Why would I stray from knowledge?

It’s not like anyone would try to stray from knowledge, but it’s strange how quickly we can slip and find ourselves in a mess. I’m reminded about this often when I read the news. Each time I hear the heart-felt, yet cliche, testimony from a family member “they would never do this” or “I can’t believe it” I am reminded of the ancient proverbial couplet:

Cease to hear instruction, my son,
and you will stray from the words of knowledge.

Proverbs 19:27

It’s not like anyone really tries to stray, rather it’s the consequence of failing to listen to instruction and wisdom. Unfortunately, this reminder was very personal tonight as I learned my youngest brother was arrested again. He’s been battling several years of poor choices and the consequences they involve; and just when it appeared there was some sunshine on the horizon the rains came down. We can only hope he changes this time. Meanwhile, I am awakened to the importance of seeking and listening to instruction.

Our thoughts and prayers are with my little brother tonight.

Kelly and Michael Reunite!


It’s been too long since Kelly and I have been together. 27 days to be exact and tomorrow we will be back together. Kelly flies from LAX to Berlin and I’m going to meet her there. Niether of us can wait. It’s been way too long.

As far as our trip to Germany, we’ll spend a few days touring east and west Berlin and then drive south. After a stop in Prague we’ll head to Munich where we’ll meet up with my cousin Marty McFadden and his wife Anne. Posted by Picasa

Jerry Gibson in Oxford

On Saturday, two days before Kelly and I left for Nigeria, a friend, mentor, and wise ‘old fossil’ visited Oxford. Jerry was in London with his wife, Normadeane, his daughter Becky and her family.

To the left you can see Jerry and I walking down the path from the canel to Christ Church. We had a wonderful time. It was truly a blessing to see him before our departure. Posted by Picasa

Saying Goodbye to Norma Colamatteo

Mike’s beautiful Grandma passed away this last week. We were disappointed to not be at the memorial service, but are thankful we got to hug her a few months before we left for Oxford. This matriarchwill be greatly missed by the Colamatteo family many of whom are shown here.

Norma N. Colamatteo, 84, of Chicago and Pompano Beach, died April 25,2006 in McHenry, IL. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Orlando. Norma Natalie was born in Sesser, IL on August 27, 1921. She was the only child of Elsie and James Whitley. She is survived by her children, Diane, Frances Angela and Lonny Jr. She was the best grandma ever to David, Kate, Jennifer, Brian Peter, Michael James, Joey, Brian, Michael, Christopher, Liz, Orlando III and Anthony. The sweetest ”GG” to Christopher, Natalie, Sara, Kyle, Adriana, Kelson and Tison. Norma was faithful, devoted, and loving to all her ”Sisters”, nieces, nephews and friends. All who knew her was only the richer for the experience. A mother to many, a friend to all. Please call Kraeer Funeral Home at 954-941-4111 for details regarding our celebration of her life. Published in the Chicago Tribune on 4/28/2006.

Campbell on 10th Anniversary Team

Kelly would kill me if she knew I posted this (I figure it will take her at least a few weeks to notice). That being said she was nominated to the Big XII Volleyball 10th Anniversary Team.


Nov. 8, 2005

Big 12 Announces Volleyball 10th Anniversary Team

DALLAS, Texas — Former Colorado setter Kelly Campbell has been named to the Big 12 Volleyball 10th Anniversary Team, the league announced today. The team was selected by a combined media panel and an on-line fan poll. To be eligible for the team, a candidate had to be an All-Big 12 First Team selection.

Campbell, a native of Corona Del Mar, Calif., was a member of the All-Big 12 First Team all four years (1996-99) she played at Colorado. She was also a four-time member of the Academic All-Big 12 Team. Campbell is the Buffaloes’ career assists leader with 6,228 and owns four of the top six positions for single-season assists.

Campbell was an All-American on and off the court. She was a Volleyball Magazine selection three years (1996, 1998, 99) and was a CoSIDA Academic All-American in 1999. She was named the Big 12 Player of the Week on four occasions and was named the Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week on Nov. 8, 1999.

Player School Position Years of All-Big 12 First Team Selection

Kelly Campbell Colorado S 1996, `97, `98, `99
Greichaly Cepero Nebraska S 1999, 2000, `01, `02
Amber Holmquist Nebraska MB 2000, `01, `02
Nancy Metcalf Nebraska RS 1998, `99, `01
Demetria Sance Texas OH 1996, `97, `98
Mira Topic Texas OH 2001, `02, `03, `04
Stacy Sykora Texas A&M OH 1997, `98



Kelly in California

Wanted to let you know…although I am sure you already do – that I made it on the direct flight (LHR – LAX). Yae! I was the last one let on, but I was on and in business class no less. I only had one scare when I was asked to change seats. Thought they were going to move me back to economy. I was ready to fight for my full reclining chair and my Mimosa. However, I was just moved a few rows forward in business class to switch with a man who’s audio/video was broken. No TV for me, but who needed it?! Plus they sent me home with a bottle of wine for the inconvenience.

I think my seat was more comfortable than my bed in Oxford! Plus with the delicious food, wine, snacks, United socks & vanity kit, my book and reading lamp, I was set for the journey. I wanted to take a picture so I would never forget, but alas Mike has taken so many rainy golf pictures our digital camera is on the blink. But the experience is now etched in my memory. I know one day I will have to go back to economy, but I will never forget the greatest flight of my life.

Kelly Mc

Uncle George Update 10/25

Here is the latest email from my Aunt concerning my Uncle. My mom has just arrived in Italy (10/26) to be a support to them both. Our family continues to wait and pray…

Dear Friends and Family,Thank you so much for all of your kind emails, thoughts, and prayers regarding George’s condition. Please understand that at this time it is impossible for me to respond to each one of you personally.At this time, George remains stable, but in critical condition. He has meningitis and sepsis caused by staphylococcus aureus, the origin of which is two abscesses in the lumbar region of his spine. While the antibiotics are working successfully to treat the meningitis and sepsis, the abscesses are more difficult to treat and require long-term antibiotic therapy with a small possibility of surgical intervention.

We are diligently working with doctors at UCLA & UCSD in coordinating George’s care and return home.My niece, Kelly McFadden, who currently resides in Oxford with her husband, arrived at a most critical time and helped me immensely with logistical details. Our children Jennifer and Greg have been with me for the last five days and have been immensely helpful in communicating with doctors as we’ve grappled with these diseases and their course of care. Having them here has given George hope for his recovery and has comforted me beyond words. Jennifer’s command of the Italian language and aggressiveness combined with her charm has been vital to communicating with doctors and nurses to ensure George is getting the very best of care. Greg has also been vital in communicating with Valencia, his wife, who is a doctor and who is diligently monitoring George’s day-by-day condition and coordinating with medical professionals in the States. She is also working with Kristen Campbell, my niece who is a nurse at UCLA, on getting George home – a top priority for us and a day we are anxiously awaiting.

In regards to me, thanks to my precious children, I have moved to a hotel closer to the hospital in a safe area, with many English-speaking people around me. Jen & Greg have made sure that doctors, nurses, friends of doctors and nurses, the security guards, hotel personnel, and even the local cafe owners will ALL be watching out for me.But don’t worry, I’m not alone. While the kids leave Monday, my sister Jean is coming to stay with me for a week, followed by Evelyn, Greg’s sister-in-law, who is a nurse, and if necessary, Kristen from UCLA will stay out the duration until we get him home! Love and miss you. Can’t wait to see you.-Jan