Anne survived the mountain lion attack, but that was only the beginning of her survival story. She fought for her life on the trail. Now she had to fight to regain her confidence in the face of a disfiguring injury and the new fears that accompanied it.
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It was about 4-o-clock on a Thursday afternoon in January, 2004. Anne Hjelle and her friend Debi Nicholls decided to go for a mountain bike ride in Whiting Ranch in Orange County, California. They passed numbers of people on the trail: a woman hiking with a troop of children, several groups of men on bikes, and others out for a run. [Read more…] about Anne Hjelle | Surviving the Attack, Part One | Survival is Beautiful
My name is Robin Sickles and I am the mother of Robert Sickles who was murdered on January 1, 2011. Prior to that knock on the door at 5:30 AM, both Robert and David had a promising future, both were training for the upcoming Saddleback College track and field season, and both had applied to the University of Oregon. I had two sons that I was so proud of. I called them my ‘Twin Towers’ as both stood 10 inches over me. Robert was loved by so many, he was the cornerstone of the family, and we all adored him…
I know the standard question is, “Is the glass half empty or is it half full?” I tend to think a better question is, “Is the glass half empty, half full, almost full, almost empty, did you get ice and how about lemon?”
Sometimes it isn’t just optimism versus pessimism, it’s a statement of fact that one person got handed a lot more than another.
I attended a service at Saddleback Church last weekend and heard Nick Vujicic speak. Nick is a dynamic, inspirational speaker, with a handsome face, a terrific sense of humor and a great accent. He is at the helm of a fast growing non-profit and is scheduled to speak in some pretty prestigious venues. He is in the prime of life, happily married, and has his first child on the way.
Nick seems to have it all except for one small thing. He was born without arms and legs. [Read more…] about Half Empty, Half Full, Ice, or Lemon?
There’s something about the end of summer that makes me a little blue. It’s always extra hot and there’s the knowledge that vacations are over. If you had one, you’re back. If you didn’t, you’re not getting one. It’s just a little depressing. Maybe some of you are like me and need some cheering up. So, here’s a happiness boosting blog. Remember the song from The Sound of Music, “My Favorite Things”? Julie Andrews tells us that when the dog bites, or the bee stings, or when you’re feeling sad, it’s time to think happy thoughts and then you won’t feel so bad. What are your happy thoughts? Here are some of mine to wet your whistle and get you thinking. [Read more…] about The Dog Days of Summer