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Confessions Of A St. Louis Blues Fan


If it doesn’t matter who wins or loses, then why do they keep score? Vince Lombardi

Last Monday, I had to take a mental health day from watching Blues hockey.  Maybe I can blame Steve Yzermann , or Kirk McLean and yes…I know I can blame Holy Jumpin’ Roman Turak.  And of course, Mike Keenan is always there to blame!    I’m sure that my mental health day had nothing to do with the last four Springs of Blues hockey.  Sooner or later we’ll play a game in May?

I was there the night when #16 scored that big goal against the Leafs to win a 7th game…oh, wait a minute, that #16 was Kevin LaValle.

I was there for the Monday Night Miracle; there was nothing like seeing a game in the old Arena.

It started way back in 1967, I was 10 years old.  Our seats were section 129, Row G, Seats 4,5,6,7.   My father, being from Charlottetown Prince Edward Island, Canada subscribed to season seats either in the first of second year of the team.  Men dressed in sport coats and ties; Women wore the best apparel.   Cigarette smoke floated to the top of the rafters.  We sang “When The Blues Go Marchin’ In!” Goodness… Where has the time gone?

I remember when Emile Francis put the check back in the Checkerdome.  But it always remained the Arena.  “What A barn burner” Gus Kyle would say.

I remember where I was when Bob Gassoff was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident.  Then I had the pleasure of meeting Bob Gassoff, Jr at Washington University a few years ago.  What a classy person he is!

Brent Seabrook hitting both goal posts…darn the luck!  I remember when Craig Conroy hit both post in overtime against the Red Wings only to watch Brendan Shanahan come down on the next shift and score to end the game.   Yes, that Brendan Shanahan for the RED WINGS.  (By the way, I’m still mad at Judge Huston for sending Scott Stevens to New Jersey!  That was just a couple of years ago, right?!)

From Berenson to Unger; Federko to Sutter; Hull and Oats.  The Plager brothers; McInnis, Pronger, Cujo, and Liut.  There is just something about being a Blues (and Hockey) fan that is different from anything else in sports.   The passion, the speed; the feeling that you know the players first hand.

Those trades we will never forget…”Slash and Spear” twinning up in the Bluenote while Rod Brind’Amour wins a cup in Carolina!.  How many former Blues players have achieved this great accomplishment?  Maybe I don’t want to know.  I’m sure the late, great Ron Caron has some “meat on the burner.”  Those were the days!

The old Arena is long gone and now Kiel, oops, Scotttrade Center is almost 22 years old. I’ve move on to South Florida, but my St. Louis roots still run deep.    I read JR, Tom Timmerman and the new guys at the Post-Dispatch from afar, wondering what ever happened to Dave Lueking, George Csolak,  and Gary Mueller (did I get those names right? I just finished a thesis and don’t feel much up to more research at the moment!)   Of course Gordo and Dan O’Neal are the mainstays, always good reads, too.  I’m sure Broeg and Burns would be proud.

Yes, I had to take a mental health day from Blues hockey on Monday, but with internet radio and the marvels of social media, I could appease my curiosity without the effects of my heart beating out of my body.  Of course a trip to Rita’s in West Palm Beach with my friend Sam helped immensely.  How many people have nephews in their 40’s living Mississippi and Louisiana who kept sending text messages all night with updates.  I remember their first game in the old Arena against the Vancouver Canucks.  Yes…Mississippi and Louisiana have Blues fans too!

I’ll doubt I will need another mental health day from watching Blues hockey for awhile.  But who knows, we are St. Louis Blues fans!  Game time tonight is 8:00 pm EST, I will be glued to the T.V. set again.

Now that I am pushing 60, I know the best is yet to come when JR gets to write a column in the Post-Dispatch this June (well, any June will due!) with the headline:  “Blues Get Four Months Off For Winning The Stanley Cup!”

Chris MacLellan is the host of “Healing Ties” Radio and the author of “What’s The Deal With Caregiving” and a life long avid hockey fan of The St. Louis Blues 

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Thursday’s are always ‘Hug A Family Caregiver Day!’


 Sometimes All A Person Needs Is A Hand To Hold And A Heart to Understand! 

Caregiving can sometimes be hard…

But Hugging a Family Caregiver is easy!

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Thursday’s are always ‘Hug A Family Caregiver Day!’


Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul ~Democritus.

Caregiving can sometimes be hard…

But Hugging a Family Caregiver is easy!

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Be on the look out for my new radio show, “Healing Ties” from ‘The Bow Tie Guy”  

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Thursday’s are always ‘Hug A Caregiver Day’


In 2014 commit yourself to Smile more; Laugh longer; Let Go of Stress! 

