Thursday, December 11, 2008

Sharing Some Beautiful Words

If I keep staring at the blog will the news change?

If I drink a bottle of wine, will it numb the pain?

If I take a hot shower, will it wash away the tears?

If I lay down to sleep will it halt the fear?

Thanks, Lenore


chris cleary said...

You ever see Finding Nemo? "...just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming..."

Ann said...

I wish the answer to each question was a resounding "YES!!!". Just keep your amazing faith and strength, and yes, your grace, and you will show them who's who in the cancer chain. I am here to lend a helping hug whenever you need it, as you know, and so many others are as well.
And Lenore,you write beautifully.
Love to you, Elyse.

Steve Beagle said...

Ali - Elyse - LH&P from Steve

Some genuflecting here...

If I keep staring at the blog will the news change?

Absolutely.. it will be changing with beautiful thoughts from everyone under the sun about you as it relates to them,
jokes to try to make you smile,
quotes to try to inspire,
people in transition,
people who don't know what to say,
people who just want you to know they are and how much they continue to think and send positive power to you,
stealth readers who you feel but don't see/read, dachsund greetings,
Brent greetings,
John greetings,
lyrics from the boss, M. Ali, and others,
television latenighters spoofing this crazy world we all try to get by in,
caretakers and caregivers,
your beautiful partner and all she continues to do in honor of you through the DreamTeam.. and on and on..

All of this to virtually push all of our love, prayers and good karma your way so you can move this monster outta here!

If I drink a bottle of wine, will it numb the pain?

Well it works extremely well for me about 4x a week that's all I can say...

If I take a hot shower, will it wash away the tears?

Sometimes yes, Sometimes no but with my OCD I love the the way the warmest water finds it's way to through my personal Tennessee Valley Authority

If I lay down to sleep will it halt the fear?

Never and this is where my mom was for many years.. it's all in your will and your attitude to be at peace with the process ( I know I can not relate or understand but this is what she said.. she also said the fear just took away from her peaceful state and would usually contribute to her not feeling well)

Well said Lenore..

Here's some crazy weekly humor stuff for you Elyse.. Please find the energy to smile and if you can laugh...

A very embarrassing moment in Illinois today. The governor attended the opening of a nativity scene and when the three wise men showed up with gifts for the baby Jesus, Gov. Blagojevich demanded half the loot. I think he took the frankincense and the myrrh.

President-elect Barack Obama has called for the Illinois governor to resign, but he refused. He refused a directive from the next president of the United States — to which Hillary Clinton said, “So?”

The economy is looking bad. In Beverly Hills women are firing their nannies and having to learn the names of their own children. That’s how bad it is.

It was on this day in 1872 that America’s first black governor took office, in Louisiana. The man he beat out for the job? John McCain.

Golden Globe nominations are out today. Sarah Palin was nominated for a Golden Globe. That’s right. She’s nominated for “Outstanding Comedy Performance in a Presidential Campaign.”

Third year in a row, Pamela Anderson was nominated for “Best Golden Globes.”

The Blagojevich scandal is getting ugly. They’re turning up new things on the guy who tried to sell the Illinois Senate seat. It turns out that, years ago, that thing on his head tried to mate with the thing on Donald Trump’s head.

Yesterday, President-elect Obama called on Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to resign. After hearing this, Blagojevich said, “If he wants to call and talk to me, it's $4.99 a minute.”

According to an article about President Bush's fitness routine, during his presidency, Bush has spent 2,500 hours walking on a treadmill. Bush says he only wanted to be on the treadmill for 45 minutes, but he couldn't figure out how to turn it off.

Boeing announced today that it is postponing delivery of its new 787 Dreamliner plane until 2010. This means that for the first time ever, the luggage will arrive at the same time as the plane.

Astronomers say they've discovered a planet with an atmosphere that is made up entirely of poisonous carbon dioxide. As a result, they're naming the planet Cleveland.

The Golden Globes is the most corrupt awards show in Hollywood. Here’s how it works: The nominations are selected by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. When you hear that you think prestigious journalists . . . Le Monde or Der Spiegel. Actually they’re from the “Amsterdam Penny Saver” or the “Zurich Yodeler.”

As a result, every year they vote for whatever studio gives them the coolest guests. They’re bribed! They should spend all that money on something productive — like buying a Senate seat.

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said yesterday that we are headed for financial Armageddon. He also said California’s credit rating could “die hard,” possibly “with a vengeance.”

He has a bold plan: He wants to use two space shuttles to drop nuclear bombs on the budget.

Barack Obama had another press conference today. Among other things, he talked about the economy, which I guess is in bad shape. I wasn’t aware of this.

He says job prospects are the worst they’ve been in 26 years. This Obama is turning out to be a real bummer with these speeches.

Sen. Rod Blagojevich was arrested for brazenly trying to sell the vacant Senate seat left by Barack Obama. You don’t buy a Senate seat in this country. You take up donations; you go out and lie to the American people; you make promises you’re never going to keep — that’s how you become a senator.

