Wordless Wednesday: O-H-I-O

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LUNGevity… Fight with me

You can help me fight against Lung Cancer and show your support for someone you know, or for my father. 

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Dad was in the ICU for a week.   The doctors said he was lucky to even be alive.  He had a massive blood clot in his lungs and pneumonia. They were also concerned about the ‘masses’ in his lungs.

He was officially diagnosed in February with Stage IIIB Lung Cancer.  (Read about Lung Cancer.) Let’s put it this way there are 9 stages in lung cancer.  He has stage 8.

As I assume with most people who are diagnosed with cancer, it came as a shock.  My father is only 56!! Lung Cancer!? A late stage!? In a single moment, it was as if years of his life were taken away.  Years from spending time with his grand-daughter McKinley, his wife, my sister, my brother, his brother…me…and many others. (To read my full story see earlier post: Cancer Diagnosis)

Lung cancer impacts one in 14 Americans and kills more than colorectal, breast, pancreatic, and prostate cancers combined.

This Saturday, May 11th my family and I are participating in a walk against Lung Cancer sponsored by Breathe Deep Newark.   Fellow bloggers, please take part in the walk with us and join our team, The Terminators (if you live in town).  If you can’t make it, you can make a donation or sponsor one of our team members by clicking here: Terminators!

Where: Rotary Park Pavilion 925 Sharon Valley Road (across from the Lou and Gib Reese Ice Arena) Newark, OH 43055

  • Check-in: 8:30am
  • Team Photos: 8:30am
  • Program: 9:30am
  • Walk/fun run: 10am
  • Closing ceremony: noon

All my love, Thank you everyone.

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Franklin Park Conservatory @FPConservatory

Franklin Park Conservatory

I’m shocked it’s taken me this long to go. As an environmentalist and having been a part of “Generation Green” in my college years… I found the conservatory refreshing, enlightening, and peaceful.

The conservatory experience:

  • Glass blowing
  • plant collections
  • Gardening programs
  • educational programs for children
  • Exhibits (currently butterflies & orchids)
  • Events

We spent our visit encountering all the beautiful butterflies & orchids.

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McKinley also got to see waterfalls, moving trains, and the art gallery.

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McKinley’s favorite part was watching the gigantic coy fishes.

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If you are looking for something fun to do, I highly recommend visiting the Franklin Park Conservatory located off Broad street (Columbus, Ohio).

~The chance for growth is infinite!~ Georgia

Trip to the Park

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It was a chilly day for a park visit. Though the sun broke through the clouds. (I think her sunflower pants helped). Finally some first signs of spring…that groundhog lied.

Not McKinley’s first rodeo, but it’s been a while since she was on a swing. We went to the Academy Park in Gahanna. Pretty cute playground. It had a huge climbing-spider-lookin’ thing… sorry I didn’t get a picture… but It must be some new age thing, because they had nothing like that when I was growing up.

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~ The chance for growth is infinite!~ Georgia

First Publication!


My whole life I have wanted to be published.

Finally the moment has come and I couldn’t be more excited. In fact, I’m extremely giddy.  I remember having a paper I wrote on female infibulation in the 10th grade being published, but it was a publication our school created… so I dunno- do you count that?

McKinley Milestones is spotlighted as one of Central Ohio’s best parenting blogs in the March issue of Columbus Parents Magazine! YAY! Click to read the featured post: Traditions

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To be honest, I questioned my ability and ‘worthiness’ of being a writer, especially after being turned down from other contests and submissions.  And yes, every writer should know that they WILL be turned down… that’s inevitable; however, it doesn’t change how it makes you feel.

But, I never stopped writing.  So no matter how cliché this sounds it’s 100% true:

Dreams are always worth chasing,

Always worth the time, and

It’s never to late.

~The chance for growth is infinite!~ Georgia