From Kathryn Lavelle:
This poem is for my Dad…who suffered a massive stroke on Sunday at Havenwood Nursing Home. He was left in his bed for almost 5 hours with no medical care of any kind before they sent him to the ER…and that happened only after I saw what condition he was in and demanded they get him to the hospital. He is a man who deserves far more dignity than any nursing home could ever provide for him…especially that one!
He waits with no real big surprise
And sighs as he sees Death with his ancient eyes
The pretty Grim reaper with her Dixie cups
“Take your pills boys…now bottoms up!”
The bed…the call light…the TV screen
have made his life into one long dream
Nor sleeping lay
He never realized he’d be forced to pay
With his dignity
With his memories
With his freedom
With his independence
With his reality
So much life lived
So many things accomplished
So many selfless acts
So much love
The end is nowhere near as sweet
And is rather quite
Can I go home now?
I am a fairly new artist. I make things mainly out of broken tempered safety glass from the glass shop I own with my husband and our business partner. (we can’t recycle the stuff and glass never breaks down in the landfill) I paint it , some I leave plain. I do a lot of glass-on-glass mosaics. I also use discarded frames and other “junk” as much as possible. My work can currently be seen for the month of August at the Cabin Coffee House and Café and I usually have something at Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts.
I sent a few pictures from the Cabin display.
Glass Doctor Bemidji
My business name is Alice’s Animals and I’ve been sewing these little rascals for like 30 years out here in the sticks near Debs. Here is one of my all time favorites. The bunny stands about 3 1/2 inches high.
Pictures are Bemidji’s beauty.
My favorite spot is on Stump Lake taking a trip up the Mississippi.
From the Facebook page:
Chris Conway Conway’s Resort; Big Lake or Pikes Hole
Dave Close The old Bunyan Boats down at the PB amusement park. They were death-traps! Kinda like a heavy metal 55 gallon drum with a stubby nose and fins welded on them. You could pedal around in a roped off area down where the fishing bridge is now for $0.50 or something like that. They were near the end-of-life when I remember them – a bit leaky and rusty. Anyone got any pix of them?
Dale Dreyer Lindrud’s, Gamble’s, S&L, Wilson’s Kroll’s Sporting Goods, Western Auto, Glass Block Drug, Jakes, The Red Onion, Mr. Bun’s, Bridgeman’s, Sandee’s, A&W, The Flame, The Beaver Pond, The Bare Bear, Bronco Drive-In, Chief Theater, Bemidji High School, JC Penny’s Downtown, Woolworth’s, Bookraft, Noel’s Peanut Room, Mr. Steak, Renaud’s, The Pop Shoppe, Happy Joe’s, Xen’s
Gary Lamon You guys are all showing your age…its a pity-I remember them all as well!
The Bemidji Bell -I know the Holms brothers must have some pictures…
Dale Dreyer Remember when the Armory was on Lake Bemidji?
Carla Mistic who remembers the ‘hotpond’?