This just in from my sister, Jan Pierson, who lives in Olympia, Washington: "Life in rainy Washington State isn't always without its beauty and sunsets! I am blessed living on the bay and I know it." Jan is my gorgeous, talented younger sister who sometimes writes under the pen name Calamity Jan. She is also the archivist and historian for the Crook family, and runs a website to showcase and sell our late father's Native American photography. She just had an article published in the January issue of Arizona Highways, talking about our dad (Cal Crook) and his photographic talent.
Archives for February 2010
I love Bellingham, Washington. I lived there the first 19 years of my life, and it was a place of beauty, change, and joy. Most of the time. I admit I feel cold/chilly when I'm in the area, and always take snuggly clothing when I visit. Today my cousin, Doug Cruea, sent his family a picture of Bellingham Bay, and it's such a perfect depiction of what the area looks like on a cold, crisp day in the winter. Although the Pacific Northwest, especially in the Puget Sound area, is chilly and windy, the weather is nothing like the storms that are battering the East Coast of our wonderful country. But in Washington, that can change in a hurry.
Yes, but you may safely drop the "e" at the end of "Madame." The rules as of 2010 have changed. According to The Gregg Reference Manual, Tenth Edition, by William A. Sabin, if you don't know the names of anyone in a large organization, but know there are both men and women, use "Dear Sir or Madam" rather than "To Whom It May Concern," or "Ladies and Gentlemen" or "Gentleman and Ladies." Do not use "Gentlemen" alone, unless it is an organization made up of men. You may also omit the salutation. (Section 1340)
Arizona Center for Disability Law Board awarded Renaldo Fowler an award for 25 years of service at a January 29 Board Meeting held at the Disability Empowerment Campus. Fowler, a Senior Staff Advocate, is a highly respected Arizona advocate who specializes in special education. During the meeting, he also provided seclusion and restraint training for the board. During the meeting, the board approved five new members “All bring significant leadership and expertise in a variety of disability areas,” says executive director Peri Jude Radecic. “For example, Cyrus Martinez is an employment lawyer, and Mark Mendibles, Tucson, is a webmaster and former member of the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, and fully understands the DD Act and Network. He also receives services from the Arizona Division of Developmental Disabilities. “Art Gode, Kingman, and Loretta Cheeks, Peoria, are parents of adult sons with developmental disabilities. Gode is very well connected in the northwest corner of Arizona, and Dr. Cheeks is a Engineering Technical Lead/Project Lead with General Dynamics, Scottsdale. Attorney Wendy Akbar, Phoenix, is the current chair of the State Bar Committee on Persons with Disabilities in the Legal Profession.” The ACDL Board meets quarterly and is comprised of diverse members representing all parts of Arizona, numerous disabilities, and disabilities of family members. It also sponsors a social networking site, http://acdlaw.ning.com/, which unites people interested in advocating for disability rights from around the globe, says Radecic. Membership is growing daily. Find Arizona Center for Disability Law's website here.