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Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
I completed the 2016 Summer Program in the School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles. I received a BS Degree in Radio/TV from ASU and a MA Degree in Technical and Expository Writing from UALR. As a Cancer Survivor and a Widow, I hope I can help others through my Blog http://leslieinlittlerock.blogspot.com/ Twitter @leslieinlr and Instagram @leslieinlittlerock accounts.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Me, Myself and I - Happy New Year 2018!


Background Actor for Pilot Episode of Me, Myself and I
Filmed in March 2017

Earlier this year, I appeared as a Background Actor in the pilot episode of the new CBS sitcom, Me, Myself and I. It's a comedy that examines one man's life over a 50-year span. Actor John Larroquette plays the main character as a 65-year old man in 2042. That got me to thinking about me, now in 2018, as opposed to me when I was in college in the 1980's and the me that was married for 25 years.


Leslie Smith


Me - When I graduated from college in 1984

As long as I can remember, I've always wanted to write. And dance. And do well in school. One year I wanted to be an astronaut and a few years later I wanted to be a Television News Anchor. I always participated in both school and community activities - Drill Team, Newspaper Staff, Student Council, Girl Scouts, 4-H Club, church youth group. I made good grades, graduated in the top 10% of my high school class and received an academic scholarship to Arkansas State University.

Once in college, I could see my future. I pledged Chi Omega Sorority, threw myself into my Journalism and Radio/Television classes and participated in other school activities while also working part-time. I interned in the news department for a local television station in Little Rock after my first year of college. This me was like a younger Mary in the Mary Tyler Moore Show, a want-to-be Carolyn Long (Channel 4 News Anchor) and wanting to pursue a job in writing or producing for either the Today Show in New York City or Oprah in Chicago.

I became the first person in my family to actually graduate from college in four years. I had the world at my feet. I was Leslie Smith. Oh, and there was another Leslie Smith in my Health class my first semester in college. She stopped coming to class before Thanksgiving but I never found out why.


Leslie Doan

Our Wedding Day - October 18, 1986
During the last semester of my last year in college, two good friends introduced me to a guy who had just moved to Arkansas from Kentucky and was working as an Anchor and Reporter at KAIT-TV, the ABC affiliate in Jonesboro. His name was Thruston Stewart Doan but had to go by his middle name, Stewart. My two friends were my classmates in my Radio/Television classes at ASU and worked with Stewart on the morning news program at KAIT - Channel 8. We started dating and I fell in love with the handsome man from Kentucky. He grew up on a farm but attended the University of Kentucky, taught me all about the UK Wildcats basketball team and also had dreams of working his way to a bigger market as an Agriculture Journalist.

After college and a brief job in Little Rock, I moved to Dallas, Texas to pursue my career. I quickly landed a job in the Recruiting and Advertising Department at Electronic Data Systems. Before I knew it, I was 23 years old and flying to different cities around the country, helping employees in accounts that were closing down to find new jobs in EDS. I continued dating Stewart long distance and before Christmas in 1985, we became engaged. By this time, Stewart was living in my hometown of Little Rock and working at KARN Radio Station as the main Farm Reporter. I moved back to Little Rock and we were married in a beautiful wedding ceremony at St. Andrews Methodist Church, complete with a wedding reception on a river boat in the Arkansas River on Saturday, October 18, 1986, ten days before my 25th birthday. I was now Leslie Doan.



Hawaii - January 2012

People don't lie when they say "time flies".  I worked at Dillard's and Stewart continued working at KARN. Withing a year, I was hired at the Little Rock office of EDS and we were DINKs (Double Income No Kids). We continued like that for seven years. Because Stewart traveled a lot in his job, I was able to go with him on many business trips - Kansas City, Orlando, Padre Island, and many others. Then we had two beautiful daughters - Lauren Grace born in 1993 and Sara Elizabeth born in 1997. There were jobs, and daycare, and vacations and promotions for Stewart, including serving as President of the National Association of Farm Broadcasters (NAFB). In the middle of working full-time and having babies, I decided to go back to college and received a MA Degree in Technical and Expository Writing in 1996.

