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Pain Dictates

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El dolor dicta – the pain dictates Sadly, it has become my mantra over the years. I spent so many years fighting with my body. I pushed through desperately, trying to ignore the pain. The doctor that diagnosed my Fibromyalgia gave me some advice. “This isn’t a death sentence. It will not kill you, but some days you may wish… Read more »

Bigger Questions

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When I was a child, I would ask my mom questions. What happens when we die? What religion are “we”? And other topics that a 6-year-old shouldn’t be tackling. Mamma would give me her answer, and when I would disagree or explain how I didn’t think that the explanation right or more WHY questions, she never got angry that I… Read more »

Mamma

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Melody Ann Gibbs

In late 2001, Daddy retired, and Mamma an’ him sold their house in Floyd County, Virginia, and moved back to the desert that Mamma loved so much. She was so happy, and you couldn’t have gotten that smile off of her face if you tried. Sadly, she suffered a massive stroke on 2 February 2002 – mere weeks after closing… Read more »

Mental Health

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It is an incredibly strange time for most of the world’s population to be alive. For me and others that fight for our mental health wellness every second of every day – this is just Wednesday. I am trying to remember that this “new normal” is scary for everyone, but especially so for the people that don’t think 27 moves… Read more »

Foods

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First, don’t try to shrink yourself down to a weight that others find appropriate. I had gastric bypass in 2011, and I got down to 130, and I felt awful. I’d lost just over 200 pounds in 13 months, and then I gained 60 back. I’ve been at 189-195 since 2015ish. I feel better, and my general health is better,… Read more »

Pain Chronicles

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I am continually amazed me how so many people will dismiss the pain of others because they can not comprehend it. Growing up, somewhere on Star Trek, I saw a full-body medical scan device and thought how great it would be to have that handy. I knew early on that my pain was not normal. Attributed to “growing pains” or… Read more »

Growth Is Never Easy

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Like a chick fighting to break free of the egg, a seedling breaking through the earth – growth is never easy, and sometimes it is downright ugly, but it is the only healthy option for anything. You can’t sit on what was, you can’t plan for what will be, but you can learn from the past and put those lessons… Read more »

I Might Be High

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Off and on over the years, I have partaken in the Devil’s Lettuce. It was always an option in most parts of life around me if only I’d ask. As a kid, the first movie I remember seeing in a theater – was a drive-in showing of UP IN SMOKE. Did I get all of the humor? No. But to… Read more »

Dogs and Daddy

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Max, MIllie and Daddy

After Mamma and Daddy got married, we adopted a dog. Daddy tried to object. He didn’t want a dog. He certainly didn’t want a dog in the house, on the furniture. He was a Drill Instructor at Ft Sill, OK, and marrying into the position of “Daddy” seemed to be as much chaos that he anticipated, and bringing a dog… Read more »

Home

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Everyone needs a home. A place where they can retreat to recharge, contemplate, and feel safe. Home means different things for people; for some, a home is a place on a map or a memory. Wherever your home is, it matters. Of course, HOME is a magical word; depending on your personal experiences HOME can conjure up feelings of contentment… Read more »