Most of you will recall that Chris Bishop, a longtime chemistry teacher at Nevada Union High School, is a regular commentator on this blog. I enjoy Chris’ candor and wisdom. He is a great dad and husband.
Chris, his wife Jodanna and sons Max and Beau are one of Nevada City’s finest families — and exemplify the kind of people that we hope to attract and retain in our community.
Last week, Chris dropped me an email slugged “road trip,” saying he was going back East last Saturday to pick up a car that the family bought from Jodanna’s brother and drive it back home.
“Do you have any experience with this part of the country?,” he asked, recalling my graduate studies in the Midwest and East. ” I was thinking about hitting Gettysburg. Have you been there? Unfortunately, it looks like every MLB team (Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Cubs) are out-of-town. Any thoughts would be welcome.”
As I was composing some suggestions (including Gettysburg), I received a text message from my neighbor — who also knows the Bishops — that Jodanna had suffered a stroke while she was with her friends and work colleagues at Bullard’s Bar on Thursday afternoon. She had been airlifted in a helicopter to Sutter in Roseville, underwent surgery and is facing some more complications.
It was an unimaginable situation. Chris and I exchanged some emails, and his family has been weighing heavily on my mind for the past few days.
Today a webpage JodannaBishop.com, created by local designer Carol White, began circulating around the community. It includes a guest book and lists some ideas for helping the family. A fundraiser is planned soon.
The guest book is filling up quickly. “I have never met anyone so vibrant with a larger than life personality,” one family wrote to Jo. “Your smile is always so infectious, you are the life of every party.”
Here’s another opportunity for our community do what we do best: Help each other in time of need.