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….heal thyself. I’ve often used that phrase in jest, but this time…..I meant it. For two months I’ve woken with neck pain, which then persists throughout the day.  There isn’t an associated headache. There is no arm weakness. There is no numbness or tingling (which would alert me to possible spinal cord compression from…..something bad. Just….a pain in the neck. I would hang my head over the edge of the bed to force traction. DH Continue reading


My son died. It is a simple statement: My son died. But the gut-wrenching heart-torn-out-of-my-chest- constant throbbing pain is not evident in that simple statement. Today I saw an image of a sculpture by Albert Gyorgy, a Romanian artist. His piece, “Melancholy” comes close to depicting the pain of the loss of one’s child. Close.

Snorkeling stress test

At Richardson’s Beach today, I approached this clump of coral.  I started when a 15′ long….thing seemed to raise its head, then lower it again.  I was very relieved to realize the “thing” was a log, being moved by the current…

The twins

Twin boys were born, but due to circumstances, they needed to be adopted out.  One son was adopted by a family in Spain, the other by an Egyptian family and they never knew about each other. The boys grew up, learned that they were twins, decided to meet, and planned a reunion in Paris.  The press was alerted and a crowd gathered to see the reunion.  Unfortunately, the plane from Cairo was delayed and the Continue reading

It takes a village….

kanikapilaflyer ….to build a village! 5 1

Womp, womp

getoffmylawn I am a registered independent.  Though an independent, I confess that I lean left… My son voted for Donald Trump. I remember the shock I felt when he told me he had been listening to Trump’s speeches, and was “impressed with what he had to say….” I was shocked because we worked hard to instill a sense of fairness, of non-discrimination, of respect for anyone irrespective of color, gender, sexual orientation, background or religion: all Continue reading