Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Of Mice and Men

While one wonders about the best-laid schemes of mice and how often they really "gang aft agley," I can assure you that my plans for this blog went "agley" when we discovered that my appendix had ruptured.  With 4 days to go to the event, I am way behind in updating this blog on progress for the auction and have no realistic way to catch up.

I present, by way of a shortcut to Saturday's event, a brief video listing the items up for bid in our live auction.

Tickets are still available either through the button to the right, or by calling our offices at 740-522-1341.

Graham Campbell

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Ronin Tested, Ronin Approved

Every 2 weeks, we take our dog to get bathed.

At almost 160 pounds, he has long since outgrown our small house and ability to perform this task ourselves.  Like plumbing and brain surgery, this is a task best left to professionals.

We adopted such this schedule because Ronin was showing signs of allergies and was not getting the relief we thought he should from a course of allergy shots. 

We consulted a specialist and it was recommended that we add a regular course of bathing and this has worked so well that we were able to discontinue the allergy shots.

Finding someone who would and could work with our little one was not easy.  Grooming a purse-size dog is one thing, but when the "client" is the size of a steamer trunk it requires an entirely different mindset.

That's why we count ourselves lucky to have found Michelle.

From the very beginning, Michelle Maxwell was not intimidated by Ronin's size and they took to one another right away so much so that when we drop him off he is not the least bit concerned that we leave him.  In fact, he doesn't give us a second look.

Michelle now works with Bath & Biscuits in Granville and they have kindly donated a gift certificate for our auction.

If you like to bathe your dog, you can use one of their tubs.  If you want to have a pro take care of your best friend, we cannot recommned Michelle highly enough.

Bath & Biscuits is located at 1616 Columbus Rd, in Granville.

This is How You Get Magicians!

We have adopted a magic theme for this year's auction.  (Not the Harry Potter kind, but the Harry Houdini kind.)

We don't have a lot of money to decorate the Reese Center, but you may see strolling performer Marty "Moe Magic" Miller and you will see a selection of photos and poster reproductions from the "golden age" of magic when performers like Houdini and Kellar, Blackstone and Thurston criss-crossed the country  with full evening shows.

It seems only fitting then that we support that theme with an auction item that is designed to inspire the next great entertainer.

On offer is a book of magic tricks designed for the beginner and written by Richard Kaufman, editor and publisher of the country's oldest continually published magazine for magicians, Genii.  Also included is a kit of magic tricks assembled by Joshua Jay, a Canton native and one of the most creative minds in magic today.

With this kind of a start, can a show on the Las Vegas Strip be all that far away.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Take A Picture, It'll Last Longer
It's amazing what you can learn from a photograph.

I don't have a lot of things from my father's house--baggage, but that's another story.  What I do have are a lot of pictures.

My parents didn't really take a lot of pictures, but my grandfather was an avid photographer.  He documented life at home and he took a lot of pictures on his trips.

What's fascinating to me about these images is that they were capured by a photochemical process that resulted in deeply saturated colors that make the subjects look like they walked off a movie set in the late 1940s.  It's the same kind of heightened reality. 

Connected the people in these images with people I actually knew is a real challenge.   When I knew my grandfather he was in the twilight of his life and seemed to react to having his picture taken in the same way that mobsters and Sean Penn do.  What comes out in the pictures I have is someone who was a bit of a clothes horse and who loved to pose.  And in just about every shot, he looks as though he is too busy to deal with the photographer.  He is always looking off to one side and seems to be making plans for whatever the next thing is.

A really good picture can capture a lot of different truths about is subject.

We are fortunate to be able to offer the talents of a really good photographer through the courtesty of Marcy Lane Photos.  The winning bidder will receive an 11 x 14 print of a family photo, graduating senior, or special birthday girl.

Monday, February 27, 2012

One Week in Salvo, NC

At our Annual Meeting last November, we elected new members to our Board of Trustees and we also said goodbye to some good people who had served Mental Health America with distinction as volunteer members of our Board.

One of those who completed 9 years of service to the Agency was Mr. Dave Douglas.  Dave was always ready to help us when we needed him. 

Dave has also been a tireless supporter of our auction.  He helped us pick up donations, helped transport them to the Reese Center for set-up and he has been a generous donor to the event.

Again this year, Mr. Douglas is donating a week's stay at his home in Salvo, NC on the Outer Banks.

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Here is the description of the house from last year's Auction catalog:
Located on the beautiful Hatteras National Seashore, the BUC-n-EER 3 is directly in the path of the pristine natural wonder that is the OBX.  Drive south and see the lighthouses of Cape Hatteras in Historic Buxton and on Ocracoke Island.  Drive north and you'll find Bodie Island Light and the towns of Nags Head and Kitty Hawk.  Unit is 5 bedroom and 4-1/2 bath.  This home is situated 160 yards from the beach.
This year, Dave's home is available from September 30th to October 6th.
<<Note:  Dates have changed.>>

We are grateful for Dave Douglas and his family for their support of our Agency.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Overnight Stay at the Granville Inn
We are pleased to be able to offer our Auction guests the opportunity to bid on an overnight stay at the Granville Inn.

From their website:
Granville Inn is a historic English manor inn, and a landmark, in the heart of Granville, Ohio. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Inn’s old-world charm, hand cut oak paneling, native sandstone and rural hospitality have made it a destination for great escapes for over 85 years.

Dine with us in the Oak Room restaurant, Acorn pub, seasonal covered patio or outdoor biergarten. Restaurant awards include "Best New Restaurant" by Columbus Monthly magazine, Wine Spectator Award of Excellence and one of Columbus' Most Romantic Restaurants.
The  Granville Inn is located at 314 E. Broadway in Granville.