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When spirit speaks to the soul
it takes your breath.
This is a picture of
flowers I received this past week;
they have filled me with joy,
filled my heart mostly
is my most favorite combination
I hope you too enjoy their
smell their fragrance
And now feel the spirit
todays short thought
and power of spirit connection
My dear friend Laura; a hospice employee of 18 years and I attended the memorial of
yesterday morning together.
As she was driving us there
(and oh she is such fun behind the wheel of her car as she just zooms down the roads like you’ve never seen *My Mario*)…
We shared memories of
Mary; back in the day.
Mary’s voice, her vision, HOSPICE at its finest! Back when the colors (branding of Hospice were blue)
I love the “blue” that used to be Hospice, it stood out, it “popped”!
We arrived at the beautiful
Ruth Eckerd Hall,
a place where the arts are held;
comedy, music, tragedy unfolds on the stages there.
We had been there just last month to see Willie Nelson,
I had been there two nights in row!
Patti Labelle and Willie Nelson
over the rainbow and I was right in the middle of it that week;
enjoying two greats on that stage.
what a place; what a stage.
I now know a couple whose son has died at 17 and they are working on the annual jamfest in his memory with the proceeds to go for scholarships for music
with the support of
Ruth Eckerd Hall.
yesterday here we were driving up
Ruth Eckerd Hall
to join with others
to celebrate the life
a visionary, an artist herself
and a grand dame
here’s where spirit comes in,
as we walked into the beautiful halls of
Ruth Eckerd here at
people were gathering,
people from all over the place …
what was astounding
and hit me where I lived
vase on the stage
beside a poster of
a picture of Mary;
the vase overflowing
with the most magnificent
and on a cloth draped table
a single candle burning.
as the hall filled with those there to pay their respects
a lovely and brilliant
I was riveted by those
I kept thinking of the complexity of lifes circles and cycles,
stages and phases
cycles, and shifts
I reflected on the many years,
the many paths travelled
as people found their seats,
as I looked at the program
I mused at
all the many years.
I believe there was a time that the Native American influence had crept into Mary’s heart
as she always spoke, thought and lived in circles
rather than the “linear way of thinking”
and at times it drove many insane in their conceptualizations and understandings.
Many commenting on her; describing those thoughts and papers with doodles and “circles” as they remembered her on the stage…
Interesting how that is.
YOU know it’s always interesting to observe and to watch when others speak, to discern those who speak from their hearts
and those who speak from their heads and from written scripts.
Yesterday was no exception.
Don Schumacher of the
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
gave a stunning tribute to Mary;
his words were filled with emotion, he spoke from his heart
his love apparent.
We had the wonderful opportunity of listening to a woman I hadn’t seen in many years by the name of
Patti Moore now of the
speak through her pain of loss
and into a voice of great strength
As her voice seemed to crack with emotion… it was then I noticed and watched intently; I saw the essence of spirit; Mary’s spirit over Patti’s left shoulder… she was there to guide Patti through her pain of loss and into a place of strength on that stage!
She was their to offer and provide her strength of leadership; and to give her what she needed, and you could see it as Patti regained her composure her body shifted, her shoulders moved into one of strength, her head raised,
her voice got stronger
and she continued!
And upon a request of
she allowed us to see
Mary’s last interview
it was so very inspiring.
It was truly lovely and powerful,
and I was so delighted that I was able to share that with Patti later in the day…
It filled my heart to once again hear and see Mary
as she talked about the importance
“It begins with YOU”.
It seemed as though Mary was sharing her final thoughts with Patti then, was giving people a message that she hoped they would
act upon, that they would
and I couldn’t help but smile
I thought about speaking around the globe
about the importance of
to others in the work that is being done for others
It is critical that professionals
regardless of their professions
take best care of self
in order to do for others.
During this remembrance
a Hospice pioneer
I just about
my feet brought me from my seat
(one of Mary’s favorites)
was sung with a passion
the souls of so many.
“She took us to church”
with her rendition
I am only sorry I didn’t think to record it on my phone
to share with all who are reading here.
Melinda, bless you darling,
for I am sure you had
Mary weeping tears of gratitude
we were filled up
by and with you.
As all left Ruth Eckerd Hall
there were stones
for those there,
wouldn’t ya just know it
I picked up a stone
As we left the building,
many folks I hadn’t seen in a long time
said hello, hugged and shook hands.
I was glad to be remembered.
I embraced my old friend
Taft, letting him know of my love and gratitude for him.
Many then travelled to
the “big house” located on Roosevelt street;
the main campus of hospice
where a reception was held.
And oh goodness
Mountain lilies were just about to knock me over once again!
In little vases,
in big vases,
inside the lobby,
outside on rails.
Are you feeling me here?
