Constance Ore is a retired Teacher, Choir Director, and Organist. And a formidable cook.

March 18, 2008

Filed under: — Constance at 7:24 pm on Tuesday, March 18, 2008

worlds_oldest_marathoner.jpgRecently, I read about several persons who, in their 70’s and 80’s and with terminal cancer, were running marathons and leading food drives and doing other remarkable and intrepid deeds to the awe and admiration of the writers of the articles. It freezes the brain to think about such folk when simple living seems quite enough, however, I did have these in mind when I determined to go to Chicago last week to help celebrate daughter Janna’s birthday and to go to a school choir concert in which the twins were participating. Heidi agreed to do the driving, and we went the 600 plus miles accompanied by Zoie and Kira. We left on Wednesday, celebrated on Thursday and Friday, and returned on Saturday. The adventure provided moments which will join memory’s archives filed under “grand” though nothing is as easy as one might wish it to be. Since returning home, no marathons or glory things. . . indeed, there is much to be said about sitting in the sun and watching spring’s slow arrival.

crossTheLine.jpgThe intestinal difficulties are ever present and a number of you gave me great encouragement in going forward with the colonoscopy – I am actually looking forward to having a diagnosis and hopefully a therapy to deal with the current physical state. Today’s blood readings indicate a slow slide downward though I am still above the line that will trigger a return to where we stand at the oncologist’s door and say, “Do something!”

HolyWeekInPaintings.jpgChildren bearing palms ushered in Holy Week on Sunday, beginning a time of remembering the central teachings and beliefs of the Christian church concerning Christ’s redemptive sacrifice for humanity. Maundy Thursday’s commemoration of Christ’s last supper, Good Friday’s somber remembrance of Christ’s crucifixion, and Easter’s grand celebration of his triumph over death as dawn light reveals an empty tomb are celebrated around the world. This has gone on for centuries as the faithful remember anew the miracle that connects earthly existence with eternal life. We will be a part of it, too; Charles will play the music and I will stand with the congregation. On Easter morning we will say with delight, “Christ is risen!” and “He is risen indeed!” To LIFE, and a Happy Easter to all.


Comment by Heidi

March 18, 2008 @ 9:43 pm

To Life – and Chicago!

Thank you so much for letting us come on the March 08 Adventure – it was fantastic!

The signs of spring are almost everywhere – I took Kira to the bank before school today and a red finch was singing on an adjoining building – the bird sang, “spring is here” – it made both of us smile.

Love to you and a Happy Easter!


Comment by Becky Pfabe

March 19, 2008 @ 7:43 pm

Connie, I remember SO many Easters being in the choir with you directing! I still hear those familiar songs year after year and remember learning them for the first time. Have a wonderful Easter, full of many blessings and hope!
Love, Becky

Comment by Mindy Werling

March 20, 2008 @ 9:23 am

Happy Vernal Equinox, Connie!

One of our most memorable Easter Sundays at little Grace Lutheran in Hill City was when the organist and a young trumpeter from our congregation decided to play a duet. This was the first time I can remember hearing any special instrumentation at this church. Well, they started off the service with “Jesus Christ is Risen Today” — only they shared the same music and didn’t bother to transpose for the trumpet. Thus, when the organ played C, the trumpet played B-flat. You can imagine how that sounded! And the congregation sang to this!! Bonnie and her husband walked into the church a little late, and as soon as they heard the music, they turned around in the aisle and walked right back out. Those of us already seated tried to stifle laughter — it was horrible. Our whole pew shook. My dad shut his hymnal and muttered something like, “Oh, for Pete’s sake”! For quite a while after that, I’d get out my B-flat clarinet and Kris would play the piano and we’d relive at home that glorious Easter morn!!

Happy Easter to you and your family! The battle is over .. . the victory is won!!!!!!!!!!!


Comment by Dick Gale

March 20, 2008 @ 6:14 pm

Hi Connie and all:

Let us add our Happy Spring thoughts to those offered by others in these comments. Here in Southern CA, we expect 80 degrees or so on Sunday.

Life goes on — Susan will celebrate by trying to get over the flu-like virus she picked up as a juror last week at the Orange County Courthouse.

(Some in the midwest, I hear, celebrate the end of March with other types of medical exams!)

Our warmest, prayerful, best to you people (AND to your dog)

dick and susan gale

Comment by Sheila

March 20, 2008 @ 7:57 pm

Hi Connie, It was so great to hear you went to Chicago and had such a great time. That was wonderful to be with your daughers and granddaughters. GO CONNIE!!!!!!

Just look how long it has been since you stopped your Vidaza. You have been able to do so many things since then. Sounds like a “remission” to me, even though they said there are not “remissions” with MDS. You proved them wrong………Prayers for your continued great days….Sheila

Comment by irene Beethe

March 23, 2008 @ 11:30 am

Dear Connie,

Hallelujah! He is Risen! You continue to live in the life that Jesus won for all of us! What a great gift!

Love, Irene

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