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My Unsinkable Creative Spirit

My love of the visual arts extends as far back as I can remember. I have always loved creative activities. When I was young, I had a wood-burning set which I used to sear designs and pictures onto small pieces of wood. I can still recall the pungent smell of burning wood wafting through my […]

The Smell of Rain

I love the smell of rain. It has a distinct smell—clean and crisp and unlike anything else. On my walk recently, I got a whiff of the smell of rain as dark clouds loomed in the distance. Now, mind you, I was out walking without an umbrella or raincoat, so dark and looming clouds hold […]

What Inspires Your Smile Today?

It’s the holiday season and everywhere we look we see pictures of smiling faces. As the Christmas carol goes, “It’s the hap-happiest season of all.” Yet, I know this isn’t true for everyone; in fact, it can be an extremely difficult time of the year for many. For those who have lost loved ones, those […]

Embarrassed or Amused?

I’m a big fan of the television sitcom I Love Lucy. Yes, it is old. Yes, it is in black and white, but who cares? The situations two of the main characters, Lucy and Ethel, find themselves in just make me giggle—probably because I can relate! I, too, have had my share of embarrassing life […]

Letting Others Down: Living with Lupus

I’m overly conscientious. Some might think this is a good trait, particularly when they happen to be on the receiving end of my hyper-conscientiousness. I will always arrive on time (or early and sit in my car and wait until the appointed time), deliver whatever it is I promised you, return your calls, and you […]

Island of Depression

Note to readers– I wrote this post in November of 2014. It has been sitting in a file labeled “Blogs Ready to Post” for almost 4 years. I have to admit that I never published it because, like so many others, I was a bit ashamed of acknowledging that I once suffered from depression. I […]

A Plan: What Matters Most to Patients

Okay, I’ll admit it; I obviously like a plan. Since my lupus diagnosis several decades ago, I have lovingly referred to my “new normal” (although not too new to me now!) as my Plan B life. Plan A did not include a chronic illness and Plan B does. I never thought too much about my […]

Rare Medical Complications: Nonexistent or Unreported?

This is a cautionary tale about rare medical complications. As many people who follow my blog posts know, I had spinal surgery in mid-December. After undergoing many, many procedures including prior surgery, acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, yoga and every other therapeutic modality you can think of, it was the consensus of my doctors that

3 Ways to Comfort a Sick Friend

“Of all the virtues we can learn, no trait is more useful, more essential for survival, and more likely to improve the quality of life than the ability to transform adversity into an enjoyable challenge.”  Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Psychologist and author of Flow: The Psychology of Happiness I first read the above quote in a little […]

It’s the Little Things

This morning I went for a walk around my neighborhood. In my younger and pre-lupus days, I was a runner. Post-lupus diagnosis, I became a walker. One of the things in life that makes me happy is a morning walk. I enjoy being outdoors, seeing the beauty that nature has to offer and also getting […]