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December 31, 2015 • I know what you are thinking, another post about Ruby Wood, and this is just not in the way that you think it might be…………..

I’m engaged!!!!

James has asked me to marry him. I’m thrilled, I’m ecstatic but mostly I’m really, really happy.

You know none of this would have happened if it wasn’t for Ruby Wood (who I still keep thinking of as an actual person who exists, its really hard for me not to).
If it wasn’t for the Bequest and the DCI and Columbia we wouldn’t have had the Mental Health Center and James would never have moved to Deepwell.

So I have Ruby Wood et all and all parties involved to thank for my happiness. Well ok, I have myself to thank for that because I have learned so much in the last few years about actually being happy. When I look back to January 2010, it’s surreal. I like myself now and I’m not sure that I did back then. (more…)

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Well my brother has really done it this time. He was driving home late last Saturday and got pulled over. They decided to search the car and found marijuana (big surprise!). Fortunately it was just a small amount. He has a court date set for next month. Because it’s his first offense we think it will just be a fine and mandatory NA meetings. So this could actually really be a blessing in disguise, if my brother actually wants to quit. I’m being “supportive sister/daughter” right now but I would be lying if i didn’t confess that there is a part of me saying “Its about time!!”.

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Dec 26, 2012 • I have been feeling so overwhelmed lately. I feel less involved with whats going on in Deepwell, like I’ve lost touch. I hate feeling like I’m letting everyone down, most of all myself.

Between taking care of my parents, my friend Sam, trying to keep the store in business and worrying about my brother, I think I am about to lose it.
When I get home the only thing that I want to do is drink a glass of wine (or three) and watch old episodes of Sex and the City.

Even Greta and Ingrid (my dogs) are looking at me like “Whats wrong with you?!?!”

I guess the biggest problem is that I haven’t really been taking care of myself. It’s a fine line. To be a good caregiver do you put everyone else first, like I have been, and in doing so neglect yourself? Or do you put yourself first so that you can be a better caregiver? Actually I think I might have just answered my own question.

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A reminder from klinds1

A reminder from klinds1

May 17, 2010 • A post from the Ruby’s Bequest site from an out-of-towner that I think we could all stand to pay heed to.  (Maybe, like we always say to Fred, I’m just “preaching the sermon that I need to hear”) but I really do think we could all pay attention to her entry:  Gossip vs. Caring

Maybe we all need a little course-correction, to reorient ourselves to what’s really important in figuring out the best way to improve the ecosystem of caring in Deepwell.

Feeling called to account,


I Timothy 6:20-25: Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, which some have professed and in so doing have wandered from the faith.

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Mar 16, 2010 • Her call today…

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Mar 13, 2010 • Since we’ve started going through the stories people are submitting via email and phone over the past week, some have really stuck out.  Here is an excerpt of an entry by Christina Knaak, who writes about her son, who lives with cerebral palsy:

“On each step of our journey, we have encountered so many wonderful, caring people. Yes, we have a son with CP and someday Jordan might actually care that he walks different from his peers. But right now, his biggest concern is finding his Polar Express CD. It is a debt of gratitude that we have for all of those who could see the cool kid that Jordan is and not just the disability that Jordan has. To me, that is true CARING!”

Reading her story about Jordan made me think about how one part of caring is all about seeing each other–not looking past each other but seeing each other and the human dignity that each of us really posseses.  Maybe this is one way for us to measure caring in Deepwell.  Who do we truly see for the cool people that they are?  Who do we miss?

The stories people have submitted so far are pretty interesting…You’ll see all the stories that have been sent in so far, when we post them on http://www.rubysbequest.org starting on the 16th.  These people are really provoking me to ask some touchy questions–Who do we see and who do we miss?  Who do we look past in Deepwell?  Maybe one of those people was Ruby–or someone related to her?

What do you guys think?

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richardmasoner1Today when I stepped outside for lunch at PJ’s by St. Luke’s, I saw this car parked right outside the front door.  After reading Dreamer 1955’s post below, I decided I just needed to say something.  This is the THIRD time I’ve seen this car parked here–an out of state car, no less!  Now, I know we don’t have the actual sign up there, but honestly do people think that in a church full of little old ladies with walkers that we made that dent in the pavement just for that CAR to be able to pull up a little closer to the door?!  I’m sorry, but show some respect–what kind of a CHURCH person does that!!?!

Maybe how Deepwell should spend Ruby’s money (IF and WHEN we ever get it) paying a full time meter-reader and parking attendant, who can go around town & issue $1,000 tickets to people like this.  Then maybe we could make some of our caring efforts pay for themselves!  I’m all for getting money out of hypocrites.  I’m sorry, but it’s true.

Richard Masoner was a quick thinker & took this picture & posted it to Flickr.  Serves them right!

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