Wishing that the week that was...wasn’t... but then again...

Flavia PotenzaBy Flavia Potenza

Share Story on:

Wishing that the week that was...wasn’t... but then again...
Adam Silbar has been MC of the Topanga Days Fair for 12 years.
A tree falls, a beloved friend dies, you total your car. Sadness, grief, and a body slam, all in a close time frame. The 300-year-old oak tree falling was sad to see; sadder stil was watching its stately companion whittled down to 30 feet and a couple of branches in hopes it would live. My body is not broken, just bruised and everything hurts. All I can do is hope to heal. ER exams, X-rays and blood draws say I’m okay. The nurses and staff say yes but you’re going to hurt like hell. I wish that sequential time period hadn’t happened. I’m used to less challenging challenges, ones that challenge my skills, my place in the world, not my active body and brain that manifests all that. In physically compromised protest, I raised a fist halfway, winced and vowed, come hell or high water, I was going to publish the Friday, June 10 edition of The Canyon Chronicle.
It’s Topanga Days weekend. Obviously I didn’t go. All I wanted was to take a nap...then another. On Memorial Day, we were looking for photos, especially for the cover. We found Denis Hannigan’s photos flooding his Facebook page. Oh, if only.... But someone whispered in Hannigan’s ear to ask if we could use one for a cover and before I knew it, link after link to photos depicting the most extraordinary reflection of the intended spirit of Topanga Days, Parade and all, arrived in my email. “Use what you want,” Hannigan said.
Topanga Royalty Randy Just and Linda Hendricks can claim that title for their years of hard work and dedicated volunteerism.
Holding on tight to the Topanga Lumber float, Antony Bartlett, a Topanga resident for 17 years, visited from Oregon just to be in the Memorial Day Parade
It still hurts to laugh. But I did. And cried, then whooped. When the pain whooped back, I stopped, but the joy of the moment didn’t and never will. We had our cover and Nira made this page sparkle with a montage of Hannigan’s photos...and Topanga Days 2022 came to me.
Above: Dr. Benjamin LaBrot with daughter Aya. Left: Edison Park’s Tae Kwan Do students demonstrate their skills.
Flavia Potenza

Share Story on:

Thinking Out Loud

The Canyon Chronicle

Digital Paper
Thinking Out Loud
Latest News
Pandemic
All things connected
SOUL & COFFEE
MY CORNER OF THE CANYON
OPINION
EVENTS
HOLIDAY NEWSMAKERS
LIFESTYLE
ELECTIONS
Books
Astrology
ARTS
Commentary
Columnists
Covid diary
ENVIRONMENT
Featured
CALENDAR
Schools
Fires
Science
Health
Letters
Travel
OBITUARIES
Topanga historical society
Thanks Giving
Passages
WORSHIP SERVICES
DOG DAYS
SPOTLIGHT
WOMEN TAKING CHARGE IN CHANGING TIMES
SHOUTING OUT LOUD
COMMUNITY
OUT & ABOUT
AKUMAL DIARY
Arts & Culture
Butterfly Day
ECO-LIVING
BE WATER WISE
FIRST PERSON
GOVERNMENT AT WORK
HOLY DAYS OF RENEWAL
Movies
LONG DISTANCE LISTENING PARTY
Photography
Music
Pop Culture
Poetry
RUDE INTERRUPTIONS
SCHOOLHOUSE SCOOP
TO LOVE AND BE LOVED
Theatre & Dance
TOPANGA BEFORE TODAY
TRENDING
TOPANGA DAYS
WHAT’S HAPPENING?