Real Life continues, including a cancer diagnosis in 2000 of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphona, when our daughters were only 7 and 3 years old. Excellent medical care and a strong support system along with Stewart and my family helped me during both chemotherapy and radiation treatment, resulting in receiving the news that I was in remission on May 17, 2001. So I had many titles - Wife, Technical Writer, Grad Student, Mother, Sunday School Teacher, Homeroom Mother, Cancer Patient, Survivor, Widow.


Leslie Dianne

Sara and I met actor Darren Criss at his recent concert in Los Angeles on December 15, 2017

So now, here it is, January 1, 2018. My husband passed away suddenly over five years ago from an undiagnosed Pulmonary Embolism. According to the US Government, I am now a widow. But I am still more than that. I continued to support and raise our two daughters, who were only 19 and 15 when their father passed away. You never know what you can do until you have to do it. I don't like the title "Single Mom", I was a widow with children. I continued to work as a Technical Writer 30 hours a week, be both a mother and father to my two daughters, and manage a home. Luckily, I have so many family members, neighbors, church members, co-workers and friends that helped me and the girls following my husband's death. Friends who brought food, mowed our big lawn, helped me with taxes and financial issues, drove me to medical appointments, assisted me with selling my house and always just being there for us.

During these past five years, I've had many new titles - Retired, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Woman of the Year Nominee, USC Summer Program Student, Blogger, Background Actor.

2018 is looking pretty good so far.




Leslie Smith Doan, a native Arkansan, is a retired Technical Writer and active blogger. She enjoys traveling and attending special events with her two daughters, ages 24 & 20. A long time TV and Movie Fan, she has also appeared as a Background Actor on the television showsScandalAmerican Housewife, the pilot episode of Young Sheldon and the movie God's Not Dead 2, filmed in Arkansas.

Leslie lives in Little Rock with her two rescue pets, Oreo, a black & white Australian Shepherd and Lilly, a calico kitty. 

She blogs about her personal experiences as both a cancer survivor and widow along with movie reviews and humorous essays in her blog Leslie In Little Rock. You can also find Leslie online on her TwitterInstagram, and Facebook accounts.



Monday, December 11, 2017

The Do's and Don'ts Of Background Acting

During the past two years, I have appeared as a Background Actor (also known as an extra) on several film, video and television productions. Although a large part of it is attributed to luck, there is also planning, research, hard work and a lot of waiting that goes into background acting!

I portrayed a wedding greeter (wearing a big pink hat!) on the 100th episode of Scandal "The Decision" that aired on April 13, 2017 on ABC.

I have always been captivated by film, television, musicals and plays. With a love of writing that started when I was a child, I was enchanted by the written word that could be turned into a visual piece of art, such as a movie.

Growing up, I read all I could in magazines and books about movies and celebrities. During the summer, my mother would let me stay up later at night so I could watch The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. I also watched both local and national news programs because I wanted to know all I could about current events.

So it wasn't unusual when there was a chance to meet a celebrity, I would try to go. I can still remember meeting actor Henry Winkler during the first season of Happy Days at a scheduled appearance at a mall in Little Rock. And anytime an ABC soap opera star came to Arkansas during promotions events for the local affiliate, I was there!

My daughters and I met actor/singer Darren Criss at an event in California in October 2012

During the summer of 2016, I attended the summer program at the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles. While I was taking classes in screenwriting and the television/film industry, I also worked as a background actor on several productions.

I played a bar patron (tall lady in the background not wearing a hat) on the first episode of the Netflix series Santa Clarita Diet. This episode, starring Drew Barrymore and featuring Nathan Fillion, was filmed in June 2016 in California and aired on February 3, 2017.

Following the advice from a friend in California whose four children have appeared in many commercials, movies and television shows, I signed up online with LACasting.com. Within a day of signing up and paying the $14.95 monthly fee, I began receiving email notifications of extra roles that fit my specifications, such as gender, height, weight and racial status. In other words, when someone needed a tall, skinny, older white woman, they sent me an email!

In addition to signing with LACasting.com, which is done all online, I also registered in person with Central Casting of Los Angeles while I was in California in November 2016. There are also Central Casting locations in New York City, Atlanta and New Orleans. The registration process does not cost anything but requires you to show up on certain days and takes a few hours to listen to a talk about casting, fill out forms and take photos that will then be available to all the casting agents.

