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The Ted Williams story is ongoing and we hope he pulls through his personal challenges.  Most stories regarding the homeless are not  typical screenplay material, rather of a child or parent struggling with living life the best they know how.

 A local Greensboro, NC man was featured on the cover of Just a Cloud Away, Inc. Journal’s first issue in February 2010. Through this online link, Michele of Chosenfast website, who reports on our local homeless community, informed us of his accidental death. Larry’s obituary was sadly posted without a photograph.

GREENSBORO — A pedestrian crossing eastbound Interstate 40 on Tuesday night was struck by an SUV and later died at Moses Cone Hospital, according to a news release.

On Wednesday, police identified the man as Larry Wayne McCraw, 40, of Greensboro.

He was hit by a 2002 Ford Explorer just before 6 p.m. Tuesday. The car was driven by Gail Hill Roper, 58, of Whitsett. She was not injured.

Police are still investigating the crash.

The wreck stalled traffic on eastbound I-40 near the Martin Luther King Jr. Drive exit. All lanes have reopened.

When Mr. McCraw’s family posted his obituary, we signed his guest book in hopes of connecting with living family members. His cousin reached out to us in a matter of hours. She resides less than 2 miles from our office and was very appreciative of any pictures of her nephew. After meeting with her, we realized 3 generations of Larry’s family members graduated with ours. We had a connection far deeper than a weekly hand wave.

I saw Larry quite often and he was not camera-shy  and when presented with his photograph on the front cover, said, “Wow, I am famous”. Not to the extent of Ted Williams, but more humbly. The mere connection to Mr. Larry Wayne McCraw was his sweet and polite nature every time a care packet of food was given to him. These care packets are little acts of kindness when one is unsure of why they are there, what they are doing or will do with money given to them.

Rest in Peace Larry Wayne McCraw

Read how our local painter, William Mangum has helped the homeless community by utilizing his talents developing the  Honor Card Program.

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Friday January 14th at 3PM 
3343 Battleground Avenue Ste. 075
336.288.4820
In the Westridge Square Shopping Mall
next to Harris Teeter
  
Introducing products for women of all ethnicities suffering from Chemotherapy, Gastric Bypass, Female Pattern, Baldness, Alopecia, Lupus, & Stress
 
 
Sponsored by Just a Cloud Away, Inc. Journal and other local businesses.

Book Signing by Janet Nestor-Holistic Healer Author of “Pathways to Wholeness”

A wonderful book to read and exercises for the mind, body and soul. A meditative walk through the beauty of our Mother Earth.

Light refreshments will be served in the Serenity Garden. Chanel Lace Hair Gallery will also provide a Cancer Resource area for those wanting more information on local support groups, products and services specifically for women walking the journey through serious conditions.
 
The founder Sharon Ellis-Wiley will answer any questions or concerns during the opening.
Sharon will also start a fund to help women and children who cannot afford a wig of their own.
 
Please come out and meet the people who are so passionate about helping others in critical times, including

     

and several other helpful businesses

 
 
 

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Ignition Interlock Device and Drunk Driving

The installation of an ignition interlock device is utilized for those convicted of drunk driving in the state of North Carolina. Repeat offenders, those who blow .15 or higher on their breathalyzer test, as well as some repeat offenders are required to install an ignition interlock device on their car if they want to qualify for a DWI hardship license. An ignition interlock device is similar to a breathalyzer in that it measures a driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC). In order to your car to start, you must blow into the device first. The car will not start if your BAC registers at .02% or higher. You will be required to blow into the device periodically as your drive as well. If at anytime your BAC measures over .02%, your car will turn off.

This above information was forward to us by Sheriff BJ Barnes and our Chief Deputy County Attorney, is also found on The North Carolina’s General Assembly’s website page

Under North Carolina state law, you must pay for the installation of the ignition interlock device, as well as its monthly maintenance fee of approximately $160.00.

This is what happened to a gentleman named David Sherman, of the Browns Summit area in North Carolina, while taking an AFTERNOON bike ride.

A father, friend, and a son.

Will this law save lives?

Just a Cloud Away, Inc.™ Journal

Share your story of a loved one passed

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The April issue of the Journal of Clinical Nursing has reported on a Swedish study where a 25 minute massage was offered for eight weeks to relatives who had lost a loved one to cancer. Participants ranged from 34 to 78 years of age and included widows, widowers, daughters and sisters. They were offered a choice of foot or hand massage and divided fairly evenly over what they chose. Only three of the participants had previous experience of soft tissue massage.

They reported that having a soothing massage helped provide much-needed consolation during an intense, stressful period of grieving. “Soft tissue massage is gentle, but firm” explains Dr Cronfalk, who carried out the research with colleagues from the Karolinska Institutet. “This activates touch receptors which then release oxytocin, a hormone known for its positive effects on well-being and relaxation. In this study the hand or foot massage was done with slow strokes, light pressure and circling movements using oil lightly scented with citrus or hawthorn.

The use of hawthorn and lemon as the oils is interesting as they would not naturally spring to mind first. Lemon oil is probably best known for its antiseptic and antimicrobial properties but it reputedly increases concentration and awareness and helps to eliminate emotional confusion, which would fit with the grieving process.

Positive Touch Triad had their ribbon cut by Angela Howard, health coach of the Piedmont Triad. Angela has lost over 210 pounds with Take Shape for Life! Her motto, “There is no 1 solution to weight loss.”

It was chilly but over 40 supporters attended.

Snacks and B-Skinney Coffee were offered for those at the ceremony.

Doctor Akihito Gido practices Chiropractic and Acupuncture Services right next door to Positive Touch Triad.

