Monday, June 27, 2005

Greetings and salutations!

My name is Jeff Sparkman. I work in the online department of the Modesto Bee. This weblog, Siftin', is where my brain spills onto my keyboard. I hope you enjoy what comes out.

Uh, and I assure you, it's not as gross as it sounds.


  1. Jeffrey, i too had a son that spent the first 6 weeks of his life in the hospital. I just wanted to make it better, they were some of the hardest weeks of my life. Bo had osteogenisis Imperfecta. ( Roger Hoskins just wrote of him) Bo lived to be 23, the diagnosis was no birthday at all, good thing the doctors were wrong. Be it 7 weeks or 23 years losing a son, a piece of you is empty, I think where your heart is. I only went on because I knew Bo would want me to be happy, he was always Mr. Sunshine, even when he was in terrible pain he tried to protect me. I think the tatoo is a great idea. Thanks for sharing your story, people need to understand the pain to be compassionate. Live big everyday.
    Kathy Bankson
    go here to see pictures of Bo and story of us.

  2. Bo was my older cousin and I always lived so far away from him that I never really got to see him. This month I chose to do a paper on Osteogenisis Imperfecta because I never really knew what it was and since I never really got to see him it would be like me being able to know him better. In 2004 I moved only 30 minutes away from Modesto. I wish he was still alive so I could have got to know him better.

    Julia Boere