Category Archives: Health

The Reluctant Traveler: from Tendonitis to Typewriters

Politics? Sexual harassment? The lovely movie I watched this morning? Dogs running circles around the yard in the cold bright light? Chronic left elbow tendonitis? OK, I’ll talk about that for a while, and maybe we’ll get somewhere today with … Continue reading

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Childhood Fears

Why is it I’m still afraid of the dentist? or not so much afraid as really super unwilling to go. I don’t exactly fear pain, because I know it doesn’t hurt so much. My dentist is careful to numb me … Continue reading

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On the Lighter Side

The last year was rough on a number of fronts for a lot of people. I’ve been having a rough time keeping a positive outlook, and I used to be a happy-go-lucky person. I’ve always been easily amused–something I embrace … Continue reading

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Theatre review: In The Next Room, or, The Vibrator Play

If you’re a fan of historical fiction you should see this play. If you’re a woman who has learned her way around her own body under less than optimal circumstances, or taught a man, you should see this play. If you’re a student of feminism, medicine, or sociology, you should see this play. If you need a laugh and can laugh at lengthy (and I assure you prudishly veiled) performances of hysteria cure in women and men, you should see this play. If you love steampunk for the finicky social rules, the language, the clothes, and clank, you should see this play. Continue reading

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The News From 2Dits Farm: Microgreens

The robins are hopping around the back yard, scratching at dead grass and shrinking patches of snow. There are some signs of things emerging from winter’s icy grip–the crocuses have popped up in the last couple of days, and the … Continue reading

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In Troubled Times: Letting Others Shield Me

It should come as no surprise to anyone who knows me well that I’m a dragon-slayer. I place myself squarely between my loved ones and anything that threatens them. It’s a longstanding family joke that the only time I used … Continue reading

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The News From 2Dits Farm: Nap Time

I set the stove timer for twenty minutes, which is much easier than fussing with the alarm clock. By the time I’ve taken five steps toward the great room, Gracie–who has been fast asleep all morning on one of the … Continue reading

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In Troubled Times: A Personal Sanctuary

When I received a letter from the Department of Corrections, informing me of the late March parole hearing for the man who raped and murdered my mother, I felt overwhelmed. It had been as much as I could do to … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer Builds a Spa on a Shoestring

NOTE: I’ll be back March 18 with the promised next episode of my Greek Travels, a mysterious trip through a flooded cavern labyrinth.  Here in Bellingham, WA, the “far corner” of the Pacific Northwest, we’ve been enjoying or enduring (depending … Continue reading

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In Troubled Times: Tenaciously Hopeful

Recently I’ve noticed more articles on staying grounded in joy and hope, even when surrounded by fear. Perhaps such articles have always been part of the general social media discourse and I am only now becoming sufficiently calm to notice … Continue reading

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