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April 3, 2010

Hi all,

We have tried calling as many people as possible, but did want to let you know that Richard died a peaceful death last night at home, surrounded by family and love.   His obituary will appear in the Indy Star on Monday (as well as the Toronto Globe & Mail and Montreal Gazette, I hope!). Visitation is scheduled for Wednesday  (4-8) at Flanner & Buchanan in Carmel followed by a funeral Mass at St. Elizabeth Seton in Carmel on Thursday at 10:30AM.

We are truly indebted to all of you who supported our family over the last two years since Richard’s diagnosis.  Quite simply, you carried us through the challenges we faced and we will be forever grateful.

Jane, Chris, Meg and Mike


7 holes!

March 20, 2010

Hello from Meg! It has been a wonderful few days here in Indiana.  How blessed are we to have this spring-like weather already by the middle of March?  We have taken advantage of this sunshine and 70-degree weather, spending as much time on walks and sitting in the sun as possible.

Today was an especially great day.  Dad, Mike, and Aunt Elaine made it out to Prairie View and played 7 holes.   Everyone played well and Mike even made a birdie.  Dad drained some long puts and Elaine got some great shots in as well.

You may or may not be interested in making a green smoothie.   If I have learned anything from my mom, though, the best way to help someone become interested in something is to force them to do it.   Hence, I have forced almost every friend and family member who has been here to try my green smoothies.   There is no secret to making the perfect green smoothie.  The only rule in this house is the ratio of vegetables to fruit is 3 to 1.  So here is just a sample recipe of what our morning breakfast looks like:

-1/4 cup of raw almonds

-1/2 cup of water

-4-5 cups of spinach

-1 banana (good for thickening the smoothie)

-1 orange

It is best to grind the almonds first and then add water, which will make an almond milk of sorts.  Then, go ahead and add your fruits and vegetables.  Depending on the fruit you most enjoy, you can switch out the ingredients.  Sometimes, I prefer raspberries and strawberries.  Other days the fruit of my choice is blueberries.  Spinach is one of the best vegetables to use as it blends down to almost nothing, is full of vitamins and nutrients, and  does not have a strong taste.  Kale is another great addition, though you have to have a good blender to not end up with a chewy smoothie.

My dad’s illness has been a huge motivating factor for me in prioritizing my health.  If you are interested in more resources, two of our favorite sites for healthy recipes are:

Happy Birthday Elaine!!!

March 16, 2010

Any of you who read Debbie’s comment will realize that today we celebrate Elaine’s birthday.  She is Richard’s only sister and I consider her a sister to me as well.  A nurse by profession, she epitomizes love and care for other people so we are blessed not only to have her in our lives, but to have her here with us in Indiana now.

Getting ready for another birthday!!!

March Memories

March 12, 2010

Well the weather has improved in Indiana and Wednesday was a beautiful, bright taste of spring.  Richard had a very happy day where he was able to walk, sit out in the sun and enjoy the company of friends and family. Over the weekend my old college friend and roommate Mary Anne flew in from Calgary, en route to a conference in DC.  We brought Mare and Richard’s brothers Dru and Bob together with sister Elaine to the Track.  Rumour has it there’s a large group of cousins renting an RV to come to Indy for the Race this year!

Yesterday was  more cloudy and our hearts were heavy as Richard struggled with fever and fatigue.  Today, however, he seems more energetic and we hope and pray for more good days.

I am putting up photos of our family and friends enjoying Meg’s green smoothie which is standard breakfast fare here.  If there’s demand, we’ll post the recipe…and speaking of recipes, Diane Bissigger is owed my recipe for Queen Elizabeth cake so that’s posted below the pictures.

Queen Elizabeth Cake

1 cup white sugar

¼ cup butter

1 egg

1 ½ cups flour

1 tsp each baking powder and baking soda



1 cup dates

1 cup boiling water

  1. Combine boiling water and dates and let sit to soften for a while.  You can also use the back of a spoon to break them up somewhat.
  2. Cream butter and sugar together.  Add egg and then vanilla.
  3. Combine flour, baking soda and powder and salt.
  4. Add dry ingredients and dates alternately to creamed butter and sugar.
  5. Place in greased 8” square pan and bake at 350F for approximately 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.


While the cake is baking, prepare the frosting:

5 Tbsp brown sugar

3 Tbsp butter

3 Tbsp milk

½ cup coconut

Combine frosting ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.  Once boiling, reduce heat a bit so it doesn’t burn and let it sit without stirring for 3 minutes. 

When cake is cooked, pour frosting over the cake and broil, watching it closely until crisped and nicely browned.

Bon Appetit!

Hockey Gold!!!!!!

March 1, 2010

Just a cute story to share with you.  Daughter Meg who is the true sports fan in the family was running on a treadmill and watching the last period of the hockey game and her run was extended due to the overtime.  She started thinking about how cool it would be for her Dad to see Canada win one more gold in hockey. As soon as she had that thought, Canada scored!! Yippee!!!!

On a totally unrelated topic, my friend Nolan shared a DVD of our church’s mission this year, which I was unable to attend.  The priest who gave the mission referred to the prayer below which I have found comforting and thought I would share it with you.

Wishing you all well as we return to life without the Olympics!

Prayer from St. Therese of Lisieux

May today there be peace within.

May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.

May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.

May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.

May you be content knowing you are a child of God.

Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise, and love.

It is there for each and every one of us.

Women’s hockey humour

February 26, 2010

As Vince and I sat watching the Canadian women’s hockey team receive their gold medals last night, to the strains of our national anthem, he turned to me and said “Do you know what the biggest difference is between the women and the men’s teams?”  “Well,” I countered, “the women sing along with the national anthem and the men don’t.”  To which Vince replied “no, the women have all their teeth and the men don’t!”

love to all,


Back Home Again in Indiana

February 19, 2010

Hi all,

Richard and I have returned to Indy.  We had sunshine and clear skies right until we crossed the border from Kentucky into Indiana.  As you can gather from the description, we decided spur of the moment to drive home and have another road trip together!  And I think we’re due to have sunny skies here tomorrow so that augers well for the first full day home.

The kids had cleaned the house before we returned so that was great!  The first thing I had to do was to take down the Christmas wreath – even before unloading the car!

We are looking forward to seeing everyone soon!