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Our Declaration of Equality and Interdependence

Our Declaration of Equality and Interdependence

As July 4th approached, I’d been thinking a lot about what it means to be a United States citizen, especially in light of our escalating COVID cases, the Black Lives Matter protests and the culture wars that have erupted over mask wearing and stay at home recommendations.  Our hyper-individualism appears to be a factor in exponentially escalating our COVID curve rather than flattening it. I wondered if the principles of independence and personal liberty our democracy was founded on were too limiting and missed addressing the collective as many other democracies do....

Learning when to listen and when to leap

Learning when to listen and when to leap

Two weeks ago I was delighted to have two blog posts already written and ready to go. But in light of all that is going on in our country around racial injustice and policing, they seemed inadequate. After multiple unsuccessful attempts at other posts, I had to get quiet and listen – both to the voices of those most affected and to what is arising in me in response. When I was first diagnosed, I leapt into action. Four days after confirmation of my condition, I was on a plane to Minnesota, for a two day appointment with an alternative cancer doctor. I did not spend a...

Have you been riding the coronacoaster*?

Have you been riding the coronacoaster*?

If you have been experiencing fluctuating emotional responses to all that has changed during the pandemic, as well as to national and world events, you are not alone. As an introvert and someone who works from home in a beautiful wooded sanctuary, sheltering in place was not that different or difficult for me the first month. Since then, cancelled events with family and friends, too much time sitting at a computer Zooming,  dramatically reduced personal territory and the relentlessly alarming news stirred up quite a bit emotionally for me. To manage this gamut of...

Your Choice-ordeal or adventure?

Your Choice-ordeal or adventure?

How we perceive what is happening to us can definitely impact how we experience it. By day 6 of my third hospitalization, this one for life-saving surgery, I was feeling disheartened as no one on my 4 medical teams could tell me when I might possibly leave. With an IV in each arm and 2 pumps draining fluid from my lung and pericardium, this felt like an ordeal to me. At my lowest point I recalled the saying "The difference between an ordeal and an adventure is attitude". I was on a transplant floor as that’s where there was an available room. When I compared my...

Nobody In, Nobody Out

Nobody In, Nobody Out

Growing up with 3 younger brothers, I often heard my mother say “Nobody In, Nobody Out” as she shut the door in the face of neighborhood kids knocking to find someone to play with. This occurred so often that at my mother’s wake one of the kids who grew up across the street from us and had experienced the door shutting many times, recounted “Nobody In, Nobody Out” as one of the most vivid memories he had of our family. In early March an optimistic Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases,  when asked about what measures...