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Happy 4th of July!

Posted on July 04 2014 by Pat Killingsworth | 1,240 views

Crazy day for us.  My sister and her family drove down to visit from the Chicago area.  Great motivation to sort and empty the last of our moving boxes.

Just returned home from an amazing evening at the beach.  A cool ocean breeze made watching a half dozen fireworks displays up and down the coast extra enjoyable.

As often happens, I couldn’t help reflecting back on past 4th of July celebrations–and wondering how many I have left.  Not in a morbid sort of way.  I catch myself doing this more often these days.  Not only on special occasions, but anytime I realize how much I’d miss something if I wasn’t around.  I think it’s healthy; adds a bold punctuation mark to otherwise unceremonious occasions.

My sister’s son, Grant, is autistic.  So they brought along Olaf, his four month old service dog puppy in training.  Our dog, Finnegan, is almost eleven.  He’s having a ball showing Olaf the ropes!  You should have seen them romping together on the beach!

Here’s hoping that your holiday weekend is pain and side effect free–and full of special moments, too.

Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat

4 Comments For This Post

  1. Patty Ladd Says:

    Hi Pat,

    Several months ago, you and I “chatted” via email, and then you graciously filled my order for 2 of your books and included a third as a gift. I have been following your blog, and I am so inspired by your attitude in coping with MM and your honesty in reporting. Like you, MM has changed my life in many ways. I “see” beauty around me much more often than before, and I appreciate each day. Mentally, I’ve been keeping a “gratitude journal,” and each day I think of 3 things for which I am grateful. They can’t be repeats. This rather simple exercise is powerful, for me.

    Pat, I set up a CaringBridge site in May and after visiting your own site, it appears that you prefer to communicate via your MM blog. Therefore, I am going to use that blog to invite you to my site. Most recently, I experienced a miracle, and I need/want to share with you the details.

    So happy you are enjoying your new home!

    My prayers are with you,

    Patty Ladd

  2. Pat Killingsworth Says:

    I would be glad to follow your progress on CaringBridge, Patty. I stopped using it a year or two after I started blogging daily; seemed redundant. But I’m a CaringBridge supporter. Just chose to use a more sophisticated format. Thanks for reading and glad if I can help!

  3. Patty Ladd Says:


    CaringBridge isn’t accepting this email address: . ./pat-killingsworth.

    Would you kindly send me another address?

    I pray you are having a good day.


  4. Pat Killingsworth Says:

    Patty, there must be a misunderstanding. is my web address for this site. I had a CaringBridge site; it may still be there. But I stopped posting there years ago; too redundant when I was posting here daily. Here’s my CaringBridge address if you’d like to go back and get a feel for what I went through:

    And for those of you that would like to see Patty’s new site, here’s that link:

    Sounds like Patty just got some great news: she went from high risk to low risk patient in a blink of an eye.

    Good luck, Patty! Here’s hoping you’ll be around for a long, long time; possibly long enough to see a real cure…

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