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Living Fully Present - 05/21/14

  Every day, even the mundane ones--- Even the 5 degree, dreary winter ones---  Even the manic Mondays--- EVERY DAY is a gift.
  Some times in the hustle and bustle of life we forget this.  I was guilty as charged until attending a celebration this past Saturday for an abbreviated, but well-lived life.
   My friend's daughter had a very short battle with cancer.  Lauren Ashley Williams was only 27.  A beautiful spirit, inside and out, with loads of talent bursting at the seams.  Lauren was diagnosed with a small cell, rare, little known cancer last fall while she was in New York pursuing her dream of acting.  She was doing so well there, finding every opportunity and getting recognized for her God given ability.  
     She was so determined to reach her goals, she was going to ride the Subway to her day long chemo treatments for days on end.  Her parents convinced her to come back home to Nashville for treatments so they could help her. 
   I think back to where I was at 27.  Just getting married.  Lauren doesn't get to. Into my 30's, I was reaching career milestones.  Lauren doesn't get to.  Mid 30's--- I was blessed with children.  Lauren doesn't get to. 
   A day or so before she was moved to hospice, the doctor told her there was nothing more they could do.  Lauren gracefully said, "Well, that's your opinion.  I'm going to keep fighting."  Her fight for life should remind us all to appreciate ours. 
    Lauren had true grit.  Lauren had dreams.  Lauren had determination.  Lauren was living fully present, not just some days--- every day.
    I challenge you, and myself, to walk in Lauren's footsteps and pick up where she left off. 
      

 

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CANADA-TOPLESS PROTEST

WATERLOO, Ontario (AP) -- Dozens of Canadian women -- and men -- have something to get off their chests. They rallied over the weekend to support a woman's right to go shirtless. The "Bare With Us" protest was organized by three sisters who were recently stopped by a police officer for biking topless. They noted that women have had the right to go bare-chested in Ontario since 1996. Musician Alysha Brilla says when she and her sisters were stopped they told the officer he was in the wrong. Brilla says when they started to record the interaction on a cellphone, the officer said he was just checking the bells and lights on their bikes.

OUTLAW BEER

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Outlaw beer has been out-lawyered. Idaho's craft Payette Brewery is changing the name of their Outlaw IPA. Founder Mike Francis tells the Idaho Statesman the move is prompted by a cease-and-desist letter from another brewer. Francis says an Illinois-based brewery owns the trademark. He says "Outlawyered" has been thrown out as an option for a new name. Francis adds they'll rebrand by the end of the year.

MINI COOPER-BRIDGE CROSSING

MACKINAW CITY, Mich. (AP) -- It's a maxi Mini effort. More than 1,300 Mini Coopers crossed the Mackinac Bridge in northern Michigan on Saturday. It was fun, but it wasn't a world's record. In 2009, 1,450 Minis drove single-file in London. The Bay City Times says there were license plates from Alaska, Texas, California and Colorado during the weekend Mini drive. The Mini lovers say they'll try again in 2017.

TOY FACTORY-HOUSING

JONESVILLE, Mich. (AP) -- Barbie is long gone. But new residents could soon be moving in. An old factory in southern Michigan is getting a new life as an apartment building. The Kiddie Brush and Toy factory in Jonesville has been quiet since the 1970s. But by next spring, the owners hope to have nearly 50 housing units with one or two bedrooms. Over the decades the factory produced everything from cars to Barbie doll parts. City Manager Jeff Gray told the Hillsdale Daily News the redevelopment project is something they've been looking forward to for a long time.

 
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