Caregiving can sometimes be hard,  but hugging a Caregiver is easy! 

Thursday’s are alwaysHug A Caregiver Day! 

There is an esteemed 60= Million Family Caregiver in the United States today, Find one and give them a Hug!

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Christopher MacLellan, affectionately known as ‘The Bow Tie Guy,  is a family Caregiver and blogs about his Caregiving experience at ‘The Purple Jacket.’  Chris is also the coordinator of Senior Services for SunServe Social Services and the host of his new radio show’ Healing Ties,  starting in late January 2014.

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Thursday’s are always ‘Hug A Caregiver Day!’


The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it. ~ Mother Teresa 

Give the gift that keeps on givingGive a Caregiver a Holiday Hug this year! 

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 Remember… Caregiving can sometimes be hard…But Hugging a Caregiver is easy! 

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Thursday’s are always ‘Hug A Caregiver Day!’


You must do things that you think that you cannot do ~ Eleanor Roosevelt  

Caregiving can sometimes be hard:

But Hugging a Caregiver is easy!

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‘”Be A Healthy Caregiver” is on hiatus while “TLO” is undergoing radiation treatments.  We plan on being back on the Air in January!

Can’t listen live…NO WORRIES!

All of our episodes of ‘Be A Healthy Caregiver’ are archived for your listening convenience by clicking here! 

 

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Thursday’s are always ‘Hug A Caregiver Day!’


Caregiving can sometimes be hard:

But Hugging a Caregiver is easy!

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encouraging-words-for-caregivers

Caregiving Heart

Listen to: 

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‘”Be A Healthy Caregiver” is on hiatus while “TLO” is undergoing radiation treatments.  We plan on being back on the Air in January!

Can’t listen live…NO WORRIES!

All of our episodes of ‘Be A Healthy Caregiver’ are archived for your listening convenience by clicking here! 

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Caregiving can sometimes be hard:

But Hugging a Caregiver is easy!

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Listen to: 

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‘”Be A Healthy Caregiver” is on hiatus while “TLO” is undergoing radiation treatments.  We plan on being back on the Air in Januray!

Can’t listen live…NO WORRIES!

All of our episodes of ‘Be A Healthy Caregiver’ are archived for your listening convenience by clicking here! 

 

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That’s What Caregivers Do!


Presidential Proclamation — November is National Family Caregivers Month!

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 I am proud to be one of the over 60 million Caregivers in the United States today.  Being a Caregiver can be, and often is challenging… But also so very  rewarding.  I believe that to be entrusted with the care of another human being is one of the greatest honors that can be bestowed on another person.  Those long sleepless nights, those challenging trips to the doctor and hospitals, those times when you have to intercede, educated and advocate come full circle when your Caree looks at you and  simply says…”Thank You for what you do for me.”  

I am also mindful of those family Caregivers who are never thanked, never appreciated and overworked.  If it means anything to you, from one Caregiver to another, I offer my thanks and appreciation to you because… That’s what Caregivers do! 

Caregiving is not a role that is often chosen and Caregiving is not for everyone.  Caregivers come in many different shapes, sizes, philosophies and cultures:  Caregiving and Caregivers are diverse. While our Caregiving  journeys might be different, Caregivers have this innate ability to understand each other,  to care for each other, to be there for each other, because…  That’s What Caregivers do!

Through the wonders of the internet, my Caregiving journey has been enriched by the countless number of people I have met along the way.  Each one of you have inspired me, supported me and have been there for me because… That’s what Caregivers do! 

A special ‘thank you’ to Author, Caregiving Coach, Speaker and owner at Caregiving.com Denise Brown and my extended family at  Caregiving.com  for your support. You opened up your ‘home’ to us and made us feel welcome from the start because…  That’s what Caregivers do!

We know that our current Caregiving journey is going to be filled with a few bumps and bruises along the way; Cancer has a way of doing that.  Yet we know those bumps and bruises will be a tad softer because of our extended Caregiving family we’ve met along the way because…That’s what Caregivers do!.  

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Caregivers: Thank You for all you do from Bernard Richard Schiffer…’The Little One’

To all Caregivers, I share this simple smile from a very special fellow whose courage is unbounded, as a way of thanking you for all that you do, because…That’s what Caregivers do! 

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Thursday are always ‘Hug A Caregiver Day!’


Caregiving can sometimes be hard:

But Hugging a Caregiver is easy!

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Listen to: 

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‘Be A Healthy Caregiver’ is on hiatus until December while the ‘TLO’ is undergoing radiation treatments for his cancer

Can’t listen live…NO WORRIES!

All of our episodes of ‘Be A Healthy Caregiver’ are archived for your listening convenience by clicking here! 

 

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