On Steering Troubled Waters

There is love. There is hope. There is always a chance. Amen, sister!

3 am thoughts and musings

Only in the darkness can you see the stars.

Martin Luther King, Jr

The New Year has gotten off to a rocky start. I am not sure if there is something in the water, sand, or air (or maybe my margaritas), but it seems that everywhere I turn, things are veering off course. I set my sail to go east, and I am blown north; I try to dock in a safe harbor, only to be turned away. I am not the only one who has had a number of significant challenges, and I hear of many troubles from friends and family. Last year started off with promise and hope, but for many ended with anxiety, stress, illness, heartache, loss. And instead of being abated with the ringing in of a New Year at midnight, things seem to have been snowballing into ever spiraling chaos. So far, this year has…

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The Patience of an ex-Patient

My brain rushes through all the things I think I must do today, or tomorrow, or should have done yesterday: paying bills; cleaning house; making, changing, and keeping appointments. I've already done a mile walk and 20 minutes of squats, planks, and leg lifts. My daily crossword and cryptogram are complete. It's too early to…

Embassy Art

Physical independence has expanded my world: from a single bed, to a hospital hallway, to Oosterpark, to Florida my home and neighborhood. Yesterday, my husband and I ventured further than we've been since our return, and, as always, we are the better for this little taste of travel.

Watching Tennis With My Father

Wimbledon carried me through three weeks in my Amsterdam hospital bed last July, and the US Open promises to similarly distract us during Hurricane Dorian. My husband and I are avoiding cable’s increasingly voluminous storm programming by toggling between Amazon Prime and hours of recorded tennis matches. Our admiration for Naomi Osaka-- a little shaky…