Yesterday I learned that Meagan Bell, a Massachusetts acquaintance, died in Haiti last week. She was in a minivan on her way to the airport when a truck collided with the van she was in. Meagan's dad, David Bell, was seriously injured in the crash. Terrible. Just terrible.
Once upon a time, Brad, Meagan's younger brother, played high school ice hockey with the youngest Lyman child. The Bells hail from South Africa and arrived in Amherst, MA, sixteen years ago to pursue the academic life. They are a lively family whose company we always enjoyed. Independent thinkers, too. (I quoted Dr. Bell in this article.)
Brad, himself, made waves when he elected to play field hockey with the gals. (Here's a New York Times story as to why that occurred.) I remember standing near Meagan, while watching Brad dash around in a skirt at a Smith College field. I also remember sitting with her at ice hockey games.
She was described by a western Mass. reporter as having "special needs" due to the meningitis she contracted as a toddler. But Meagan was just special - an exceptionally friendly, sincere person.
To think she was in Haiti doing a good deed and fulfilling a dream.
RIP, Meagan. My condolences to Dave, Bev, and Brad.
Friday night I went to the annual Boyne Thunder charity event in Boyne City. The camo-looking high-performance boat pictured above was in this water parade/excursion of the fast and flashy. Boat bling-bling. Even the pickups were over-the-top.
Kinda fun, but I much prefer the scene at dusk. The parasailor jazzing up the night sky was a nice touch.
Here's the blurb, and here's the original news story about Pat Goetze, NC homeschooler, being drafted in the 2013 MLB First-Year Player 36th round by the Boston Red Sox.
Pat the Pitcher had to decide by July 12 whether to accept the offer from Beantown or go to Louisburg College to play ball. He is now in Fort Myers, Florida probably at the Red Sox's developmental complex.
What I continue to appreciate about this story is that Pat has never played on a public or private school sports team. He found alternatives, outside the mainstream, to exercise his talents and stuck with them. (Apparently NC doesn't allow homeschoolers to participate on pub. ed teams.)
Even a Tim Tebow or a Collin Klein had to go 'establishment' to play football. (I'm not criticizing, just saying ... )
I also appreciate Pat's philosophy, "Give God the Glory. I will be the best I can be."
Yesterday I went to our city's annual Fourth of July parade, and it was delightful. A local plumber came up with this fun float.
I live close to the public high school. For the past couple of weeks, I've been hearing drummers practicing for the parade. Finally, I could put some faces on the young people from the Petoskey marching band who act as my alarm clock.
Hello Uncle Sam and Betsy Ross.
At dusk, I headed downtown, to the waterfront, to meet a friend, see the fireworks, and show off our bracelets.
The Harbor Springs fireworks ... across the bay
The more localized Petoskey ones. At the end of the display, not only did the audience clap, but the boaters watching in the Little Traverse Bay, tooted their horns. :)
Meet Pat Goetze. He was homeschooled, K-12, in North Carolina. He's also a top-notch baseball player who has never played on a public school or private school team. Somehow, he managed to get drafted by the Boston Red Sox.
As they say in New England, that's wicked cool. Here's a clip of the tall lad practicing his pitching.