Single Moms: You're Stronger Than You Think You Are

This is what single-motherhood looks like: 8-year-old in the back seat, bleeding profusely from a bone-deep gash on her knee, paper towels soaked in her blood beneath a dish towel I tied in a hasty knot around her leg. Her 6-year-old sister, so queasy from the sight of the wound that her face is not green but grey, holding a mixing bowl in her lap and a wad of napkins in her hand. It's nearing their bedtime, we never got to eat the dinner I made, I'm nursing a burn on my forearm from my haste to get the dinner out of the oven, the sleepover guest was sent home in a tearful, frightened rush, and I'm racing toward the clinic that will stitch my daughter up, all the while reassuring her that she's fine, it isn't that bad, it won't hurt much. ...more
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Muscle Injury: Should You Stop Exercising?

If you have a muscle injury, getting advice from a doctor or physical therapist is critical to coming back from an injury.  But, stopping all exercise may not be the recommended solution.  For issues such as shoulder strain, C. David Geier, MD, director of sports medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston explains that impingement is usually the cause of the pain.  It occurs when the space between your rotator cuff muscles and the bone on top of your shoulder narrows, pinching the tendons....more


SEVERAL years ago I shattered the end of my ulna and destroyed the cartlidge in my wrist.  I lost most of my motion in my wrist at that point.  Recently actually February 12, 2013 my wrist was totally fused.  ...more

Pleasant Woman, Interesting Problem.

I’ve been in a Four-Alarm Funk since this happened.  Agony does not bring out the best in me.  I am lucky my family hasn’t put me by the side of the road with a “Free To ANY Home” sign stuck to me.  I’ve been miserable all day, every day – for four months.  No relief. ...more

Good Saturday Morning

Because not cooking is not an option.

It was silly of me to think I could get through a holiday without any sort of ridiculous issue.  For years now, I manage to have some sort of illness that totally screws up the holiday season....more

Not so handicap accessible

Diannebug  It's almost been an entire year since I broke my leg in such a grandiose way. Looking back over this past year, i can honestly tell you that many/most places that are so-called "handicap accessible" are full of excrement....more

Brave Young Woman Injured While Speaking Truth to Power

I've been rather absorbed with other things and even more other things, but a friend's injury and arrest in Washington D.C. finally got my attention. ...more

The SpokenCoast Project: Wheelie bag donation request

Originally published May 23, 2011 on body feels much like the cracked plastic of my truck’s blinker light this morning. At least I could easily buy the truck part & replace it. Not so much with my shoulder & neck.  ...more

The SpokenCoast Project: Bodies don’t lie...

Made it up to the Clair Tappan lodge today for the Wilderness First Responder course with the Sierra Club.  I wanted to take this course before leaving on the trip so I felt better prepared for a wilderness emergency.  You can never have too many backcountry skills, I’ve found....more