LIVING WITH/WITHOUT MAC

Here I am on the fast track again.  I've been limping along on my old PC since June 28th, having killed my MacBook with a big splash of white wine....more

Travel but Very Little Leisure

Boy, did I dodge a bullet this summer.  I came this close (and $3,000 shy) of taking a romantic vacation with my husband.  After seeing photos of my friends living it up in London, Paris, Bucharest, Anchorage, and Seattle, I set about planning the perfect vacation – in my head.  We would fly to Montreal and then take a quick jaunt over to Quebec City where I would practice my French which consists of three words I have gleaned from my daily crossword puzzling and the days of the week that I learned in 7th grade....more

A YEAR LATER

I think retirement has been good for me.  A year later, I am standing slightly straighter, my smile more relaxed, albeit goofy.  I'm working on being natural and 'me'.  My vegetable beds look awesome, don't they?  I'm slowly excavating and recovering the lost part...more
marisab Very true!  Thanks for reading.more

I Am More Than My Diagnosis

This is a topic I’ve been reflecting on for a long time. I’ve read many articles and posts on both sides of the argument. I’ve read posts from adults with spina bifida, and parents of children with spina bifida, who say that spina bifida doesn’t define them. I’ve also seen the other side of the coin, from parents who say that, indeed, spina bifida defines their children. ...more

I'm Not That Kind of Blogger

I've been blogging again for three weeks and feel like my space has been growing a lot in that short span. Not because I'm that awesome or anything. Mostly because I've been aggressively targeting people to stalk, sponsor, and write for me this summer. But still, new readers. Cool. So let's talk about the things you probably won't ever find here. AKA "Why I'll Never Be Popular" or "Reasons Why Pinterest is Not for Me." ...more
TW I know exactly what you mean!  I used to just sit in the bookstore for an hour or two and ...more

WHEN I WAS SEVENTEEN

When I was seventeen, it was a very good year.  The Pan American Games was in Winnipeg.  I had finished Grade 10.  I wore mascara and eyeliner and had a $7 hair switch which I put up in curls almost every day.  I was full of confidence I didn't possess....more

SUNDAY SAILING

The weather had forecast some rain in the afternoon yesterday.  We headed out to Elbow early in the morning anyways.  We had waited so long for the first sail of the year.  It was time to get out of Dodge, away from the traffic,  noise and speed of life....more

A DANGLING CONVERSATION

Life is like a song, like Simon and Garfunkel's The Dangling Conversation."It's a still life water color, Of a now late afternoon, As the sun shines through the curtained lace And shadows wash the room."...more

WHO KNOWS BEST

Happy Fourth of July to my American family and friends.It's a hot one today.  Nothing like a dripping tap, broken toilet and a mentally ill neighbour having an episode in the morning to set my teeth on edge for the day.  A slow Internet on an even slower PC isn't helping my disposition any.  But I am hanging in there.  I am determined to make the month as per status quo.  I breathe, drop my shoulders, clear my mind.  I close down the browser, shut the computer off and restarted everything.  Success!...more

You're the sing in my song

Today I held you in the pool, tightly against my body, memorizing the way the moment felt. I watched your uninhibited smiles, listened to your screams of happiness, and watched you dare to swim ever further from me, ever deeper. I dipped beneath the surface and watched your legs kicking through the water, arms fluttering. In the underwater silence I considered how many more years we'll have just like this....more