Category Archives: Cancer


A Nod of Thanks

Wisdom can come from surprising sources.   Bedtime read-aloud time did not cease at our house when our children became adults, instead my husband became the audience.  He lets me choose the reading material, so a recent revisiting of Winnie-the-Pooh revealed some profound truth from the mouth of … Read More

Daisy in a Fence

Looking Back and Giving Thanks

The turkey is still thawing, the pies are baking, but yesterday was November 22, and it was a thanksgiving day for me. November 22, 2010. I was alone in my bedroom when the phone rang. Though it was still morning my husband was in charge … Read More

Oatmeal Muffins and a Cup of Coffee

Five Thoughts

  If a job’s pay scale was determined by how difficult it is to get a bathroom break I would surely be earning a triple-digit salary. On the bright side, I don’t start my work day by donning a Kevlar vest and getting  a  pain-killing shot like the … Read More

Flower Garden at Mt Vernon

Prettying Up to Visit George and Tom

The story of our country’s birth is one with an amazing cast of characters. After spending hours of my life imparting knowledge and stirring interest in these founding fathers to fifth graders I have become quite fond of a few of them. For example, I … Read More

Good Wishes Headwrap

A Hug for My Head

Every new day brings important questions that must be decided such as “What shall I eat for breakfast?” or “Should I take the walking trail clockwise or counter-clockwise?” Now another enormously difficult decision faces me each morning; “What shall I use to cover this head of Baby Monkey Hair … Read More


Life on Princess Street

While you may occasionally find me whining here about the state of my crispy-fried radiated insides or my chemo-assaulted hair follicles, today you are getting the other side of the story. Almost daily I am the recipient of some sort of gift or special treatment, … Read More


Going, Going…Gone

Photographing the progression of haircuts and hair loss associated with chemotherapy seemed like a good idea in theory, but the actual posting of it for the world to see has been quite another thing.  Taking photos of the cuts has involved taking photos of me, … Read More


Embracing Change

“So make friends with whatever’s next.” I read these words from Max Lucado last night.  My friend Corina gave me  the little book  Live Loved: Experiencing God’s Presence in Everyday Life, and the short passages have been just right size to squeeze in before we go to … Read More

The Chemo Journey Begins

My wiser self understands that I probably shouldn’t be writing something today that is going to exist forever in the vast internet world.  I’m a little light-headed due to a combination of the multiple medical treatments and substances I have experience in the last couple of … Read More


How Many Ways Can I Use a Quilt?

Anyone that knows me well knows that I don’t have much tolerance for being cold.  One negative aspect of traveling to Zambia each summer is that I trade a month of summer warmth for a month of winter instead.  Winters in Zambia are mild compared to … Read More