An unwanted surprise– But I don’t feel sick! I’m the healthy one. Cancer, that dread pack of polymorphic diseases Dying? Maybe, but pain surely heads my way. Even the dogs follow me around, worried. Freedom from doctor appointments is my goal. Grateful for a loving support system Hair isn’t vital, but it’s mine. I am […]Read More Bushwacked: A Colon Cancer Abcedarian
Micah 6:8 is my life verse. I spent many years wondering why I was here, and I finally realized this was it: He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. (NIV) Mercy […]Read More What is Good
I just received bad news about my cancer. The numbers are going in the wrong direction despite top of the line chemo meds and a team of doctors that are working very hard to keep me alive. Some of you would say that it proves that the hundreds of people who are praying for me […]Read More To My Unchurched Friends
I remember that when I was in college there was a famous hearing in which a US Senator was told that the government loved his children. He responded (to the other Senator), “Then what are my children’s names?” She couldn’t answer. That stuck with me, and as a history teacher I have seen many instances […]Read More What’s My Name?
I know that I’m not promised tomorrow. This colon cancer diagnosis stinks, but I know there’s a plan to work it for good. I have survived car wrecks that you wouldn’t believe I walked away from without even a broken bone. Most of my sick days were still available at work when this all started. […]Read More Not Promised Tomorrow
After a rare weeks-long cold snap, the Gulf Coast is back to normal. That means lots of rain and temperatures in the sixties. It means my dogs spend more time outside, and my students start to wiggle like worms on a hook. It means the air will soon be sweet with the smell of flowering […]Read More What’s Better Than Spring?
Chapter 1- San Juan, Puerto Rico Reverie’s shoes dug into a long, thin ribbon of sand behind the Orion Caribbean Suites, San Juan. The sound of the waves crashing against the breakers and the majestic striations of color that painted her little stretch of beach made it worth the extra work of running through the […]Read More A Broken Place
I am ready to see the end of 2020. It has been a strange year. Teaching online last spring was NO fun, and it made me appreciate my students more. Without that give-and-take in the classroom, not much learning takes place. We have been back in person (middle school) since August and have only a […]Read More Wishing My Days Away?
I’ve always been proud of my health. I rarely take a sick day, and most of my family has smooth sailing until about the age of eighty. Enter Dr. Summerlin, my OB/GYN who wanted me to have a colonoscopy last November. NO WAY! Nobody is doing that to me. I agreed to Cologard, and my […]Read More Healthy is as Healthy Does
I get so excited when we can dress up at school, especially this year. It’s been hard for me to be home when I’d rather be out and about, to wear a mask, and to be unable to hug my friends! I am a unabashed hugger. But I get to return to the 80s tomorrow, […]Read More Homecoming Week