Tragedy and Triumph

This is the Schneider-Farris Family's Blog. Keep up with what we are doing by logging into this site regularly! (The reason this site is called "Tragedy and Triumph" is that when I first founded this site, my husband, Dan, had been in a horrible accident, and he recovered. His recovery was a miracle! Go back to the 2005 archives to read our story.)

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

I helped a little dog get home today - Wednesday, 3-22-17

Today, 3-22-17, I was riding my bike with my dog Duchess and then I saw a lost little dog.

I was able to look at the little dog's ID tag and called the owner who was at a meeting at work. She gave me her address.

I made friends with the little dog, who the owner told me was named Oscar. Oscar followed me and Duchess on my bike towards his home address.

When I got to the Oscar's house, I safely got the dog inside his backyard to greet the other family dog.

Oscar was a little Yorkie I think and very friendly and he sure liked to pee! It was funny seeing him lift his leg at every opportunity...since Duchess is a girl, I forgot about the lifting leg thing that male dogs do....

 If I had not gone riding this morning, that poor little dog may have never returned home. He looked so scared when he was lost, but then looked so happy when I made friends with him!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Mi Shebeirach - Jewish Healing Prayer

I've always loved this song and prayer. I played it constantly in the hospital when my husband Dan was "near death" after his horrible accident in 2005.


Field Trip to Mosque In Israel! 3-14-17

The boarding school in Israel that my daughter Annabelle is at right now, took a field trip to a mosque on Tuesday, March 14, 2017!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Nancy Linder's Music Is Awesome!

Nancy Linder is a Cantorial Soloist at Temple Beth David in Westminster, California. She came to Temple Israel to entertain the congregation after the Shabbat Fellowship Luncheon on Saturday, March 4, 2017. She sang mostly songs from Broadway musicals on that day, but afterwards she had her CDs on sale, and I bought three of her CDs!

I've been listening to all of the CDs since I've returned to Colorado, and I have come to the conclusion that she sings all the Hebrew and Shabbat songs I love AND she also sings songs from musicals.  How awesome is that!?!?

On her Songs for Shabbat and Broadway Melodies albums, she sings one of my favorite songs, There Can Be Miracles When You Believe.  That song has special significance for me since it is the song I played over and over again in the hospital after my husband's horrible accident in 2005.  I truly believed there could be a miracle and that he would live, and he did!

Anyway, thank you, Nancy Linder, for your wonderful music!

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Darlene Helps Us Pick Out New Rug! 3-7-17

In May of 2016, the Schneider family's California vacation condo got flooded (due to a bad pipe in building). The insurance paid for a new wood floor and a new rug. Yesterday, my longtime coach and our family's very special and dear friend Darlene Gilbert (who is also a talented designer!) helped us pick out a new rug! Thanks Darlene!

Encounter of the Most Extraordinary Kind With Kelly and Sandy Lansdell! 3-7-17

I had a really cool encounter with Sandy King Lansdell's daughter Kelly and Sandy on Tuesday, March 7, 2017!

I was riding my Razor Lux Scooter happily in a California beach community and at the same time Sandy and Kelly were talking about me! When we saw one another OUT OF THE BLUE, we waved to one another and then I got in their car and we had a short visit!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Rabbi Jay Sherwood to Come to Colorado Springs!

Rabbi Jay Sherwood was just elected today 2-26-17 as the new rabbi for Temple Shalom in Colorado Springs. I look forward to the creative music he will bring to the Jewish community in Colorado Springs!


He is currently at Congregation Emanu El in Redlands, California.  Below is a bit about him from the congregation's website:

Rabbi Jay Sherwood
Rabbi Jay Sherwood for bulletinRabbi Jay Sherwood took his place as our congregation's rabbi in July, 2015. He received his BA in Jewish Studies from UCLA and received his Rabbinic Ordination and Master of Rabbinic Studies degree from the Academy for Jewish Religion, California.

Before entering the rabbinate, Rabbi Sherwood had a twenty-plus year career in Jewish education and Jewish camping, during which he served as Director of Youth and Informal Educational Programming at Temple Beth Hillel in North Hollywood, CA; Director of Education at Temple Beth Israel in Pomona, CA; and Jewish Educator/Rabbinic Intern at Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services in Los Angeles, CA. He held such positions as Program Director, Education Director and Music Director at Jewish summer camps and travel programs throughout the United States and Israel, as well as over 250 Jewish camp weekends for youth, adults and families.

In 2006 Rabbi Sherwood and a number of friends founded Adat Re'im, a congregation based in Rancho Cucamonga. Many of the former members of Adat Re'im have followed Rabbi Sherwood to Congregation Emanu El and have been welcomed here with open arms.

Rabbi Sherwood is a Life Member of the National Eagle Scout Association, a TV game show champion (Rock & Roll Jeopardy, Trivial Pursuit and Don't Forget the Lyrics!), and once worked on Main Street at Disneyland.

Rabbi and his wife Lisa live in Rancho Cucamonga and are are blessed with two children. Email Rabbi Sherwood at

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Happy Birthday Pat and Mike!

My husband has two identical twin brothers. Today was their birthday! I got them almost identicl presents! Pat's wife, Monica and my dad also helped them celebrate at Polly's Pies.  Dan called during our celebration which made it extra nice!

(Long ago, they had identical beards and it was impossible to tell them apart, but Mike has a longer beard than Pat, so now its easy to know which twin is which!)

Mike and Pat say that they are 37 with backward digits or almost 37 twice!....

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Birthday Party for My Sister Lynnellen - 2-18-17

It was really a fun birthday party for my sister Lynnellen since all three of her kids (Drew, Cody, and Cori) were there and so were her four grandkids (Mia, Aiden, Gage, and London) and my dad too!

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Jo Ann Schneider Farris has participated in skating for most of her life as a competitor, coach, and author.