As some of my recent writings have reflected, my 90 year old father is actively dying, his replaced aortic valve no longer working. One month ago today, we formally enrolled him in hospice care. It has been quite the month. As Dad’s eldest child, I was given responsibility of being his general power of attorney […]Read More On Mother’s Day in a Month of Father’s Days
It’s my day to be with Dad. I’m packing up for a 24 hour stint. Toothbrush, pillow, coffee, laptop. Ziggy the cat knows something is up, and is following me around, howling to be picked up or simply climbing my leg. I’m due there in about an hour, so time to finish my packing, eat […]Read More The only constant, part 2
Change. Intellectually and professionally, I understand this just fine. And it’s my turn to live it in an intensified fashion. 5 April Dad sick. 6 April To hospital. 8 April Not Covid-19. It is failure of his previously replaced aortic valve. 9 April Discharged from Hospital. Home to his independent living apartment in a senior […]Read More And the only constant is . . .
Way back in the 1980’s, I was a resident in Family Medicine. Our training was a mix of hospital-based clinical training, rotating through all the usual specialties: internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, emergency medicine, etc. Another significant part of our training was outpatient clinical work. We started slowly, one half day per week […]Read More Medical Misinformation
Its Earth Day, and in fact the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. As someone who remembers the first one, and back then started adjusting my life habits to be gentle on the earth and continues to be aware, it is with surprise that so many people are unaware or unconcerned. For me, its “old news” […]Read More Earth Day
Today is Ziggy the cat’s 11th birthday. He joined our family at the end of September, so he’s been with us just over 6 months. He’s a family member now, the most athletic cat I’ve ever had, quick and with fabulous leaps. He’s a pretty quirky fellow, even for a cat. Head bumps, marking our […]Read More Happy Birthday, Ziggy!
yes, that’s good word for today. covid-19 plenty for any of us. My dad is ill, in home hospice for one week now after 4 days in hospital his wife not coping well with this challenge. wants to put him in the nursing home part of their retirement community In lockdown due to virus. no […]Read More overwhelmed.
NO, I am not selling anything, despite my use of this hackneyed infomercial phrase. More learning. So much to learn. All of us are learning more than we wanted to know about coronaviruses in general and Covid-19 in specific. I’m learning details about symptoms, timelines, clinical courses of illness. All that good stuff that’s helpful […]Read More But wait! There’s more.
With apologies and gratitude to the Rolling Stones. The link below takes you to a youtube recording, the full tune as released on Let it Bleed. Songs from my youth. You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need. This is one of […]Read More You Can’t Always Get What You Want
I wrote yesterday about going in to serve at a new temporary shelter for ill individuals without a home. I arrived at the appointed time along with others who would also be present in various roles. We were oriented to the shelter, taken through mask and glove and safety precautions and how the shelter would […]Read More Hurry Up and Wait
Indeed. We are all adjusting to having this novel coronavirus, COVID-19 be such a huge part of our world and daily lives. So much uncertainty and change. I just got another piece of that, when I received an email today with the heading of MRCBC Deployment Information. As you may or may not know, I […]Read More Strange Times
I haven’t posted much over the last year or so. Life’s been busy, there have been changes and health challenges for family members, my time and energy have been focused in other ways. And today I feel like writing. One of my current challenges regards my father. He turned 90 in January, and his health […]Read More Pi Day Surprises
Meet Ziggy. He’s the new kid in our household. Adopted from the Boulder Humane Society on Monday, he’s a 10 year old Siamese mix. Z’s a friendly and very affectionate fellow once you make his “approved” list. He hides from strangers, although he came right up to BA and I when we were introduced at […]Read More A New Kid in Town
Hello again from the North country, or as is often said around here, the U P (Upper Peninsula, or yooper) We are in Marquette, Michigan, staying at the town Tourist Park (aka campground). Its a pretty nice place, with water and forest, and very close to the town and Northern Michigan University. We arrived yesterday […]Read More Superior, Part 2. Marquette
I’m reposting an edit of this. The original was put up from my phone as I had no internet access. Now I do, and I’ve discovered that most of the photos never uploaded. So I hope this adds a few more. On the BIG LAKE. We reached Lake Superior on Wednesday. It was windy, rainy […]Read More Superior, Part 1. Amended
Meet Lucille Van White. You may recall Lucy One White, my late cat who wrote a Friday column for some time. Lucy the cat has been physically gone a year now, although she still transmits plenty of comments to our household. Twenty years leaves a lasting presence. But I digress. Back to Lucy Van. Lucy […]Read More Van Life: Meet the new Lucy
I haven’t written much about my van that I bought last summer. I’ve taken it out for an overnight, my second. I am in the small mountain town of Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado. Staying in a municipal park which has a few campsites. The Colorado river is my front porch, the railroad tracks go by, […]Read More Camping
Directionals, blinkers, dinkers, turn indicators, signals, call them what you like, just use them. A pet peeve of mine is people not indicating their upcoming turns. I’m sure that I, too, fail periodically at this task, but I do indicate more often than not. Simple courtesy and not difficult to do. As a local bumper […]Read More Use Them, Please!