Congress wants to appoint a “car czar” to oversee the auto companies. When President Bush heard this, he said, “Car czar? Isn’t he the leader of Afghanistan?”

So we would have people who put us a trillion dollars in debt, overseeing people who are a billion dollars in debt.

Barack Obama said he wouldn’t smoke in the Oval Office. He’s kind of a closet smoker. President Bush actually defended him on this saying he occasionally enjoys a cigar. He says it helps him think . . . apparently it’s a very rare occasion.

Top Ten Messages Left On Rod Blagojevich's Answering Machine

10. "For 10 grand can you make me Pope?"
9. "Hello, is this the Blog-o-bloga-a-da-go-bl-vipivh residence?"
8. "Hi, it's O.J. Wanna be cellmates?"
7. "Oh, I'm sorry, I think I have the wrong Blagojevich"
6. "Hi, it's Larry Craig — did I hear something about a senator's seat being available?"
5. "I'm calling about your Senate seat on Craigslist. Want to trade for a futon?"
4. "Hey, it's Cheney. Damn — even I think you're sleazy"
3. "You really Blagojeviched your political career"
2. "I'm guessing you didn't spend the bribe money on that haircut"
1. "It's Sarah Palin. Thanks for replacing me as the country's most embarassing governor"

Everyone’s excited about the holidays. Sarah Palin was so excited that today she held a press conference to announce that from her house she could see the North Pole.

Even Sen. Craig is excited about the holidays. Today, he hung mistletoe from his airport men’s room stall.

The economy is bad. Things are so bad, Illinois Gov. Blagojevich had to mark down the price of the Senate seat 40 percent.

All these scandals — I just hope they don’t tarnish the fine reputation of Illinois politics.

Illinois Sen. Rod Blagojevich was arrested yesterday for trying to sell a seat in the Illinois Senate. He could wind up in prison, where his seat will be sold to the highest bidder.

President-elect Barack Obama is calling for Blagojevich to resign. Blagojevich responded, “I’ll do it if the price is right.”

Today is his birthday. So for the second day in a row, federal agents jumped out and yelled, “Surprise!”

Today, the White House sent out a memo outlining President Bush’s accomplishments. Actually it was more of a Post-it note.

Barack Obama has said he will use his full name when he is sworn in: Barack Hussein Obama. In a show of support, Joe Biden said he would use his full name: Joseph Adolf Fidel Puppy Killer Biden.

Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice had dinner this week. They have a lot in common: They’re both women; they’ve both been appointed secretary of state; neither one of them is having sex with Bill Clinton . . .

Gov. Blagojevich was arrested yesterday for trying to sell Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat. Where he’s going there will be a lot of seat-selling.

The next seat he’ll be selling will be his own for a pack of smokes.

Barack Obama might be the biggest celebrity in the world. There’s nothing about him that isn’t fascinating, as demonstrated by Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN when he said after watching Obama eat, “Interesting to know this: Obama doesn’t like beets.” Wow. That would have been nice to know before we voted.

Joe the plumber in the news. He told Glenn Beck that he felt “dirty” after discussing the issues with John McCain while on McCain’s tour bus. I don’t know how to tell you this, Joe. You work in other people’s toilets.

He says he almost walked off the bus. He didn’t because he knew he would have to return to life as a simple tax-evading fame whore.

Joe said that Sarah Palin was “the real deal,” however. They’re actually starring in a movie together called “Dumb and Plumber.”

President-elect Barack Obama and his family are going to spend the holidays in his home state of Hawaii. You know who couldn’t be more thrilled with this — the reporters who follow the president. After eight years of spending every holiday cutting brush in Crawford, Texas, they get to go to Hawaii.

Earlier today, Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden met with Al Gore in Chicago to discuss energy and climate change issues. Obama, Gore, and Biden. So you have the greatest speaker of our lifetime, the most boring speaker of our lifetime, and the guy who will speak nonstop for our entire lifetime all together in one room.

Obama says he is promising not to smoke cigarettes while in the White House. I don’t know — is that a big issue for the average American? Hey — if he fixes the economy, he can smoke a bong in the White House.

It looks like the Big Three automakers are going to get some bailout money. You try it — if you have a bad year, go to Washington and try to get some bailout money.

They were told they couldn’t use it to give themselves big bonuses. They said of course not. That’s what the employee pension fund is for.

Here’s an odd story: A 70-year-old woman gave birth. So, congratulations to Madonna and A-Rod.

President Bush says it’s hard to tell if a bailout deal for automakers is imminent. Then he said, “It’s hard to tell if the big hand is on the 11 or the 12.”

Some Senate leaders say it’s close. They say it’s taking so long because every time they almost get a deal, the car executives say, “I’ll have to go and check with my manager.”

The latest rumor in Washington is that President-elect Barack Obama may open up trade with Cuba. This is great news for anyone looking to buy a black-and-white television.

It’s a great day for Jay Leno. He is not leaving NBC. He is going to do his current show in an earlier time slot, 10 p.m. Jay’s getting a little older now, so 10 p.m. is kind of “late night” for Jay.

