What if the Hokey Pokey really IS what it's all about?

Being popular is lame.

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Me: Sharon Gutowski
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My kitty's back!!! 

She was very meowy last night and wanted a lot of attention.  She's missing her collar, but you can see the impression in her fur where it was.  She has a scratch on her ear now, but other than that she seems fine.  Last night she ate a full day's worth of food in about an hour.  Our neighbor brought her to us at 2:55a.m., and we have no idea how he caught her or how he saw her that late considering she has dark gray fur that doesn't glow in the dark.  He also had three dogs with him, and yet he caught her and held onto her to bring her back to us.

 


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My Grandma Dunlap died Wednesday at 10:45 a.m. at the age of 91.  I'll write more later.

Edit:  The obituary is here (Mary Louise Dunlap).  That is an old picture of her, probably the picture she gave them when she made the arrangements 20 years ago.  Seriously, she took care of her funeral arrangements 20 years ago because she didn't want to be a burden.

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This weekend my youngest brother graduate.  It made me feel very old, even though I've known that he was graduating for a while now.  With that, also came the news of my Grandma Dunlap having pneumonia again.  She had it in October, and the doctors thought that she would not make it through.  She did, and was put on Hospice after coming back from the hospital.  She was doing quite well over Christmas, even remembering that Alan and I were married (She's 91, and has met Alan only a handful of times.  We all understand why she doesn't always remember him.)  I was happy that she was doing so much better.

Today I received a call from my parents saying that the doctors and nurses were pretty sure she wouldn't make it through the day.  Alan and I went over to the nursing home as soon as I was off the phone, and we sat with her for a couple of hours, along with my dad, Uncle Dave, and later Drew.  My grandmother is in a coma, and is on oxygen to keep her comfortable.  When I spoke with my dad at 9, there was no change.

She's not coming back from this.  She's defied death so many times, it's to the point of being unnatural.  I didn't realize how hard this would hit Drew, but he's really upset.  I was upset and crying, but as soon as I saw him crying all my emotions went on the back burner and I had to take care of my brother.  I took a quiz on facebook recently and it told me I was a protector, and I saw that today in myself.  I had the urge to bring him to Indiana with us, even though I knew that it wouldn't be a good idea since he needs to work.  Speaking of work, I have no idea how I'm going to work until I hear the news.  I was surprised when my dad said I should go back now, since I thought he would want me to stay around.  Alan has been very supportive, as usual, and I had to have him make the decision for me because I couldn't make a decision on whether to stay in Muskegon or go home to Noblesville.  

I know everything will hit me soon enough, but right now it's not.  I think I'm still in protector mode, wanting to help someone else. 

Winter/Spring Knitting.
Me: Sharon Gutowski
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Since Ravelry, I have found that I do not post as often as I used to in the group.  So I found all my winter/spring FO's and brought them to LJ.  Warning: Picture heavy.
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Music Therapy at Michigan State University
Me: Sharon Gutowski
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These are the people who are affected when Michigan State decided to close the Music Therapy Department.  It's a beautiful video, and I encourage you to watch it.

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It disappoints me that Michigan State would do this to so many people.  By the way, there has been no other mentions of other cuts at The School of Music.  Just putting it out there.

Save the Music Therapy Program at Michigan State University!
Me: Sharon Gutowski
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I sent this out to everyone in my address book, but I'm posting this because I want as many people as possible to know.

Dear Family and Friends,

On February 9, 2009, the Deans of the Michigan State University College of Music, on the advice of the College Advisory Committee, have recommended to the Governance Council that the Music Therapy Program stop accepting students, ultimately dissolving the Music Therapy Program once current students have graduated.   The committee did not have any direct input from the music therapy department faculty or students on the prospect of closing the program, and there is no word on how the other departments of the School of Music have been affected. Jim Forger, the Dean of the School of Music, refused to provide any details about the committee or the budget.  Dean Forger also did not name the other committee members during the meeting.

 

The reasons for this course of action were identified as budget cuts related to the economy and a continued reduction of funding coming into the University from the Government.  Despite the question being asked numerous times, when questioned if another solution was proposed or investigated to potentially save the program, it was very clear that the concept was not entertained.  

If this moratorium is allowed to happen it will not only be a tremendous loss to Michigan State, the first established University program in 1944, but to the profession for this is our history. This will also greatly impact surrounding community of clientele served through our on campus Music Therapy clinic that provides free services to those under-served.  I would like all to know that that the students present at the meeting asked first about the impact to the clients and second about themselves and their degree.  What a great group of up and coming clinicians!

