a note to my former self

You've seen me splash the word Schmutzie around here before. It's no secret how much I admire her work and what an impact she made the first time I heard her speak. She helped send me in an unexpected direction. I couldn't be more grateful. ...more

On Turning Fifty, One Year Anniversary, New Lifestyles and New Directions

It's been a busy few days for us at the broke-down palace. My dad, who turned 50 in November, had to go in for emergency heart surgery. He has arrhythmia, and he had been on a heart monitor for a while. He was seeing double, getting dizzy, and before the heart moniter, when he was younger, he would black out. At one point, his heart rate stopped for 5.5 seconds while being monitered. That's equivalent to 11 beats per minute. At ten seconds doctors consider it cardiac arrest. ...more