In November 2016, I appeared in a Flo Rida music video as a dinner party guest for the song "Zillionnaire". I am sitting directly behind Flo Rida's right arm while Victoria Secret Angel Chanel Iman dances on the table with money floating from the ceiling!


You can find out about possible film/television/commercial roles by checking with your state's casting office, contacting a talent agency in your town or looking at Facebook accounts such as Arkansas Casting Calls & Auditions.


Here are some tips for when you get that call to be a background actor:

  1. Know where you are going and how you are going to get to your location.When you first get your "call time", you should prepare how you are going to get there and where it is. Whether you are driving yourself, taking a car service such as Uber, or being dropped off by a friend, you should know exactly where you are going. In addition, be ready for unexpected issues, such as not being able to park in a parking deck or last minute location changes.
  2. Show up on time, or even better, 30 minutes early.
    When I book projects through Central Casting, I get a call time. For example, I am working on a mini-series tomorrow, and my call time is 6:18 am. Since I'm currently visiting my friends in Burbank, I have to make arrangements to get to the set location by 6:18 am. I also will find out tonight after 7:00 pm where the filming is being done. I have a phone number to call at Central Casting, which is their Work Line. When I call that number, I put in a four digit code number that will then take me to a recorded message that gives me all the details about the shoot.
  3. Be quite on set.Whether you are shooting in a studio, such as for Speechless, or on location, which I did last week at a coffee shop in Van Nuys for the upcoming mini-series Unsolved on the USA Network, you need to always be quite and listen. There are many people and different moving parts involved in a shoot, so the crew and the actors need to be able to hear their direction.
  4. Take something to read or work on while you are waiting. And you will wait. And wait. And wait some more. Ever hear of the phrase "Hurry up and wait"? That's what background actors were made for! I always bring a couple of magazines to read. I've seen people bring books to read and afghans to knit. Many background actors will just play on their phones the whole time. I've been at shoots where background actors will bring their own chairs, PCs and just set up camp while they are waiting.


Photo Gallery


I played a Defendant on The Verdict With Judge Hatchett
















I appeared in the audience (on the front row wearing pink dress) at
an Infomercial starring Dick Van Dyke







In costume/hair/makeup for the pilot episode
of Young Sheldon



Dressed for 2042 for the pilot episode
of Me, Myself and I



In the 2017 Season finale of American Housewife on ABC, I appeared in the audience of a dance recital

I've really enjoyed working as a background actor and have been fortunate to meet many amazing people. I'm not doing it to win an Academy Award or to make a lot of money. I just do it because it's fun and I get to eat great food on set!













Friday, September 15, 2017

Movie Review - Home Again (2017)




All photos from IMDb (unless otherwise specified)

Movie Description:  Life for a newly separated mother of two takes an unexpected turn when she agrees to let three young men move in the guest house at her Los Angeles home.

Release Date
:  Friday, September 8, 2017

Running Time
:  1 hour 37 minutes

Genre:  
Comedy/Drama/Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA): 
Rated PG-13 for some thematic and sexual material.


Writer/Director:
  Hallie Meyers-Shyer




MOVIE TRAILER



http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5719700/videoplayer/vi535214361?ref_=tt_ov_vi




MOVIE CAST




Reese Witherspoon as Alice Kinney

Lola Flanery as Isabel Kinney and Eden Grace Redfield as Rosie Kinney
(Photo from Lola Flanery's Twitter page)

Candice Bergen as Lillian Stewart, Reese Witherspoon as Alice Kinney, Nat Wolff as Teddy, Jon Rudnitsky as George and Pico Alexander as Harry


Writer/Director Hallie Meyers-Shyer and Reese Witherspoon




Leslie's Notes



I Love Home Again!


This movie reminds me of some of my favorite romantic comedies - 

  • The Proposal (2009)
  • Just Friends (2005)
  • Sweet Home Alabama (2002)
  • While You Were Sleeping (1995)
  • Adventures in Babysitting (1987)
This movie is funny, features many good looking people and beautiful homes in the Los Angeles area. What's not to love?!

I might be partial because I spent last summer and part of this year living in the Los Angeles area. So I think I connect to this film because I love the scenery. And I love movies. And I love southern girl Reese Witherspoon. And I love movies about aspiring filmmakers and screenwriters. And this movies contains all these things. And it also contains Murphy Brown and three cute guys.

