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Finding My Way

I’ve been writing poetry for a long time, but I still feel like I’m finding my way with my writing and publishing journey

I have written enough poems that I could publish several books. What I’m thinking about right now, is publishing a few smaller chap books, before I focus on a longer book.

I still want to make progress in sending my poems out to literary magazines, but I’m just so damn tired. As much as I want to get my poetry out there, I need to focus on my health.

It’s frustrating, having limitations that are constantly changing, …

April 3, 2019

I feel a great sadness, at my lack of maintaining this website. I just keep forgetting about it. When I was actively working on publishing my book of dog poems, I found it easier to focus on my blog. I have been so distracted by my everyday life, and time keeps slipping by.

March 17th, I turned 60 years old. Donna and my friend Baihlah threw me a beautiful surprise party. It was wonderful ! I felt very loved ! In my mind, I’m still about 12 years old. I don’t feel 60. Even with the difficulties that can accompany …

Life in the slow lane

You think that if something is important to you, you would remember to do it. That however, is not the case with me. When I started this blog I felt real gung ho. I was enthusiastic and committed. It was such an important part of where I was at, at that time. The importance of this blog has not changed for me.What has changed is life. These past two years in particular I have been dealing with various health issues.Breast Cancer, MS, Fibromyalgia, and most recently Benign Proxysimal Positional Vertigo.(BPPV) I’m dizzy all the time. I see a physical therapist …

Getting Organized

I have spent the last six months organizing my house. Cleaning out drawers and closets, getting rid of a lot of stuff. My friend Baihlah says, “Save the best, lose the rest.” I tried to follow that theme as I’ve gone through each drawer, closet, and room. Donna and I have lightened our load immensely.

For the last 3 months my dear friend and editor Cristina, has been helping me to organize my poetry. We have been learning together how to use more of the features offered by Scrivener, the Writing app I use for writing my poetry. We have …

I’m Back !

I truly don’t know how almost 4 months have passed since writing on my blog.I guess I had a lot of things going on. I’m May I had surgery to remove my ovaries and Fallopian Tubes.I’m at a higher risk for getting ovarian cancer due to family history of cancer. I also started on a new drug for my MS, and had to adjust to its side effects, while dealing with some bad side effects of yet another medication. It was causing severe depression, so I went off of it. It was a hormone blocker that my oncologist wanted me …

Yikes !

It’s March 6,2018 and I haven’t posted for months. Since my last post my chest wound has healed completely. I guess I got so busy living my life that I forgot about writing on my blog.

I really believed 2018 was going to be a better year, but the way this year has started out, it doesn’t appear so. Donna and I have just gotten over the flu. We were sick for 3 weeks. Then Friday I broke off my front teeth and my cap. I am not a happy camper. Implants were recommended. I will be spending the week …

My Wound Vac

I carry this machine around
like an elephant ear.

The implications
are hard to swallow.

Plastic hosing sucks
fluid from my wound

like an elephant taking
a drink with its trunk.

Heavy, bigger than
its actual size,

meaning is lost among
most,

as it is amongst
poachers.

But I know,

I know,
its meaning

like the elephant’s
footprint

on my throat.…

Healing Forward

I can’t believe it has been almost a month since I posted anything. Having this chest wound that needs to heal, really shows me just how powerless I am. I am doing everything I know, to get this wound to heal. I’m eating protein like crazy, I’m eating lots of pineapple, and taking extra vitamin C, both help promote wound healing. I’m hooked up to a wound vac which I have to wear 24/7. And yet, I can’t control how fast this thing is going to heal. It is going to take as long as it is going to take. …

An All Too Real Halloween Costume

On September 19, 2017, I had a mastectomy of my left breast. Shortly after that I developed something called eschar on my incision site. It is basically an unhealthy scab. The skin necrotized forming a scab. They had to remove the eschar so the tissue underneath it could grow. I was left with a big open chest wound, the scariest Halloween Costume I have ever worn.

I was originally told the wound could take up to a year to heal, but that if I used a wound vac it could cut that time in half. I am currently hooked up …

I Continue On…

Next Tuesday, September 19th, I have my second mastectomy. It feels harder than my first one because it feels so final. I’ll be happy to have this over with so I can concentrate on other things like publishing my next book, and getting back to painting again.

Donna has her surgery to remove her colon cancer ten days after my surgery, September 29th. Hopefully that will be all she needs. I pray for no lymph node involvement so she doesn’t have to go through chemo or radiation.

I’m having so much fun writing my poetry right now. I wrote a …