chemo & birthday tomorrow

Today my mother said she’s receiving chemotherapy for her Sjogren’s and other autoimmunes. I’m a derp when it comes to medicine, so I asked if cancer was also involved—but she set me straight. So my mom could be visiting me in September bald. She promises me she’s okay, yet it’s still weird watching my mother…

a week with my dad

My father visited for five days, since last Monday evening. I just dropped him off at the train station earlier today, then plugged away at the Lands Above and Lands Below: Novel Notes for my next book project. But first, the visit with my dad!: in no particular order, we went to the water park, the…

blogging then vs. now

My memory and I have been rafting down the old LiveJournal river for the last couple of days. Back then I blogged about my part-time jobs, college classes, and relationships. While some poignantly bright moments shine out, most of the posts are focusing on issues and/or feelings. It’s obvious I’m trying to sort out my…

inspired by my blog from 11+years ago

I opened my locked LiveJournal for the first time in eleven years, and I couldn’t believe the enjoyment I experienced from reading entries dated 10+ years ago. Seeing the transformation from my 2006 self to my 2017 self, I decided I should practice journaling for the rest of my life. I’ve had a few other…

someday I’d like chickens

Someday I’d like to have a chicken coop;  but today there are books, shelves to reorganize and grow pots in need of mulching: moon and stars watermelons, two plants, with only one spiral to climb — Calypso bush beans, the Turk’s turban winter squash between them — wee be little pumpkin, jack o’ lantern pumpkin,…