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from Jeannie Hemphill, December
retro_illini (at sign) frontier (dot) com
COLLAGE (letter below)
warm up - mission accomplished
April 2 - Blood Root
already in bloom
Emma Mae Leonhard Sanctuary, Lake Jacksonville
Basket (by Nancy) tree - Southwest escape
Monet on the Illinois prairie
Rainy May kayak expedition
Brother Stu in Minneapolis
June - photo by 9 yr old Timo
classmates gather now
August (last yr's
Farmers Mkt - oh do
I have photos!
ggrandmother Catherina Ringeisen Layer born in German.
Where and when did she die?? (no answers)
Sean's Labor Day family
5th year on the prairie, still adjusting, still rolling
my eyes, still grateful.
was surpassingly strange, this one has been exceedingly
difficult. Had no idea my medicare year would be so
tough, starting with the hard drive crash of February, taking 2-1/2 yrs
of fun photos and addresses into cyberspace (notably the lone Hemphill
descendant (bay area I think) who made contact fall 2009).
medical world with my passion for self care turned out to be
upending. Sick for weeks, starting in May following rainy day
kayak outing, then again in the
fall! Currently I've let a
take over my life. Sick again the night
before the root
canal. Big lessons in surrender to health, dental work,
expense. Gratitude for guidance and help working through this--
"Courage, little piglet" Laura quoted.
Exceedingly wet again this year and exceedingly
system never used; good thing-- more and more heads out of
commission--another SUV backed onto lawn a few weeks back). Pond
in back turned slimy; unplugged
fall, Pat's team cleaned pond; enjoyed watching birds and squirrels
play in the water... 'til ice
moved in. I'll never get over having red birds to watch! No
pseudo lady bug plague this fall--something
different in the aphid world of crops.
Maybe I can learn something from sorting through the yin and yang of
Making sense of
the decade is out of the question. Need this review
to look back, remember and appreciate what an amazing world and life it
is, more often than not, to find balance in what looks for all the
Friendships shifted. Make new friends, keep
the old? Maybe, maybe not! A small town is not an
endless pool, but it is endless lessons. Looking back at
last year's ramblings, sense I'm more comfortable being the new-old kid
on the block. Rather do genealogy
anyhow and practice doing one thing at a time, than try to keep up with
Jacksonville's amazing social scene (no joke).
Evidently I ran around a lot--put ~30,000 on the
prius--still trying to shift; used the
high clearance older RAV (w "new" white door) to take J. to
one terribly snowy morning (and me to dental cancellations this
winter). Two car family.
Haven't made stollen and sandbakkel for 2 years now, but neither have I
sick for the holidays as I have most my life. Change,
change... Every year it's own flavor (my world, nat). Read
if you dare, for highlights and reflections....
(might be related to photos-- note: smiley and frowny faces may convert
to who knows what on other computers! Guess what I enjoyed and
- Illinois and Mississippi Rivers freeze--field trips to
watch ice. Successful warm up in Caribbean J. Back to winter and the hard drive crash
of 2010 - totaled. L. Tough lessons in letting
go. L Replaced
Sony with mac, PC & netbook! (Bilingual. Shamed into Mac by geek
challenge of 90 year olds learning) Met Live
broadcasts (Springfield) J JJ (Cyber
calendar lost, recall no more.)
- Prius to Albuquerque, AZ, UT, Colo - conference, camping, visits J J
- Chicago - silent meditation; visits w Margo, Sean/his church,
Inst; train into city JJ Rainy day kayak
through waterlilies J followed by sniffles L Seattle Folklife
(reconnected w Mary J) with bad
- Sublime Orcas Island retreat JJ cough, cough.
MN; retrieved mom's German roots photo album (see photo) JJJ Super Sarah
Powers yoga workshop, St Louis JJ Long deep
stretches ever since J Heat,
- Not much camping or
(muddy trails, flooded creeks). Farmers
Market highlight of summer on the prairie--early transparent
apples--sauce time! JJ Rains and heat make
for fine apricots and berries; carrots, potatoes, tomatoes etc
drown. Mom's birding buddy turns 97--put photo in paper;
survived threats of murder (re photo).
- Super hot with bugs continues; Wisconsin just as awful L Discovered Apple
Canyon campground J Brother Jamie visit!
Medicare suppl decision behind. Tea w Sue; Sally's farm J Collegemate Geo stops by. BC
researcher Dee finds Illinois Hemphills buried in Vancouver! J
- Another superb local Chautauqua J. West
to Boise via SD,
WY, CO; exc. full moon Italian dinner with IL/CO buddies in Colo Spgs J Tooth breaks L Autumn on
return. Local hospital "follies" - 96 yo Dr Bone sings "Climb
Every Mtn" - stops show JJ
* OCT - Doris Kearns Goodwin
lecture J. Mild fall follows
scorching summer. Wonderful Thicht Nhat Hahn retreat WI (photo
below) J. Root canal/abscess L First Wagner opera L
theater (St Louis) - South Pacific JJJ Yoga restarts finally
Y water sub.
