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10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

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molllyjonesYear Two

This is spring #3 for my Josh garden and it is lovely. Last year I planted annuals for color and perennials for posterity. What a joy the garden has been this spring——a demonstration of faith, hope and a future.

I spent last summer, as I will this, watering, wedding, planting. Late in the afternoons I go down to the back yard and sit in the garen in my old adirondack chair. It is peaceful and quiet and I just love it. It is, indeed, a labor of love.

The photo is from this spring. My hostas hadn’t really come in yet and I’ve not mulched but you can see that it will be beautiful. I plan to tend it and love it for as long as we own this place and as long as I am able.

In loving memory—
JPL June 3, 1983 – July 9, 2008
What a wonderful dash!
God bless and keep him til we get there.

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Advocate for mental health and work to prevent suicide. 3 years ago


molllyjonesA plan . . .

I’ve got a plan and tomorrow, I’m headed to Home Depot to buy hostas—-step one for my shade-tree memorial garden project. 5 years ago


molllyjonesA look-see

Walked to the tree far down in the backyard yesterday afternoon . . . the tree that shades the place where my rock garden will be. Last fall, after my nephew died, I started to work (piecemeal) on the memorial. Presently it is little more than a few rocks at the base of a hickory tree . . . a few stones, a wrought iron glider, a little table and a plant stand.

Soon, that will change. This year, now that the grief has morphed, maybe I’ll be able to do a better job (morphed, not dissipated, not gone, not better . . . just different).

This w/end, after our town Easter parade and hunt, my little one and I are going to work in the yards. The fireants have moved in so we’ll start with that . . . that and the raking and clearing.

Tomorrow, I’ll send out another email, asking my rock dealer (haaaaaaaaaaa) for more stones for the garden. And tomorrow night, I’ll do more online research and try to decide the direction we’ll be going.

Spring has sprung and the planting is nigh . . . let the healing begin (maybe, finally, perhaps, we’ll see). 5 years ago


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