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 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
"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
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.
"He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." ~Matthew 18.2-3, New International Version There is the one aspect of having cancer in which I was honestly not … Continue reading Oh! To have the faith of a child
"And laugh they did, and eat, and drink, often and heartedly, being fond of simple jests at all times, and of six meals a day (when they could get them)." ~JRR Tolkien, Concerning Hobbits I have to say that my absolute favorite scene from the Lord of the Rings movies was the utter shock Pippin … Continue reading What about second breakfast and other such tragedies…
"...there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more … Continue reading Paul’s thorn and the wounded warrior
"Come on Mr. Frodo...I can't carry it for you, but I can carry you and it as well. So up you get! come on, Mr. Frodo dear! Sam will give you a ride. Just tell him where to go, and he'll go". ~Sam to Frodo on the slopes of Mt. Doom "I take thee to … Continue reading Everyone needs a Sam
"I wish it need not have happened in my time." ~Frodo to Gandalf "So do I...and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time given us." ~Gandalf's response Living with a chronic illness leaves … Continue reading Say yes to the journey
"How on earth did it come to me...I wish it need not have happened in my time." ~Frodo to Gandalf, The Fellowship of the Ring I have to admit that maybe I went into the exploratory laparotomy a bit on the cocky side. After speaking with the doctor and being told what to expect, I felt … Continue reading And your grief will turn to joy