Just a Cloud Away, Inc™Journal highly recommends the products and services provided at Positive Touch Triad and wishes the best of luck in the new year. Take care of yourself first, especially those going through life transitions.

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Workshop for Families-Creating Love Memorials™ in Greensboro, N.C.

Are pictures sitting in a box with journals, recipes, or other handwritten memorabilia of loved ones passed? Bring your keepsakes to create beautiful works of art with your own hands, where no experience is necessary and all supplies are complementary.

 Just a Cloud Away, Inc. ™ Journal and other local organizations are sponsoring the first Creating Love Memorials™ Workshop for families. Feel free to bring any 2 dimensional papers, fabric or tags to incorporate, whether from a loved one or beloved pet. Professionals will be on site in the craft area to assist children in creating paper keepsakes.

Adults will have the opportunity to design an awareness ribbon for the cause of their choice. Below is a ribbon for a Grandmother with Alzheimer’s Disease.

A Love Memorial™ is a keepsake or sympathy gift, going beyond the typical cards, flowers or food. It is a thoughtful creation showing compassion for each specific situation. Many samples will be provided, including; pressed flowers, metal, jewelry, scrapbooking, woodwork, decoupage, gardens, stone, glass, photography and photo montages. Community resources will provide literature on babysitting classes, support forums, alternative funeral options and more. Also joining us are local animal rescue groups with adoptable pets. Our fire and police departments will share safety tips.  After school food and beverages will be served. Energy work sessions will be offered, and music performed by Jennifer Cockman during the workshop.

Thursday September 23rd

2000 East Wendover Ave. from 3-6pm

 Bring and share your own memorial keepsakes. These may be an inspiration to someone else.

Come and meet our resources (click for more information)

More resources include

  • Ameriprise Financial- planning for the future
  • Colonial Life- employee benefits counselor
  • New York Life- life insurance protecting families
  • GDR Credit Solutions- affordable help for those in need of improving credit scores

It is never too late to remember……………..

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David Sherman was riding his bike around 5:45pm on October 24, 2009 and was struck by a vehicle. Now a white memorial ghost bike stands in the place  where his life was unnecessarily taken. David Sherman’s bike looked similar to the other memorial bikes below.

I believe the woman who drove off after hitting Mr. Sherman has not served one day in prison.

She had previous convictions and basically did not have the right to be driving in the first place.

My heart breaks for the family. I can’t even imagine the hurt, sadness and anger over this injustice.

An avid biker was killed enjoying an activity that probably brought him great joy.

Instead of roadside memorials, those killed on bicycles will be honored by a white memorial bike. These somber memorials began in St Louis Missouri, 2003 and are now in over 100 locations around the world.

Ghost Bikes is the official site where there are instructions how to create a memorial bike.

Peace Love and Hugs

Diana

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Tara received her new heart while in her 20’s only to enjoy life for another 2 years before a local man decided to drive while drunk. We all make mistakes, unfortunately this was his second offense with a blood alcohol content (BAC)of .18 and after only 59 months of incarceration was walking our streets again. In addition to this tragedy, Tara’s stepsister and half-sister were also killed by him and the families are still without an apology, remorse for his actions or acknowledgement. These beautiful girls should still be physically with us.

After speaking with Tara’s mother Cathy for over 2 hours, I realized  most people would have gravitated towards her. Tara was the girl next door, full of life, talked to anyone, was selfless, was giving and had a soul stronger than her heart.

Tara’s story has many chapters, one being her heart condition. Tara had endured several surgeries, but was in need of a stronger heart. She would lay in a hospital bed for 12 weeks before receiving a donor heart. Tara was ecstatic but in a split second was melancholy due to the realization someone had died. She often thought of others first and needed to pray for the family, later to befriend the mother, Mildred.

The transplant was a success. There is always a chance something could go wrong, but Tara had strong faith which her mother Cathy did not at the time. They openly discussed this fear later on and Cathy decided to turn to God for comfort as her daughter did and was saved. Tara’s heart transplant changed Cathy’s life forever. This event gently prepared Cathy for what was to come in the future.

Another heart warming chapter of Tara’s life would be her son Jagger. Tara married Sean in 2000 and because of her heart condition, could not have children. This did not stop Tara from being a mother. The couple was involved in an open adoption and cared for their newborn baby boy for 9 weeks before Tara’s death.

Jagger will never know how wonderful his mommy was, how she would spoil him, how she would fix his boo boo’s or just being able to snuggle at night during a storm.

Cathy has another daughter Katie, who is 24 years younger than Tara. Katie just adored her big sister and her new nephew.

Jagger is now 6 and lives out-of-state with his new family. Even though adopted, the family agrees Jagger has many features of Tara.

Cathy had tremendous support after the death of her daughter, one being her girlfriend, Denise.

Denise was with Cathy during the difficult times including the civil trial. On Tara’s birthday, mothers day and day of the accident, Cathy receives a phone call, card or some kind of gift assuring Cathy her daughter will never be forgotten.

Marty, an associate preacher of Pleasant Garden Baptist Church would also be of tremendous comfort for Cathy. This holy man did not know Tara, but gladly opened his door and his heart to Cathy’s grief.

Cathy now speaks on behalf of her daughter and MADD (Mother Against Drunk Drivers) at the Guilford County Courthouse and has received additional support from this organization. Cathy also mentions Michael Jackson, founder of Crash Prevention Network of North Carolina supporting families touched by vehicular accidents/crimes.

Cathy did not have the opportunity to say goodbye or hold Tara because of her condition after the limo fire and explosion. Cathy does cradle her ashes when she feels close to Tara.

Thank you for sharing Tara’s story, your healing resources and support systems with the community.

Peace Love and Hugs

Diana

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