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2017-05-03 03:16 pm
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Wonderful, fabulous news!

Rob has achieved COMPLETE REMISSION!

And I have been offered a JOB! I will be working for the Minneapolis ELCA Synod (the local governing body of the Lutheran Church). I will be, among other things, assisting with the administration of the process to call new pastors to Lutheran Church.

Details at CaringBridge here.

This has been the best week, like, ever.
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2017-04-04 11:03 am

Here in Rochester for another infusion. Cautiously optimistic PET can yesterday

Rob's PET scan yesterday was good enough to allow him to continue with his clinical trial. See the details at his CaringBridge.
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2017-02-01 07:40 pm
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Okay. Regroup. New Strategy

If you've forgotten your CaringBridge password and so you're not reading these posts, hey, you can get CaringBridge to send you a new one.

Rob's cancer has progressed further and is now is found in the ulcers in his stomach. Since it has been proven by biopsy that he has "progressed," he's being taken off the study he's been on for the past 14 weeks and will be placed on a different one. It means we'll be spending much more time in Rochester, which, no offense, is a very nice city. But...we'll be spending a lot more time in Rochester. Thank you, Kyle and Mary, for putting us up.

CaringBridge post.
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2017-01-19 08:47 pm

Latest PET scan report - We've been on this roller coaster before

Some spots have disappeared. Some are smaller. Some are bigger. Some are new.

There are a couple new medical issues that we'll need to pursue further.

But for now Rob's being allowed to remain the study. Which is probably the best possible option for him right now.

Read more at our CaringBridge site here.
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2016-12-26 11:29 am

Lovely, quiet Christmas at home, just us

Everyone's home for the holidays

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I have my Christmas manicure, so I'm ready

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Stockings!

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Breakfast preparation! Here is our Christmas star, uncooked:

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And golden brown, hot out of the oven:

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The table is set with yummy things
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Rob and the girls

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Me and the girls
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My place setting:
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Delia:
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Fiona, rejoicing as she does every year when Delia gives her extra pastry stars to eat:
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Rob enjoys his breakfast:
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For the fifth year in a row, I am the only one in the entire house awake during Christmas afternoon
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Merry Christmas from us all!
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2016-12-13 07:11 am

Happy St. Lucia Day to you all from Fiona!

Snapchat just received. At first I couldn't figure out WHAT was on her head. And then I realized: it's probably the only candle in her apartment. Love and lussekatter to you all.

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Edited to add: This was my reply:

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2016-12-12 08:09 am

St. Lucia tomorrow!

Fiona's been making us lussekatter for years, even after she got to college. This year she's working more hours, dancing on the ballroom dance team, and stressing out over her advanced math finals. I told her I'd take care of the lussekatter this year, but I haven't had time either. So bought some St. Lucia bums at the Norwegian Midtown Global Market and Rob delivered them to her yesterday when he went to see her for their twice weekly math session. Kept some for myself so I'll have St. Lucia buns for breakfast tomorrow, too.
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2016-12-04 01:20 pm

The stump of Jesse and the bramble

I went to adult bible study before church. Pastor was talking about today's text from Isaiah, which he was basing his sermon text upon rather than today's Gospel text. It's the famous part, often called "The Peaceable Kingdom." Here's the text:

1Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse,
And a branch from his roots will bear fruit.

2The Spirit of the LORD will rest on Him,
The spirit of wisdom and understanding,
The spirit of counsel and strength,
The spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.

3And He will delight in the fear of the LORD,
And He will not judge by what His eyes see,
Nor make a decision by what His ears hear;

4But with righteousness He will judge the poor,
And decide with fairness for the afflicted of the earth;
And He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth,
And with the breath of His lips He will slay the wicked.

5Also righteousness will be the belt about His loins,
And faithfulness the belt about His waist.

6And the wolf will dwell with the lamb,
And the leopard will lie down with the young goat,
And the calf and the young lion and the fatling together;
And a little boy will lead them.

7Also the cow and the bear will graze,
Their young will lie down together,
And the lion will eat straw like the ox.

8The nursing child will play by the hole of the cobra,
And the weaned child will put his hand on the viper’s den.

9They will not hurt or destroy in all My holy mountain,
For the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD
As the waters cover the sea.

10Then in that day
The nations will resort to the root of Jesse,
Who will stand as a signal for the peoples;
And His resting place will be glorious.

