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Off the Wagon
Tuesday, January 19, 2021      3 comments

Almost every holiday season, my asthma gets out of control, I can't stop coughing, I think I'm getting better, and I don't. Almost every New Year, I'm struggling to catch my breath, pull out my nebulizer, use it multiple times a day, and end up ... Read more
Running again
Friday, January 15, 2021      2 comments

Today I ran outside on pavement for the first time in almost 3 years. 22 years ago, I ran 8 miles a day. Little by little, I slowed down, and then just got out of the habit. I started running a little here and there over the years but kept hurti... Read more
Monday, January 11, 2021      2 comments

Right this minute, I am craving Lord knows what. I want dessert. I want something sweet. I want something more than I have already have. I have had more than enough to eat, but for some other, emotional reason, I want to eat something else. I'm... Read more
Designer Dresses for Christmas
Tuesday, December 22, 2020      6 comments

I don't remember how I discovered Rent the Runway. About 3 years ago I learned about this designer rental service that allows people to wear dresses that they couldn't normally afford. Occasionally, they have sales offering formerly rented cloth... Read more
Back Inside the Gym
Tuesday, December 08, 2020      3 comments

I was truly fearful that not only would I never get better, but I was going to die. In October, we had a carefully socially distanced visit to my daughter in Asheville and I needed a wheelchair at Biltmore. I was walking with a cane for months i... Read more
Never Returning to Normal After Brain Surgery
Thursday, October 01, 2020      10 comments

Silly me. I thought that once they removed the tumor, I would be better. No more headaches, exhaustion, and loss of balance. I would no longer be deaf in my left ear. I could see again. Well all that happened. But in removing my very l... Read more
Life Doesn't Happen in a Vacuum
Monday, April 13, 2020      8 comments

When I was young and my father, a scientist, used to say this to me, I didn't understand what he meant. I now realize that it means whatever personal, professional, emotional, or spiritual challenges humans face, the world is still spinning wi... Read more
Returning to Normal After Brain Surgery
Sunday, April 05, 2020      8 comments

So about 6 months ago when my sight was becoming so bad I could no longer grade papers without extreme difficulty, I could no longer deny that I probably had something more serious than just age-related vision change. The headaches I had experi... Read more