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Allie Dalessi

Heaven received another very special angel this week. My good friends Michael and Liz Dalessi lost their sweet daughter Allie in an automobile accident. Allie was only 24 years old and will be missed by so many.

 I first met Allie when I  drove the family to an event at the Colonial Theatre. You could tell right away she was a young lady that was full of life. The main thing I noticed was the overwhelming love this family has for each other. It filled my heart with so much warmth to witness the complete devotion and commitment Michael and Liz have for their two daughters.

 The night before the funeral, I was walking around looking at all the pictures of Allie. She is the type of young lady that could make friends easily and was a true friend to everyone. She was always the friend they could count on to be there for them whenever they needed someone.

 There was a very large turnout of people to pay their respects. It was a great tribute to Allie. I really enjoyed the stories and memories so many of her family, friends, and co-workers shared about her. As I listened to the tributes to Allie, my heart went out to Michael, Liz, and their other daughter Jessica.

 I wish there was something I could do to make them feel better. I wish I could say anything that would take away even some of their pain. I wish there was a way to make sense of it all. But sadly there isn’t anything anyone can say or do right now to stop the hurt.

 There is some advice I can give them and that is any thought you have isn’t a wrong thought. People will tell you “You need to think of it this way” or “You need to think of it that way.” You cannot control the thoughts that come to you, so let them. It is what you do with them to help you move forward that is important.

 I can tell them that the pain is so deep because the love is so strong. I can let them know there will always be some pain, but it does get easier. I can tell them their memories of Allie will never go away, but you don’t ever want them to. I can promise them there will come a time when her memories will not be painful but a pleasant reminder of their never-ending love for her and her never-ending love for them.

 I strongly believe there is a bigger picture and our time here is a small part of it. I also believe our lives are made up of different chapters, and their sweet Allie was needed to start her next chapter as a guardian angel. As they remember that sweet young lady full of life and love, know that her special loving spirit is helping so many people and she will always be there to love and watch over her family.

Michael and Liz please know I am keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers and will always be here for you. Thanks for reading.

 Next week: Happy Halloween 2020

 P.S. Michael, I encourage you to be on your best behavior. You have a very special angel keeping tabs on you 24/7.

 

 

Allie Dalessi

Posted by on October 24, 2020 in Journal | 0 comments

Allie Dalessi Heaven received another very special angel this week. My good friends Michael and Liz Dalessi lost their sweet daughter Allie in an automobile accident. Allie was only 24 years old and will be missed by so many.  I first met Allie when I  drove the family to an event at the Colonial Theatre. You could tell right away she was a young lady that was full of life. The main thing I noticed was the overwhelming love this family has for each other. It filled my heart with so much warmth to witness the complete devotion and commitment...

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Toastmasters Speech

Posted by on October 17, 2020 in Journal | 0 comments

Toastmasters Speech We are going to start this week’s story with a few jokes. One battery post asked the other one, “Do you think I’m negative?” The other one replies, “I’m positive you’re negative.” What is an optimistic vampire’s favorite blood type? “B positive” of course. Can two negative people have a happy child? Of course. Everyone knows two negatives make a positive. Okay, I think you’ve had enough jokes for now. If you haven’t guessed by now, the topic of my Toastmasters speech was “Focus on the positive.” I talked about my Dad being...

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Pick Me Up Drink Fundraiser

Posted by on October 10, 2020 in Journal | 0 comments

Pick Me Up Drink Fundraiser    To begin this story, I need to give you some background on Pick Me Up Drinks. I first noticed them when they opened their business right down the street from me behind Edwards Theater. It was a small drive through business where people could get mixed soda drinks and delicious cookies. As soon as it opened, there was always a long line of cars waiting to get their “Pick Me Up!” It was impressive to see a small business do so well. Since then, they have opened three other locations, and are looking to open at...

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Run for the Cure 2020

Posted by on October 3, 2020 in Journal | 0 comments

Run for the Cure 2020    I am so happy to be able to write this week’s story about this event. Last year’s run was so much fun and beneficial to the Foundation. I was positive with the Covid Apocalypse going on, this year’s event would be called off. But Cody contacted me a couple of weeks ago and said they were going to cancel the event for this year, but 50 people had already signed up without it even being advertised. So they decided to go ahead and have the race even though it didn’t give them much time to put everything together.   ...

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Tri-Cities Trip

Posted by on September 27, 2020 in Journal | 0 comments

Tri-Cities Trip    Before we start, it has been brought to my attention that I should leave politics out of my stories. I agree completely with not including politics in my stories. Partly because I don’t want to offend anyone that might be willing to support the Foundation and cancer patients just to express my point of view.  But mainly because I am open minded enough to see there are valid points from both sides of the issues. I think it gets prompted from some of the headlines I post from the “You can’t make this stuff up department.” I...

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New Fundraisers

Posted by on September 20, 2020 in Journal | 0 comments

New Fundraisers    Let’s start with something from the “You can’t make this stuff up department.” Two headlines from CNN on the same day. “Trump’s travel ban likely accelerated the spread of the Coronavirus.” This was according to Bill Gates. “Studies show the Coronavirus can spread on airlines.” Okay, let’s start with the first one. I know he’s extremely rich, so please tell me where Bill Gates purchased his medical expertise. Because if I remember correctly, most ordinary people have to go to several years of college to gain...

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Customer Service

Posted by on September 12, 2020 in Journal | 0 comments

Customer Service    For this week’s story, I have an example of customer service I would like to share with you.    I needed to have some body work done on one of my vehicles. I went to this company with a list of the aftermarket parts I needed replaced. I asked him if we could order the parts and have them shipped directly to his shop. He said that was fine and went through the list with me. I told him I wasn’t in a big hurry for it. He must have taken that literally. After 2 &1/2 weeks of it sitting outside, I sent him a text asking if...

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Happy Labor Day 2020

Posted by on September 5, 2020 in Journal | 0 comments

Happy Labor Day 2020    First let me say, I am so disappointed the Eastern Idaho State Fair has been cancelled for this year. I am going to miss all the exhibits. I am going to miss going on the rides. I am going to miss seeing if my Mad Face still works. For anyone that doesn’t know about the Mad Face let me explain.    I had a young boy come up to me in the mall one day and say, “Don’t have that mad face.” I told Shannon, and it quickly became a thing for her to tell me not to have that “Mad Face.” The first time I went to the Fair after...

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Redfish Lake

Posted by on August 29, 2020 in Journal | 0 comments

Redfish Lake    The last time I had been to the Redfish Lake and the Stanley area, was when I was working for the Forest Service fighting fires for the summer. I remember as we pulled into the town of Stanley thinking how magnificent the mountains were. My opinion changed when we had to build fire lines on those mountains.    Justin and Ryan had reserved a campground at Redfish Lake for the week, and I was able to go over and spend some time with them. I was really looking forward to going back to that area. Mainly to spend time with our...

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Another Generous Donation

Posted by on August 22, 2020 in Journal | 0 comments

Another Generous Donation    Another headline from the “You can’t make this stuff up department.” This one is from CNN. Sturgis motorcycle rally: A person with Covid-19 may have exposed others at a bar    Now I have nothing against alerting people to the possibility of getting exposed at a public gathering. I’m just confused as to why I haven’t seen this warning for any of the many protest gatherings. From the headlines, or lack thereof I have seen, no one attending a protest rally has contracted the virus, let alone die from it. If that’s...

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