Isaiah, 11:1-10
This is a text often used during Advent because Christians recognize the shoot from the stump of Jesse as Christ, descending from the house of David. (As usual, I raised my hand and spoke about my habitual irritation that the first chapter of Matthew traces Jesus's ancestry, from father to son ONLY--no women here--through Joseph back to David. And wasn't that pointless, since the story of the virgin birth means that Joseph had nothing to do with Jesus' ancestry. As usual, Pastor acknowledged my point and moved on.) Pastor went on to mention that people reading this in Isaiah's time would take this as being about a newly crowned king, like, say, Hezekiah. I looked at the description of the ideal king here ("The Spirit of the LORD will rest on Him,/ The spirit of wisdom and understanding,/The spirit of counsel and strength, / The spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. / And He will delight in the fear of the LORD, / And He will not judge by what His eyes see, / Nor make a decision by what His ears hear; / But with righteousness He will judge the poor, / And decide with fairness for the afflicted of the earth"). That doesn't sound a lot like Trump, I thought, sadly considering the recent election. He is so gullible that he bases his reasoning on every baseless thing he sees on the internet, and as for judging the poor and deciding with fairness for the afflicted, no. He sounds like the opposite of that. And the peaceable kingdom sounds like the opposite of Trump's America.

As Pastor continued, I idly started flipping back further to look for references to David and stopped suddenly when a bit of poetry jumped out at me from the middle of a passage of prose. I looked at the top of the top of the page, and read "The parable of the trees." Now, trees, as readers of this blog know, is a subject of particular fascination for me, but I didn't remember this at all. Here is the bit that caught my eye, which is taken from Judges 9:8-15:
“8The trees once went forth to anoint a king over them.
And they said to the olive tree,
‘Reign over us!’
9
But the olive tree said to them,
‘Should I cease giving my oil,
With which they honor God and men,
And go to sway over trees?’

10
“Then the trees said to the fig tree,
‘You come and reign over us!’
11
But the fig tree said to them,
‘Should I cease my sweetness and my good fruit,
And go to sway over trees?’

12
“Then the trees said to the vine,
‘You come and reign over us!’
13
But the vine said to them,
‘Should I cease my new wine,
Which cheers both God and men,
And go to sway over trees?’

14
“Then all the trees said to the bramble,
‘You come and reign over us!’
15
And the bramble said to the trees,
‘If in truth you anoint me as king over you,
Then come and take shelter in my shade;
But if not, let fire come out of the bramble
And devour the cedars of Lebanon!’
Read this commentary here.

My goodness, I thought. That's Trump, that's absolutely Trump. Read the verses around the parable, too, Judges 8:22 through the entirety of Judges 9 and the wikipedia entry here. He won his throne by treachery, climbing over a heap of bodies (think the Republican primary and then the general election). He is like the bramble; the other trees bore fruit, but the bramble bears only hurtful thorns, and when the other trees turned to him, he revealed only a penchant for selfish ambition and treachery. And that's what Trump has done, too. All he has for us is thorns.

And note the manner of his death: After cutting a swath through and killing thousands of his own people, he is hit on the head by a woman who throws a millstone down on the top of his head from the top of the tower he is besieging. Get this, he beseeches his armor-bearer to kill him so that he wouldn't be known as a man defeated by a woman. I guess treachery goes hand in hand with misogyny.

If the parable can be truly be applied today, putting Trump in the role of Abimelech, it suggests that Trump and the Republicans will end up destroying each other. And the Republicans should have seen it coming, but no, they started with treachery, and started robbing people and jostling for power, causing Trump to take revenge, and so they will reap what they have sown.
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2016-11-06 02:46 pm
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John Rezmerski has passed away, aged 74

I'm listening right now to Rez reading his long poem "Cataloguing the Flow: Elegy." There is an .mp3 embedded in his Star Tribune obituary.  It is comforting to hear his voice again, and so sad to realize I'll never hear it again in real life.

I'm going to miss Rez terribly, especially at Minicon. He was one of the favorites on the Lady Poetesses from Hell panel which performed on the last day of the con every year. I have many a fond memory of him in a granny shawl closed with a brooch and a silly hat, reading from his hilarious chapbook "One and Twenty Poems by Grace Lord Stoke." And trying (and failing) not to crack up.

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(Photo credit David E. Romm [livejournal.com profile] barondave . Used with permission).

Rez, I lit a candle for you at the All Saints service at my church today. I will miss you.

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2016-11-04 08:45 am

30th Anniversary pictures - Tunnel Through Time!

These were taken by a friend, John Walsh, who is a professional photographer. Thanks for doing such a great shoot with us, John!

Peg and Rob 30th Anniversary - John Walsh Photographer

We haven't had a nice professional photo taken of Rob in, like, forever:

Rob - 30th Anniversary Shoot - John Walsh photographer

And here it is! The famous Tunnel Through Time, taken every decade, now in its fourth iteration.

30th Anniversary Tunnel Through Time picture

And I'm adding this one, which is all about how hard this year has been )
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2016-10-14 10:11 am

We finally caught up with Rob's oncologist

We finally caught up with Rob's oncologist who interpreted the PET scan from two weeks ago for us. Rob has put on a waiting list for a new clinical study. He may get called to go in for tests sometime in the next 2-8 weeks. He would be a good candidate, but he may be ineligible because of his participation in an earlier study. Read more at our CaringBridge post.
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2016-10-01 05:11 pm
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Rob has had another PET scan and the news is not good.