Thanksgiving Italian style (St
Louis) JJ Futon visitors (2
- Still waiting on crown L Heading to
SAME: Classmate lunches; walmart as
social center. Yoga practice deepens.
Awesome body work with Mary J. Y water
classes. Prairie Home
Companion J. Tues. 1pm Senior
w coach Mary Ann. Too much food. Silent (buddhist)
sitting in Springfield. Prison penpals. Farmers market J.
Fireflies J Genealogy addict. Super
local theater J Met Live broadcasts
Brother Jamie detour (Kathy's family
nearby). Visited brother Stu/family in Minneapolis twice; back by
toyota for Christmas--eek. Brother Scott represented family at FL
funeral of dad's brother Bill. Anything I know about
family I learn on facebook--gulp. Hope to visit CT and MI
cousins next year. To the best of my
knowledge all are busy and well, kids launch to and from schools.
Front walk railing, thank you Gary! J Slept
to sound of backyard water again this fall.
Global warming? (See power bills; 24 yo furnace replacement
under consideration.) Ants keep marching on L.
Fenderbenders = 0 yeah! J Irregular Bible soap
Resigned fat club.
Email address: retro_illini (at) frontier (dot) com. No
more lonely nights for this prodigal on the prairie-- Facebook to the
Chiropractor. Latest addiction - Aldi's fried onions. Occasional drum
circle J First time ever - take out pizza (pineapple-ham) ?
A Little History of the World (E.
H. Gombrich); Founding Fathers
(Ellis); Zookeepers Wife; Immortal Life of
Henrietta Lacks ***. MOVIE: Blind Side.
Still can't make pie crust.
No closer to simplicity. Journal not transcribed.
Maybe no surprise Facebook is
me. I'm a writer, communicator (some disagree). Life
is definitely a patchwork of people and
places. Facebook seems to pull it together. How would I know cousin
Craig was ill or
his son went to Puerto Rico? I'm
in touch a few folks each
place I've lived, loved and left--Seattle and Boise church buddies;
& high school classmates; cousins, nieces,
nephews, young and old; delightful folks from genealogy world I've not met; Chicago 12 steppers; gay
musicians and performers; church activists and never agains, students
and practitioners of other faiths. Threads to the rainbow family,
social liberals, wiccans, fundamentalist Christians, and tea partyers
weave together. A virtual small town. What delights me most is
having an overarching connection to positive, grateful, careful
thinkers--thank you, everyone! Several people regularly post
uplifting thoughts or
quotes. (My stunning contribution in that arena slipped by
comment. So it goes.) Nearly all mind their manners; smut
and harshness seem
less frequent than real life. Delete.
The church I attend most often is rising from the
ashes. My prayer is for change and positive thinking. New
Thought teaches: change your thinking, change your life-- an uncommon
attitude where "we've always done it this way" reigns.
real deal remains my every day, small town
Lake Wobegon life. Rockin' on Betty's porch hot evenings w/ J and
the cats, watchin' the world go by, is one of my fondest times.
Rubbing shoulders with those who think global
and dinosaurs are hooey; listening to stories of being raised in
orphanages; amazing, intimate stories slip out between talk of pets and
grandchildren and more. (Practice silently holding my nose or, as
Judith says, biting tongue, though not always -- there've been some
dreadful outbursts again this year I confess.) Unlike Garrison
Keillor, I tuck remarkable stories in my heart, rather than spin them
on stage. No end to learning how alike, different and bizarre we
are. Human gems,
rough and polished in the heavily worked
soil of the prairie. Though nearly everyone seems to be or have
teacher, it's those whose lives teach how to live successfully, with
humor and compassion, through any experience you can dream of, who have
my full attention. (97 yr old B. remains silent on the
subject.) Current koan: How to be healthy in mind, body and
spirit on the
Genealogy-wise, it was
to more or less wrap up the record keeping German
branch of the family tree and
switch to dad's missing Irish Hemphill roots, and
mom's far flung Coopers. Absolutely must finish transcribing
William Cooper's gold rush journal before it
disintegrates (said that last year)!
And organize! (Both genealogy and home.) Having hung out in
early 1800s records for Philadelphia for hours and hours, now keen to
city where Hemphill cousins lived, even if I can't divine the family
connection. Mentor Dr K says one can't even think of giving up
until one has spent at least 30 years digging. ok, ok. He's
back in the 1200s (must have skipped the 1800s I whine).
and New Year's
greetings to all! Send stories!
yet, y'all come visit (good enough futon here and motels near).
As singing coach Mary Ann always says abruptly,
"We're done now".
Love and blessings
from the prairie to all,
May we be as light
hearted as wandering monk
(laughing all the while he's tormented by five "little rascals"!)
from fall teaching
by Jack Lawler