Living Well with Fibromyalgia

A Fortunate Fall

November 22, 2013

  This little watercolor of Saturn I did years ago while using up extra paint reminds me all things that spin must eventually come to a halt. I got a sudden unceremonious object lesson in this phenomenon a few days ago. I was “spinning’ with holiday cake-baking and blog-posting, card-proofing, cat-drawing, phone calls and other […]

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Gluten Free Sweet Potato Spice Cake with Apricot Carob Filling

November 19, 2013

The Buddhists and Hindus teach that earthly existence is a continual wheel of circular motion, fueled by desires that entrap us within that motion, like a potter’s wheel or a water  mill–or, to be more modern, a clothes dryer or the food processor. And as the famous actress Betty Davis once said “Life–it’s not for sissies.” […]

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow

November 12, 2013

November is not the time of year to see the spectacular rainbows that sometimes arc themselves in the immense skyscape above the softly rolling hills of the Palouse, fireworks in breathtaking slow motion. But the other day something happened that brought the majesty of those moments back, and sent me looking for photos. I suddenly […]

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The Slow Miracle of My Yoga Practice: Here Comes The Sun (Salutation)

November 1, 2013

Last January I began doing Sun Salutation first thing in the morning. Before I committed to this practice, it had been so long since I’d done any that I could barely remember the sequence of even one round. But I found a lovely video on youtube by a woman named Barbara with a German accent […]

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Reading Out Loud

October 25, 2013

Doesn’t this look like a nice chair to read a book in or listen to a story in? My fondest first memories are of being read to when I was very small. One of my favorite books to be read to from was the Child Craft volume “Poems of Early Childhood.” Through yet another slow […]

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Itsy Bitsy (Flour-Free Sugar-Free Gluten-Free Fat-Free) Fruit Cobbler

October 2, 2013

Strict as I may be about indulging, like Winnie the Pooh, I love “a little something” that’s sweet. Especially after dinner as the nights get longer and more chilly and I have pears and blackberries ripening at every turn. I’ve learned that sugar as a primary sweetener every night is just not good for me. […]

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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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The Hand Me Down of Fibromyalgia

September 3, 2013

A couple of years ago John Robbins and his foundation EarthSave began funding a program called Meals for Health. The first participants were low income patrons of the Sacramento Food Bank who volunteered to try a WFBP diet for 2 months.  There was training and support given for how to do this throughout the program, […]

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