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M.I.A.: Lost in the Garden

Aloha! It's been too long since I've posted, but the weather has been so gorgeous that my writer brain has disappeared and I'm living full-time in the plant world. This obsession focus has also delayed my finishing the last details of the bathroom renovation, so the final reveal is still pending. The spell of summer… Continue reading M.I.A.: Lost in the Garden

chronic illness, MS

Not all hugs are loving: MS awareness

It starts with a stitch A few deep breaths Then you're knitting my ribs together With barbed wool The front Then the back Swirling into my abs Then my lower back A corset of pain The cat the cow The cat the cow Stretching every way for relief Breathe Distract It's just a physical thing… Continue reading Not all hugs are loving: MS awareness

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Bathroom Renovation Part 4: Almost there…

Did you hear the dude from Star Wars heading for the Death Star in the title? Every time I hear those words together, I hear it in his voice. Think I've seen it too many times, if that's possible. Bathroom Renovation: Part 1 - It’s a Go! Bathroom Renovation Part 2: It’s a Bathtub? Bathroom… Continue reading Bathroom Renovation Part 4: Almost there…

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Infrared Sauna: Flu killer

We made it the whole winter with nary a sniffle, then the first day of spring our eldest woke up with the flu. Then our youngest succumbed. It's a nasty one too, (what flu isn't), fever, dizziness, headache, nausea and a deep, retching cough. Having MS, I'm pretty paranoid about getting sick. Simply because what… Continue reading Infrared Sauna: Flu killer

life, writing

A new career – finally believing

The questions never stop Can I teach again? Should I try it? Am I just giving up? The best days are the worst The doubts eat me alive Two years I've pretended Waiting to get busted Who gets to call themselves a writer? Not me. And yet, the shift has happened The genes have shifted… Continue reading A new career – finally believing