Conquering came in measured steps
in a mountain hamlet on a dusty road.
Victory savored autumn’s best
with no regrets with my daughter’s presence.
Hope overcame a pain filled past.
Each step afforded a new adventure
measured in laughter and adventurous joy. Continue reading “Overcoming”
Dear Friends and Family,
For more years than I would like to recount, I have been battling chronic pain. Since this adversity entered my life, my world as I once knew it, has drastically changed. Every day I struggle with pain; it never leaves. But, I still have a life to lead, a job to fulfill, and dreams to follow. Continue reading “Finding my Tribe”
All of my life, I have loved the water. During my childhood, I grew up in Alameda, California, an island in the San Francisco Bay. Most days, I could be found near the seashore or in the nearby swimming pool. My mom put me in swimming lessons at a young age after she found me swimming in a child’s pool while wearing a long skirt. I was pretending that I was a mermaid. Some of my fondest memories have revolved around water and the beaches that I so desperately miss. Continue reading “Chronic pain: I Should Have Been a Mermaid”
At my age, I have started to think a lot about a bucket list. In all honesty, it all started a couple of years ago when I was teaching eighth grade. I had this young student who was an old soul. One day we were discussing Orson Well’s Animal Farm when out of left field, he asks, “How does it feel to know that your life is half over?” Continue reading “A Bucket List”