Getting held up by New York

I’m working on a novelette about the meningitis madness of last month. Until I get it done, let me entertain you with another tale of traveling with pain. About five years ago, I fled an intolerable situation in California and, being pretty sure I was in my last few months … Continue reading

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Oh look! I’ve adapted!

I used to be punctual, meaning, 3-10 minutes early. I used to be relentlessly diligent. I used to be cast-iron reliable. (I worked hard to acquire those skills, after drifting through my first couple of decades with my energy and attention set to “simmer.”) These were so much a part … Continue reading

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The Bean Dip Response, companion to the Spoon Theory

Those of us with crazy-bad illnesses appreciate the stroke of genius from Christine Miserandino, who originated the Spoon Theory to explain what it takes to get through the day. For the most part, though, we shouldn’t have to explain much. Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone could get that memo? … Continue reading

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I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.

Interesting metaphor for this, um, ratfink disease. Interviewer: HAL, you have an enormous responsibility on this mission, in many ways perhaps the greatest responsibility of any single mission element. You’re the brain and central nervous system of the ship… … Poole: Unfortunately, that sounds a little like famous last words. … Continue reading

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Being clear about being grateful

We visited our favorite hot springs last week. There’s a hot pool that’s very hot indeed. When I alternate between that and the cold pool, preferably dipping several times, it becomes quite a fabulous experience. Whether it’s the lymph getting going properly for a change, or toxins (the few that … Continue reading

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Persistence, chronic illness, mortality, and other perky subjects

I’m recovering from packing and moving to my homestead. [I’m sorry to say that I don’t have internet yet, and the library’s uplink is slo-o-o-o-ow. Images will be filled in once that’s corrected. In the meantime, you get to see how I flag where the images will go.] [img] The … Continue reading

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