With all the scary and violent movies out now, featuring scary clowns and dangerous hit men and bloody assassins and terrifying scenes, it's good to watch a funny and sweet film. It made me smile! I should rephrase that sentence. Home Again made me smile, not the scary clown movie.




Leslie Smith Doan, a native Arkansan, is a retired Technical Writer and active blogger. She enjoys traveling and attending special events with her two daughters, ages 24 & 20. A long time TV and Movie Fan, she has also appeared as a Background Actor on the television shows ScandalAmerican Housewife, the pilot episode of Young Sheldon and the movie God's Not Dead 2, filmed in Arkansas.

Leslie lives in Little Rock with her two rescue pets, Oreo, a black & white Australian Shepherd and Lilly, a calico kitty. 

She blogs about her personal experiences as both a cancer survivor and widow along with movie reviews and humorous essays in her blog Leslie In Little Rock. You can also find Leslie online on her TwitterInstagram, and Facebook accounts.


Thursday, August 31, 2017

A Tale Of Two Theaters



UA Cinema 150 - Little Rock, Arkansas - Photo from Cinema Treasures website

The summer after I completed my first year of college, I worked at the UA Cinema 150 movie theater in my hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas. As a long time movie lover, this work was my dream job! I love the smell of fresh popcorn, the excitement of seeing a new movie and the friendships I developed with my co-workers. Built in 1968, the theater featured a large dome roof, 120 degree curved screen and could seat 700 people. It showed several blockbuster films during my childhood, including the original Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Alien.


Raiders of the Lost Ark premiered on June 12, 1981 - Photo from IMDb

Besides cutting two fingers on my left hand in an accident involving a broken floor safe on June 11, 1981, I loved working at the movie theater. With the exception of showing the classic movie Gone With The Wind for one week at the beginning of summer, the theater showed the blockbuster movie Raiders of the Lost Ark for the entire summer. During this era movies were on film and shown using a projector manually operated by a projectionist. I can remember many people lining up outside the theater to buy tickets and snacks at the concession stand. Governor (and future US President) Bill Clinton and local television reporters stood in line next to everyday people.


Fellow Mills High School Graduate Brad Vandergrift (center) with two co-workers at the UA Cinema 150 Movie Theater. Photo courtesy of Brad Vandergrift, taken in early 1980's.

While I was working at the movie theater, I also interned at KTHV-Channel 11 television station in Little Rock. I was one of only three interns at the TV station that summer and worked in the morning organizing video tapes, going out on stories with the reporters and assisting the television producers. In the evenings and weekends, I worked at the movie theater. I made some wonderful friends while working at the theater and had some of the best times that summer. We would go to eat together and several times went to other movie theaters to see a free movie. Some of those friends are no longer with us, but I've stayed in touch with several others.



Riverdale 10 VIP Cinema
http://www.riverdale10.com/

36 years later, I found myself working part-time at another movie theater for the summer. Instead of being an idealistic young college student, I am now a widow and mother of two in my 50's. I worked with co-workers who are the same age as my children and for supervisors that are half my age. But once I smelled the fresh popcorn popping and felt the excitement of seeing a new movie, I was once again transformed back to that magical summer of 1981.


I'm with a Minion!

My how times have changed! When I worked at the movie theater in 1981, I would check the weekly schedule posted in the kitchen located behind the concession stand. Now, there is still a paper scheduled thumb-tacked to a bulletin board but the schedule is also texted to each employee every Tuesday afternoon. Instead of just popcorn, soft drinks and nachos, the theater I work for in 2017 offers wine and beer along with food such as pizza, chicken strips and french fries. We use our cell phones to set an alarm after we put food in a deep fryer so we will know when it is ready to serve to our customers. Instead of film projectors, all movies now are contained on a computer hard drive!


The crew at Riverdale 10 VIP Cinema in Little Rock, Arkansas
July 7, 2017
Spider-Man: Homecoming






Leslie Smith Doan, a native Arkansan, is a retired Technical Writer and active blogger. She enjoys traveling and attending special events with her two daughters, ages 24 & 20. A long time TV and Movie Fan, she has also appeared as a Background Actor on the television shows Scandal, American Housewife, the pilot episode of Young Sheldon and the movie God's Not Dead 2, filmed in Arkansas.

