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happiness | ˈhøpin1s |
1 feeling or showing pleasure or contentment
2 inclined to use a specified thing excessively or at random
3 an abundance in your life of that which makes you happy and giving it away (darwin's definition)

Sunday, July 20, 2008

The Wall in Motion

Yesterday at the unveiling of The Wall we had a great time. You can read more about my contribution in Design. I have to say, "These people are amazing."

First of all, this was a world class event. I've been to a lot of events put on my many more people and this event was one of the best I've been to. What's amazing is that this event was largely put together only by the friends and family of Todd Blair.

Here is The Wall in motion:

But this event was more than just The Wall. There was an author book reading (Mother of a Traumatic Brain Injury survivor), Belly Dancing (my favorite was the snake charmer) and Drum Musical Show. I'm not doing these ladies justice by describing them this way. Suffice it to say they were all amazing.

However there is no doubt that everyone was inspired when they saw all the gears go onto The Wall and seeing it turn for the first time:

It sounds campy to say, "A great time was had by all," but this was actually the case. There were crafts for the kids (special thanks to Sally for sponsoring Ruby's shirt) consisting of shirt designing and gear art. And what kid doesn't like running around in a closed environment filled with happy, artistic and inspiring people.

But the real beauty of this event is the man of the hour. I was able to hear his wife Alex speak about his amazing recovery. Her courage and dedication is inspiring to all who come in contact with her. She is truly a human being to emulate.

As I've mentioned before, I don't know Todd nor did I know anyone else at this event. I didn't really know what to expect when I showed up with my family and gear in hand. However what I can share with you is that I benefited from this experience by giving without expectation. Being in community with others that give without expectation fills the Spirit with energy.

I am truly grateful to Amy for organizing this event and allowing me to participate.

The Wall

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Lasting Impressions

When I was 4 years old my father poured a concrete base for a new gate and I (my knickname was Darby) pressed in my hand and footprints at our house (1671 Farnum, Casper WY).

Now 35 years later I'm in town on vacation and my four year old son's hands and feet fit perfectly.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Suspension Bridge

After crossing the suspension bridge, we stopped to take in the view.

Floating down the Wind River.

Floating down the Wind River.

Hot Springs Park

On the path around the hot springs in Thermopolis.