In The New Year: 2018

Yesterday, each of us opened a book. Its pages were blank. We are charged with putting words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter was New Year’s Day.

As we move into 2018, I share this pithy thought:

There are good ships,
and there are wood ships,
The ships that sail the sea.
But the best ships, are friendships,
And may they always be.

From my HoneyWife Janell; Son Logan; Daughter Sydney; Child of Fur, Belle the Basenji; and from me, our wish(es) for each and every one of you, our Family and Friends, in the New Year 2018:

May you always have work for your hands to do.
May your pockets hold always a coin or two.
May the sun shine bright on your windowpane.
May the rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you.
And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

With Much Love & Respect,
*The Shaners of Kentucky™

Goodbye my Friend…

Shelly Anne Wilmoth Payan In Memoriam

I have had some real good friends I thought would never die. But all I’ve got that’s left of them are these tear drops in my eyes.

If I could have one wish today and know that it would be done, then I would say everyone could stay, ‘til they’re too old to die young.

Shelly, there are simply no words.

You fought hard, with all you had. You kept true to your word: You lived your life with style and grace, and that smile never left your face.

Your heart was always with your Family and your Friends. But without a doubt, it was your children you cared about and worried the most right up to the very end.

Even as you faced your challenges, you always made time to care about others; caring for and encouraging others was just your way.

They say laughter is the best medicine, and I know you believed it, too. You shared your sense of humor with others to help see them through, even when there was nothing else anyone could do.

You would want everyone to smile when they think of you. Please forgive me, it may take me a day, maybe a few.

These days, heroes are hard to find. I know my list is short, but your name always came to mind.

Although I haven’t seen you in decades, I know I will miss you forever, my Dear Friend.

A Great Man, Sharing His Cancer Journey

Gar Ashby -200x300

There’s a great man, a friend from long ago, a fellow Roy High Royal (my old high school alma mater). His name is Gar Ashby, and he is somewhat of a local music legend.

With a combination of his own volition and good nature and the support of the local community (more of the former, truth be told), Gar shares his cancer treatment journey on his blog:

If you want to get a clear picture and an honest opinion about cancer and his treatment journey, Gar’s words are very compelling.

Although more than 1,000+ miles away, there’s not much I can do in terms of support or ‘being there’ for Gar. However, I can (just as those who are there, who can help in a tangible manner) support Gar in all his laudable efforts in his treatment journey.

The best/only way I can best help is to share Gar’s words via sharing his blog, so you can read/follow his journey, too.



Rest In Peace, Dear Friend . . .

Rest in Peace, Dear Friend . . .
Kathleen Anne Noonan Carr (1965 - 2015)
Obituary, Lindquist Mortuary
Kate’s Obituary

Birth: Aug. 11, 1965, Westfield (Hampden County), Massachussets, USA
Death: Sep. 3, 2015, Layton (Davis County), Utah, USA

Kathleen Anne Noonan Carr
August 11, 1965 ~ September 3, 2015 (age 50)

Kathleen Anne Noonan Carr Kathleen Anne Noonan Carr, our beloved Kate, passed away unexpectedly on September 3, 2015. She was born on August 11, 1965 to Barbara (Noonan) Bach and William T. Noonan in Westfield, Massachusetts.

Surviving are her two children, Riley and Hannah; her mother, Barbara Bach; brother, Daniel Noonan; and sisters, Peggy (James) Taylor and their sons, Shane and Austin, all of Utah; and Diane (David) Merrill, their sons Nathan and Connor of Vermont. She is also survived by special Aunts, Uncles and cousins in Utah, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. She was predeceased by her father and her beloved step-father, Jerry F. Bach.

Kate was a very kind-hearted, loving and devoted mother who adored her children. Her love of travel brought her to employment with Southwest Airlines, where she worked for many years. Special thanks to her colleagues and dear friends Wayne Lim and Georgia Hutching for the kindness and love shown to Kate, her children and family. Gratitude and appreciation to her extended family from URC and the Salt Lake station for their help and support as well. Kate had an easy, infectious smile whose beauty was matched by the sparkle in her blue eyes. Her generous spirit, determination and strength were an inspiration to all who knew and loved her. She will be dearly missed, but never forgotten.

A celebration of Kate’s life will be held at noon, October 24, 2015 at Mountain Road Church, 796 S. Mountain Rd., Fruit Heights.

Accounts for the children have been established at Goldenwest Credit Union; donations may be sent c/o Peggy Taylor at 2310 N 1125 E, Layton, UT 84040; or online at the Go Fund Me account, “Kate Carr’s Children’s Fund.”

Kate Carr’s Children’s Fund – Go Fund Me

On a personal note, I worked with Kate at Ernst Home Center in the Ogden City Mall Plaza during our high school years. We kept in touch while I was in college, even in grad school. Life took each of us on our paths, but we reconnected many years later while I was serving on active-duty military service. Then, as life often does, we lost touch for decades. Through Facebook, I found Kate again. It was great to ‘catch up’ and to learn where her life’s paths had led her and her children. Now, Kate is gone. Gone too soon.

I know I haven’t seen Kate in decades, but I know I will miss her forever!

Smilebox Playback – Video Vignette of Kate’s Life

Rob’s Caveman Year


Rob’s Caveman Year to Fight Pediatric Cancer: Alex’ Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer


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A Friend and Former Brother-in-Arms at the 10th Mountain Division made this pledge at the beginning of the the year 2015:

I will not shave any part of my body for the entire year to raise money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand.

Here’s Rob on Day #1 versus Rob Today (September 2015) of #RobsCavemanYear | #TheCavemanYear


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