Is It Selfish To Choose A Life Without Prescribed Medications?

Is it really so wrong for someone to choose not to live a life that is extended through prescribed medications? I have asked myself this question many, many times, and I always come back to the same conclusion: I refuse to live my life taking prescription drugs, no matter what the cost. It is my life, after all!...more
Just googled for living without prescription meds and got your blog.  Thanks for putting it out ...more

The Senseless Death of Savita Halappanavar

In the early hours of Sunday, October 28th, Savita Halappanavar died a death that was, most likely, totally preventable. She died because the hospital where she was a patient denied her a lifesaving procedure, one that she requested, a procedure that she would have likely been granted nearly anywhere else in the western world. ...more
Amazing, a developED country, and this kind of story still exists.   I live in a third-world, ...more

Thinking About You Ryan!

Thinking About You Ryan! So will it be with the resurrection of the dead.  The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.  If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.  ~1 Corinthians 15:42-44...more

A Dog's Grief

Watching my father’s dog grieve is one of the most difficult parts of my own grief. This may seem like a ridiculous statement but I know why my father isn’t here, but his dog is lost and confused....more

Struggling With Grief

A lot has been going on in my life (and mind) in the past few weeks.  My next door neighbor lady fell while she was tending her garden. She broke her hip. She knew it was broken because just a few months before, while they were on vacation in Germany, she fell and broke the other side. ...more
Reading this reminded me of my father and two brothers that have passed, and all passed too ...more

Requiem for a Goat

I know I haven't written in a while, and I honestly thought I would be writing about the new puppy in our life. Instead I find myself writing about another death on the farm.Boots was born on May 15th of this year. She died on Sunday the 16th, just a day past turning 4 months old. And, today we buried her.I've been feeling like a bit of failure. When we had the massacre weekend, I promised Boots that I would take care of her. We took her to the breeder and then brought her back after 3 weeks. And, as I wrote back then, she was never quite the same. I called it goat PTSD....more
I'm very sorry for your loss.more

The Day's after My Father's Passing

I would give anything to have 10 more minutes with my father. Every day is a day farther away from him and closer to a lifetime without him. It is unbearable agony.  He was the most wonderful man.My father is the first person close to me that has passed away. Nothing could have prepared me for this. I didn’t know it was possible for my heart to hurt this much. The pain gets worse rather than better....more
@MEMtoLAX It does not get any easier when after dad, mom, mother-in-law and then father-in-law pass.more

Rest in Peace, Patrick O'Rourke

My friend Dan is one of those friends-for-life-no-matter-what type of friend.He's followed Frankly, My Dear from Day One. It was his encouragement that led me to start New Inklings Press. He was the first to buy The Unemployment Cookbook.We talk smack about sports, politics, and humor. All.The.Time. He's just a great guy with a great attitude and a great family.Dan and I have known each other since grade school. He still lives close to where we grew up in Michigan....more

Slaying the dragon

I think of death more than most people.  It’s only natural when you come face-to-face with it so often....more


I was having dinner with my girlfriend the other night when the topic of death came up. We are both unfortunate members of girls-who’ve-lost-their-fathers-too-young club; and as well-meaning as many people are, it is nice to speak with someone who understands what I’m going through....more