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
I'll give the quick update first. If you read my post last week, you know I was seeing an orthopedist about my knees, anticipating that he'd say I need replacement of both knees. And that's what happened. I'm scheduled for double knee replacement - that's right, both at the same time - in the middle … Continue reading Knee Replacement: How was I so unaware?
You might read this title and think of the old adage, "A watched pot never boils." But that's not my topic, though it is turning out to be true during this couple of weeks. You see, I'm having to boil water for drinking and cooking because of E. coli in some of our area's water … Continue reading Mindfulness and boiling water
Another Father's Day comes around, and my Facebook feed is full of photos of fathers. That prompts me to add my contribution to this day of gratitude for fathers. My father was steady and dependable. He was kind and nonjudgmental. He contributed to his community through volunteer service in a variety of roles. Daddy has … Continue reading Father’s Day Gratitude
"How in the world can Facebook be any part of mindfulness?!!" you might ask. Although Facebook is often criticized as a waste of time, I find it can be helpful beyond keeping me current with friends' lives. You see, I have thoughts and emotions about what I see posted. And I try mindfully to watch those … Continue reading Using Facebook as part of a mindfulness practice
Though I could hardly write a better Mother's Day tribute about my mother than I did three years ago (here), this week I've had strong, independent women on my mind. So that's my topic this year. How did my mama raise my sister and me to be strong, independent women? It wasn't by saying those … Continue reading Strong, Independent Mothers Raise Strong, Independent Daughters
If you want the short version of this post, here it is: My hysterectomy on March 7th went well. My doctor found fibroids which looked benign. The pathology verified that they were benign, as was the endometriosis. Here is the longer version . . . My sister came down a couple of days before my … Continue reading Surgery & Gratitude