Gratitude

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 had grown. No meds, despite the horrendous side...

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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 points. Here is my Mark Twain list for My Event of...

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Introducing “Sweet “16”

Posted by on Jan 4, 2016 in About me, Giveaway!, Gratitude | 25 comments

Introducing “Sweet “16”

I am going to give away stuff here on my blog on the 16th of the month for the whole year of 2016. Here’s Why: On March 3, 2015 I had open-heart surgery to repair an aneurysm I had no idea I had. The week before I stood in my kitchen and told my husband something was very wrong with me. I felt off, my “electrical” system felt jumpy and I had a deep cough. I made back-to-back appointments with my allergist and my primary care physician. Within an hour of the last appointment, I was Life-Flighted to a cardiac ICU. I spent five days there before the surgery and was restricted in my movements,...

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Operation, Gratitude, Haiku

Posted by on Apr 24, 2015 in Gratitude | 5 comments

Operation, Gratitude, Haiku

Yesterday I called my friend Valerie and said we have to go see the tulips! It was a fine day, my husband reminded me it was tulip time on the Pearl Street Mall and I should get out there. The city plants blocks and blocks of tulips of every shape, color and size. I did not feel very well, but since Valerie said yes and I needed to see both her and the tulips, I dragged my sorry self to the Mall. So glad I did! We ran in to Alix who walked with us and took this picture. Here is my Haiku, for both me and Valerie. Blooming testament all is well, we are still here Bold, bursting, ready! I will...

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Operation, Gratitude, Books

Posted by on Apr 22, 2015 in Gratitude | 6 comments

Operation, Gratitude, Books

The week I had the surgery I was supposed to teach three classes at Art and Soul retreat in Portland, Oregon. This is my crowd, and I look forward every year to being amongst them. Disappointed did not come close to how I felt about missing this, for many reasons. Life’s best laid plans……. If you have read my blog for a while you know that one person I met and love there is Connie McDowell, who gifted me a fantastic journal she made a few years ago. I have filled it up, and it is gorgeous. She collages the page edges and adds so many treasures the book is beautiful without...

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Operation, Gratitude, Artsyille

Posted by on Apr 21, 2015 in Gratitude | 4 comments

Operation, Gratitude, Artsyille

My friend Aimee Myers Dolich is one creative energetic gal. I saw her work a number of years ago in a magazine and invited her to be a contributor for my first book. I love her work and immediately loved her through our back and forth conversations. Aimee is a very creative mother, an artist and a thinker of great thoughts that she illustrates and prints. Her work is colorful, beautifully written in both the words and the lettering. I got to meet her once here in my town when she was visiting with her hubby Jared who I thought was so, so charming. She is someone I admire for many reasons,...

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