Yesterday morning I was to start my fourth chemo treatment. Instead, here I sit, on the 4th floor of the hospital, at 4 am, trying to type with an oxygen monitor taped to my finger. They evidently sort patients by their zodiac sign here, and I’m born on July 20, my sign is Cancer, so... Continue Reading →
REALLY Going Home!
After several failed promises, the Powers That Be are moving toward releasing me this afternoon. Orders have been written, departments have been contacted, and paperwork is in motion. I’ve been given a cart to load. This could be it! Jeanne and I are making a list of people – I’ll write thank you notes when... Continue Reading →
What’s in a Name
As a 'Blogging 101' student, I've been asked to reconsider the title of my blog, along with my tagline. The tagline is coming into focus as I write, and I'm hopeful it will be clear enough for me to see it by the end of this post. I thought long and hard about my title, and... Continue Reading →
Who I Am and Why I’m Here
I've recently retired from a long succession of careers, including Probation and Parole Officer, Custom Furniture Maker, Main Street Manager, Art Festival Organizer, Info Technology Coordinator, Web Master, and Consultant in Technology and The Arts. Sounds like Multiple Personality Disorder, but it's been fun. Really. I love to share my philosophy and beliefs with like-minded individuals... Continue Reading →
When did you stop?
I recently shared with my daughter the story of an indigenous response to feeling melancholy or disheartened. If you came to a shaman and said you were depressed, she would ask you one of three questions: When did you stop singing? When did you stop dancing? When did you stop telling stories? I suggested that... Continue Reading →
Do You have a Crack in your Windshield?
I have been trying to experience gratitude in my life more consistently, and I have a story that often helps put me back on track when I stray. Some years ago, my sister was facing major surgery. Doctors had diagnosed a rare form of oral cancer. A tumor was growing inside her cheek. It extended... Continue Reading →
What’s Wrong with This Picture?
Sometimes we have to unlearn something in order to have a more enjoyable experience. Waking up this morning, looking up through the skylight, I noticed (again) a small area where the painter hadn’t cleaned off a missed brushstroke. The thoughts began to arise (again)….not being careful, not paying attention, not caring…..and carried me along a... Continue Reading →