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This blog is a record of events in the life of Joseph Taggart and his family since his spinal cord injury while body surfing in Guatemala in January 2006.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Two Years In and Moving Fast

On the 5th of January it was two years since the accident in Guatemala. To mark the passing of such a monumental point in history, Joseph and the Taggart family --- went quietly on with living. There are great things to celebrate each day. . . somethings are worth noting but without celebration. However here are some things to celebrate since the last blog entry:

A Piece of the Rock
Another piece of Montericco beach from Guatemala emerges from Joseph's ear (see photo). The black Basalt sand was extracted almost exactly TWO YEARS later. How bizarre is that! Google Earth now has high resolution satellite images in that part of Guatemala including the beach (See photos), note the black sand beach and the surf. If you note the coordinates on the bottom of the images you can go the the spot on Google Earth and see for yourself (it's free).

Utah State Capitol Re-dedicated
On the 5th a more appropriate occasion for celebration was the re-dedication of the refurbished State Capitol building. It is beautiful and now more earthquake proof. It's been closed for three years during the work. Tim can see it out of the 22nd floor window of his office at the COB each day. It is a remarkable building. Joseph had the opportunity to take a complete tour on Thursday when he went to his meetings there with his assignment as Chairman of Higher Education with the Legisative Coalition for People with Disabilities. He actually did a review of accesability of portions of the building for the Council and suggested some improvements (on which they say they will act).

To read more about the Capitol re-dedication see:,5143,695241527,00.html

Classes Begin at University
If you hate school you won't understand the delight with which Joseph views the beginning of the new semester at the University of Utah. His classes include:
-Comparative Politics
-Foundations of Politics in International Economic Relations
-Law and Politics
-Contemporary Issues (Portuguese)

Friends are Amazing
This has been a great season of becoming reaquainted with friends from all over the world. Joseph has really enjoyed Facebook and has many of his friends in it (even has Dad hooked). With the holiday cards and emails each day brings new joys of growing families and "Life Going On".


Blogger Craig & Erin said...

State Chairman of Higher Education with the Legisative Coalition for People with Disabilities. WOW that is a mouth full! I don't know how you do it all but keep doing it!

Jan 13, 2008, 9:13:00 PM  
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Blogger Gines Family Blog said...

We are so glad you guys are doing so well... we hope everything goes well with your stem cell research. We are down in Springville now for the time being that is, and hope to see the fam soon!

Jake & Audra Gines

Jan 24, 2008, 1:06:00 PM  

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