Sara Chechik Remembrance

Haven’t posted much here lately, really haven’t had much time, haven’t had much new content to share,  but more truthfully haven’t had much desire.

My sister-in-law Sara Chechik was battling  her long fight with cancer.  It was a rare  type of cancer which produces cysts that  attached themselves on her liver.  She had been through numerous doctors, trips to medical facilities, three trips to Germany for specialized radiation treatments,  open heart surgery to replace valves damaged by the tumors secretions.Firewomen Sonya and Sara I saw Joel kissing Sara Claus Lucy on the sofa with Sara Sara and Joel #3 Sara and the Saldo

And then the final long agonizing wait in Miami,  away from her children, dog, friends and her home  in Minneapolis  to wait for her chance to live on;  transplant of her liver, stomach, small and large intestine.  It took over 8 months of being on the wait list and many trials to get the transplant.   She come out of surgery wonderfully, she said she felt better immediately than she had in years and was discharged to her temporary Miami “home” within two weeks of the surgery.

But it was all to be a bitter tease.  She began to feel weak and ill about a week later and it turned out she was battling graph versus host disease that can happen with major transplants like this.   She fought it hard and looked like several times she could turn the corner.  But at last it become apparent there were too many things to fight at one time and the graph vs. host had come back and she had no reserves left to continue to fight, a fight that couldn’t be won.

We’ll miss you Sara.  Miss you bad.   But you touched so many during your life, as it seems to be  so often with those with those taken from us in what seems to be way too soon.  But we’ll remember  you for always until our mortal ends when we’ll join you on the other side.

You were a rare beauty.   God bless you.

Love Larry



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Best of 2014: iphone captures 2.0

A big butt of puff ball fungus Armory wall and vines, Madison Bucky on Bascom Hill, Madison Cool Dog, Junior with shades Junior along the golden path, Parkers Lake Nailed it Sculpture in small garden area on main campus Madison Star of David, Sonya's Bat Mitvah Street art Manhattan Variety of colors in Parkers Lake woodsThe End  …. or is it?


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Best of 2014 : Iphone captures

Reclining nude and reflective clothed Kathy, Matisse exhibit MIA 3D Beethoven Rockin out at the Reagan, Wash DC Mandalay Bay Hotel and Las Vegas environs at night Blue Tornado with effects Jacob Javits Convention Ctr Superstructure Purple Rock, Rockefeller Center Fisheye of art installed at ICFF exhibit Sleep ONLY

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Best of 2014: The rest of the year

Winter settles in and the shots get to be few and far behind.  Here are some last shots from late October until end of the year.  I will post the best iphone photos I took in 2014 in the next few posts.  Happy shooting in 2015!


Breaker wall near Milwaukee Harbor Tombstones of the known soldiers, Fort Snelling National Cemetery Four dead in Minnesota, Fort Snelling Cemetery The lines of the picnic shelter, Parkers Lake Open water on Parkers Lake Birch and tamarack woods, Black River State Park Pine tress with mossy and fungal bark Falls colors in Black River State Park Late day light show, Plymouth

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Best of 2014: Beautiful Fall a block away

Sometimes the wonders of the world are right in your own neighborhood.  I dream of exotic lands from my Mpls area home, but for a few days in October and especially in 2014 the leaves turn a brilliant gold and orange on a street within a couple blocks of my abode,  so with a little shoe leather I took some stunners without burning any gas and very little shoe leather.  But I still want to go to New Zealand, and Chile, and Iceland, and…..


Maples leaves under cover, Plymouth Maple Canopy, Plymouth Maple and hosta leave mix, Plymouth Mapletopia, Plymouth Mapletopia 002, Plymouth Fall Leaf mix, Plymouth Ever Green, Maple Yellow, Plymouth Electric orange, Plymouth

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Best of 2014: Kathio State Park and Baker Park Reserve Fall Color

Two trips to a state park and a local Minneapolis area park to capture our year of outstanding color.


Shadow line Baker Park Reserve, Medina Crimson tide of Oak leaves, Baker Park Reserve Forest woods in reflection at Baker Park Reserve Fuzzy leaves, Baker Park Reserve Barn shingles Baker Park Reserve Park Golden Fall afternoon Kathio State Park Tanned fern, Kathio State Park Metallic blue and fallen leaves, Kathio State Park Wetland in Fall, Kathio State Park Under the yellow umbrella

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Best of 2014 : Fall in various MN locales

Well summer was nice for the whole couple months but it lead Minnesotans into a wonderful (the bestest color ever!) Fall season.

Its all black and white on the St. Croix Enjoying the rock shore, Interstate State Park Partial Falling maple on rock, Interstate Park, MN Enjoying the shade Sumac at first turn to red Magic light at Three Ponds Park, Plymouth

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