Recycling as devotion

Sometimes I feel like my effort to be a good recycling and sorting citizen owns me. I have been recycling for about 53 years. My first foray was that I had to drive about 10 miles to drop off my small amount of single woman recycling maybe once a month. Fast forward to the last few months. We have no [...]

January 23rd, 2024|

Fatigue in polio survivors… and others

Assuming that you may not know what post-polio sequelae involves, I’ll tell you briefly, because fatigue is the primary aspect that nearly all polio survivors experience, even if they never had paralysis (which most polio patients did not). I have had a mostly paralyzed leg and fully paralyzed foot for 72 years, for my part. What happens with this syndrome [...]

November 3rd, 2023|

Turning truth into fiction

I’ve just finished writing a novel. My editor and I have passed it back and forth, and I sent what I think and hope is my final version back to her this afternoon. Although it’s my third book, it’s my first work of fiction. It started as a nine-page essay, a summary of what I knew about my maternal grandfather. [...]

October 5th, 2023|

Mom’s the word

If you’ve read my memoir, you may recall that I had a conflicted relationship with my mother. (If you haven’t read it, it’s still available to order anywhere books are sold and at libraries.) But right now, I would like to share with you some better memories of my mother and some of what I feel she gave me in [...]

May 11th, 2023|

Dealing with doctors

You probably can relate to this: I’ve just been through a frustrating and bordering upon lunatic fiasco with three medical offices. I have had two colonoscopies in the last twenty or so years. It was time for another one, and I had some worrisome symptoms this past December, so thought I’d get on it and schedule. Now, my husband says [...]

April 25th, 2023|

The little old lady from Pasadena

I have been learning a few things in online traffic school. Yes, I got a ticket, on the freeway. Okay, okay, here’s the story. I’m not excusing myself; I’m just telling you what happened. From the beginning. My sister died over five years ago. Sad enough. In fact, devastating. She was what you’d call elderly, but, still. My closest relative [...]

February 4th, 2023|

New polio in the US–and vaccinations

A few months out of the hospital, 1951 As a polio survivor who has done significant research on polio and written a memoir about my own experience, which included some of that scientific research, and one who has also written a book about dealing with disability and aging and ways of making life easier, I’m about to give [...]

September 22nd, 2022|

Checking in

I've not written a blog post for nearly five months. It's not that I haven't had any thoughts, as I'm sure you'd imagine. I just have been caught up with other life stuff that has diverted me. I'm going to post a blog about polio and vaccinations but at the moment, I'll just say this: I hired two new gardening [...]

August 26th, 2022|
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