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Hot, Smoke and Snow

Okay, so we all (or at least the vast majority of us) recognize that 2020 is an unusual year. Around here (Colorado) its been extra strange weather wise. Back in May, we had a record cold snap that took out a lot of fruit crops. Frost and freezes in May are not unusual, but getting […]

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The only constant, part 2

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 […]

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And the only constant is . . .

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 […]

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Medical Misinformation

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 […]

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Earth Day

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” […]

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Happy Birthday, Ziggy!

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 […]

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overwhelmed.

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 […]

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But wait! There’s more.

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 […]

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Hurry Up and Wait

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 […]

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Strange Times

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 […]

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Pi Day Surprises

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 […]

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A New Kid in Town

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 […]

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Superior, Part 2. Marquette

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 […]

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Superior, Part 1. Amended

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 […]

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Van Life: Meet the new Lucy

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 […]

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Camping

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, […]

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Use Them, Please!

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 […]

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Comeback Story

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.

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Breathtaking

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 […]

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Spring Snow

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 […]

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Blustery

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 […]

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Strange Looks

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 […]

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Arboretum Benches

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 […]

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Lucy, Snake Hunter.

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 […]

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A New Favorite

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 […]

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Morning Birds

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 […]

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nesting

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 […]

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