It's all summed up in the first line of the report: "Mixed changes with however worsening of lymphoma."

Read the rest at the CaringBridge post here.
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2016-08-24 10:58 pm

Now up on my professional blog

Up on Worthiest Words: A post about Open Arms of Minnesota. I'm doing a series on marketing in nonprofit organizations.

I lost my old job exactly a year ago today.

Some good things have happened since then. I think I'm closer to the job I'm supposed to have. Maybe. Theoretically. Surely?
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2016-08-13 05:21 pm

52 Week Collage Weeks 37, 38, 39, 40, and 41

Week 37: Curse
The campaign is having some difficulties.

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This card is about how the fanart contest I had planned for EverTwixt ran into some problems. The day the contest was launched, Kelly (the owner of EverTwixt) fell down the stairs, resulting in a concussion and broken arm. An inauspicious start. We decided it was due to the malign influence of Baba Yaga, the nemesis of the stories on the website. We also determined that the contest had to be rejiggered, because we weren't getting the response to the ads that we'd hoped.

Week 38: Redesign
I spent the week redesigning the contest, hoping to still find our mystery artist out there somewhere.

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This card represents both the fact that I redesigned the particulars of the contest, since Kelly was unavailable (landing pages, email automation), and the silhouette also represents that mysterious artist we still hoped to find.

Week 39: Certification
I took the test and finished the Hubspot Academy Inbound Marketing course.

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The Inbound Marketing course is built on the four stages of inbound marketing as Hubspot sees them: Attract, Convert, Close, and Delight.

Week 40: Treats
I begin designing the website for Barking Good Healthy Treats.

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Week 41: Girls
Meals with my girls mean love.

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This combined two Snapchats: Fiona and I send this a Snapchat to Delia informing her of our brunch at Turtle Bread Bakery. Delia also sent us a Snapchat, showing the set up of her table at her new apartment in Eau Claire. The vase of peonies were the ones I brought with me when we moved Delia in.
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2016-07-19 03:23 pm

Worthiest Words website is up!

My new professional (self-designed) website is launched. It's a bit bare bones (need to write more posts--a LOT more), I still have to figure out lead magnets (and how, exactly, the site will lead me to my goals) and I'm sure there'll be hiccups, but on the whole, I'm happy with it and happy to get it up. The name of the site is Worthiest Words. I am also on Twitter at @worthiestwords (as well as still at my old account @pegkerr).





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2016-06-08 09:16 pm
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Great news with today's PET scan!

PET scan: liver glow GONE. Spleen glow GONE. Central glow deep in the abdomen (this is the one that really worried the doctor last time) GONE. Neck glow GONE. Slight glimmer on back of head remains, but no bigger than last time. New slight glimmer at tip of stomach: may be simply inflammation. Blood work looks perfect.

Our doctor said, "This is an enormous response. Marked improvement. Everyone's happy. Take the weekend to celebrate."

So...yeah. Thanks to Mayo! Thanks to our doctor. Rob's not ENTIRELY in remission, but he's pretty damn close. Which is absolutely amazing!

(I sent the girls Snapchats all day about "Our Day at Mayo" and took screen shots of most of them).

Our Day at Mayo )
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2016-05-21 09:45 pm
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Hubspot

A shiny new badge on my LinkedIn page:







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2016-05-19 09:36 pm

52 Week Collage Weeks 35 and 36

Week 35: Campaign
This is my first marketing campaign!

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This card is about how hard I worked, trying to learn everything I needed to know to launch a marketing campaign for EverTwixt.com. (I'm not linking to the compaign, because it's been suspended for now, in part because of my boss's injury. But we hope to resume it soon.)

Week 36: Birthday
To celebrate my birthday, Rob and I spent the night at a bed and breakfast.

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The scene in this picture (from a magazine I cut out long, long ago) reminds me somewhat of the bay window dining nook where Rob and I had breakfast in this beautifully restored Victorian home (it was a built by a wealthy German immigrant, but he and his wife had no children. After they died, it was turned into a hospital, and then a nursing home, before it was restored for its present purpose.) The (slightly whiter) teapot and cups added to the picture on the table is actually taken from a screenshot from a promotional video for the bed and breakfast. As for the bunnies, they were one bunny, taken from the promotional video, too. (I cleaned up the image in PhotoShop--hey, I'm developing graphics skillz!--and flipped it for the second bunny). Rob and I have a Thing about bunnies, and I was delighted to see it there.

Rob asked me to be sure to tell you all that he demonstrated his undying love for me on my birthday, the night we arrived, by taking me to a restaurant called The Onion Grill. (He loathes onions, whereas I love them.) I enjoyed the onion soup along with the rest of my meal. Rob enjoyed his dinner, too--after he picked all the onions off.

The bed and breakfast really was lovely, as were our hosts. We stayed in the St. Croix room. It was the perfect way to celebrate my birthday. Here is the website, and here is the video that convinced us to stay there ) See if you can spot the bunny.