Living Well with Fibromyalgia

Fig and Twig Tea Oatmeal (and Seeing the Porcupine)

December 13, 2014

  Sometimes it’s hard to recognize that something simple, even humble, can be a marker of profound healing. Now that I live farther “out” from downtown, the walk in and back is probably almost two miles. In the winter weather, Romeo and I suit up, and I usually wear my backpack, especially if we’re going […]

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The Right Stuff

June 4, 2014

If you’ve never heard George Carlin’s routine A Place for My Stuff, take 5 minutes and treat yourself to a  good laugh.  I’m living in that comedy routine these days, and it helped me a lot with perspective to find it online. I laughed so hard I cried all the way through. The last two weeks […]

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Out of the Blue (and Sprouted Buckwheat Sunshine Burgers to celebrate)

April 6, 2014

This is the house I’ve lived in and loved for 20 years. I’ve owned it outright almost 8 years. I first noticed it when I was renting across the street. Instead of grading my student papers, I would find myself staring out the window wondering about it. When I couldn’t sleep at night, unsure if […]

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Sure Things

March 30, 2014

I love it when someone answers me in a way that sends me back to the literal application of what I’ve just said, even if it was couched in an expression or figure of speech no one usually takes literally. It’s especially rich when it’s someone who’s known me over a long span of time. […]

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Is “Significant Benefit” Enough?

March 5, 2014

Thanks to my internet pal MS Nomad, I just learned that March is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month.  A little while back she also posted a link  I shared on my blog’s facebook page to an article/video by Dr. Gregor about treating multiple sclerosis with diet. He gives an overview of Dr. Swank’s pioneering work, stressing how those diagnosed with […]

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Then and Now: My Art Opening Night

February 18, 2014

You know how Snoopy sits on the top of his dog house with the typewriter and begins every story he writes with “it was a dark and stormy night?”  I can’t make it up to my rooftop, but if I could, I would have written the first line of this post about my art opening […]

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Be My Valentine? A Slow Miracle Art Update

January 4, 2014

I know it’s a little early to be talking about Valentine’s Day just yet, but my life is budding out and heading for full bloom on that day this year. Following my heart on Valentine’s Day now has a very different meaning for me than the conventional one I knew as a child, and later […]

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My “Haystack of Light”

December 30, 2013

I’m not one for making New Year’s Resolutions, but if I had to have one it would be the sentiment in this Mary Oliver poem which I read on the Poetry Chaikhana blog: to remember to instruct myself “over and over” “in joy and acclamation” “of the ordinary,” so I can be left like ” […]

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Keep the Fire Burning

December 14, 2013

It’s true every picture tells a story. But it’s also true that sometimes the picture gets painted before the story even happens. I have been wondering if there will be a story that goes with this painting of the fire in my masonry stove, and this week, it came to me in that surprising way […]

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Classic Oatmeal Millet Raisin Cookies (Vegan and Gluten Free)

December 9, 2013

The season of treats is upon us. It can be hard to avoid the rich cookies and candies set out everywhere you turn in the social whirl of the holidays. But this is a cookie you can have more than one of, and have every day, too, and still stay on track. There’s no sugar, […]

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