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The magic of Christmas and the uninvited guest

Another holiday season has come and gone. The last few years our holidays have been dampened by health issues, so this year I decided to go all out with decorating.…

Being thankful: A cure for ‘cancer of the soul’

Being thankful: A cure for ‘cancer of the soul’

Another Thanksgiving has come and gone, and we are left with the remnants of turkey and “Black Friday,” among other things. I have to admit that this has never been…

What does not kill you makes you … what?

I have been thinking about the saying, “What does not kill you makes you stronger,” and I am not sure that is always true. I recently read something written on…

Magic glasses, no more conundrums

Isn’t “conundrums” a great word? It thunders on your tongue if you say it slow — con-un-drums — and it is a great word for describing our lives these days;…

Finding summer magic … all year round

Trying to remember life before cancer is like looking at a bare tree in the dead of winter and trying to imagine it in the blaze of fall. Cancer is…

There’s help … and then, there’s help

Today, I am feeling amazed at the dramatic lifestyle changes required to cope with this type of drastic but often lifesaving surgery. The long recovery time is surprising — I…

The mole hill is becoming Mount Everest

We tend to think of cancer as an end of life disease affecting more older people than other age groups,  and that may well be true. I don’t know the…

An act of kindness heals giver and recipient alike

As human beings, we know we all have some of both the best and the worst in us. The worst we can always spot, but what is it that brings…

Keep climbing, and look for strong branches

As I step outside today, I feel fall in the air. I love the quiet of early morning. It is cool and crisp, with hardly a cloud in the sky.…