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THE QUEEN OF HAPPINESS
18 March 2021
Well, we celebrated St. Patrick's day in fine fettle.
We all wore something green. For me it was a blue-green shirt and green earrings.
My soda bread was delicious and I cooked corned beef in Guinness. We heard from Alice Nan that they had Guinness and all dressed in green.
I read this morning that St. Patrick's Day is celebrated in more countries than any other national festival, especially Newfoundland, Labrador, Canada, Brasil, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand because the Irish have spread out so much.
I remember it as being a religious feast day when I was in Catholic school and apparently it is the day when Lenten restrictions on food and liquor are lifted, which is why so much alcohol is consumed on this day!
I have been reading a lot about Cathy Speck on Facebook the past two days. Apparently she is with Hospice and is not expected to live.
I have been aware of Cathy for many years and have attended a few social events (mostly singing Christmas carols at senior centers) that she arranged. She is an amazing woman, so amazing that I can't begin to describe her so I will link to this wonderful article that was written about her recently in Sactown Magazine, and hope that you read it. The article explains how Speck shows us all how to live like you were dying, while loving every precious minute of it.
I first became aware of her when she and her eventual wife performed at the annual Gay Pride event here in Davis, as DuvalSpeck.
She was diagnosed in 2009 with ALS, a disease that killed her mother and two brothers. She was recently also diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Yet she is determined to make the most out of her life. Nearly 11 years after learning she had ALS—a feat unto itself since only 10 percent survive a decade after diagnosis—Speck is legendary on her home turf in Davis, a one-woman argument for carpe diem. Nicknamed the Queen of Happiness, she can often be seen riding unhurriedly around town on her spangling red trike like a festive three-wheeled motorcade of joy. Festooned with rainbow flags, colorful pinwheels, flower spinners, Chinese lanterns, sparkly lights and a stuffed monkey, Speck’s presentation is unconventional, if not downright eccentric. She views the decorations as fun—a way to break down barriers, make people grin and push out her message of positivity.
The messages on Facebook make you realize what a special person she is.
What wonderful memories for people to have of you. This is a woman who has made a huge difference in her life and the lives of all around her.
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