Category Archives: HEALTH


I didn’t cruise the Alaskan coast or go on African safari or even explore the fjords of Norway – all aspirations of my youth. I suspect, in fact, that those “bucket” dreams shall be sensibly set aside for another lifetime. … Continue reading

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My Fergus Falls Writers Group (of which I am the noted and most highly enthusiastic groupie) is for people who are writing for profit as well as passion, and the gathering serves as a combination editing, critique team/cheering section. I … Continue reading

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(NOTE: When my good friend, Beth Rose, who is a writer and reflexologist living and working in Central Minnesota, shared the following story with me, I couldn’t help but think of the trauma I endured a number of years ago … Continue reading

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 Cosmo had a stroke last week. I look at these shocking words on the page and realize that I have been repeating this phrase over and over in my head ever since. I know he is nineteen and yes, he’s … Continue reading

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When I was 7, 8 10, thereabouts, I was the one in the gang to write, cast, direct and star in the neighborhood productions. We had different venues. The Burgess yard was perfect for western dramas. Their dad, a frustrated … Continue reading

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When I was still in high school, an enormous event happened in a neighboring community. Disneyland opened. Relatives from the far northern prairies now had another grand reason to visit, other than soaking up the California sunshine, and my family … Continue reading

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Winter snow in Minnesota has its pluses and minuses. I’ve already referenced the wonder of wafting flakes, the cushy clumps of white upon the evergreens, all the novelty of exotic climatology to a California girl. If I could just figure … Continue reading

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Nasopharyngitis. Rhinopharyngitis. Acute Coyza. Whatever you want to call it – it’s the Common Cold. You know what I’m talking about. Cough, runny nose, nasal congestion, sore throat. Nothing life threatening, but just enough to take you out and make … Continue reading

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I was certain that Mom would make it to 100 and get the congratulatory letter from the President. She almost did. All her life she was fit and healthy. Beautiful into her nineties and always the fashionista. Just three years … Continue reading

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On the first day of resurgence from the throes of illness, I still have bacteria on the brain. It’s been weeks since I cleaned the bird feeders and, much as I dislike the task, I made it a priority to … Continue reading

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