Leslie lives in Little Rock with her two rescue pets, Oreo, a black & white Australian Shepherd and Lilly, a calico kitty. 

She blogs about her personal experiences as both a cancer survivor and widow along with movie reviews and humorous essays in her blog Leslie In Little Rock. You can also find Leslie online on her TwitterInstagram, and Facebook accounts.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Happy Six Year Blogiversary!


College Days - Early 1980's

I've loved writing since I was a child and used to dream about being the next Erma Bombeck. In high school, I discovered journalism and became the Co-Editor of my high school newspaper. Majoring in Radio/Television in college, I thought about becoming a television reporter.

Once I graduated from college, I realized it was hard to get a "real job" in the broadcast journalism field. I was hired as a Marketing Assistant in my hometown of Little Rock in the summer of 1984, but the job turned out to be a glorified data entry operator position and it didn't work out. That means I was let go before Labor Day.

Having always wanted to live in a big city, I moved to Dallas, Texas and started a job with Electronic Data Systems (EDS) as an Advertising Assistant in the Recruiting Department. I spent the next two years working in the Advertising, Public Relations and Recruiting Departments for EDS. After that, I moved back to Little Rock and married my boyfriend, Thruston Stewart Doan, who I had met during my last semester in college.

Fast forward twentysomething years and I had worked as a Technical Writer for several different companies in Little Rock, attended graduate school at night, received a MA Degree in Technical and Expository Writing, had two daughters and traveled with my husband in his job as a Broadcast Journalist. Wanting to incorporate creative writing in my professional life, I started writing a blog during the summer of 2011. Here is the first post that was published on September 7, 2011.

http://leslieinlittlerock.blogspot.com/2011/09/i-think-that-everyone-has-twin.html

When I started my blog six years ago, I had three goals:
  1. Share my creative writing with others.
  2. Publish my movie reviews.
  3. Explore ways to find ways to get paid for writing.

Over these past six years, I have succeeded in meeting all three goals!

From writing a blog entry detailing the Glee Live Tour on June 4, 2011 to telling my experiences on the website LymphomaInfo.net of completing cancer treatment after being diagnosed with Non-hodgkin's Lymphoma in November 2000, I have shared my writing with many others.

Because of my love of movies, I have written several blog entries about different movies I have viewed. Three of the most popular ones are Gone Girl (published on October 11, 2014), When The Game Stands Tall (published on September 16, 2014) and Prisoners (published on September 20, 2013). When I posted my review of the movie The 33 (based on the true story of the 2010 Chilean mine collapse) and shared it on Twitter, actor Lou Diamond Phillips (who plays Luis Urzua in the movie) liked it!

Once I joined The Women Bloggers organization in the summer of 2015, I attended their annual conference in Hot Springs, Arkansas in August and wrote a blog post about the activities. Because of my membership in this group, I was able to find out about paid blogging opportunities and was hired for my first paid gig by McDonald's of Central Arkansas in December 2015! And recently I wrote an article about the Hibachi Box food truck on the Only In Arkansas website sponsored by First Security Bank.

For the past six years, I've shared my writing with others, written many movie reviews and have had several paid writing jobs. I can also now look back at my previous blogs as a sort of visual diary of what I've been involved with for the past six years. My goal now is to continue writing and sharing my stories.


May 2017













Friday, June 16, 2017

Trips to Oxford, Mississippi and Boston, Massachusetts


Traveling to Visit My Daughters

Some of my favorite memories are of traveling with my family. We have been lucky to have visited many wonderful places throughout the years, including: Disney World & Disneyland; Washington, DC; Beaches in Florida, Alabama and California; New York City; St. Thomas, St. Maarten, San Juan, Puerto Rico and Nassau, Bahamas during an 8 day Caribbean Christmas Cruise; and Honolulu, Hawaii!


Hawaii, January 2012

Now that my daughters are older, one lives and works in Boston and the other one goes to collage at The University of Mississippi. I've enjoyed being able to visit each daughter during the past year.



Photos from the Double Decker Days Arts Fest in Oxford, Mississippi in April 2017

In addition to being the home of the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss), Oxford, Mississippi also hosts an annual arts festival, Double Decker Days, which is held each year in April and draws more than 60,000 people. I attended the event this year and had a great time riding in the top of the Double Decker bus, viewing the beautiful and varied artwork of the vendors participating in the art show and eating delicious food! For more information about this event, visit http://doubledeckerfestival.com/.

