Thursday, January 29, 2009

Season of Firsts?

It's very exciting to report that I have gotten excellent 'grades' from the visiting nurse/therapists and that I'll be able to go on MORE and LONGER field trips. In fact my escort extraordinaire Kim will be making her first visit to Red Wing MN when we go to see Margaret Cho in April! Yay! Super duper tenth row tickets, baby. "Beautiful" is the name of Ms. Cho's new performance.

Of slightly more mundane excitement is the fact that I was able to get in & out of the shower for the very first time since leaving the hospital rehab. I will never again take for granted the simple things like hot water & shampoo. Seriously. Some of you may know what I mean.

I'd like to write more but I think it's time for dinner!

xo - Laura

Friday, January 23, 2009


and the winners are...

ALT Bike & Board Tune-up $65 value Steve Faust
Brian Graham Salon Gift Certificate #1 Adela Peskorz
Brian Graham Salon Gift Certificate #2 Laurel Vasileradis
Bryant Lake Bowl Gift Certificate Steve Rood
Café Maude Gift Certificate #1 Liberty Lucken
Café Maude Gift Certificate #2 Ronald Hewitt
Center for Happiness Class Pass Adam Hall
Cheapo Gift Certificate $50 Elaine Wedel
Chindian Gift Certificate #1 Pat Woods
Chindian Gift Certificate #2 Liberty Lucken
Ecopolitan Gift Certificate Nichole Weiner
Electric Fetus Gift Certificate #1 Caroline Kelly
“ “ Gift Certificate #2 Jen Sandquist
“ “ Gift Certificate #3 Kathy Daugherty
“ “ Gift Certificate #4 Jen Sandquist
“ “ Prize Pack #1 John Pervola
“ “ Prize Pack #2 Richard Ellioff
Fontana Distribution Kissology Box Set Mary DuCharme
Galactic Pizza Gift Certificate Robin Rife
Minnesota Twins Tickets Pat Woods
Mr. Chan Presents Tickets Nevanka G.
Moxie Salon Prize Pack #1/GC Sage Holben
Moxie Salon Prixe Pack #2/GC Randy Nordquist
Moxie Salon Prixe Pack #3/GC Cyn Collins
Moxie Salon Prixe Pack #4/GC Paul Larson
Namaste Gift Certificate #1 Jon Copeland
Namaste Gift Certificate #2 Amy Myrbo
Nash Frame Gift Certificate Richard Ellioff
Nick & Eddie Gift Certificate #1 Jeremy Fisher
Nick & Eddie Gift Certificate #2 Beth Wakefield
Purity Facial Gift Certificate Adam Hall
Red Stag Gift Certificate Eric Neese
Revolver USA Prize Pack #1 Ronald Hewitt
Revolver USA Prize Pack #2 Jody Wahl
Revolver USA Prize Pack #3 Helen T.
Roadrunner Records Gift Certificate John Ziegler
Robot Love Prize Pack Max Duckler
Robot Love Gift Certificate Jill Jacobson
Scott Seekins Print “Have you seen …” Tim Holmes
Scott Seekins Print “Trashy Jokes” Nichole Neuman
Scott Seekins Print “… Brittany” Kate Maillette
Sebastian Joe’s Gift Certificate John Pervola
Smitten Kitten Prize Pack Heidi Kalweit
Spot Spa Boutique Gift Certificate #1 Jennifer DeJonghe
Spot Spa Boutique Gift Certificate #2 Lissa Kleven
Spot Spa Boutique Gift Certificate #3 Max Duckler
Spot Spa Boutique Gift Certificate #4 Holly Besinger
Spot Spa Boutique Gift Certificate #5 Jess Matelski
Spot Spa Boutique Gift Certificate #6 Jim Bradt
Walker Art Center Prize Pack Elaine Wedel
Warner Music Group Prize Pack #1 Pat Woods
Warner Music Group Prize Pack #2 “ “

GRAND PRIZE! Zune Music Player #1 Randy Nordquist
GRAND PRIZE! Zune Music Player #2 David Barton

SPECIAL BONUS1 Bush Tetras Gift Pack #1 Nell Ruckler
SPECIAL BONUS1 Bush Tetras Gift Pack #2 Jon Wurm
SPECIAL BONUS1 Bush Tetras Gift Pack #3 Tiffany Durkee
SPECIAL BONUS1 Bush Tetras Gift Pack #4 Jessica Wiger
SPECIAL BONUS1 Bush Tetras Gift Pack #5 Dave Campbell
SPECIAL BONUS! Poster/Laura’s Collection Jon Copeland
SPECIAL BONUS1 Poster/Laura’s Collection Tommy (on Ticonderoga)

Better Late Than Never!

Hello again. So... somewhere between having a visiting nurse, a visiting therapist, two visiting furnace repair people, meds, one visiting pastry-laden Aureliano, meals, naps, more meals, more meds, visiting humor-laden Sarah H and Liberty L, and a late-night calorie-laden snack... I did finish organizing the list of raffle-ticket winners! Yay! Sorry it took so long, folks. We struggled with reading the names scrawled on those tiny ticket stubs. Winners are posted here, but of course will also be notified personally by telephone. If we cannot reach you immediately we will mail your prize sometime during the next week. Thanks again to all of you for participating.

xo - Laura

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Riff Raffle

Yes it was a great weekend but it's Wednesday and I'm still feeling it in my bones. This morning the visiting nurse (physical therapy) taught me some gentle stretches for my back. I keep trying to remind myself that I've only been home from hospital/phys. rehab for a little over a week! There is a long slow road ahead. Of course I'm really anxious to get back to my old self, but it will be a long and slow process. Thanks again to all of you for your patience and understanding.

