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Once Again, Friends In the AiR 
Jun. 10, 2012 6:06 pm 
Updated: Jun. 28, 2012 6:34 pm
What a great relay we attended. The Northern Clay County Relay for Life is a huge success and the All Recipes Team is especially proud of the response of our fellow members.  Our goal was $1,000.00 and the AR membership generously exceeded that goal by $275.00.
(Edit 06/12/12: As of this morning, our team total is $1352.00 with one additional donation and the value of auction items added. AR members are awesome!)

The relay began with the survivors walk. As they walk around the track the survivors receive applause of congratulations and encouragement from the spectators. As they cross the finish line they are joined by their caregivers for another lap of victory.
The walk of life begins as hundreds of people circle the track to honor or remember loved ones while showing their supporters their commitment to the defeat of cancer.
There was entertainment provided by Studio 2 dance school as two groups of young ladies dance in sequence to some high energy music. There were musicians, as well. When there wasn’t any entertainment, music would play over the PA. There were auctions for silent bidding, live auction items, food tents, crafts tents and information tents.
For the most part, your AR team walked in groups of two for one or two laps until the lighting of the luminaires which is a solemn ceremony.  There were three luminaires lighted to honor AR members. In the stand across from the activities, the word “HOPE” was in lighted luminaires and later, changed to “CURE”.
Yes, the folks of Northern Clay County had a high end relay. They have every reason to be proud of their event and the organizers congratulated. They collected $25,277 dollars plus whatever pledges are not yet recorded.
And to the AR Membership I will say; I am very happy to have walked this relay representing you and, with the other walkers, am incredibly proud of you for chipping in to this cause. And to mauigirl, Baking Nana and Cindy Lepp, we thank you for keeping our relay in front of the membership all day long.
When I was recovering from my own cancer, I expressed my gratitude for the support of the AR Community, with a heartfelt poem. Right now,  I think, would be a good time to re-publish it.

Friends in the AiR

They hold out their hearts to touch yours
And make offerings of friendship
To make one person feel welcome
Another to feel encouraged
Yet another to find direction.

Their words reach across nations
Regardless of peace or strife
These friends in the air stand strong
For their friends whose lives they share
To comfort, to laugh, to care, to weep.

Perhaps, not in body do they come,
Although they certainly have,
But in the bonds of friendship they travel
And in the bounds of caring they stay
These friends in the air shall prevail.

