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August 8, 2005

Dear Friends and Family,

We had a great weekend as a few old friends were in town. One of Tull’s old kindergarten pals (Miss Dru French) was here from Houston with her husband. We have a fabulous old photo of that infamous group of 5 year olds (including Ken-Dog) in their Halloween costumes. Henry and Melanie Simpson were here from Dallas as well. Those Texans love to head to the cool mountain air of New Mexico around this time of the summer. And of course we’re about to voluntarily enter the world of extreme heat and humidity this Wednesday when we go to Dallas for the ACOA conference.

John Tull is still having some rather serious problems with his legs. We are certainly hoping to get those problems resolved before we get on a plane this week. As we have said, we feel very lucky to have had such wonderful docs, therapists and leg-makers in the past and to only now be facing some difficulties as far as the fitting of the legs. Many people who have dealt with amputations have not had the same good fortune and their lives are consequently much more challenging as a result of having amputations. This will obviously become an ever growing problem as our war continues and with the increase of diabetes in our society. These are some of the reasons that we hope to be able to give back a little by becoming peer counselors in our state and perhaps visiting people in remote locations who may not have the same benefits we have had. If you get, you better give. Right?

Love,
John and Lucinda


August 16, 2005

Dear friends and family,

There is nothing like spending a few days at the annual conference for the American Coaliton of Amputees to make you feel like your own life has been pretty smooth. We (Tull and Marker) consider ourselves to be pretty tough, but there are many of our fellow humans who make the two of us look like crème puffs. There are no quitters at this conference. Just one more humbling life experience for the two of us.

Speaking of humbling, we got to spend a little time with some of the Tull family. How great to see the ever-present Malika Watson who was visiting Texas from Germany with her family (that would include Tull’s sis Janie who is Ms. Malika’s mother). Mona Tull put on a true Texas gathering of a pretty good number of members of the Tull family. You can only imagine how special that evening was.

We were very happy to have dinner with our very good friends Custis and Sharyl Hogue and Mike and Becky Casey. Our pals from the ACA Dr. Jeff Cain and Peter Purdy joined us.

We must confess that we were relieved as hell to come home to the non-humid New Mexico. We have our very favorite little yellow birds who come in August back in our yard.

Love,
John and Lucinda


August 18, 2005

Dear Friends and Family,

It is interesting to wake up each morning with your life quite different than anything you had imagined. Sometimes you are just friggin happy to be alive, some times you are really pissed, sometimes you feel really sorry for yourself. There is a little piece of brain (and how lucky to still have it) that says “why?” There are other bits of the brain that keep asking other questions. Well, here we are all and how splendid if we keep asking questions. What else do we have if not ever ending wonderment?

Enough about that kind of stuff. We miss hearing from many of you who we know are keeping up with this site. Darla was asked about in Dallas. Many miss Mary Sq. who is turning a certain age on the 20th. “Brenda, Brenda” (does anyone know that song from the film “Baghdad Café”)?

Tull’s legs are still a problem. We feel more and more for those who are in pain much of the time. There’s all kinds of pain and all kinds of joy. Let us know how you’all are doing.

Love,
John and Lucinda


August 19, 2005

Dear Friends and Family,

Happy Birthday to Mary Sq. and Jeff and Sara!

It is the infamous “Indian Market” weekend here in Santa Fe which means that the town will be packed with people who are ready to spend a fortune on Indian art and jewelry. We like to go to the Plaza and watch all the people who are decked out in their southwestern garb and weighted down by pounds of turquoise.

Have a great weekend.

John and Lucinda


August 25, 2005

Dear Friends and Family,

Our lives continue to be pretty hectic at the moment. Tull’s legs are still in the improvement stages. That means that it is sometimes fairly difficult for him to get around and they are not cosmetically what he wants at the moment. He refers to them as “elephant legs”. We have faith in our new prostheticist and are hoping for the best.

We were chatting last night about how much John’s stamina has improved since starting the job. The first couple of months he came home every day and promptly took a “lay down” before having dinner and going to bed well before dark. He now comes home and stays up for dinner and goes to bed around dusk. (Of course, it is getting darker earlier these days.) Seriously, we are both stunned at how well he is doing. And he LOVES his job. How many people can say that??

Lucinda’s financial planning practice is really picking up as well. And she is oh, so very slowly losing some of her plague weight.

We have created a new section of photos which we have called something like “new photos”. So far we have only one, but we will keep adding.

Love to all,
John and Lucinda


August 29, 2005

Michell Bond!! We hope you're hanging in there in Baton Rouge!! Let us all know how you're doing!

John and Lucinda


August 29, 2005

Dear Friends and Family,

Earlier today I sent a somewhat flippant message to our friend Michelle Bond who is with the Department of Insurance for the State of Louisiana. This evening our hearts are very heavy. We are deeply fearful for the people who have suffered in this hurricane. There are sure to be many dead, severely injured and emotionally and financially devastated. We all know that Mother Nature can stop us all in our tracks and humble us beyond belief and that is sometimes a great thing. We get to stay home from work and play in the snow or sit up for a night with candles as our only light. Tonight we are saddened that in our own country there are still countless people who cannot afford to get themselves out of harms way. There are people in our own country tonight who are trying to not drown in their homes. That is a reality and one that might make us all sit up and pay attention.

There was a time when we would have known very little, now we know about it all on CNN or whatever news we are watching. The whole world is watching.

Love to all,
John and Lucinda


August 30, 2005

Dear Friends and Family:

We are devastated by the loss and suffering caused by Hurricane Katrina. Let us all help in any way we can.

John and Lucinda