Giving Care to Z

  Caregiving is a complicated business. It is hard, but also rewarding. It is painful, but also results in humor and positivity. It is a challenge, but I find I am grateful for the extra burden. I haven’t been in a dedicated caregiver role for another living creature close to me in awhile, but since […]

How Did You Meet?

When I moved back to Chicago from Los Angeles in 2001, I decided that I wasn’t meeting anyone interesting in my everyday world and that I should try on-line dating. I registered for both Match.com and Matchmaker.com and tried my luck. I found the whole process intriguing in those early days of digital matchmaking and […]

Breaking My Heart

Terry started working in New Orleans three months before I officially made the move here myself. I made a number of visits to check out the city and help find housing; however, I didn’t officially make the move from Chicago until August 2009. I packed up our condo and coordinated the movers while still rehabbing […]

On Shirley Temple Black

As a girl, I loved Shirley Temple. As a PCV/RPCV, I respected her involvement in foreign affairs and diplomacy. As a woman in my mid-40s, newly diagnosed with breast cancer, I admired her being so key in the 1970s to removing the secrecy surrounding this nasty disease. As a breast cancer survivor, diagnosed at the […]

Compendium of EMWA–January

com•pen•di•um [kuh m-pen-dee-uh m] noun, plural com•pen•di•ums, com•pen•di•a 1. a brief treatment or account of a subject, especially an extensive subject; concise treatment: a compendium of medicine. 2. a summary, epitome, or abridgment. 3. a full list or inventory: a compendium of their complaints. So, my January Compendium of EMWA goes something like this: Things […]

The Iceman Cometh!

Wow! January was a handful! At school we had bomb threats, broken water mains, and inclement weather impacting five of our school days. Two days were no school days; one was a no student day; another was a delayed start; and one resulted in the school being evacuated while the bomb dogs could sniff the […]

My 2014 Three Word Mantra

Last year, I was inspired by Philippa at Feisty Blue Gecko, Marie at Journeying Beyond Breast Cancer and AnneMarie at Chemobrainfog to create a 3 word mantra to help guide me through 2013. I liked my 3 words: agility, openness, and creativity and they were a surprisingly rewarding addition to my year. Looking back over […]