Tag: Groundwaters

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!

Sweet Lorane Community News, June 14, 2018

I’m writing this column on Thursday afternoon, June 14. My sister, Barbara Isborn (who I’ve always called “B.J.”) and I just returned from an overnight stay in Newport, Oregon to visit with our brother, Jim Burnett, Sr. He was vacationing there with his wife Jonni for three days between chemotherapy treatments. Some of you who were fans of the Groundwaters magazine, might remember him as “Jimminy Cricket.” He wrote the “Philosopher’s Corner” feature.

Jim at NewportIt was a gorgeous day on the Oregon Coast. The sun was out, the wind was light and the temperature was in the low 70s.

When we first arrived, B.J. and I visited with Jim and Jonni for a short while until Jim had to lie down for a nap, so we headed out to take a walk on a beautiful beach within walking distance of our motel where we could see the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse sitting on a distant bluff. The high-tide line on the beach was covered by millions of what we learned were a delicate type of jellyfish called “By-the-Wind Sailors.” They were an electric blue in color with transparent, rounded “sails” sticking up in the air. They live on the surface of the water and are taken wherever the wind blows them. High tide yesterday brought them to Newport.

By-the-Wind Sailor

By-the-Wind Sailor

We walked south to the jetty and then headed back, racking up about 2.5 miles or more (according to B.J.’s Fit-Bit).

The four of us then spent the evening over a 2-hour dinner at the Shilo Inn restaurant which overlooked the beach we had walked on.

It was a special time… one of sharing our memories as children, the good times and the not so good, but mostly the funny, and sometimes awful things we did as kids… like roasting apples over our Halloween jack-o-lanterns, and taste-testing our sweet collie, Ginger’s “Gro-Pup” ribbon-like dog food. We quizzed each other about details of our grandparents’ ranch that was located on Powell Road, between Lorane and Crow, that only Jim was old enough to remember well… and we expressed our sadness that there was no one left who could provide us the answers.

Jimmy & Jonni at Newport

Jim and Jonni Burnett

Jim’s cancer is Stage 4 and he has just finished his first round of chemo and will begin his second on Monday. The outlook for him, at 80 years of age, is not good, but he wore a calm serenity during our whole visit as the sun shone on us through those panoramic windows of the restaurant last night. As expected, he was still sleeping when we left the motel this morning. We had said our good-byes the night before. They planned to spend another night in Newport and then head home to Vancouver the next day and we hope to make another trip to see them soon.

I will long cherish the memories we made yesterday and know that whatever happens with his treatment, those memories will forever bind us together and define our love and respect for each other as siblings. Godspeed, Jimmy!

I’ll update everyone on the upcoming summer events planned for both Lorane and Crow in my next column. I want to dedicate this one to brothers and sisters everywhere, but especially to my own.

In the meantime, I hope that each of you has a wonderful summer planned.