We don’t get a practice round at life


I’m baaaack! So why not celebrate with a song? I prefer Alternative Rock, but for today, I have an oldie on my mind. A nostalgic appreciative tribute, for my friends.

“Let your love fly like a bird on a wing, And let your love bind you to all livin’ things, And let your love shine and you’ll know what I mean, That’s the reason.” ─ The Bellamy Brothers.

Love heals. Good friends sending healing vibes, prayers, and messages heal, too. You all have helped me heal. Thank you for your kind letters, email, and thoughts, these past months. Your encouragement has lifted me more than you will know.

Good, bad and ugly things have happened in the world during my eight month absence. Sigh…

I passed the time concentrating on one goal: healing. Selfish for sure. Not only did I stop working, I ended all my volunteer duties: literacy organizations, mentoring writers and small businesses. I even closed my Facebook account. : )

Today I’ll share some very personal highlights. Which may have notes similar to a country song. You know, like, “My dog ran away, my wife is cheating on me, and my best friend stole my car.” That kind of song.

No disrespect directed at the country music industry. They have a way of writing that stabs into the heart of an issue, wrenching our emotions hither and yon. Add twanging stringed instruments, there you are pulled into the immediacy of the setting.

That’s good writing. We writers want our readers touched, drawn into the world we create. See, I meant it as a serious compliment.

So, after a long dry spell, I am back. Not quite 100%, but moving in that direction.

Spoiler alert, exclamation point police, the following post uses more than my allotment.

Now to my country song, sans music and rhyme:

Verse One – I closed the business, yet numerous details end up taking months to complete. My grandbaby was rushed to the hospital for breathing problems, TWICE! He is okay… And because I’m taking a non-traditional approach to this third bout with endometrial cancer, my family questions my sanity.

“You’ve got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em, know when to walk away, know when to run.” ─ Kenny Rogers.

Verse Two – The New Year rang in quietly. Like a turtle, slow and steady, I created a routine, gaining strength of mind and body. Then, sad news: my grandmother passed away. Days later, a slight concussion and a rescue cat rabies scare kept me vigilant! Happy to report that neither had permanent penalties.

“Well, I woke up Sunday morning, with no way to hold my head that didn’t hurt” ─ Johnny Cash.

Verse Three – I found my healing stride, YESS! As fate tends to deal equality, my heating and air unit quit, Reno, our long-haired tuxedo cat experienced two separate bladder blockages (emergency vet visits!), and my car retired, forever.

“There’s just a little old fashioned karma coming down. Just a little old fashioned justice going round. A little bit of sowing and a little bit of reaping, a little bit of laughing and a little bit of weeping. Just a little old fashioned karma coming down.” ─ Willie Nelson.

Verse Four – Same song, only more. Hawthorne, our tri-colored kitty quit eating, it may be this, or it may be that, still working with vet on what. Another emergency trip for my grandson, and tests, indicating allergies and asthma, for which he’s receiving meds. And then, less than two weeks ago, my mother passed away, after a difficult battle with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.


“Life’s a dance you learn as you go. Sometimes you lead, sometimes you follow. Don’t worry about what you don’t know. Life’s a dance you learn as you go.” ─ John Michael Montgomery.

We don’t get a practice round at life, but there is comfort along the way. When I started collecting my thoughts for this post, it was about a month ago. Since then, many people across the globe have experienced personal tragedies. But, as I push through pain, and focus forward, it is my hope to encourage others who are hurting. Let’s embrace each other and grow stronger, together.

And keep a song in our hearts…

Till next time,


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Dividing Thyme

dividing thyme

Yesterday I had the glorious opportunity to dig in the dirt. The daffodils poked through one of the weed choked garden beds, and the hyacinths inched up, closing in on the yellow sunshine’s heels.

tender oregano
Along with those colorful bulbs, I have a fragrant herb bed. I wish you could breathe in the aroma, thyme, rosemary, oregano and lemon balm scented my work gloves, drifted through the air and settled around me like a spring blanket.
It would be an understatement to say I thoroughly enjoyed my outdoor chore, tennis shoe clad, for the first time since that horrible heel accident last September.

fragrant rosemary
I raked, yanked and trimmed those perennials. Then I dug up, divided and replanted the herb bed. Finally, with Hemingway’s watchful eye, I clipped away the stray branches from our hardy poplar.
Two hours later, I slipped off my shoes and propped up my feet, scanning the newly sculpted landscape from the deck. Oh, it felt good to be in 50 degree weather!
Today, the rain came, and we barely made it into the 40’s, but I can smell spring, on my gloves in the garage, that heady scent intoxicating. I am ready, bring on the time change this weekend, because I know exactly how I will divide my time.
What are you up to as the clock hands point forward this Saturday, bringing incrementally longer days?

Top Twos-Day: Deadlines loom.


Nominations are open for those movers and shakers in the library sphere, “…who are moving our libraries ahead. The 2015 Movers and Shakers will be highlighted in the March 15 issue of Library Journal.” Details…

Speaking of open, ARTlines2 is a juried ekphrastic poetry competition accepting submissions between now and November 30, 2014, and may be made in one of two age categories: Adult (ages 20+) or Teen (ages 13–19). More information…

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Sunday Funny: Banana Peels and Hazardous Cats

four cats August 2014 50 percent

Have you heard of the Ig Nobel Prize? It is a competition, “For achievements that first make people LAUGH then make them THINK” and the 24th ceremony to honor the 2014 winners was held recently at Harvard.

Winners from two categories are worth mentioning: The Physics Prize and the Public Heath Prize. Just so you don’t lose the scope of science involved, I’ve pasted the descriptions. Enjoy!!

“PHYSICS PRIZE [JAPAN]: Kiyoshi Mabuchi, Kensei Tanaka, Daichi Uchijima and Rina Sakai, for measuring the amount of friction between a shoe and a banana skin, and between a banana skin and the floor, when a person steps on a banana skin that’s on the floor.

PUBLIC HEALTH PRIZE [CZECH REPUBLIC, JAPAN, USA, INDIA]: Jaroslav Flegr, Jan Havlíček and Jitka Hanušova-Lindova, and to David Hanauer, Naren Ramakrishnan, Lisa Seyfried, for investigating whether it is mentally hazardous for a human being to own a cat.”

See all the categories and winners here…

OMG, if I knew science could have been this much fun…perhaps these scientists have secrets that are more telling than their experiments?

But wait, I own a cat, well, four, and hubs is a scientist. Hmmm?!

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Sunday Funny: Medical Facts


Medical Student Chortles from Carrie Rubin

We’ve heard of misplaced modifiers, dangling participles and other mad grammar mistakes. But what happens when these are recorded in medical files? Hilarity becomes permanent.
“The baby was delivered, the cord clamped and cut, and handed to the pediatrician, who breathed and cried immediately.”
“The patient lives at home with his mother, father, and pet turtle, who is presently enrolled in day care three times a week.”
“Patient was released to outpatient department without dressing.”

And the best one, “The patient left the hospital feeling much better except for her original complaints.”

More from Doctors Lounge

Ever wonder the best way to bring a “sample” in to the doctor’s office? Check out Carrie Rubin’s Medical Student Chortles post and you’ll discover the best container, hint it burps, the best underwear not to wear, and another reason not to pick your nose! Ready, set, roll on the floor laughing…

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Top Twos-Day: The Big ONE

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After a month-long break from Top Twos-Day, I’m back. Still analyzing and balancing time with tasks. But one thing’s for sure, the clock’s hands move forward!
And speaking of ahead, we at Sunscribe are excited to announce a way for you to participate in a unique prospect as we grow: help us secure a $150,000 grant from Chase.
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