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Just a nice weekend

Monday, October 21, 2013      7 comments

So, DH's dad was here to visit this weekend, and we spent Saturday at Stan Hywet Hall. We love this place, because in addition to the house they have beautiful gardens, and it's just fun to walk around in them. But not Saturday, because it was P... Read more

The world's smallest sled dog

Saturday, October 12, 2013      11 comments

Ferrett and I have been watching Cesar Milan in the background while working, and one of the things that he emphasizes is giving dogs enough exercise. He rollerblades with his dogs, and encourages people to bike with them as well. I don't r... Read more

Wedding day!

Saturday, October 05, 2013      9 comments

Today I am officiating at my first wedding. Our dear friends are getting married, and they asked me to be their celebrant. I am excited and nervous. We are getting hair and makeup done now, and the wedding is at 5:30. It's a wonderful day!... Read more

The CureSearch Walk and beyond

Thursday, October 03, 2013      7 comments

Last Saturday we participated in the CureSearch Walk. It was a beautiful, perfect day, and the purple-shirted Team Rebecca people were out in force. We made up about a third of all the walkers. And we raised about a third of all the money. Our g... Read more

Mom update

Friday, September 20, 2013      12 comments

Mom is out of immediate danger. Thank you all for your prayers and thoughts. I am so very grateful for them. It turns out that she isn't actually bleeding internally. We burn through red blood cells on a regular basis; we dispel them throu... Read more

Are you kidding?! Now Mom in hospital

Thursday, September 19, 2013      14 comments

Now? My mother is in the hospital. Yesterday they didn't think she was going to live. Normal red blood cell levels are a 9-10. People die when they drop to 6. Mom's were 5.7. Because of her previous health problems and the number of blood transf... Read more

Chemotherapy and radiation starting today

Thursday, September 12, 2013      20 comments

Becca and her parents have returned to CHOP. She is going through her first radiation treatment right now. This morning, her parents had to put a pill in her mouth that is, essentially, poison. Chemotherapy is a carefully concocted potion o... Read more

She's just a baby

Wednesday, September 04, 2013      5 comments

Tomorrow and Thursday evenings I will be with our friends, as they try to make something approximating the Jewish high holidays. At these events, I will do my damnedest to keep my self together. But. I am seething with rage and im... Read more

Becca: home for a few days

Sunday, September 01, 2013      12 comments

For those of you following Becca's story, the family arrived home for a few days visit before they have to return to CHOP to begin intense radiation therapy. I organized a potluck housewarming party at their house yesterday and at least 60 peopl... Read more

How to talk to people who are hurting

Monday, August 26, 2013      15 comments

When confronted with someone's grief or pain, someone's terror for a sick child or other loved one, someone's own illness, it is common and understandable to want to ameliorate that grief or pain or terror by cheering them up. STOP DOING TH... Read more

Struggling with faith

Friday, August 23, 2013      20 comments

I have gotten lots of comments and messages from people who are praying for Becca and her family. And I deeply appreciate those messages and those prayers. I am certainly praying as well. It's a comfort to know that people are sending so much he... Read more

I want to punch the universe in the throat. Repeatedly.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013      21 comments

Pathology report in. It's the bad kind of tumor. With 6 weeks of extreme radiation treatment and another year of chemo, Becca has a 50/50 chance of seeing her 10th birthday. I can't even process it.... Read more

Dear 2013: you are fired

Wednesday, August 21, 2013      16 comments

Thursday my husband and I were only 45 minutes from his family in Connecticut, just crossing the TappanZee Bridge on our way through New York when we received a call from the father of our godchildren, Eric. Their 5-year-old daughter, Becca, who... Read more

Tragic news; trying to hold it together

Wednesday, August 14, 2013      42 comments

My husband's cousin was killed in a freak and catastrophic bicycling accident. On Monday, he was riding on his mountain bike and lost control when the terrain changed. What should have just been - and has been many times in the past - a bruising... Read more

My new baby!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013      19 comments

In all the excitement and exhaustion of races, I totally forgot to introduce my new baby here! This is Shasta: She's an informal rescue (we got her from someone who co... Read more


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