I awoke to interesting things this morning. Six inches of snow, and a temperature of 10 F, that’s -12C. Happy April 20. While colder than normal, snow is not uncommon around here in April, or even May. And then, I checked my email. This morning’s Ragtag Daily Prompt is Encephalopathy. Yikes. I do know the […]Read More Good Morning
In the A to Z April writing challenge, today’s letter is F. F is for Flowers. As the rhyme goes, April showers bring May flowers. True enough, and here in Colorado, the showers may be either rain or snow. We had a little bit of rain yesterday, and the forecast suggests we may get snow […]Read More Flowers
This appeared yesterday in my Facebook feed from Barr Lake State Park: It is with great sadness that we have to report that our nesting bald eagle tree fell down. We got a report from a park visitor this morning. Park staff responded immediately to see what had happened. The nest was destroyed and two […]Read More Eagles Downed
Duty. It’s an interesting concept. I tend to think of it as doing something simply because it needs to be done. Over the years I’ve come to recognize that I may have become a bit skewed in my sense of obligation or perception of duty. Perusing Merriam-Webster online, I find: Obligatory tasks, functions, conduct or […]Read More Duty and the Resent-o-meter
In her blog, Write Along with Me, Lois Roelofs mentions Blogging from A to Z and I like the idea; perhaps it will get me out of my non-writing mode. I haven’t been able to “officially” sign up, but I’m going to start anyway. The challenge is to write using the letters of the alphabet […]Read More Blogging from A to Z: B Blogging, Boulder, Birds and Baking
I know of people who don’t eat leftovers; they routinely discard any food not eaten after the meal. To me, that’s a tremendous waste. So many people don’t have enough to eat, throwing away food feels irresponsible. I can see discarding food that won’t keep, that will go bad. If its going to make someone […]Read More Leftover = Treasure
No Resolution. Yes, that’s how I am greeting 2021. Happy New Year to all of us. May this be truly a year of peace and healing and growth. Back to No Resolution. First off, 2020 has certainly left us in an unresolved place. Many societal issues have been exposed with painful clarity. Resolution and reckoning […]Read More No Resolution
About 6 weeks ago, I wrote about the Cameron Peak fire and the effects of its smoke and ash many miles away, where I live. Since then, there have been some changes. That fire has continued burning and is now the largest wildfire in Colorado’s history, at 206,977 acres this morning (see the InciWeb site […]Read More Hot, Smoke and Snow, pt 2–Troublesome Times
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 […]Read More Hot, Smoke and Snow
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