Portion Control and the Holidays

      I have loosely followed the principles of the South Beach diet for the last few years, and it has helped me to lose 30 lbs.  I had 10 more pounds to lose, but I hit a plateau over the last year.  And then I gained ten pounds back too.  I admit that […]

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Creative Block

As I wrote in an earlier blog, October was an exhausting month for me. There were birthdays, my daughter’s bridal shower, followed by the death of grandmother, her funeral, and my daughter’s Halloween wedding. I celebrated, decorated, and mourned.  In November, I found myself drained on several levels…..and quite disturbed over the presidential election results. […]

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Childhood Cancer

The following was my final project for a course I took in “Medical Humanities” earlier this year.  I felt blessed to be given an opportunity to express my experience as a mother, caregiver, and artist in this way. As the authors I have referenced pointed out, treatment of a disease extends beyond treating the disease in […]

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Warding Off the Fright of Student Loan Debt

As you may have read in my blog, I recently graduated from California State University East Bay.  Recently, I received the dreaded email from my student loan servicer with the bolded words “Grace period ends soon.  Your first payment is due…..”  AAAAAAAAAAHHHHH! To cope with this threat of impending doom, I must evaluate my perspective […]

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Biting the concrete and the pool.

I recently recovered from a knee injury.  About a month ago, as I walked on the wet, narrow concrete pathway that lies between my pool and pool fence, I slipped and fell the wrong way into the pool.  How can someone fall in a pool wrong?  Be me.  One leg went in the pool, and […]

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