Up to My Neck in Alligators

Ah, up to my neck in alligators. The morning's first meditative thought, familiar and friendly. Tricky though--thoughts--learning to look and not touch or risk getting swept up in ego’s infinite loop. Awareness can be exhausting, and when I feel the alligators, I know I must sit with my energy. I’ve separated my yin from yang. Being... Continue Reading →

A Slow Fusion Is Better Than None

No matter the purpose of my appointment with the neurosurgeon, the conversation always comes down to autoimmune disease. Today’s visit was no different. This is the same neurosurgeon’s office that--a few weeks ago--rescheduled my appointment without telling me. Beyond that, there was an additional conversation about another scheduling error. However, we all showed up today... Continue Reading →

A Congress of Old–and Getting Older–White Men

This morning, I “celebrate” the latest GOP idea about healthcare with gluten-free, chocolate chip cookies dipped in unsweetened almond milk. Yes, I know. It is this kind of decision-making and behavior that leads to pre-existing conditions. Gluten-free or no, what is involved here is sugar, even in unsweetened almond milk, which also contains very few... Continue Reading →

The Mechanics of Freedom

An ordinary life examined closely reveals itself to be exquisite and complicated and exceptional, somehow managing to be both heroic and plain. (Susan Orlean) On Monday, my orthopedic surgeon released me from restricted activity. Replacing my hip joints with functioning metal has proven a great pain reliever. Metal is oblivious to the end-stage osteoarthritis that... Continue Reading →

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