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Thankful Thursday: L.K. Madigan [Jan. 13th, 2011|08:32 am]
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I've grown close to many of you, primarily through our online conversations. But after reading her latest entry, I'm especially grateful for the lunch [info]lkmadigan and I shared a few years back. Lucky for me, my dear friends Lorraine and Lisa were able to join our afternoon playdate.     

So much of a person's essence is revealed through a face-to-face encounter, don't you think? The lilt in their voice...the way their eyes crinkle when they smile...the way they lean into your conversation, as if nothing else matters more than the here-and-now. And there's perhaps nothing as soul-satisfying as shared laughter (and/or tears), tight hugs, and sincere promises to stay in touch. And so it is that I'm remembering a special afternoon among treasured friends, and wishing for another. 

Lisa's news came as quite a shock to me. But in its rawness, I'm remembering to savor each moment, to cherish life's simple joys, and to hold dear each of my relationships. So I'm dedicating this entry to Lisa, the heartbeat behind Thankful Thursday. For the many ways we've expressed our friendship over time, I'll be forever grateful.




Top Photo:  LK Madigan and Lorraine T. Bottom Photo: Lisa Shroeder and me (Portland, 2007)


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[User Picture]From: jeniwrites
2011-01-13 05:35 pm (UTC)

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What a lovely way to recognize such an incredible person.
[User Picture]From: newport2newport
2011-01-13 05:57 pm (UTC)

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I'm so glad they carved out an afternoon to spend with me! I look back on those pictures--on that memory and many since--with a great deal of fondness.
[User Picture]From: tracyworld
2011-01-13 06:28 pm (UTC)

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Beautiful photos and sentiments, Melodye. I'm still stunned by Lisa's news. I'm glad you had the opportunity to spend time with her in person.
[User Picture]From: newport2newport
2011-01-13 06:41 pm (UTC)

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I'm grateful for that opportunity, too, and selfish as it may seem, I find myself wishing for more. And more!

Also...when it comes to the friends (like you!) that I've promised to meet someday, I feel as if I should find a way to replace "someday" with an actual calendar date.
[User Picture]From: tracyworld
2011-01-14 05:15 pm (UTC)

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Are you ever in Colorado? I don't travel much because I have these two hulking teenage boys at home right now...
[User Picture]From: lisa_schroeder
2011-01-13 06:29 pm (UTC)

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Lovely. So hard to believe that was three years ago. Wow.
[User Picture]From: newport2newport
2011-01-13 06:42 pm (UTC)

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I know! In some ways, it feels as if we met for lunch just yesterday. But after yesterday's news, it feels as if it's been too long.
[User Picture]From: anabelgonzalez
2011-01-13 06:59 pm (UTC)

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I'm so sorry for the news of your friend. This is a beautiful way to recognize her and you have the photos of the amazing moment when you met. Hugs!
[User Picture]From: newport2newport
2011-01-13 07:35 pm (UTC)

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Thank you, Anabel! <3 This is one of the reasons I carry a camera with me everywhere...pictures help me reconnect with the rare and precious moments of my life--with the relationships I hold dear. Still, I'm wishing I could find a more eloquent way to express my gratitude for Lisa's friendship.

Edited at 2011-01-13 07:38 pm (UTC)
[User Picture]From: anabelgonzalez
2011-01-13 07:45 pm (UTC)

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love is the more eloquent way to express gratitude. I am sure she know how much you value her friendship and how dear she is to you. Sometimes you don't need words only love.
From: candice_ransom
2011-01-13 08:02 pm (UTC)

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We are all thankful for our group on LiveJournal! Thanks for sharing your story and the photos of your happy, smiling faces.
[User Picture]From: newport2newport
2011-01-13 09:17 pm (UTC)

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Yes! Oh yes! My community of LJ friends is one of life's richest blessings. Thank you for the gift of your friendship!
[User Picture]From: lorrainemt
2011-01-13 09:08 pm (UTC)

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I'm still holding the feeling of that wonderful meeting in my heart and memory. Love to all of you.
[User Picture]From: newport2newport
2011-01-13 09:16 pm (UTC)

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Oh, Lorraine!! I'm wishing we could talk together over tea and scones...I'm missing you so much. xoxo
[User Picture]From: lorrainemt
2011-01-14 03:25 am (UTC)

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Oh shoot, Melodye, this made me a little teary when I read it. I' missing you too...and hoping we'll get a chance to have tea and scones together soon. xo
[User Picture]From: susanwrites
2011-01-13 10:04 pm (UTC)

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How wonderful that you have that memory of time shared.
[User Picture]From: newport2newport
2011-01-14 12:01 am (UTC)

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I feel very blessed. :)
[User Picture]From: saputnam
2011-01-13 10:51 pm (UTC)

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When I read Jo Knowles post this morning I was stunned, and then when I went to Lisa's site and read her words I was completely blown away by her courage.

I'm so glad that you had the opportunity to spend time with her.
[User Picture]From: newport2newport
2011-01-14 12:04 am (UTC)

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I'm still processing the news...it doesn't seem real, does it? And I can't begin to imagine how it must be affecting Lisa and her family. Her impact is wide and deep; I am lucky to have spent time with her, yes, and I'm incredibly blessed by our friendship.
[User Picture]From: robinellen
2011-01-13 10:58 pm (UTC)

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I'm so glad you shared your afternoon with us -- and I'm thankful you have that memory to add light to your days for years to come.
[User Picture]From: newport2newport
2011-01-14 12:08 am (UTC)

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It resonates with me that you mentioned light, with respect to my afternoon with Lisa. I remember her telling me to pay attention to whatever's immediately visible in my headlights. She was talking about writing, of course...about concentrating on the here and now, and letting the rest of the journey unfold as it will. I think that's wise advice she gave me, applicable to Life Itself.
[User Picture]From: lizjonesbooks
2011-01-13 11:13 pm (UTC)

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Well said. So,so sad.:o(
[User Picture]From: newport2newport
2011-01-14 12:10 am (UTC)

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((HUGS))) I'm trying very hard to concentrate on the gifts available in the here and now. It's difficult (!!), but I'm thinking that's the best way to honor our friendship.
[User Picture]From: annecy_dit
2011-01-14 02:36 am (UTC)

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I am so thankful that i know Lisa, too.
[User Picture]From: sarameade
2011-01-14 03:20 am (UTC)

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There are some people that come into our lives that are so beautiful and full of grace that they change how we look at everything. Lisa seems to be that kind of person. Many prayers for you and also for her and her family in this difficult time.
[User Picture]From: amygreenfield
2011-01-14 01:32 pm (UTC)

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The glow from that remembered table is shining all the way out here. Holding you all in my heart. xo