th of July. Most areas of the country are sweltering at this point and we sit up here all bundled up waiting for the fireworks.

So "here comes the sun". But for how long we don't know. Meanwhile, I'm going out to enjoy it with a little planting and swinging. I'll let you know when summer is here for good. In the meantime, stay happy and enjoy the sun wherever you are!

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