Celebrating Fabulous Friends

I have met some amazing people in my life. Maybe when I met them they weren’t yet amazing, but they went on to do and create amazing things. Yesterday I thought I would write a post about just  one of these amazing people. But this morning, out of the blue, I got an e-mail from a friend in Australia who I haven’t seen since I moved from Japan almost 17 years ago. We kept in touch for a while, but then lost touch as my life took me to multiple locations and I would forget to update everyone as to how to find me. Thanks to Facebook, LinkedIn and other sources, it is much easier to relocate lost friends nowadays, and I am lucky. Jacquie and her husband David fall into the list of amazing people. So today I am going to celebrate some of the amazing people I have met in my life, and highlight what makes them amazing. (I wonder how many times I can use the word amazing in one post?)

Cindy Baer at Work. Image stolen from her Facebook page.

Cindy Baer at Work. Image stolen from her Facebook page.

The woman who first inspired this post is Cindy Baer. Cindy was a friend from high school drama club. I don’t recall hanging out much with her, and we weren’t best friends (I’m not even sure I had a best friend) but drama tended to bring a lot of people together in fabulous ways. Cindy is amazing for so many things. She just wrapped a new movie called Odd Brodsky that she c0-wrote with her husband Matthew Irving as well as directed. (Side note–My picture might end up in the movie as I donated a little to getting it made).  But she doesn’t just make movies, which is amazing enough, she also formed a non-profit organization called Patron of the Arts (POTA) whose primary mission is “to help emerging filmmakers and artists fund art & film projects and find audiences.” Cindy also produced and directed the award-winning film Purgatory House which deals with real-life issues faced by teens today. Cindy’s work always has a message, and she is a passionate believer in using arts to change the world. She is an amazing woman. Cindy’s story gives me hope that with hard work I too can achieve my dreams. Oh, and for all you Halloween lovers out there, check out this trailer for Lizzie the Movie which includes Cindy as Lizzy Borden herself . . . creepy.

I met Jacquie Cheetham and her husband David when we all taught English at a conversation school in Okayama Japan. They were an amazing couple committed to making the world a better place. From teaching English in Japan, they both moved on to Social Work and working for and with people who don’t have easy lives.When I was working on my doctorate, they had encouraged me to do a project in Bosnia, using theater to help bring back a sense of hope, because they were there at the time (or at least David was). I wanted to do it, but because of academic politics and other issues that project never came to fruition. Jacquie has focused on helping battered women, and I admire her for this. While we have lost touch, so I’m not sure exactly what they are doing these days (I’m waiting for her to accept my Facebook friend request so that I can fill in the details) I have always held this couple in my mind as two of the truly good amazing people in this world. They represent what humans can do, if they only think with love, not hate.

Kathy and Sara

You’ve all met this woman, if only vicariously through our dear friend Kathy’s wonderful blog. But I now have the honor of saying that I met Sara live and in person. I can’t do justice to the amazing things that both Kathy and Sara have done. Sara has truly committed her life to helping in places many people fear to tread. Even though we only spent a short time together, I feel so lucky to count both of these inspirational women as friends. I feel inspired by who they are and what they do. Two truly amazing people. Kathy can do a better job sharing with you some of their experiences, but I had to include them here, because I realize that I have met amazing people at every turn in my life. I’m really lucky that way.

The list could go on and on and on, but perhaps I will reserve more accolades for a later date. Now, I have a duty to fulfill. Sandi at Ahhsome BOO’ed me today, as you can see by the fabulous addition to my sidebar, so I would like to BOO a few people too:

You have now officially been Boo-ed, pass it on if you feel like it. No pressure.

25 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tori Nelson
    Oct 13, 2011 @ 09:52:53

    Hahaha! This is WAY nicer than that time I got boo-ed out of a high-school pep rally 🙂


  2. Barbarann Ayars
    Oct 13, 2011 @ 10:27:49

    It is a very worthy thing to count your blessings in these treasures. I am happy to see/meet a few of those people who helped to shape your life and certainly hope you will show us more. I see that you are finding your legs and feeling your way to the many surprises that come with a new life adventure. I’m new to FB and will ask you to friend me .it’s a good tool for finding old friends and making new ones. But you already know all that.


  3. Lisa (Woman Wielding Words)
    Oct 13, 2011 @ 10:33:08

    Barbarann, I think I just sent a friend request to you. I hope it’s you and not some stranger. I don’t spend a lot of time on Facebook anymore, but it is a really good way to communicate sometimes.


  4. LittleMissVix
    Oct 13, 2011 @ 10:34:07

    Ah you scared me 🙂 Wow thank so much for your support Lisa!


  5. Robin Hawke
    Oct 13, 2011 @ 14:50:39

    An amazing friend called me out of the blue right after I read your post…celebrating!



    • Lisa (Woman Wielding Words)
      Oct 13, 2011 @ 14:58:02

      Maybe today was reuniting with amazing friends day, and we didn’t even know it. 😉


  6. winsomebella
    Oct 13, 2011 @ 17:31:09

    I loved reading about your fabulous friends. Makes me think of my own fabulous friends!


    • Lisa (Woman Wielding Words)
      Oct 13, 2011 @ 18:00:52

      I think we should all celebrate the fabulous people we meet along the way, don’t you?


  7. Kathryn McCullough
    Oct 13, 2011 @ 18:58:54

    Gosh, Lisa, thanks so much for including Sara and me here. We’re proud to have you as a friend, as well–all of you actually, Nathan and Sarah, as well.

    A more recent piece I wrote about Sara is a guest post I did this week for Jacqueline Cangro’s “Shine” series.


    I think it’s better than the one you link to actually. Some of your readers may know Jackie’s blog, but if they don’t they might want to check it out. I know you’d enjoy it, Lisa.

    Again, thanks, dear Lisa for introducing my Sara to your readers. You’re a sweetie.



    • Lisa (Woman Wielding Words)
      Oct 13, 2011 @ 19:04:38

      Oh, it is a wonderful post. Sorry I missed it. But I will leave both links available, because you are an incredible writer and basically two amazing women, so the more reading the better.



  8. SidevieW
    Oct 13, 2011 @ 20:56:09

    You have been lucky to meet such truly good people. They are the ones who make the world a better place, each step along the way. One just wonders how they developed such open hearts to do these thingsm, while others develop such selfish mindsets and cause so much misery


  9. thepetalpusher
    Oct 13, 2011 @ 21:29:03

    It is so amazing how technology has made our world “smaller.” I heard from a woman who lived in Japan when we lived there back in 1962! And I can tell by the tone of her letter/words that we would still be friends today had we not a few thousand miles between us.


  10. ElizOF
    Oct 15, 2011 @ 02:24:17

    Congrats on your Boo. I laughed when I saw that one… Also, thanks for sharing the lives of some remarkable women… I hope they stop by to read it. Kudos! 🙂


    • Lisa (Woman Wielding Words)
      Oct 15, 2011 @ 08:30:55

      Two of them have, I’m not sure about the third. I have many more remarkable women to write about. I may just have to do that. 😉


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