My Disease

I’ve lost a lot of friends and loved ones over the last decade or so. Cancer has been the big villain in these losses. My mother-in-law, a bunch of coworkers, friends, and my darling dog, Tilda. After Tilda died of cancer of the spleen, which 1 in 3 dogs in the United States will have, I had the most difficulty recovering. Every ache or pain had me asking, is this my cancer? Even though cancer doesn’t run in my family I thought my time would be up soon.

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The last picture I took of Tilda

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Mod Bod

Mod is an abbreviation for either modular or modern. I grew up in the age of the Mod Squad but also modular housing and furniture. Lately, I’ve had dreams where I could pull out part of my body and shape it into anything I wanted. Firmer boobs, bigger butt, smaller waist, and get rid of the double chins. All of these options are available through modern surgery, but cost way more than just pulling and pushing flesh around. Continue reading “Mod Bod”

Water Angels

Swimming is the most amazing exercise ever invented. The appeal for writers is the ability to imagine all the stuff that could be going on. You could be merfolk, or a pirate who crossed the line with the captain, or a sabotage agent swimming quietly through the bay to plant explosives on the ships of the enemy. Or rescuing prisoners by leading them through the cold arctic waters. Continue reading “Water Angels”

Healthy and Obese

As I approach my 65th birthday, I am realizing my excess fat is too much at home on my body to be shifted easily. For a writer, I am fairly active. I have set appointments to walk twice a week for a distance of about 1.4 miles. We often dawdle because we have our dogs with us and we are neither as young as we used to be. But we are Nature Bathing with the trees, the mountains, the wildlife, and the lake around which we walk. Continue reading “Healthy and Obese”

Hydrotherapy

Have you heard that term? How was it being used? I can’t believe how many times I have heard it recently since I began watching dog rescue videos on YouTube. One vet uses it to mean he’s going to wash the rescued animal and especially clean out any open wounds. Wikipedia thinks it means getting into hot water, then into cold water, then back to warm. Also, there’s the use of whirlpools and spas. Well, here’s what Hydrotherapy for Writers is like.

 

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What I think I look like when swimming

 

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Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise

During the past several years that I have been attending the Weigh to Go weight loss support group, I have learned things that make a lot of sense. The certified nutritionist who leads the group stresses that we don’t need willpower, we need skillpower. If an individual doesn’t have the tools with which to create a new mindset and lifestyle, very little will change. Then I read about wantpower. Oh, that’s my top issue right there. Continue reading “Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise”

Flu Season Hunting Rules and Limits

First of all, Know your Flu. The symptoms are exactly the same, only the severity is different. A(H3) is more common this year than A(H1N1). Both like to prey on young children and the elderly. A late season showing by H3N2 is bad news for the elderly. Due to the weakening of the respiratory system, either flu could lead to pneumonia and hospitalization of any age person. Continue reading “Flu Season Hunting Rules and Limits”