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.)
Thursday, December 31, 2015
My Former Boss Alice Bechtel Links Up With My Son Joel at Disney On Ice Frozen In Long Beach, 12-31-15!
I worked at the Information Desk and the Candy Counter at Long Beach State's University Student Union when I was going to graduate school from 1980 to 1982... Alice Bechtel hired me after a short interview and she was the most fun boss to work for!
Anyway, we've kept in touch for all these years and today she and her husband Brent took their grand-kids to Disney On Ice Frozen in Long Beach and they linked up after the show with my son Joel who is in the Ensemble cast!
Who would have thought when I met and worked with Alice around 35 years ago, that she would link up with my son today!!?? Alice didn't even know until recently that I was a skater!
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
As 2016 is about to begin, I realize that every "closed door" in my life has lead to a much better "open door!"
I still remember the day I was told when my contract was not renewed at a private school in Downey that "God opens doors and closes doors. Consider this door closed." I was devasted...but the closing of that door led to three wonderful years of my husband Dan and I living in the wonderful Atherton House which was and is one of the most happy times in my life.
When the Atherton House adventure ended, Dan and did many other things together while enjoying our little apartment on top of a garage at 14th and Ximeno in Long Beach, California.
Teaching skating at Brea and Costa Mesa and Paramount was a special time, and when the "door" at Paramount ended (I did not believe then that I'd ever teach skating again), a great new opportunity opened up for Dan and I to move to San Fransciso and work for JFJ in 1988. We truly believed then that a new adventure was opening for us that could lead to a lifetime of travel and doing things that others didn't do.
When Moishe Rosen decided that I should not work for JFJ again and told me so at a meeting in early December 1989, I was again devasted, but that "closed door" led to two much happier jobs for me in the San Francisco Bay area (one was teaching skating again).
That closed door in JFJ led to Dan and I considering leaving JFJ and that opened up the door to move to Colorado Springs at the end of 1991 which led to nearly 25 years of a life in Colorado Springs, Colorado. There, Dan and I bought and paid off a home and raised three beautiful children. I taught skating in Colorado Springs and the kids became accomplished competitive skaters. We all learned to ski and love the snow. Life in Colorado was good.
All that skating and training led to my son Joel having an amazing adventure now with Disney On Ice Frozen. Annabelle is a US Figure Skating Quadruple gold medalist and Rebekah has Five Gold Medals. I wonder sometimes what those medals might do for their future, but it is great to have those credentials.
Certain doors have been shut for some of the members of my family in Colorado Springs. Rebekah has left Colorado Springs for good after our family was banned from The Colorado Springs Conservatory (without explanation), the place that had been her "entire world and life." I wonder now which direction her life will go, but that door being shut may have been the best thing that could have happened to her and our family.
- Summary of My Family's Experience With the Colorado Springs Conservatory
- My Thoughts on 11-17-15 Gazette Article Regarding the Colorado Springs Conservatory
- Born Blue Musical Review (by a parent of one of the members of the cast)
- Remembering Born Blue's Preview at The Mezzanine - Wednesday, October 28, 2015
- A Parent's Review of Working - A Musical Put On By the Colorado Springs Conservatory June 18 through June 20, 2015
- My Comments on Linda Weise Receiving an Award for Compassion and Kindness
- My Thoughts and Opinion About the Colorado Springs Conservatory's Partnership With Harrison School District 2 and Mountain Vista Homeschool Academy
- My Thoughts and Wishes for Colorado Springs
- Why I May Not Recommend Moving to Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
- Colorado Springs Conservatory Unpaid Invoice
- Unpaid Colorado Springs Conservatory Invoice Update 12-19-15
Sunday, December 20, 2015
On Friday, 12-18-15..in Anaheim, California was special since me and my dad went to see the show with my former ice dance partner Gary Forman and his family. After the show, my son Joel, who is in the Frozen cast linked up with us.
|Double Kilian Position!|
|Gary does Joel's taxes!|
Saturday, December 19, 2015
Linda L. Weise
From: Linda Weise
To: JO ANN Schneider Farris
Shantell:Rebekah has heard that the three other performers who only did three performances of Born Blue have now been paid, and is wondering when her check will arrive?Invoice below.
From: Jo Ann Schneider Farris <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Shantell Autry <email@example.com>
Cc: Rebekah Farris <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Monday, November 9, 2015 7:32 AM
Subject: From Rebekah
Shantell:Rebekah was told by Caren Tackett and Linda Weise that for each performance of Born Blue she would be paid $50, so I've prepared an invoice below for the three performances she was in.Rebekah did do her job for Born Blue for those three dates and is expecting a check.--------------------------From:Rebekah FarrisBorn Blue performances 10/30, 10/31, 11/1, 2015Total: $150
Friday, December 18, 2015
Sunday, December 13, 2015
This is a photo of my dad with my sister Lynnellen's three kids: Cody, Cori, and Drew! (Three of my dad's EIGHT grandchildren!)
I kayaked in The Bay in the background and they are standing on the boat dock after they helped me get a rolling cart out of the ocean when I dropped it off the dock and into the ocean!
Yes...it is CRAZY that I went kayaking on December 13, 2015 while my husband Dan and my daughter Annabelle probably shoveled snow and drove through ice today in Colorado Springs!
Friday, December 11, 2015
Today at 9:32 AM 11-10-15
Colorado Springs Conservatory and The Mezzanine
415 S. Sahwatch St, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903
To: Shantell Autry
Cc: Rebekah Farris
Sent: Monday, November 9, 2015 7:32 AM
Subject: From Rebekah
Saturday, December 05, 2015
In my family's 40 years here, there have been ups and downs, but the "downs" are outweighing the "ups" at this time, and as I reflect, I believe there is a "dark spiritual cloud" that hangs over this city which causes bad things to happen.
The recent senseless shooting at the Planned Parenthood Clinic on November 27, 2015, has perhaps been the last straw for me.
On a more personal note, the deep sadness I feel beacuse of Linda Weise and the Colorado Springs Conservatory banning my entire family from even attending a performance (without being given an explanation) is a confirmatiion that Colorado Springs really is no longer a welcoming place.
The amusing article below is written by someone who I don't know who reflecting about our city, but I think it is appropriate to share with this blog post.
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