Category Archives: Health

What We Really, Really Want

It’s 3 a.m. and I am wide awake—again. I untangle from my sweat-soaked sheets and stumble blindly into the bathroom for the third time since crawling into bed just a few hours earlier. There’s no need to turn on the lights; … Continue reading

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I Have More Important Things to Worry About

My husband claims if I don’t have something legitimate to worry about, I’ll make something up. And as much as I hate to admit it, this is one of those very rare, exceedingly annoying instances when he is right. “You worry too … Continue reading

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Pain, Gain, Guts, Glory . . . And Pickles

“Let those winds of time blow over my head, I’d rather die while I’m living than live while I’m dead.” –Jimmy Buffett, lyrics from “Growing Older But Not Up” He caught me off guard, in a weak moment when pride … Continue reading

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Lucas’s Story

A couple days ago I was completing my morning scroll through Facebook when I was caught off guard by a post a friend had made–a post that contained a link to my youngest son Lucas’s latest blog. I was surprised. … Continue reading

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Wonder Woman’s Wake-up Call

(An Unexpected Addendum) My worst fear was just a breath away from becoming a reality. Two weeks ago today I had surgery–not exactly minor surgery but a routine one nonetheless, and I was expected to go home later that same … Continue reading

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Hanging Up the Wonder Woman Cape … For a Little While

“Being a woman is hard work.”–Maya Angelou What makes a woman a woman? Is it the curve of her hips, the scent of her hair, the sparkle in her eyes, the suggestion in her smile? Or is it her generous … Continue reading

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Wicked Wendy and the Forgottens

It was the summer of 1985, back when I was still adjusting to the life of a young married woman and still adapting to the community to which my husband had moved us.  Most of my lazy summer weekends were … Continue reading

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Conquering My Fears in Room 101: Step I

“You asked me once, what was in Room 101. I told you that you knew the answer already. Everyone knows it. The thing that is in Room 101 is the worst thing in the world.” –O’Brien, speaking to Winston Smith, … Continue reading

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A Peaceful, Easy Feeling

“Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” — Khalil Gibran When my sons were younger, my world revolved around them.  I believed that all “good moms” put their … Continue reading

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The Enemy Within Is One Mean Mama

“Mr. Spock, the women on your planet are logical. That’s the only planet in the galaxy that can make that claim.”–Captain Kirk (from Star Trek: The Original Series, “Elaan of Troyius” episode) From the first season of Star Trek, way … Continue reading

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