Cycle of Life

Commemorating life changing events for members of Nexus.  Births, Graduations, Marriage, Divorce, Moving in and Moving out.  Diagnoses and Cures.  Deaths, and Remembrances.  If it affects you and you want to share or announce, feel welcome.

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Commemorating Events of our Lives

Please join if you wish to commemorate the events that shape your life.

 Whether it's a new baby, adoption, triumph over adversity, a medical diagnosis, a success, or a loss.  Celebrate, or grieve, the loss of a loved one, respected mentor, role model.  If it moves you, or you think it will move others, this is a good place to share the experience.

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A tribute to my father

Started by Brent Feeney. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 12. 1 Reply

So, I guess most of you here know that my dad died back in January of complications of Parkinson's disease. There have been times that have been rough since then, but I'd think it's all part of the…Continue

Green Burial

Started by Sentient Biped. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jan 30, 2013. 1 Reply

When I go, this is what I want. White Eagle Memorial Park. From their website:  20 beautiful acres set within…Continue

Tags: heritage, death, life cycles, natural burial, green burial

How do you commemorate a major life event?

Started by Sentient Biped. Last reply by The Flying Atheist Dec 11, 2012. 5 Replies

My family planted trees for births and deaths.  Of course, there were official events too, like weddings, chili suppers at church, barbecues if weather permitted, dinners, wakes and funerals.I used…Continue

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Comment by Brent Feeney on June 2, 2013 at 6:31pm

That's great to know Flying. =)  I feel the same way about my friends from EIU of that time. Like you, much has changed; they've gotten married, had kids, and I'd wager there's been other life-changing events as well. All a part of life as we know it, I'd say.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 15, 2013 at 8:16pm

Yup, I went to Millikin in Decatur...."Soy Bean Capitol of the World."  Earned a bachelor of music degree.  Had a lot of good friends I met in college there who really made the experience wonderful....people who were such an integral part of my life at the time.  Very close friends that meant everything to me.  I don't see any of those people anymore.  It seems like lifetimes ago.  So much has changed.  I've been through a lot since then as well.  There's been much in my life to be very grateful for but I've also had more than my share of downs in recent years.  I've been able to weather the tough times but only with the help of family and, I think, with my own stubborn tenacity to survive. 

Comment by Brent Feeney on May 15, 2013 at 6:44pm

Wow, from the same area, huh Flying Atheist? =) When you say Decatur, I guess you went to Milliken?

Went to Decatur once, to visit an editorial board meeting of the Herald & Review long before Lee bought them out. It was an interesting experience, to say the least.

Comment by Brent Feeney on May 15, 2013 at 6:42pm

He was proud of me eventually Sentient; without going into too many details, I was told after the ceremony that day that he wasn't going to go until his buddies practically got into his face and told him to go.

I think the more he thought about it, and the more he realized what I had done (especially after he stopped drinking heavily), he was very proud of getting that degree. I do know before he died, that mom told us that he was really proud of how my brother and I turned out, even though we've always struggled in many ways.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 15, 2013 at 2:23pm

Congratulations, Brent.  I graduated from college in 1987.  We're from the same era.  I was in Decatur, Illinois, a short hop, skip and jump from Charleston.  I remember having a tremendous amount of pride (and relief) in my achievement as well.  I have a very close friend, my age, who was also the first in his family to graduate from college.  Indeed, I know that adds an extra degree of satisfaction and achievement.

Thanks for sharing your milestone.        

Comment by Sentient Biped on May 14, 2013 at 10:26pm

Brent, as the first in your family to graduate from college, I bet your dad was very proud of you.  It's a very big deal!  Congrats to you and a virtual pat on the back!

Comment by Brent Feeney on May 14, 2013 at 8:53pm
Major milestone in my life took place 25 years ago today.

On this day - May 14, 1988 - I joined the list of thousands and thousands of graduates of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL, earning a BA in journalism.

I'm still proud of that accomplishment. Even though life hasn't always been smooth since then - and I think we all know how bad media's gotten lately - it's something I point to with a lot of pride. I was the first college graduate in my family - and I'm sure my dad would still be proud of that today.
Comment by Sentient Biped on May 1, 2013 at 9:07pm

Russell, thanks.  It can take a while to get the report.  Probably in 2 weeks.

The comments just flow with newest on top.  As far as I know there's no way to interpolate between comments.  

Comment by Russell Pangborn on May 1, 2013 at 9:07am

Wishing you a speedy recovery Sentient.I hope you get good news from that pending report.

Not sure how to get a reply just below a comment in this forum.

Comment by Sentient Biped on April 29, 2013 at 10:29pm

Joan, thanks for your concern.

I'm now 4 weeks out from surgery.  The wound has fully healed.  My system is working as well as it did before surgery.  Except I have to eat every 2 or 3 hours due to reduced stomach size.  One critical pathology report is pending, but I'm not thinking about it.

This is the new normal.  Can't go back to "before".  Mercifully, the mind has a strange way of erasing trauma - I know the things that happened, in detail, but it's like a story that someone told me. 

Not as strong as before.  Working on it.  I had to get back to work, not because employer required it, but because getting back to normal life was needed.

Also hoping  very much you are well and strong.


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