Friends in the air... Thank you!
Friends in the air... God bless you!
Jun. 10, 2012 6:51 pm
Mike, what a wonderful blog. Thank you for sharing your experience of the day and making us all feel included. Unfortunately, I have several close friends right now fighting the battle and we all need to help find the cure and we can only do that by keeping the hope alive. You are an awesome inspiration. HUGS XOXOXOXO
Jun. 10, 2012 7:00 pm
Mike, Beautiful poem. It was my honor to meet you and your lovely lady. Thank you for walking your talk. Namaste'
Jun. 10, 2012 7:14 pm
Wonderful blog,Mike, and so glad to hear what a success this event was!
Jun. 10, 2012 7:37 pm
Friends in the air. Love that, Mike! We were definitely that! I've gone to witness one like that (didn't walk because of a time constraint), and it's very emotional. Thanks for serving as our survivor, Mike. Job well done! I loved the photo of you that was posted yesterday.
Jun. 10, 2012 8:16 pm
Well done, Mike! Maybe next year you can graduate to inside the car!
Jun. 11, 2012 4:16 am
What a wonderful and heartfelt blog, Mike. I am swiping at tears to type; I can only imagine the powerful emotion you all must have felt being part of the event! Both of my parents had cancer so it touches a tender part of my heart...
Jun. 11, 2012 5:41 am
Darn it Mike, you said you'd make me cry and you did! A beautiful blog...
Jun. 11, 2012 6:48 am
Mike, It was a true pleasure to meet you and Linda! My heart swells with emotion at the love and compassion you have for those who are batttling this horrid disease and the happiness you share with those of us who have loved ones surviving. I get SO choked up at these walks, I can hardly talk. Thank you for all you do to keep "finding" a cure in the forefront, Thank you for ALWAYS asking about my Lisa and thank you for being the kind, loving person you are! WALK ON MIKE! p.s. I love your beloved Linda-Pat.
Jun. 11, 2012 6:50 am
Jun. 11, 2012 7:04 am
Mike, I am one of your old friends....really in air.....trying to get to LA (stuck in Chicago last night) If I can just get to LA today, I may have a shot a Las Vegas. If I can't get to Vegas, my beloved spousal unit might have to pick me up at Baking Nanas. I am so glad I had a chance to meet you and your lovely wife. I admire your strength and commitment to this fight that so many are engaged in. Thanks so much for being one of my "rocks" during these challenging times with my son's fight. Bless you kind sir.
Jun. 11, 2012 7:12 am
BTW If I don't get home today....I will surely have to burn my clothes ewwww :(
Jun. 11, 2012 7:38 am
Soo happy for you Mike!! I joke about the trunk but please know how MUCH YOU ARE LOVED on this site!! You give all of us HOPE, no matter what our situation is. I can Not imagine what people dealing with the 'C' are going through. My GOD!! I could cry a bucket and sssssooooo SORRY that word even exists! ! You're AWESOME:):) THANK YOU! Love, PC
Jun. 11, 2012 7:41 am
Great blog! We love you Mike !!!!!
Jun. 11, 2012 8:24 am
I just seen the photo of you lovely mancave-on-the-go. MB did a great job supplying a great little den for you. She even gave bungy straps with elastic give to them, how sweet, I would have used tie down ratchet straps, she is so thoughtful and sweet. Glad you had a great time
Jun. 11, 2012 8:44 am
Great blog! So glad it went well!
Jun. 11, 2012 9:39 am
Very sweet, Mike!! I'm happy it went well and was a successful relay in so many ways!! Thank you!!
Jun. 11, 2012 12:15 pm
See Mike, how considerate I was? My DH had tie-down ratchet straps like RNG mentioned.
Jun. 11, 2012 1:03 pm
MB called me and got me up from my nap. Yep, I'm still dragging today. I am so glad the weather was good for the walk & walkers and that it was such a success. I am so glad to have met some of my FITA this weekend.
Jun. 11, 2012 2:30 pm
I've said it before but it bears repeating...Mike you are one classy gentleman. You have educated without preaching and provided support to many. I am happy to think of you as a FITA!
Jun. 11, 2012 2:30 pm
Mike, I will probably cry every time I read that poem. You are quite the poet. It's so eloquent and so truly states our "shared" community. It was an honor to attend and walk with you. The survivors/caretakers walks were particularly moving. Thank you for all you do and have done! You could change PITA to FITA. . .thanks for that Cat! Hugs to you and your wonderful wife!! :)
Jun. 12, 2012 6:53 am
Very happy for your successes, all of them! I'm glad I was able to support, but wish it didn't have to be from such a distance!
Jun. 12, 2012 7:59 am
Mike-how wonderful for everyone to support this great cause. Thanks for sharing.
Jun. 12, 2012 8:55 am
DelMarGirl, thank you for your comment. Keeping the hope alive is the pivot point of cancer treatments but cancer awareness and self checks are what will make this malady less potent. My hope is that cancer will be eradicated from this earth or, at least, treatable like a sore throat.
Jun. 12, 2012 9:01 am
Namaste', good lady! /^\ We have had the honor of meeting you, also. Thank you for all you accomplished this weekend. /^\
Jun. 12, 2012 9:07 am
The relays are emotional, Marianne. You know that thing about men not supposed to cry? It ain't so during a relay. I didn't see that photo, though. I wonder who could have posted it?
