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Sedona Pathways ... our daily journey
By Ted Grussing, Sedona, Arizona
Ted Grussing is a Photographer, Soaring Pilot, Attorney, Custom Jewelry Designer and Caregiver.
Friday, November 15, 2013

Thank you for all of the kind words and support this week

 By Ted Grussing

The practice... run for the low approach and spiral climb out. A week ago Tuesday I went flying and as was custom before I took off, I called Fran who was visiting Corky for the afternoon; then it was out and onto the deck with them and it was into the air and while keeping a thousand feet between me and the ground I turned to the SE and after passing our home so that they could see me, I cranked the ship into a 45+ degree bank and climbed up in a continuous spiral turn. After gaining several thousand feet I leveled off, waggled my wings and headed S to get shots of the prescribed burns on Mingus. This is a fun thing and when Corky flew with me we would always do it too ... we have our own "iron thermal" with us.

I got an email from one of my soaring buddies and he offered to do a low approach and spiral climb out before the service for Corky this Saturday ( AT ONE PM ) ... and then another friend offered to do the same. I of course would like to be the third pilot and plane, but I believe the rest of the family would see to it that my service was immediately following Corky's. So about twenty minutes before the service begins Russ will come in low and just before he gets to the church he will begin a very steep spiral climb out, waggle his wings in farewell and depart the area. Winds permitting John will be the second one in and then it will be time for the service. A little symbolism and perhaps a bit corny, but the low approach in and climb out symbolizes life approaching at our level, ascending into a state of grace after we depart and the waggle to say adieu. First will be the one for Corky and then you will have me following her. Then too, it is a very fun thing to do and to view ... Corky and I both enjoyed them.

The week has passed so quickly and so many things have had to be done; and it looks like we are ready for the service. I just finished the service bulletin and will print them out in the morning. Also finished the two large posters that will be on easels as you enter the chapel area; just fun photos in no particular order ... the center one in the collage is a photo of Corky and I coming down the aisle after giving each other our wedding vows and we were on our way out of the church to begin what has just been an incredible life together. Also a melding of the two of us ... if you knew Corky then you knew me and if me, then you knew Corky. Her sense of humor was boundless and her love of life enormous. Her glass was never half empty and it was not half full ... it was constantly over flowing. Not once did she ever complain about MS or anything else for that matter... except if she thought I exceeded boundaries with my humor sometimes, she would look at me and say " I don't know why anyone likes you Ted". We had fun and I miss her.

Two friends from our ISO 100 Group will be covering the service for us. Skip Thomas who does fabulous video work will be doing the videography and Craig Stuart will be shooting stills - thanks guys! And another photographer friend Guy Schmickle is printing the posters for me.

The photo tonight was taken following SR 179 to the NW on a heading of 320 and at the Chapel visible on the upcoming red rock formation about a 40 degree turn to the right will get you to Church of the Red Rocks where I entered a steep turning climb out. The airport is clearly visible about center image and a huge smoke cloud is on the horizon. Yuk. Lots of burning going on.

Thank you for all of the kind words and support this week. I will begin replying to each and every message early next week. I have read each one and you will get a reply. So far there are five hundred and ten ... I truly appreciate them and do know that I will write back to each person.

So again, Corky's service is Saturday November 16th at ONE PM ... fly over about 12:40. Place is Church of the Red Rocks, 54 Bowstring Dr, Sedona, AZ and the telephone number is 928.282.7963 http://churchoftheredrocks.com/ . Donations to the church or to Corky's fund at the NMSS website: http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/Events/HOM-General?pxfid=173306&fr_id=7540&pg=fund . So far we have raised over $1200.. this week. Yea! All of Corky's clothes and medical gear have been placed, so her blessings just keep giving.

All the family is arriving or has arrived and time for me to get a little sleep. Thank you for being there ... a better photo next week.

Be of good cheer and share a smile with someone today ... it does make a difference.



But from the brooding beauty of the night, and daily dancing shafts of golden sun ...

The mystery and wonder of the world ... that play the soundless music of the soul

And fill the heart with memory's olden dreams ... From these will come at last your faith in God.

Max Ehrmann

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