I’m not sure this is such a good idea. If late night TV starts earlier and earlier, we’ll have to make up jokes about things that haven’t actually happened yet. We’ll be making stuff up. Don’t we have a Fox News already?

It’s very big news in the tiny dark world of late-night talk-show hosts. But then in our world, it’s big news when a Jonas Brother goes on date, or when O.J. Simpson becomes someone’s prison bitch.

Forrest said...


We missed you at the Holiday Party last night. I was talking with Joe R. about you and he said he was bringing dinner next week. I just got caught up on your blog and sorry to hear the latest but I know you will do what you can. I think your plan to get out and about is great. Continued prayers for you and your family.

patti said...

Lenore's words made me realize that while we are all here individually and en masse for Elyse, we're all here for each other, too. Elyse's village, experiencing the same heart-wrenching thing.

xoxo to all...

Roberto said...

Dear Elyse,
Do I have have any words of wisdom? Do I have any words that will comfort? Only these: So many people love you and hurt when you do. So we all hope and pray this magic pill works and knowing your fortitude-it will. Stay strong,laugh with your doggies, your son, and your husband and friends.
We all love you and hope you feel our love.


Bruce Maslia said...

Taking your spirit with me to synagouge this evening...

Lenore and Scott said...

I'm honored to be part of this community. There truly is a tangible connection. Elyse, I remember a paper on your fridge (I think it was the fridge) a LONG time ago that started something like, "This life is a drill. If this were an actual life, the Attention Signal you just heard would have been followed by official information, news or instructions." This is not a drill:( It is true, reality does bite but you just keep biting right back. I find tenacity very cool. I just hope you and Tarceva are getting along. Too bad it's not Tarzan - at least he'd swing you from trees. (No offense John)

Team Dream 2009 said...

Can you keep the Alimta Swag even if you aren't taking it anymore? Amazing what drug manufacturers will do to promote their products. No offense to any, ahem, pharmaceutical execs in the crowd.

Thinking of you, missing you, and planning a holiday happy hour after work next Fri. Maybe you'll feel like coming over for a little while. It's an open invitation to your blogger posse too (you know who you are). Just call Patti at the office by Thurs. to let her know you're coming so we'll have enough food and . . . holiday cheer ;-)

xoxoxo, my friend--and all my other blogging friends out there (you know who you are).

Rachel said...

We are all in a collective nightmare with you, Elyse. Each day we have to remind ourselves anew that this is actually happening, because it is so f***ing hard to believe. But I hope everyone shares my deep down and very strong belief that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Elyse - you will prevail and thrive, I just know it. xxoo Rachel

Anonymous said...

Elyse...missed you and John last night! This morning Steve and I witnessed womething for the first time...the king buck was running through our back yard--the biggest I've seen yet...he was on a mission...sniffing the ground while running, circled our front yard, then ran back up into Carmen's hill...and all at once another buck came running behind him...and then off they went across the street and down behind Eddie's house. They were majestic! And crazed looking for females. Unreal. I'm coming to visit this week. Love you. Deb

David S. said...

I love memories, Elyse. They remind us that life is not entirety about the here and now, but also the sum of all we’ve done, thought and felt. So while thinking about you this morning, I was transported to a house on a hill on Eleuthera. Thirty years hence, my recollections are snippets rather than feature-length and include a rickety prop plane, goats on the road to Gregory Town and a just-caught fish flopping around in the kitchen. But most of all, I remember a warm salty breeze, and that’s what I send you on this very cold night. I hope it helps you remember a time when all we needed to escape was the boredom of law school. I’m happy we shared that time and place, and I’m thinking of you every day.

With love,


Anonymous said...

Elyse, coming to your blog after a weekend in NY with Vinson- our birthday trip. Thinking of you every day -took you with us -ice skating (freezing) in Rockefeller Center, and to Mary Poppins and Little Mermaid and three, yes three, trips to the chocolate bar at Saks- the only reason I can find for entering a department store.

Sending you hope, peace, and strength to meet the very real and shared sense of fear and challenge that surrounds you and all of us who love you, Michelle N.

Anonymous said...


I wanted to bring a smile to your face and this is the funniest thing I've read in awhile. Obviously I see my own teenagers in it.

Lipstick in School

According to a news report, a certain private school in Washington was recently faced with a unique problem. A number of 12-year-old girls were beginning to use lipstick and would put it on in the bathroom. That was fine, but after they put on their lipstick, they would press their lips on the mirror leaving dozens of little lip prints.

Every night the maintenance man would remove them, and the next day the girls would put them back. Finally the principal decided that something had to be done. She called all the girls to the bathroom and met them there with the maintenance man. She explained that all these lip prints were causing a major problem for the custodian who had to clean the mirrors every night (you can just imagine all the yawns from the little princesses).

To demonstrate how difficult it had been to clean the mirrors, she asked the maintenance man to show the girls how much effort was required. He took out a long-handled squeegee, dipped it in the toilet, and cleaned the mirror with it. Since then, there have been no lip prints on the mirror.

There are teachers .. and then there are educators.

Elyse I hope this gave you something to chuckle over.

Stan Brovont