Thursday, January 30, 2014

'Til We Meet Again, My Friend

Rodgers , Brian S. 44


Brian Scott Rodgers, 44, of Murrysville, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, after a long and
 courageous fight with cancer in his home surrounded by family. He was born Dec. 29, 1969, in Butler.
He was the devoted husband of Marcey (Carlisle) Rodgers; awesome father to Brian and Caitlin;
 loving son of Dian (Reott) and the late Lenny Rodgers; beloved brother to Bruce, Barry, Kelly (Brian)
 and Kristy (Chris); son-in-law to Jim and Marcey Carlisle; brother-in-law to Ed (Laura), Jim (Erin),
Theresa (Tim), Tim and Cede (Joe); and adored uncle to several nieces and nephews. Friends will
be received 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the GEIBEL FUNERAL HOME, 201 East Cunningham
 St., Butler. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Saturday, at St. Mary of the
Assumption Roman Catholic Church in Herman. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Parish Cemetery.
 In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Brian Rodgers Memorial Fund
to benefit Brian (age nine) and Caitlin (age three).

Monday, January 20, 2014

Determined to Let Some Things Go

In every life there are things that are out of our control and those we are still determined we can control. I am determined to:

1. Get over the fact that Christmas stuff is half boxed up and half still up. D has a sore back and I'm on day 10 of a migraine. I tried to carry some boxes and ended up with chest pains. To keep my New Year's resolution, I had to stop packing!

2. My friend is getting worse. I want to help him, his wife, and his kids...I visited last week, I took pictures, told stories, and gave hugs. Those are the only tools I have to offer. I also offered to do the eulogy because I know his wife and mother won't be able to... Not sure I can either, but he always joked that I talk too much; I owe him one more time . ;-)

3. The semester is back in full swing. Three classes and lots of new personalities to figure out. Lesson plans and related work is back in full swing.

4. Applying for full-time jobs is also back in full swing as local positions are starting to pop up.

5. Edits on the book are moving much slower than I'd hoped. Still moving forward, but at a snail' space. Still shooting for end of January to get it back to my publisher.

6. The house needs cleaned, the laundry needs put away.

Comparatively none of these are near what others are going through; but I am determined to get this all done or let go and let God without having a nervous breakdown!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2014 My Word and My One Resolution!!

After 2013 kicked my ass, took my name, and spit me out...I am going to try the My One Word again for 2014. My Word is: DETERMINE / DETERMINED.

I also have one New Year's Resolution:

No Emergency Room visits in 2014!

We rang in the New Year as we have for the past several Harmony, PA where they celebrate Silvester...German New Year's time. The ball drops at 6 PM EST. We have already eaten our pork and sauerkraut by then. After that, we came back home and our neighbors came over. All in all it was a wonderful New Year's Eve that allowed us to be in bed by 11:30 and still have celebrated the 2014.