I saw folks I haven’t seen since my leaving that hospice;
saw and hugged an old old friend Lou;
she is the woman who actually
Mary Labyak as the CEO
the Hospice of the Florida Suncoast!
We both agreed it is the end of an era…
Folks gathered, ate, visited…
It was a time of remembering, of sharing…
I looked around and remembered the many times of seeing Mary walk those paths…
I saw the many who were approaching Taft; hugging him as he stood with grace in his suit and shades. I just had a feeling he would like to be home, in comfortable jeans listening to some music and wrapped in the comfort of his memories.
The gardens of that hospice were designed and maintained from a place of great talent and love
by Taft; and they are spectacular.
It is Sunday
and now the services of remembrances are past
the church bells have rung
it is time for the prayers to continue for all here
I look to YOU
to have a
in all that is special
all that is sacred
that YOU are.
I hope this will find you
standing in a day
“takin ya to church”
Blessings on the winds
The music world and family of singer
Taft Abras, Mary Labyaks’ family , Lori, Cindi, Tom, Shasta, Bill Simpson and Family, Jenn, Steph, Dana, Kari, Sandy, Marty, Marsha, Wanda, Ellen, Cindee, Peggy, Joyce Cruz, a CANCER surivor working at Southwest Airlines *it was an honor to meet you dear one*,
Ike Davis, in New Mexico, an artisan who plays in the mud and creates beautiful tings out there, *www.negroartist.com*
what a joy you are to so many of
SOUTHWEST, thank you for visiting with me,
prayers of continued success and tobacco to your Pueblo uncle!
Liz Brewster and Lee Brewsters’ dear friends
who are now fighting Cancer;
Christos Fandaros – 44 – Stage 4 lung cancer
Thomas Galvin – Lung Cancer
John Knudson – Prostate cancer
[Creator hold them and those that love them
in this horrible disease giving them strength]
Curtis, Susie Langham, Stasia and Billy Hall, Christina Chavez and Rick and Ryan, Pam Meyer, Whitney, Diane Bystista, Susan, Leann Vincent, Roxanne Duran, Carole Poppendeck, Mary Jo H-shortes, Bridget, Robert Tanner Mara Tanner, Yolanda L Acosta, Antonio F. Balderrama, Denise Flowers, Lisa Balance, Sherry Stedman, Rose, Marquette, Acosta, Ortega, The Pueblo Peoples,
All those I was honored to spend time with in
“Michigan, Oklahoma, Ohio, Crossroads Hospice, El Paso, Santa Fe, Albuquerque”
Jeremy, Florence, Cal, Sarch, our friends of Portugal, Mike, AnnMary,Stephanie, Jimmy, Keli, Kasi, Katherine, Julie, Allan, Lynda,LeeAnn,
KS Comfort Keepers, Stephen Bright, Linda and staff Melody,Brenda A and children Sarah, David Rachel; Gloria, Pete, Fred, Max, JJ, Barb and Leo Henning, Rick Fechner, Ryan Baurain, Melissa Reid, “Probation Professional pals”, Jim Vander May (*who has been working in the Professional field for 45 years in Michigan*, Dale, Herschel, Bonnie, Louise, Holly, Jerry, Faith, Yvette, Happy, Audrey,
and Rod Markowski and family, Lynn, Ryan, Jordon, Darryl Markowski, I thank you for your service) Brian Markowski, Shannon Becker, Nick, Reagan, Dr Iris of Detroit Medical Center, (was lovely meeting you on the flight, please take best care of you) Sandy R. Carol, Stephanie, Marnie, Geri, Chris, Matt,
those in Oklahoma City, in Tulsa, In Ft Worth, Dallas, Ike, Isabel, Teresa, Janelle, Patricia, Susan, Karen, Laura in Yuba City CA,
Crossroads Hospice and those who care out there working and walking the walk, Perry, Clayton, George, Janet, and all in green!