My favorites - Dr. Pepper & chocolate haystack candy!

I'm so proud of my oldest daughter who lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts. I have never been to Boston but was able to go in May of last year to see my daughter. I had a great time, especially when she took me to the original Cheers restaurant, which was my late husband's favorite television show.






Photos from my visit to Boston, Massachusetts in May, 2016






Beautiful tulips in one of the wonderful public parks in Boston



All photos taken by Leslie

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

A letter to myself - five years after my husband passed away suddenly on May 10, 2012


Hawaii - January 2012

Note: I’m writing this letter to myself, five years after my husband of 25 years, Thruston Stewart Doan, died suddenly of an undiagnosed Pulmonary Embolism on May 10, 2012 at 12:24 pm. I wish on the evening of May 12, 2012, when I was feeling all alone even though my house was full of family and friends, I could have read this “letter from the future”.

Note: On October 18, 2013, on what would have been our 27th Wedding Anniversary, I wrote a letter to my late husband. Here is the link to that blog entry: http://leslieinlittlerock.blogspot.com/2013/10/happy-anniversary.html




May 10, 2017

Dear Leslie,

I know you are devastated, inconsolable, upset, overwhelmed, confused and worried about your daughters. What you have gone through during the last several hours is a traumatic, sudden, tragedy. Your husband was here in your home this morning when you and Sara left for school and work, and then he was gone.

I’m not going to sugarcoat it – it’s going to be tough. There will be seconds, minutes, days, weeks, months and years where you can only think about the fact that your husband is dead. You will still feel married, even five years later. You will worry about your daughters, your pets, your house, your cars, your work, your bills, your health, the economy, your parents, your mental health, the IRS, insurance, and the 2016 Presidential Race.

But you will get up every day, get dressed, and be there for your children. You will go to work, volunteer for church and Chi Omega alumni club activities, and continue to attend the monthly Pokeno games with your neighbors.

With the help of your family, friends, doctors, therapists, co-workers, neighbors, church members and even strangers, you will be a good mother and will help each daughter deal with the loss of their beloved father in their own unique way.

Every day you will do at least one thing that you can check off your “do-list”. Yes, it is unbelievable to think that a widow will have an unlimited list of tasks to complete, but we do. There will be some days when all you want to do is take 5 hot bubble baths and then climb back in bed. Other days, you and your girls will watch the season finale episode of Glee six times, and that’s OK.

You will know when things are right and when they are not. As a counselor told you a few months after Thruston died, “You are grieving, you are not incompetent.”  There will be some relatives that will judge you and treat you unfairly. I wish I knew then what I know now, five years later.

The term “Toxic Person” will crop up and you will have to cut those people out of your life. You do not need negativity as you are forced to rebuild your life for you and your daughters. But you will.

Things will work out. Bills will be paid. Eventually you will take early retirement from your job and your house will sell. Best of all, Lauren graduates from college, moves to Boston and works for Harvard while Sara graduates from high school and enrolls in the University of Mississippi where she thrives as a Journalism major, writes for two blogs and joins a sorority!

Pursuing your dreams of writing for television, you are accepted into the 2016 summer program of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California, taking a sitcom writing class and a TV and Film Industry class. Eventually you spend six weeks in Burbank, living with Darin and Kari and their kids while you appear as an extra in 12 different televisions shows. You also continue writing your blog and even have several posts published . And you are in a Flo Rida music video for the song Zillionaire! How many 55 year old women can say that they are in a Flo Rida video?!

Not a day goes by that you don’t think about your husband and wonder what would have happened if you had taken him to the emergency room instead of him going to the doctor. But he did go to the doctor, he told was told that he was fine and sent home.  After a while you had to stop the “What Ifs’.

But you are so thankful that he was your husband for 25 years and that we have two sweet, smart and beautiful daughters. You are so lucky to have memories of trips to Disney World, the beach and the wonderful trip to Hawaii in January 2012 when he attended a national conference and we celebrated Lauren’s 19th birthday.

So, I know that now it seems impossible to think about 5 minutes from now or 5 hours from now, but before you know it, it will be 5 years from now. And you will be OK.

Thinking of you,


Leslie