Taking a walk used to be one of my deep pleasures. I'd head out to Chickamauga Battlefield and walk to my heart's content. I walked there year round. Clear, crisp spring days like today meant there would be lots of walkers and runners and bikers out enjoying the weather with me. But gradually my knees … Continue reading If walking is easy for you, be grateful!
liminal 1. Relating to a transitional or initial stage of a process. 2. Occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold. https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/liminal I'm in a liminal time. A time of transition. I feel that both parts of the above definition apply to me right now. I'm in a transitional stage … Continue reading Liminal Time
For the past several years - around each New Year's Day - I follow the suggestion from Abbey of the Arts to let a word for my year find me. This year I took my time and did some of the exercises from the Abbey's "Give Me a Word 2018." I didn't arrive at my … Continue reading My Word for 2018
I didn't quite know what I was in for when I said okay to a double knee replacement. I thought that by December (my surgery was mid-September), I'd be much more mobile than I am now. And I for sure didn't expect the pain to be persisting to this degree. But here I am, hobbling … Continue reading Three months out from double knee replacement. And another scar to add to this year’s scars.
I have now made it to my 59th birthday. And I have to say . . . this past year made those clichés about aging and health the truth for me! The weather has caused some aches over the years - but nothing like since my double knee replacement in September. If you want to … Continue reading On turning 59: Growing older
Finally, a breakthrough! I could have written that last week, but my superstitious side didn't want to jinx the progress. And my logical side said to wait to be sure it was lasting. So far I'm not jinxed and the breakthrough does seem to be lasting. I'm at nine weeks and a few days after … Continue reading Double Knee Replacement: 9 weeks out
Tomorrow I'll experience a bilateral TKR - total knee replacement, both knees. So I'm T minus 1 day . . . and counting. It's been a journey to get here. Since the end of July when I got the bone-on-bone diagnosis, I've been doing stretches every morning and working out with weights two or three days … Continue reading T minus 1 day
I'm in a perfect storm of overwhelm. My double knee replacement is nine days away. This day, the Tuesday after Labor Day, is the sixth anniversary of my breast cancer diagnosis. And I cracked my phone screen this afternoon. It's September, isn't it? The challenging month in my life! I feel so behind in getting … Continue reading September is the cruelest month
Less than a week ago, I drove about two hours into Tennessee to experience the Great American Solar Eclipse in the path of totality . I had seen partial eclipses before, watched the moon take bigger and bigger bites out of the sun. I had made pinhole viewers and taken high school classes outside to … Continue reading Eclipse totality: Beyond
After reading many, many Facebook posts lately - especially in the last week or so - I've figured out the algorithm of how to use a mere comment on Facebook to change someone's mind. I'll show you my answer. Yes, right here at the beginning of my blog. You won't have to read much at all. … Continue reading How to use a Facebook comment to change someone’s opinion