Rick, Calley, Ron, Rebekeh, Brenda, Becca, Audrey, Gabe, Dena, BEth, Lill, Jay Hanson, Jennifer, Beth Jett, Huntsville AL, Sheri, Wendy Reese and family, The Boy Scouts of Dora AL, Cam, Sandy, Toby, Edith Vaughn and family,Susan, Greg and Kyle Korabek (Landon Korabek on the other side now), Stephen Bright and family, Walter Littlemoon, Jane, Laura, Mitch, Jenn, Chris, Mary, Taft, Martha Deaver, Morris, Dahlee, Rose Brick, The Baitinger Family, The Yaslowitz Family, The St Petersbug PD, Congresswoman Gabbie and her family, Dahlee in NJ, Judy Kelley, beloved husband and family, Jennifer, (now being watched over by her beloved husband and child), Norma, EE, Little Cub to CJ and Angel eyes Jack, Daniel, Dave, Cindy and Steve, Marty, Sweet Pea and Pie Face, Florence, Jeremy, Dennis, Darrel, Greg, Leroy, Rebekka, Carly, John, Diana, Crystal, Karen, Janet, Callie, Lorie, Laura, Larry, Clive,
Kelly and family,Judy W and her 4 sons up there in New England, Cherokee Wick, Benni, Gayle, Jonathan, Great Aunt Effie’s family, Marilyn Warren, Ilene, Tweak and Chris, Jen and Bian, Ericka, Shannon, Hannah Sherabow, Pam C. and family, Susan S., Angela A., Nancy W, Sue G, Kelly and family,Mato Oyate Kola, Susan Brouse, Cindy and Stevie, Kim, Olatz, EVB, Guin, Yiva, Mary, Sandra and family, Christina Hellen, Dotti B., Susan and Greg, Amy, Becky and Barry Long, Christina, Matt and children, Aaron, Lisa and family, Freda, Linda Katie, Pat D, Tink and Mitch, LITTLE Ben, Jerry, Trish, Barb, Anastasia, Mary, Rylee, Lindsay, Ann, Sarah, Ruth, Johnny, Bobby and the Tucker Family, The Spraker Family,Kenny H, Michelle, Sandy, Addie and family in Canada, Sandy, BraveHeart, Rowena, Chris, Robyn Elizabeth, Jean, Duke,Rowena, Chris, Baby Robyn Elizabeth, Diane Smallze and family, Patti and family, The Korabek Family and friends, The Gasse Family and Friends,
Officer Crawford of St Petersburg, The Kocab Family, baby Lilly Nicole Kocab, The Curtis Family, Tarpon PD, those serving here and there in Uniform… Those now walking The Thin Blue Line, (far to many joining that line recently across our Nation),
Mylee, Mikey and family in DC, Jack M & Janis in OC, Stephen, Stuart Wittel (back from his 4th tour as a fighter pilot of the US MARINES inAfghanistan) and his parents Sandy and Stuart, Lavie Coltrane and her loving family, Andrea Gasse and family here and in New England, Ali and family, Randy and Winnie in New Mexico, Jill Wheaton L, Dr Peter in NY, Dr Rev Bev, Irene M, Bernice, Eileen and family, Dorothy, Angela, Kamryn Elijah, Ode, “Southwest VA”, Vicki, Matthew and family, Chris, Lovie, Nancy, Pedro and Our adopted family in BRAZIL, Our North American Black American Bears, The Windcross Convservacy and those beautiful Spanish Mustangs known as “pocket ponies”… the dolpins , always our most remarkable dolphins!!!
Anne, Jim, JADE, Joseph, Cathy Madden, Nathan, and her family., Cindy in NC, Liz, Lee, Molly, Joanie, Jude, COFA, Judi, Ken, Matthew, Nick, Matt, Mark’s family and many friends , Pat, Irene, Kevin, Dr D, Deb, Randy, Dr B, Isabelle, Kelsey, Sabrina , Charlie and family, Jean, Julie, Rhonda, Victoria, Mildred, Andi and family, Faith, Denise, Jim, Tom, Joey, Shelby friends and family, Judi, Phylis, Joyce, Gina, Tonya, Beverly and Family, Janeth, Melissa,Virginia, Stacey, Elizabeth, Nita, Gary Siegal, Adrienna, Brian Mawbey, the Boyan Family, Jean R and friend Christy Rider, Victoria and hubbie, Stephen, Gayle, Steph, Chris, Erica, Eileen, John, Mindy, Jack, Susan Werth Becken, her brother Mike and family, Craig James Lightfoot and his family, Kenny, Audrey, Ed Saner, Patty Crowley, Bennie, Gail, Jonathan, Moe, Beverly, Dennis, Peter, Trish, Cynthia, Heidi and her family, Kathy Knights family, Edith Vaughn, Candy, Cynthia, Jenn, Eve, Edith, Jason, Karen, Linda, Joyce, Belinda, Jeanette, Jennifer, Patti, Sandy S, and …
(Feel free to let me know if you would like to add your/or a friends name to our prayer bowl)
Prayers goin up for those
mourning Mary Labyak, one of many hospice pioneers
may they always remember her vision for hospice
and continue her work, by keeping it “real”;
for EE in Colorado who has been and is so very ill out there; she is soon on her way to Denver for that Kidney surgery and we will all send her healing energy for a positive outcome
and the Creators hands to lead her team of surgeons there
strength in speedy healing and recovery in her beautiful home with her son to care for and nurture her to wellness!
you are being thought of so very often
We all want
ONE MOMENT IN TIME
must stand and reach
go for IT
Walk in Beauty dear ones!
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