Predator eats arm Then a new part develops Regeneration! It amazes me how starfish and other “lower” animals are able to regenerate body parts. What fabulous resilience! For today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt of Regenerate.Read More Comeback Story
Today’s RDP is Breathtaking. This is the view from one of the hikes I took this past weekend. It was my first overnight camp in my van, and as a shakedown cruise, it went pretty well. I figured out what worked as anticipated and what could use improvement. And of course, there are always new […]Read More Breathtaking
The weather folks were right this time, and yesterday’s rain turned to snow overnight. We got about 4 inches. The roads are mostly clear, as the retained heat melts the snow on contact. It’s a different story for the plants. Leafed out trees bow low, and I’m sure there will be some broken limbs from […]Read More Spring Snow
Today’s prompt is Blustery, and it is. Thirty five degrees F (2C), spitting a mix of rain and snow with some wind. Not unheard of for this time of year, and on the cold side. And yet, the plants keep blooming. These columbine in our garden are particularly beautiful this year. Perhaps that is one […]Read More Blustery
Today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt is Eyebrow. I chose it in response to some recent sightings of what appeared to be very curious stenciled eyebrows. At the fabric store, the clerk cutting my material had brows that were at least 3 times the usual size painted across her brow and forehead. I’ve seen these a […]Read More Strange Looks
I had something else in mind for today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt of Bench, and then life, with its attendant adjustments of time and commitments intervened. Instead, I’ll give you the photos I took yesterday while walking through the small arboretum near my home. A fine variety of benches, for resting, art, eating, visiting or simply […]Read More Arboretum Benches
This is a rerun in honor of today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt of Snake. It was originally published March 2018. It’s a little hard for me to believe that Lucy has been gone for 8 months now. Her presence is still strong in our hearts. .Hello again, its me, Lucy One White. Today, I’m going to […]Read More Lucy, Snake Hunter.
As I’ve briefly mentioned before, I bought a van for traveling. The young couple who originally owned it had lived in it full time for over a year and had built it to suit their needs. There were good bones, and it didn’t completely suit my purposes. Weather and time permitting, I’ve been working on […]Read More A New Favorite
Meadowlark phoebe Redwing red breast hawk duck goose Morning song delights. It’s been a very busy stretch recently, and I have made a lot of compromises between desires and commitments. I have worked hard to get at least a bit of exercise each days. These early spring mornings, it’s a delight to be out […]Read More Morning Birds
Early spring morning Tiny island tiny pond Nesting pair prepares. Very busy birds in this patch of open space this morning. As I first ran by, these ducks were hunkered down. When I stopped to take their photo, they arose and soon were swimming. I didn’t see a nest, but I suspect it’s nearby. For […]Read More nesting
In The Wasteland, T.S. Eliot famously stated that April is the cruelest month. That is of course, a matter of opinion and experience. Concerning the weather, it seems true this week. Monday was pleasant and Tuesday was pushing towards hot, with a high above 80. The kids were out in shorts and sandals, it was […]Read More Cruel?
A month ago, I hadn’t heard this term. When I first heard it, I thought “over dramatizing again”. Now we’ve had two in the past month. A bomb cyclone is a weather phenomenon, defined by a very rapid drop it atmospheric pressure; falling more than 24 millibars in less than 24 hours. Warm and cold […]Read More BOMB CYCLONE