Posts by PuraVida Guru

Blow a Kiss

 One year ago to the hour, mi hija Anna and her bestie, Amanda, tragically experienced their fatal car accident. It was the day after my 60th bday so my bday will always be linked to that life changing event. I trekked to the crash site yesterday just in time to have new friends treat me…

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The Drive to Rocky Point

Today I drive down to Rocky Point Mexico where Anna Wilson and her bff Amanda tragically died one year ago tomorrow. Tomorrow afternoon Amanda’s dad and grandma, first responders, local dignitaries and other angels will join to celebrate the anniversary with a memorial at the crash site as well as traffic improvements that Amanda’s family…

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Catching Up

A year ago yesterday, Drew and Anna met for a delightful reunion to reminisce about their halcyon days playing with fire trucks in Drew’s backyard when they were toddlers (their nannies were best friends) as well as catching up on life’s events over the many years since. It was a memorable day for both based…

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The Epic Jump

 Anna and I had a father/daughter bucket list. Visiting Barcelona was on it. Well we did it this week. Anna told me and wrote several times that the best day of her life was a day she spent at lloret de mar (about an hour north of Barcelona on the coast). Her day included an…

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The Biggest Party in the Country

 Anna and I had Mardi Gras (and Carnival) on our bucket lists. Looks like Anna beat me to it. I got this postcard from her dear Westridge friend Maddie killing it at “Tulane”. She shares: “I’ve brought Anna to Mardi Gras with me. I’ve never known anyone that loves life and celebration more than Anna…

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Go With The Current

  I was able to go to Anna’s memorial service and plaque dedication at Westridge, and I so appreciated being allowed to help scatter Anna’s ashes all around the world, in beautiful places that she would have loved. I shared everything that was said and everything you gave me and at the memorial with Madeleine Russell,…

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12 June 2019 Dear Anna, My sweet, sweet friend.

I miss you. It’s been 442 days- and still, not a day passes that I don’t think about you. Some days, I honor you by remembering you through prayer or journaling. Other days, I share your story with others. Often, I reach out to Kevin. Sometimes, I bring flowers to your grave and sit and…

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My dearest, silliest Anna,

Do you remember that time we went for a bike ride around San Marino in the summer of our sophomore year of high school? After riding for hours, and laughing at your experience doing a summer program at UCLA, we turned the corner of some small street off of Huntington, and we saw a young…

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Fred’s Last Conversation

Fred Conrey, Kathy’s father, passed on March 4th 2013. He only knew me and Anna a few years but he had a powerful influence. In his honor, tonight which would have been Fred’s 86th birthday, I had trout. Fred loved fish both to catch and to eat. Kathy reminded me that Fred’s last conversation with her…

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Making the Leap

I found the place where you made that leap. I love remembering how you described that moment as a highlight of your life until then…and perhaps even now.  Sublime.  Everytime I take a leap I remember you. And oh yeah the nearby sangrias on the beach were delish…  

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