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Friends are Medicine
Sunday, July 28, 2019      5 comments

I have sold my home and will be moving out of state. I invited my friends over. I hold people. My friends don't necessarily know each other, either. It was not my usual standard of entertaining either but I am too weak. They all pitched in... Read more
Being Infantilzed - My Wheelchair Ride
Friday, April 05, 2019      7 comments

Well, yesterday marked my 7th wheelchair ride. I find it worth remarking that these have only occurred in hospital or doctor visits. Yesterday, I had a visit with my neurologist before my Ocrevus infusion. She is special. It's not her day to... Read more
St. Pat's, the Ides of March, Fate
Friday, March 15, 2019      1 comments

According to my mother, her grandfather emigrated from Ireland to Jamaica. This is not unusual. My father was Eastern European Jewish. St. Patrick's Day was always huge in my house. We always had corned beef, cabbage and beer, even for us li... Read more
The Story of a Dress
Friday, March 08, 2019      8 comments

An old friend , recently, sent me a picture of me at a luncheon in the early 90's. I have a big hat, a light tan and a huge grin. I am wearing a brocade dress of my mother's made by my grandmother. This is a mythic dress in my family. My gr... Read more
Fashion of the Times
Monday, February 18, 2019      2 comments

The Fashion of the Times used to come out twice a year. Starting in high school, it was my bible. I devoured it. I hoarded it. I practically took the ink off the page. I would look at it for EVERYTHING - clothes, colors, shoes, hair, makeup... Read more
Valentine's Vent
Thursday, February 14, 2019      5 comments

I need to get it out. I have never been particularly fond of Valentine's Day. My parents were completely unsentimental. I can remember being shocked when I was about 4 or 5 that Daddy came home with candy for Mommy and me. My mother didn't p... Read more
Mortality Musings
Thursday, January 31, 2019      3 comments

This is not really about weight except in the most tangential sense. I am a woman of a certain age. I remember someone at a high school reunion almost twenty years ago saying "We are in the last third of our lives. We need to make the most o... Read more
Sparkversary
Tuesday, December 25, 2018      4 comments

Today is it. I signed up in either 2008 or 9, Methinks 2008. I was alone - DH passed out and blue. I was 152 and needed a change. Change is what happened. I have made so many friends here and have been given so much support as I have trav... Read more
DH and Sephora Visit
Thursday, October 25, 2018      4 comments

Due to my limited mobility, I ordered some Sephora back in July, a mascara and a brow filler. I have been a Sephora shopper forever. Yes, little Miss Snotty. I used to shop Sephora in Paris when it was more of a discount store. It used to be... Read more
Batik at Last and NOT Happy
Tuesday, October 23, 2018      4 comments

My late ex-husband was prone to spoonerisms. He used to tell me, he liked “batik” women, meaning petite. Of course, I was not batik. Actually, far from it. I was very unhappy so gained weight. I blew up. I left, went to live with my mother ... Read more
Theory of the Universe, Bugs, Mobility and Me
Wednesday, September 26, 2018      7 comments

I had a friend whose theory of the universe is: Women have periods. Men kill bugs. An equitable distribution of labor. However, this is not always possible. I shared a summer beach house with a cheerleading squad and their male entourage. ... Read more
Shopping, the Web and Defining
Wednesday, September 12, 2018      1 comments

My father's two sisters, my aunts, were obese; one morbidly so. The elder had diabetes early on and lost her toes. Aunt E had lost lots of weight but being a member of my father's family did not believe in exercise, light or fresh air. She h... Read more
MRIs and Me
Thursday, August 30, 2018      4 comments

I was brought up with a rather healthy attitude to medical matters - fact of life, suck it up. It works for everything but blood and needles. My father didn't understand that as he said I was a woman and bled. Breast biopsy 2003 just before ... Read more
The ZBA, the Car Lot and Me
Wednesday, August 29, 2018      3 comments

I have been fighting with my town and the used car lot next to me for the last five summers. I have had the house for 12 years this week. When we bought the house, it was on a hidden dead end off of a main highway service road. There were some... Read more
Anniversaries and Losses
Wednesday, July 11, 2018      4 comments

So, this week I am marking a year without working. I have become officially disabled and un officially retired. This is so not what I wanted or envisioned. It's hard. I miss getting dressed - clothing is my life. I miss people. I have been ... Read more

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