Best of Tucson 2022

Great news! I’ve been nominated in the category of Best Blog for the Best of Tucson 2022. There are more than 200 categories (restaurant, park, brewery, comedy, tattoo artist). You name it—there’s a category! Mine is Best Blog.   The rules state you must vote for at...

11th Month Post-Stroke

July 25 marked the 11th month out from my stroke. I can’t help but think ahead. I know the one-year marker is on the horizon. What a milestone! One-year celebrations have a special energy. Could be a Yeah!, or At last!, or Yahoo! Or – Is this great or what?!!!!...

My Positive Addiction – Reading

I’m a book junkie. I devour books and then want more.  Current inspirations: Loving Kindness – Sharon Salzberg; Courageous Conversations About Race – Glenn E. Singleton; The Power of Kindness – Piero Ferrucci; and France is a Feast: The Photographic...

The Heat … and Nostalgia of Summer

It’s July 7. My husband gives me the daily weather report beginning with the high of the day. This is followed by the current temperature in our area taken from a station down the street. This is not news to me because I have already checked the weather on my phone....

More Summer Comfort

Wherever you are, summer can be special.  In summer, the song sings itself.  ~William Carlos Williams Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a...

Earth Angel

When Katherine embarked on her I’m-gonna-get-back-in-shape regime she envisioned a smooth return to a gym. There would be daily workouts at the gym-the reassuring clank of weights dropping back into place after each rep.     She’d pump iron like she...

Post-Stroke 10th Month

Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud. ~ Maya Angelou This is the 10th month out from my stroke.  Each month has opened up new pathways both neurologically and emotionally, and so many replies to my newsletter (that I don’t get to answer but love love love...

Walking the Labyrinth

“The labyrinth is an ancient spiritual tool, a walking meditation, a path of prayer. Walking the labyrinth can reduce stress, quiet the mind, open the heart, and bring one closer to God. People come to the labyrinth to heal, to be enriched in the spiritual life,...

A Secret Place

discovering what I didn’t know that I didn’t know Walking a Labyrinth There’s something relaxing and meditative about walking a labyrinth. I’ve walked the gravel, dirt, brick, cement, and tiled labyrinths in six, maybe seven states here in the US. Most have been...

9 Months Post-stroke

EVERY STROKE IS DIFFERENT Every recovery is different.  I’m now 9 months out from my stroke. 9 months is usually associated with birth in humans. This “me after stroke” is kind of like a birth. Each month my brain relearns new ways of doing “old” things. Each month...