Saturday, July 12, 2008

More Prayers Please

  • Just last week, our entire family got together at Sea Hut. We have been eating there since the restuarant opened more than 25 years ago, and are very fond of the Yim family owners. Jean just celebrated her birthday on the 4th of July. We were shocked to learn that Jim had a stroke this past Wednesday and is in Bayview Hospital. He is on a respirator but is able to recognize family members. The family is grateful for all prayers and are seeing improvements daily.
  • My other friend, Jim, is recovering from his surgery very well. He has pain (which is to be expected) but is reportedly bored sitting home during a week when the TV movies have been disappointing.
  • Dorothy's sister-in-law, Jean, passed away from the injuries sustained from the car accident. Prayers to Dorothy and her family for their loss.
  • Gene made it to Sam's for a visit and is awaiting more medical test results
Harold, Jean, Sarah, Paul, Katelyn and Pop at Sea Hut

Catonsville 4th of July

Better late than never, the 4th of July photos are finally posted. When I was younger, I thought that every town had a parade and fireworks, and every family had a special picnic. Now I appreciate how lucky we are to live here in Catonsville. My parents have hosted 4th of July for as long as I can remember, and I'd like to thank them for all of their hard work to keep this tradition alive. Many of the folks below have attended our picnic for 40 or more years. This year the cooler weather and the showers kept us all in the garage for dinner. As a result, we all mingled and it was an especially relaxing evening.
Bill T., Pat and Doug also had celebrations at their homes. Bill even shared his pit beef with us.
This year's flag cake

Arthur, Ed, Jim and Matthew

Jim, Eva and Dorothy

Ann, Joan and Betty Jane

Beth, Rori, and Carl

Katelyn and Harold

Donna and Naomi

Paul and Larry

Joe, Doris, Jean and Alicia
John with his bride - so glad you made it to the USA!

Roy, Kibby and Matt

Casey with his spoon glasses - too much Rolling Rock!

Julia, Sarah, Katelyn and Casey

Pop, Jean, and Paul

Monday, July 7, 2008

Asking for Prayers

Every now and then health issues seem to crop up for many cherished people in our lives simultaneously. Some are truly in crisis, some are moving toward recovery, and some have passed on. All will benefit from thoughts and prayers. We can not take our lives for granted. I pray that each of us enjoy the blessings, bagels, friends and family that surround us daily.
  • Helen, mother of Lynn and Sharon, sister of Betty Jane, passed away the last week of June after a long illness.
  • Margaret, mother of Denise and Nirmal, passed away last week after a two-week hospitalization.
  • Our Sam's buddy, Gene, is still having chronic health concerns. Come back soon!
  • Ann, Harold's mother, is recuperating from a nasty fall and is returning home tonight after several nights in Johns Hopkins Hospital.
  • An old friend, Barry, is returning home tomorrow after surgery and weeks of rehab. You can read his wonderful recollections in his blog at
  • My childhood BFF, Jim, is having outpatient surgery this Wednesday and will be recuperating at home for three weeks. His insightful blog is at
  • My friend and co-worker, Dorothy, just got the terrible news that her sister-in-law, Jean, was struck by a car driven by a 90 year old. Jean was crossing a hospital parking lot in her walker enroute to a medical appointment when she was literally run down. Jean is in a coma with a crushed skull, broken jaw and fractured spine among other injuries.
  • Prayers go out to everyone reading this.