Little Victories Over Multiple Sclerosis

A September Past: The Trip of a Lifetime

September 18, 2013

From the Sublime to the Ridiculous and Back Again Sometimes it’s good to look back on how far I’ve come while eating a Plant-Based diet. Sometimes it takes a while before I can look back and find words to describe the progress I’ve made, the things that have happened. Three years ago this month, my son […]

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Will My Real Old Self Please Stand Up?

September 9, 2013

This photo was taken the summer I was 36, just before we moved to Idaho. I needed a shot of myself as a California Poets in the Schools instructor because some of the poems my students had written were going to be in a state anthology. There wasn’t anyone else around to do it, so […]

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Taking the Plunge

August 29, 2013

I just got back from another trip to the City of Roses. This time I went to celebrate the marriage of my son Mike to his long time girlfriend Kelly.  I am happy beyond words, so I’ll try to keep them at a minimum, and let a few pictures stand in for a thousand or […]

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A Progressive Plant-Based Breakfast (with Massaged Breakfast Kale)

August 21, 2013

My town is a town of potlucks and progressive dinners, which takes me back to my childhood and how innovative and fun it sounded to me to go from house to house for each different part of a meal. Even when I’m not invited to a potluck or a progressive meal, I make one for […]

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In the Temple of My Daily Life

August 16, 2013

When I was getting ready to host poetry night, I remembered a large box upstairs that my sister and mother packed and sent to me several years ago, long before my  mother died. They were sorting through things, and asked me what I would like. I’d tried to open and look at everything in the […]

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A Last Bite (The Blessing) from Whole

August 1, 2013

Perhaps one of the most memorable sentences in my reading of Whole comes in Chapter 14 toward the end of Dr. Campbell’s description of his wife’s experience with melanoma: “I feel that Karen’s diet not only helped her after her cancer diagnosis, but in the years preceding it.”  What strikes me about this sentence is […]

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The Poetry of Simple Plant-Based Hor D’Oeurves

July 18, 2013

  Early on in my low fat plant-based eating, I decided to follow a rule that I’ve stuck with ever since. If I can’t eat it, I don’t make it. I no longer make traditional lasagne or brownies or cake and ice cream for other people. They are welcome to bring whatever they’d like, but […]

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Light Bulb Moment

July 15, 2013

I didn’t know how to know this for most of my life, but it turns out that finding myself doing something automatically is a sure and dependable measure of healing. This is something I learned in manual therapy, and it was strange to me.  I learned there to recognize that “ability” has to do with […]

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The Beauty of Being Different

July 8, 2013

Silken Windhounds are not commonly known dogs in this neck of the woods. I had never heard of them, either, when my good friend the canine cardiologist at the vet school here on the Palouse recommended them to me as a good choice for my situation after my golden retriever died in 2009. A dog […]

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Zen Chores

July 1, 2013

The slow life around my house involves chores that I always need help with.  Because the water in my neighborhood is exceptionally hard, I buy bottled water and have it delivered to my house in 5 gallon containers that sit on a ceramic crock with a spout I’ve had for nearly 20 years. Although I […]

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