Rest. What a wonderful word. It brings with it feelings of relaxation and refreshment; a chance to renew the spirit and bring a freshness back to the old routines of life. Many of us look forward to periods of rest so we can separate ourselves from the everyday mundane pace of work and enjoy some … Continue reading A sabbath rest
Social media is a wonderful thing. It allows us to keep in touch with friends and family that, in today's mobile society, are spread out across the country. It allows us to make new friends with people in different countries that we would not have otherwise had the privilege of meeting. It also allows us … Continue reading Social media to the rescue?
I've said it before and I'll say it again, it is impossible to have a hobbit-sized appetite after having extensive abdominal surgery. It seems like any time I allow my eyes to overpower my stomach, I find myself on the couch, curled up in agony, wishing that I had exercised a bit more self control. … Continue reading If purees be the food of life, eat on!
I have to admit that these last few weeks have been very difficult. Since being diagnosed with cancer I have become almost a literal shut-in. I have very little contact with the outside world anymore and it is beginning to wear heavily on my soul. Today, as I sit before the computer, the tears are … Continue reading All other ground is sinking sand
The last few days have been rough ones for me. Since starting cancer treatment, I have found myself locked up in the house for days on end, speaking to almost no one, and wishing for my old life back. Having all this time on my hands has made it difficult not to think about the … Continue reading Casting away anxiety
"I can't believe that! said Alice. "Can't you?" the Queen said in a pitying tone. "Try again: draw a long breath, and shut your eyes." Alice laughed. "There's no use in trying," she said: "one can't believe in impossible things." ~Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass Yes, in today's rational society it has become almost impossible, as … Continue reading Believing in the impossible
"To be good is to be in harmony with oneself. Discord is to be forced to be in harmony with others." ~Oscar Wilde, In Conversation These last few days in Virginia have been a nightmare. After several warm, beautiful days, a front pushed its way into the state bringing with it much cooler temperatures and … Continue reading The energy sapping reality of anger
"Who are You?" said the Caterpillar. "I-I hardly know, Sir, just at present- at least I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then." ~Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland I can really relate to this sentiment, especially after the diagnosis of … Continue reading A brief trip through Wonderland
"Follow. But! Follow only if ye be men of valor! For the entrance to this cave is guarded by a creature so foul, so cruel, that no man yet has fought with it... and lived!" ~Tim the Enchanter, Monty Python and the Holy Grail Over the past few weeks, I have found myself in an … Continue reading A demon of epic proportions
Sometimes things are better left unsaid. Some aspects of life are better kept in secret, not to be pondered in public places or discussed in polite company. Seriously, when it comes to bathroom habits, many of us take on the morals of the Victorians and blush in a most uncomfortable fashion.