BTW, the raffle did take place on Sunday afternoon, a bit later than planned, but oh well. Everyone is tired and stressed out from putting on the event and I love/thank them all. Raffle prize winners will indeed be notified soon, hopefully by the end of the week. We have to make a lot of phone calls! I did also start to type up a list of winners, but my capacity is limited so that list is not yet complete. Maybe tonight or tomorrow. Thanks for your patience. I'm so lucky to have such a tremendous support system. This whole plan was Vicky's idea and she is taking a much needed day or two to recharge batteries. Other friends are pitching in to help. I'm not going to mention them all by name right now, they know who they are.

xoxo - Laura

Monday, January 19, 2009

Wow! What a Weekend

Only home from the hospital a week, but with Dr’s permission I did leave the house on Saturday and Sunday.
Having my former band mates (Bush Tetras) fly in to the mini apple to support me was a real homecoming. We hadn’t seen each in years (yes, I love mpls and have no desire to return to nyc!) so this visit boosted my energy. I probably overdid it, going out to the benefit concert for 3 hrs on Saturday night and then meeting everyone for brunch at Nick & Eddie on Sunday: Wow! Who needs sex drugs and rock and roll when you have Jessica’s butterscotch pudding?
While Doug drove the band off to the airport, we threw raffle tickets into a big vase and picked out some winners. It seems as though quite a few people bought large quantities of tickets, and when you see the list of winners you’ll notice that a few got very lucky. On the flip side, I’m sure there are also those that missed out, the law of averages being whatever – but a huge thank you to those of you who participated. The proceeds have gone into the fund that was created for me to help with all my expenses during the crucial first year post-transplant.
I do want to thank all of you individually as well for your contributions and your positive energy, but there has been so much response that it may take me several months to get those thank-yous done. Please know that I’m grateful for your support & encouragement.
XOXO – Laura
P.S. List of raffle prize winners will follow soon, I promise!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Shout Out to My Angels

I've just started to read the comments on this blog. You may not know this, but soon after it was created (with help from some angels) I became quite sick and unable to participate. The news has been spread by other angels, and angels have been at my side for the past six months of this long journey.
Now I find myself at a loss for words, completely awed by all the love and good wishes coming my way. I so want to write each of you personally and I promise to do that some time in the coming months. There are hundreds of people who have contributed or sent greetings. Some are long lost friends, others may have seen the band back in the day, but rest assured that each and every one of you have contributed to raising my spirits and given me the will to keep fighting. Bless you all.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Extra! Extra!

An excellent piece written by Jim Walsh in the Minneapolis Star-Trib today hyping the show and Laura. Leave it to Laura to be bleeped out in a newspaper article...

Wednesday, January 14, 2009


I'm home! The recent past is a blur. My friends have been telling me what happened over the past 4 or 5 months. It's what I imagine it must be like to wake up from a coma.
I'll write more later (it's supposed to be therapeutic) but for now just a shout out to all of my beautiful friends and supporters. Your good wishes and prayers did get through to me.
Much love,
ps - For now I have Dr's permission to attend the benefit! If you are on the dance floor beware, I have a weapon at my disposal.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Minneapolis Benefit for Laura Kennedy Update


Hard to believe that nearly a month has passed since my last post. Some news regarding the Minneapolis Benefit for Laura on January 17th...David Thomas from Pere Ubu will be joining the festivities. My hope is that he will recreating birdcalls and doing his most modern dance. Of course there is a Bush Tetras/Pere Ubu connection as Laura and Cynthia were deemed the "Nerve Gas Dancers" many years ago. Hopefully their story will be told the night of the benefit.

Laura is being released from the transitional care facility on Friday (!) and as we prepare for her return home I can hardly believe the events of the last 2 months. To everyone who has offered help here in the Twin Cities and to those of you who have sent words of encouragement and financial support we cannot thank-you enough.


JANUARY 17TH @ 9:00
1612 Harmon Place

Tickets are available on-line at:

and at Nick & Eddie, Treehouse Records, The Electric Fetus and Eclipse Records.

See you at the should be quite a night.



Saturday, January 3, 2009

New Year, New Challenges

Hello and a huge thank you to all who have been so supportive with thoughts, prayers, and donations. I promise that once I am back home and better recovered, I will respond to your cards, letters, and emails.

So yes, I have gotten a liver through a very sudden sequence of events. Getter sicker and potentially losing the chance of a live donor (part of a liver) I was again admitted to the hospital where apparently I had a bad fall. Not long after my position on the transplant list went higher, and suddenly a liver was available. Surgery was done quickly, though I was pretty out of touch before, during and after.
Chances for recovery are better, though, with the whole (deceased) liver option.

Goddess blessings to all of you who have healthy organs and note youself willing to be an organ donor. You have no idea how it can change so many lives.

The work seems to be ongoing, though. I'm receiving an education here from the Transplant Clinic staff. The patients who make the best recovery are the ones who are able to manage large amounts of information. I've also had to cempletely adjust my thinking. I've spent years looking after my health and finding ways to boost my immune system. Now I've got to be on medicantions that suppress my immune functions, so the new liver won't be rejected. After a period of time feeling overwhelmed, I'm trying to embrace this opportunity, take whatever time I have left, and challenge myself to visit some new territories.

Blessings to you all.