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My Never-Ending Story

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in About me | 42 comments

My Never-Ending Story

As most of you know by now, I have been in two years of medical hell. Recently there was good news and that was a rocket ship to hope. I still have to take nasty dangerous drugs for five more months, but the lung disease looks like it is ready to depart my body. Last week I went to the dermatologist, which I do every year since I grew up fair-skinned on the beaches of Southern California and like all my friends slathered on baby oil and baked my white skin on a striped towel on the sand as many weekends as I could manage. In the last two...

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Miracle on Eldorado Drive!

Posted by on Dec 28, 2016 in About me, Gratitude | 85 comments

Hello all, A miracle happened today, I just do not know what else to call it. A year ago I was diagnosed with progressive lung disease. I have since had four surgeries, 79 tests and countless days in the hospital. It has been monumentally challenging and depressing, and I felt like I was not safe talking about it, since the year before I paid a great price for my honesty about my heart issue. So, I have been going to therapy and sharing with very few people. My prognosis has been uncertain, but every single time I had a cat scan the disease...

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Holiday Special for Explorers!

Posted by on Dec 19, 2016 in My Books, Personal Geographies, What I am up to | 2 comments

Holiday Special for Explorers!

I have been slow to the game this year but thought I would have a last minute holiday special. Today I will send you two of my books, Making Art From Maps or Map Art Lab with the bonus book of Personal Geographies signed, wrapped and mailed to the person of your choice Priority mail for $45. That is a $12 dollar discount, just for today and tomorrow. These books will give the person on your list lots to do in the holiday season (they can even make a map of Holiday Dinner!) and between the two of them inspire projects for the...

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Learning as Healing

Posted by on Nov 9, 2016 in About me, Art Adventures | 4 comments

Learning as Healing

Hello all of you that are still out there. It has been five months since I have posted which is the longest break I have taken since I started blogging in 2008. My health is still a challenge that takes a lot of time, but I am managing. Playing tennis, singing in a choir, making plans to do a hippy road trip in my van next summer. More about that adventure later. Today is profoundly sad for me. Recently I have been focused, or trying to focus, on a positive future, and for me, that does not include what happened yesterday. I am disheartened...

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My New Medical Saga

Posted by on Jun 6, 2016 in About me, My heart journey | 44 comments

In March this year I had my one year checkup for my heart surgery. I was so looking forward to getting the stamp of approval from my cardiologist (I still have a  hard time saying that) and moving on from the drama of the medical world. That week I had many expensive tests which were all evaluated and sent to my doctor’s office. Then it was my turn to head in there and get the results. I am in the office, in my little assigned room waiting. The PA comes in, her name is Kim and she is brilliant. She starts out telling me how great my...

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My Memorial

Posted by on May 30, 2016 in My Heroes and Sheros | 32 comments

My Memorial

Today is Memorial Day, and I have someone to remember, as I have every year since 2009. His name is Roger Cobb Hallberg, and his name was on the POW bracelet I wore as a teenager. While I was dating and going to Disneyland, he was fighting, and then disappearing, in the jungle maze of Vietnam. A brave young newlywed just vanished. For years I waited and watched lists of returning vets to see his name. Twice I have visited the Vietnam Memorial in Washington. At the long black wall I find his name and see his status. MIA. He is one of...

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Winner

Posted by on Apr 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Juliette Morris Williams is the winner from last month!!! Congratulations Juliette! I am still not back, things went way, way south with my annual checkup for the heart thing and I have entered a whole new level of medical hell. As soon as I can I will share this with you, just do not feel up to it quite yet. xooxoxoox Jill

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A Turn of Events

Posted by on Mar 14, 2016 in Uncategorized | 8 comments

Hello all my lovelies. My year end exam did not turn out as we had hoped. I am not ready to share this new story but will when I feel up to it. So, this month I need some time away from cyber space and will skip the giveaway on the 16th of this month. On that day I will announce the winner of the last blog post instead. Love to all of you. Thank you for all your support. xooxox Jill

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A Year Ago, Today. Or “How to Tend to a Sick Artist”

Posted by on Mar 3, 2016 in Giveaway!, Gratitude, Sweet 16 | 76 comments

A Year Ago, Today. Or “How to Tend to a Sick Artist”

Last March 3 I endured a nine hour open heart surgery that was a big whopper of a surprise to everyone in my life. I had a 9cm aneurysm in the ascending aorta of my heart, and there was no other way to keep me alive. Two funny people we know died of this exact same situation: Lucille Ball and John Ritter. I like to think its somehow a comic’s condition. I love Mark Twain and remember reading “The Innocents Abroad” the year I lived in Florence, Italy. He made lists in that book, measurements and tallies that illustrated his...

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Sweet February

Posted by on Feb 16, 2016 in Giveaway!, Sweet 16 | 44 comments

Sweet February

Well it is that time again, for me to giveaway goodies to celebrate all of you out there. This month I am fixating on Gypsies. When I lived in Florence, Italy, there was a large group of Gypsies (that is what we were told they were called, forgive me if I am incorrect) who were in throngs around the center of the city. Tiny colorfully dressed girls that wore aprons had kittens on leashes and would play accordions for money. I was intrigued, as I am with nomadic peoples of all kinds. And a gypsy wagon, well, who does not want to head off into...

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