Saying goodbye to a friend

Michelle Coston Longaugh, age 57, died June 10 in Wichita. She had been battling stage 4 anal cancer for 10 years. She recently said that she was seven years past her expiration date. She knew no strangers and touched many lives between 2010 and 2020. She and I met in 2011 when I helped her publish her blog about her ordeal. Her blogs became a book titled “If you’re not laughing, you’re dying”. After the first edition we became partners for the second and third editions. The third edition is available on the Free Press online store. The second edition is on Amazon as an ebook. She wrote a column for the Free Press in the mid 2000’s, called “As I ‘C’ it”. If you want to read them, they can be found under Opinion on the Free Press website. I will miss her a great deal. She leaves behind her husband, Jerry, who is from Herington, three children and two granddaughters.

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We need to thank the former city administrator, Larry Paine, Mayor Lou Thurston and others for their efforts to keep the Hillsboro Community Hospital open and the employees who stayed. There’s a danger in naming names. You might miss somebody.

I understand why some left. Herington Hospital has opened a Hillsboro clinic with Dr. Erb and others. Dr. Reeh has been in Hillsboro forever. Dr. Whitely used to be in Hillsboro and is now in Marion. I have had PT in both Hillsboro and Marion. Thanks to Julie G., Misti L. and Mieka B, who gave me shots in the hip that didn’t hurt. I have seen many of these providers and had good experiences. In my opinion, you can’t go wrong anywhere here.

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What do you call a frog whose parking meter has expired? Toad (towed).

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Life is like a river. It flows on no matter what is happening in your life. n Before they carved Mt. Rushmore, it was unpresidented—a phrase that seems to be used on the news a lot these days.

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My neighbor told me to put manure on my strawberries, I still like whipped cream.

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When you stay home most every day, there isn’t much to write about. We did have a visit from Grandson Alex and two UGA buddies. They are on a cross country road trip in Alex’s new F150 pickup with a topper. They slept at Hillsboro Cove during a thunderstorm. There wasn’t enough lightning or thunder to scare them away. Last we heard they were on highway 1 in California headed for Portland Oregon. What could be better than having a sheepskin in horticulture, a job waiting and reliable transportation!

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