Jun. 12, 2012 9:09 am
Hi, Bibi! Next year I'll take a bus! Thank you!
Jun. 12, 2012 9:14 am
"Powerful emotions" sums it up good, Jan! Cancer itself rips emotions from anybody but at the relays the emotions are healing emotions.
Jun. 12, 2012 9:18 am
Good morning, Magnolia Blossom! Sorry! I did warn ya!
Jun. 12, 2012 9:54 am
Thank you, Candice! Linda-Pat and I were happy to meet you, also! Emotions can be anything a person wants them to be. I prefer to use mine to fight these beasts through promoting self checks and cancer awareness. ... You're welcome!
Jun. 12, 2012 9:55 am
Thank you, Alley!
Jun. 12, 2012 10:08 am
I was hoping your return trip would be much easier than the arrival trip, mauigirl! I sure hope that this stroke of airline unprofessionalism doesn't discourage you! ... I believe your son is in the fight to win over his malady. I know he will have some very trying times but he is his mama's son and that should make him very tough when the battle gets wearysome. Just as you had to slug your way through the airways, he'll slug it out and get well!
Jun. 12, 2012 10:30 am
Thank you, Patty Cakes! Cancer, as a noun, is a nasty word and deserves every nasty adjective that can be attached to it.
Jun. 12, 2012 10:30 am
Thank you, Terry!
Jun. 12, 2012 10:32 am
gramma, the use of ratchet straps was ruled out because it would have restricted bladder room!
Jun. 12, 2012 10:33 am
It did go well, Nurse Ellen. Thank you!
Jun. 12, 2012 10:34 am
Thank you, Mickdee! The day and the whole weekend went well!
Jun. 12, 2012 10:37 am
Considerate???!!!! Yeah, right!
Jun. 12, 2012 10:39 am
Hi, Cat! I'm surprised you are up so soon. I figured you would sleep for a week!
Jun. 12, 2012 10:39 am
Thank you, BigShotsMom!
Jun. 12, 2012 10:41 am
Thank you for participating, Lady Sparkle! Hugs back atcha!
Jun. 12, 2012 10:43 am
Wyattdogster, maybe there will be a relay in VA that I could participate in. Someday? Maybe?
Jun. 12, 2012 10:45 am
Thank you, Lela! The site membership came through with colors held high!
Jun. 12, 2012 9:57 pm
Just dropping by to say how much I miss all of you. I didn't want the weekend to end. BTW I am safely ensconced at home with my Sparky. Only took me 23 hours to get here. I spent more time at airports than the roundup:(
Jun. 13, 2012 12:53 pm
LOL, Mike the bumps in the road might not help either.
Jun. 13, 2012 6:19 pm
What a dear man you are! It was great meeting you and your lovely wife. Thank you for organizing this walk while we were all together this weekend. Your crusade for the cure is truly inspiring. I cry every time I do these walks and always dedicate them to my sister, Lisa. Now, I will dedicate them to you also.
Jun. 14, 2012 3:52 am
It is wonderful that you came to the roundup but so horrible the airline did that to you, mauigirl. It seems they beat you up just because they could. Happy that you are home safely.
Jun. 14, 2012 3:54 am
Bumps in the road? MB made sure she introduced me to each one. Sometimes, she would back up to hit one she missed!
Jun. 14, 2012 4:06 am
Thank you, Christine! I am happy to have met you and you mom this weekend! The story of Lisa is one that I think of often.
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At age 16, I began cooking when my mother was injured in an accident that kept her off her feet for five weeks. At first, my repertoire was fried hot dogs with pork and beans, boiled hot dogs with macaroni and cheese or pizza from a box. After a couple weeks of this, my younger brother was the first to protest and demand variety and my dad was quick to support him. That was my first cooking challenge, learning to plan a meal. About that time, mom returned from the hospital and from her bed, began teaching me things like roast beef, fried chicken, stews and all the sides and trimmings. In 1967, I married and my wife designated herself as the cook and this continued until 1999. It was then that I (voluntarily) began cooking again. At some point, I realized that I was having fun and began searching for recipes that were more challenging and interesting. I found AR and used it's recipes for a long time before registering and later becoming an active member.
My favorite things to cook
Soups. How can I go wrong? They are a great way to use up leftovers and those veggies that are approaching the end of their usefulness. They are always an original recipe. Roasts and steaks are favored, also. Getting the right "doneness" and choosing appropriate sides for a tastey and attractive meal is a continuing and always evolving menu.
My favorite family cooking traditions
If creating impulsive menus and recipes is a tradition then, (I guess) we have a tradition. A new tradition is developing. I have a fruitcake recipe that, I believe, is near perfection. I make it just before Thanksgiving so it is aged enough for the Christmas/ New Year holidays.
My cooking triumphs
Without a doubt, my own recipe for a Reuben Sandwich. It has been a demanded item for many years and I shared it in my AR blog. http://allrecipes.com/Cook/13101603/BlogEntry.aspx?postid=204609
My cooking tragedies
Too many. I have been able to throw them out and have something new before my wife gets home. Most of the time, anyway.
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