Tag: Groundwaters

Sweet Lorane Community News, January 2, 2019

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
January 03, 2019
By Pat Edwards

Happy New Year!

Personally, I was glad to wave good-bye to 2018, although I have to admit, it produced two wonderful, beautiful new great-grandbabies for us.

Transitioning has never been an easy thing for me, but it seems that about every 10 years or so, I feel the need to move my life along so I can experience new and different things. Once I reached adulthood, it was as a farmers’ wife and then mother. Soon, I donned the hats of active school parent and the Lorane 4-H coordinator. That coincided and eventually morphed into a sports mom with 4 kids all playing on different teams in different sports at the same time. When the kids were getting ready to begin leaving the nest, we bought our store – the Lorane Family Store – and I ran it for the first 8 years until Jim took over the reins. By then, my love for writing resulted in Nancy’s, Marna’s and my first book on the history of Lorane. The new computer skills I learned led me to my very fascinating job at the University of Oregon, working with a group of renowned scientists in the Institute of Neuroscience. Then, after 15 years, came retirement, and soon, my involvement with Judy Hays-Eberts on the Groundwaters magazine and, eventually, the establishment of Groundwaters Publishing.

I’m still the managing editor of Groundwaters and Jen Chambers and I hope to continue producing the anthology for as long as we’re able. I love writing my weekly columns for the Fern Ridge Review and the Creswell Chronicle and researching and producing what I hope to be annual books based on Lorane’s history.

But, the years are beginning to take their toll on both Jim and me. This new transition is possibly the most difficult yet because it means divesting ourselves of the responsibilities that go along with being business owners and landlords for 41 years. It’s not easy to let go even though we know we need to. Thank goodness we have the help and support of our family, but it is a huge burden on them, as well.

Once we get through all of this, we hope to free up time to do a bit of traveling and experience some of the things that we have saved for true retirement, if possible. We welcome 2019 and are excited to find out what it has in store for us.

My hope is that each of your expectations and resolutions for the year are fulfilled and that we all begin to embrace a kinder, gentler, more tolerant and forgiving world for all of us.

Sweet Lorane Community News, December 20, 2018

(Note: I wrote 2 short columns this week because of differing deadlines.)

Fern Ridge Review
Sweet Lorane Community News
December 20, 2018
By Pat Edwards

To my West Lane readers… I wish to thank each of you for allowing me to share my thoughts and Lorane’s news with you through another year. As the Lorane columnist, I’m able to connect to my many friends through the pages of the Fern Ridge Review.
Our children and grandchildren went to school first at the Lorane Elementary School, and then the Crow Middle and High Schools over the years. When I took over as the managing editor of Groundwaters magazine, later the annual anthology, it was under the umbrella of the Applegate Regional Theater’s non-profit license in Veneta. This allowed Jennifer Chambers and I to obtain grant support from the Oregon Country Fair to provide classroom book projects at Veneta Elementary School for its students.

I’ve worked closely with ART, Inc. and have grown very close to those who have made it an important part of the West Lane art and performance scene. I’ve also worked with the Fern Ridge Library, producing the newsletter for the Friends of the Library and, later, the monthly program flyer and PR work. Because of this, I feel a strong connection to each of these communities.

I wish each of you the happiest of holiday seasons and for all of us throughout the nation, a new year filled with love and respect for one another. Let’s all work within our families, communities, schools and beyond to add our voices and energies to ensure a bright future for our children and grandchildren.

And, may your holidays be filled with joy, love, peace and hope.

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Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
December 20, 2018
By Pat Edwards

Greetings to my Creswell Readers… I wish to thank each of you for allowing me to share my thoughts and Lorane’s news with you through another year. I frequently travel over Ham Road, which eventually morphs into Camas Swale Road, to visit family and friends who live over the hill from us. We consider you our neighbor!

I love your town with its quaint shops and festive streets during the holidays. Each year, we are “wowed” by the wonderful Christmas light extravaganza on Camas Swale Road. Thank you to the owners for sharing their joy in the season with the rest of us!

Your schools, which two of our granddaughters have attended, are great and I’ve grown to appreciate the music programs – choir and band – especially.

I wish each of you the happiest of holiday seasons and for all of us throughout the nation, a new year filled with love and respect for one another. Let’s all work within our families, communities, schools and beyond to add our voices and energies to ensure a bright future for our children and grandchildren.

And, may your holidays be filled with joy, love, peace and hope.

Sweet Lorane Community News, November 8, 2018

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
November 8, 2018
By Pat Edwards

My brother, Jim Burnett Sr., aka Jimminy Cricket in Groundwaters, is dying. He’s in the end stages of terminal esophageal cancer and has been told he has only a short time remaining.

Yesterday, my sister Barbara (I call her B.J.) and I drove to Vancouver where Jim and his wife Jonni currently live, to spend some time with him. He is no longer able to eat or even swallow and has not eaten anything considered “food” in about 2 weeks. He’s been existing on ice chips and up until yesterday, occasional sips of warm tea. Yesterday, the tea would no longer go down.

Despite all of that, we spent those seven hours talking, laughing, crying and sharing portions of our lives together that we have either kept hidden or have just not shared until now. Most of the talking was done by Jimmy. He seemed to need to open up and talk about his life and the parts of it that he has carried with him during his 81 years… his blessings, his regrets, his feelings of inadequacy, his proud moments, his sorrows and above all, his love for us, his family, and the many friends he has gathered over the years.

He talked about his frustration that none of us get a chance to take part in our own celebrations of life, and how he is reaching out to as many of his special people as possible via phone calls and emails to touch upon these special relationships one more time. He showed us pages of printed email messages that have begun to pour in to him from former co-workers, people whose lives he touched as a minister, and others he has not seen for some time. He sent them messages, telling them how each has touched his life in special ways and, in essence, to say goodbye.

Jim shared with us not only his acceptance, and even, excitement, of the journey he is about to take—“It’s time to set out on a new adventure.”— but also admitted to his nervousness about the actual process of dying.

Next Tuesday, he will be moving into a beautiful hospice center located close to his and Jonni’s home in Vancouver where he will be lovingly attended to until he is called home.
Just before B.J. and I wrapped ourselves in his wonderful hugs and said our “See you laters!”— not “Goodbyes”—he began to ask me to send word to our Groundwaters family of his great appreciation for the experiences that Groundwaters has given him over the years. While trying to get the words out, he broke into tears. Taking on the persona of Jimminy Cricket in the “Philosopher’s Corner” of each quarterly magazine and now the annual anthologies gave him a voice and a connection to each of you that he has long carried in his heart.

The only gift I brought to him yesterday, besides my presence, was the newly published 2018 Groundwaters anthology which he lovingly looked through as soon as I presented it to him.

I know that he would love to hear from any of you in a message sent to his email address of dadburnett13@gmail.com. In that way he can feel that he is participating in his own celebration of life.

Thank you all for your kind words to me and the concern that you have shown for his well-being. He’s in good hands.

Godspeed, Jimminy Cricket—Jim Burnett Sr.—my brother!