What we need from you, our friends and family, is to help us express to Dean Forger, Provost Wilcox, and President Simon how important and beneficial the music therapy program is in and for the College of Music.  You are able to do this by forwarding this email to as many people as you can, and also by letting Virginia Anderson, MT-BC, Roger Smeltekop, MM, MT-BC, or your MSU Music Therapist that you support their effort to keep this excellent school alive. Michigan State University was the first college in the United States to begin an undergraduate program in 1944, and the program has grown in numbers over the years.  The Music Therapy Department, particularly through the Music Therapy Clinic, has been an essential advocate for those with special needs in the greater Lansing area, including those with autism, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, cognitive impairment, mental health, dementia, Parkinson's Disease, hospice, Ele's Place Center for Grieving Children,  and people of all ages.  The Eric "Ricstar" Winter Music Therapy Camp has influenced and helped many children and adults since its first session in 2003 and student music therapists provide integral service in these programs as they are pursuing their degrees at MSU.

Again, please send this to everyone you know!  We need all the help we can get to keep this school open!  If you would like to send a message expressing how music therapy has benefited your life, please contact Virginia Anderson at flute_music422@hotmail.com, or your Michigan State University Music Therapy student or alumni.  Please write and copy any letter and/or e-mail you feel would benefit our cause to the following people:

 


Provost Kim Wilcox: kwilcox@msu.edu
Office of the Provost
Michigan State University
430 Administration Building
East Lansing, MI 48824-1046 Attn Dean Forger


President Lou Anna Simon: presmail@msu.edu

Office of the President
Michigan State University
450 Administration Building
East Lansing, MI 48824-1046

Dean James Forger: forger@msu.edu
College of Music
102 Music Building
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: 517.353.5340 Fax: 517.432.2880

Roger Smeltekop, MM, MT-BC: smeltek3@msu.edu
Dr. Frederick "Ted" Tims, PhD, MT-BC: tims@msu.edu

Once more, if you have any questions, please contact one of the following people:

Virginia Anderson, MT-BC: flute_music422@hotmail.com
Rebecca West, MT-BC: westrebe@msu.edu
Amber Teunis: teunisa1@msu.edu
Kaylee Grettenberger:
grettenb@msu.edu
OR your Michigan State University Music Therapy Student or Alumni


Thank you in advance for all your help in keeping this historic and exceptional school open!

Andrea Dunlap-DeHaan, MT-BC; Class of 2008  

Ginny
Me: Sharon Gutowski
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I learned tonight that my family dog of approximately ten years, Ginny, died a couple days ago.  Ginny was a Boston Terrier, and she fueled my love of the breed.  She was intelligent, friendly, funny, caring, loyal, scared of nothing, and enthusiastic.  For a (at the most) 8 pound dog, she acted as though she weighed 100 pounds.  Ginny was the first small dog we owned that gave us a good experience. 

I remember her barking threateningly at dogs who ate her weight in food in a day, and the other dogs backing away and trembling.  I was stopped frequently whenever I walked her by strangers who wanted to say what a pretty dog she was.  Ginny, frustrated with the two new kittens who did not know the land of the law, sneaked up on them one afternoon when they were sleeping and barked in their ears, causing them both to learn not to mess with the queen.   After my parents moved into their apartment, she learned within a week that she could no longer bark and only barked when playing.  Whenever I was sick, she did not leave my side; she would tunnel herself under the blankets next to me and stay there.

Towards the end, Ginny would eat, but she was losing weight.  When I saw her at Christmas, it made me sad to see her: you could see her hip bones and shoulder blades.  In the last couple days, her jaw didn't open, so my parents put water in her mouth through a needle-less syringe.  She died in her sleep, on a pillow with a blanket on her. 

All in all, Ginny was awesome, and I'll miss her.
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Obama wins.
Me: Sharon Gutowski
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I am proud to be an American, and I'm proud to have seen history take place.

The McCain that's conceding on television right now is the McCain I've missed during this campaign, and it's nice to see him back. 

Watching the rallies, I find it interesting how white bread McCain's crowd is, while Obama's rally is more multi-grained.  There is a far more diverse crowd, which really represents America with how diverse we are.
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Songs
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What are your favorite love songs?  What would you want to hear at a wedding reception?  I have some, but I would love to hear other suggestions.

Before the wedding.
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After this weekend, I will no longer be wearing my engagement ring.

I remember taking that picture.  It was in East Lansing at the bus stop for Lot 89.  It was FREEZING cold, but I had to take off my mitten and take a picture of my ring because it looked so pretty. It's being turned into the jeweler so that it can be soldered into my wedding band, so while it's not a bad thing that's happening, I'm still a bit saddened by it in an odd way.  This ring has been with me since December 2006.  I've had it for so long now it's hard to imagine that it won't be the same.  I'm extremely happy with what the ring is becoming (21 days!), but at the same time I'm going to miss it.  It is my engagement ring, and in a way it will be gone. I feel the same way about my last name.  Even though I'm moving up in the alphabet (not by much, but still) I'm already thinking, "I'm going to have to learn my signature again, and also to write DeHaan instead of Dunlap.  Weird."

Speaking of the wedding, more people have RSVP'd, but still many have not.  While I understand that this is a common thing, at the same time I want to know how many more are coming!!! I have never been good with anticipation; I actually watch when I get shots because then I know when the pain comes.  In some ways, I wonder if some of my friends are purposefully waiting until the last minute because they know I will be wondering whether or not they're coming.

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