Posted 21 May 2008 - 05:02 AM
Posted 21 May 2008 - 05:22 AM
Posted 21 May 2008 - 11:33 AM
Lise was one of the nicest people I've ever met and I'm so sad that I will never get to see her again. Ironically, when we first moved from Florida to San Diego in 1986 we ended up on Mt. Abbey Street in Clairemont in San Diego (and later on Mt. Ariane, more or less around the corner), but we had not met the Wrights'. I was heavily into marathon running at the time, and explored every single street within a 10 miles radius of where we lived on my daily morning runs. Burgener Blvd. which was only a mile away, on the other side of Tecolote Canyon, was part of my running routine. I didn't know Jim or Lise at the time. I didn't even know about the Palm Society! But I always enjoyed the scenery on my morning runs, and one place that stood out on Burgener was Jim and Lise's house with all the palms! A couple of years later we bought a new house in Poway, half an hour away, and in the process of doing the landscape there, I found out about the Palm Society (thru Phil/Jungle Music) and this is how I got to know Jim and Lise.
Interestingly, when we moved to San Diego I would also drive down to De Anza Cove in Mission Bay Park every Sunday morning for the Marathon Clinic. Usually about 60-70 people showed up every Sunday morning, and then went out for runs (or walks) of different distances. I was part of the group that would always do at least 13 miles, and that was a lot of fun. After I got to know Jim and Lise thru the Palm Society I also found out that Lise was at the Marathon Clinic on Sunday mornings, so we would typically see each other and talk, even though she was never part of the group I was running with. Jim and Lise also came to visit us here in Hawaii, and we've seen them on Biennials and on numerous occasions in SoCal and we always had a great time together.
Again, Karolyn's and my thoughts go out to Jim and the family.
Posted 21 May 2008 - 12:11 PM
I was always pleased when Lise was around during the times that I visited, or when Jim would bring her by during his visits to my place. She was such a pleasant personality, and I can only imagine the deep lose that Jim must feel. They complimented each other in a way that you don't often see.
I don't believe that Jim is a viewer here, but I intend to call with my personal condolences and supply him with a link so he might read some of the thoughts here.
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Kona, on The Big Island
Hawaii - Land of Volcanoes
Posted 21 May 2008 - 08:02 PM
Please be well, Jim.
"The great workman of nature is time."
"Genius is nothing but a great aptitude for patience."
-George-Louis Leclerc de Buffon-
Posted 22 May 2008 - 07:49 AM
Posted 22 May 2008 - 09:22 AM
and on a 300 year-old lava flow, Pahoa, Hawaii, USA
Posted 29 May 2008 - 06:17 AM
Upon a visit to San Diego, my first to California, both Jim and Lise met me and my native Floridian friend with open arms to their home and garden. I was amazed....both at the plantings, palms, garden art, color, texture, and especially the kindness and hospitality from them.
Jim, I hope that your garden and all of the times that you both spent nuturing it, bring some sort of solitude to you during this difficult time. I can't imagine a loss such as yours. Just rest knowing that many of us were touched by Lise in a way that does not often happen. You were blessed having so many wonderful memories with her...and they live in your garden still.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Average Annual Low 67 F
Average Annual High 84 F
Average Annual Rainfall 62"
Riverfront exposure, 1 mile from Atlantic Ocean
Part time in the western mountains of North Carolina
Gratefully, the best of both worlds!
Posted 30 October 2009 - 12:09 PM
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