Automated Privilege

Submitted April 15th, 2014
By for Life

I keep hearing, more and more, that the generation of kids coming out of college expect the world.  I guess I am/was part of that.  I’m part of the generation that was taught they could do anything.  When I was in single digits, I though I would become a nurse like my mom.  Then I […]

Automated Privilege
April 15th, 2014 by

I keep hearing, more and more, that the generation of kids coming out of college expect the world.  I guess I am/was part of that.  I’m part of the generation that was taught they could do anything.  When I was in single digits, I though I would become a nurse like my mom.  Then I […]

Driving into the Light
April 9th, 2014 by

Many of you haven’t had a taste of the book yet, so I wanted to share with you one of my favorite parts of the book.  It’s also probably one of the difficult scenes: Kevin gets diagnosed with Angiosarcoma in the blog scene, and I am moving from Montana back home to Pennsylvania.  It’s from […]

I Had a Dream My Husband Died
April 1st, 2014 by

Early this morning I had a dream that my husband died. Yes, that already happened.  To the first one. But this dream was about my current husband.  And it wasn’t by cancer. This one felt so real.  I swear it was in color.  They told me it was a gunshot.  They wanted me to go […]

Book Launch Week
March 24th, 2014 by

On Saturday, March 22, I officially launched my first book, Ebb from the Shoreline – Finding Cancer and Courage.  It’s been a long 5 year journey writing this memoir which is the love story of my late husband and I, mirrored against the blogs I wrote when Kevin was battling Angiosarcoma.  I’m so glad it’s […]

The Braveness of Vulnerability
February 27th, 2014 by

The Year of Bravery.  You’re going to hear about this journey throughout 2014.  One of the things I didn’t expect to explore this year was vulnerability.  When I think of bravery, I think of strength, going above and beyond, pushing the limits, being fearless, exploring new possibilities, standing up, speaking out.  I don’t think of […]

Seeking Solitude
March 5th, 2014 by

I moved to Montana in 2006 for many reasons. Chasing the beauty of the first thunderstorm I saw in its mountains in 2002 Finding a new path for life Exploring a different route of education Being able to make it on my own It’s only now that I discovered the other reason why I went […]

Healing Begins Outside
February 28th, 2014 by

If you want to help me heal, put me on a trail. It’s where I think best.  It used to be that writing was the best outlet for my worries, but so many things have caused me to hold back my words.  Then, I did the worst thing I could do.  After I broke my […]

Top 5 Treats of 2013
December 22nd, 2013 by

I really love online shopping.  As the UPS man found out this year, I have a much better paying job than previous years, so I had fun with that!  I realize Christmas is less than a week away, but I wanted to share with you some really wonderful quality products that I recommend. Smartwool Socks  […]

Fall Foliage Driving Tours – Lancaster/York
November 2nd, 2013 by

The forecasters lied.  TODAY is the prime day to view the Fall foliage in Lancaster County, at least from my vantage point in Northwestern Lancaster.  The oranges are extreme and brilliant, the yellows subtle with brownish tones, the reds vibrant and warm, and the browns are beginning to hit the ground.  This is my kind […]

Stopping for the Moment instead of Capturing It
August 24th, 2013 by

So many of us have smartphones now, so nearly everything we do, from eating a delicious burger at a local joint, to taking our dog for a walk around the neighborhood, is documented with a picture.  A while ago I began realizing that by taking the time to try and photograph every moment in my […]

The Perfect Moment at the Post Office
March 12th, 2014 by

I stood in line a bit sheepishly, taking up all of the postal worker’s time.  Before me were over 40 envelopes stuffed with my memoir, ready to be shipped out to my supporters all over the US and Canada.  A woman came in and I looked at her apologetically because I knew it would be […]

The Power of Community – Guest Blog by Tim Kreider
February 13th, 2014 by

A few years ago I heard the story like everyone else in the area: a boy and his parents murdered in their home.  No one knew who had done it.  It sent chills down my back.  When I heard the boy responsible for the murders was a teenager, I felt horrible for everyone and what […]

We All Have a Cause
April 20th, 2013 by

I often wonder if the things I am passionate about are good enough.  Who else cares about National Parks as much as I?  At one point, Edward Abbey would’ve beat me out, but he’s dead now.  When I think about the fact that I’ve refocused my attention from my volunteer pursuits with Team Sarcoma and […]

You Never Know Who You Will Meet
March 26th, 2013 by

After trekking to Philly and back for work, I wasn’t sure I was feeling settled and creative to be able to attend the Writers Support Group I helped to launch at our local library (Mountville Public Library).  I had only made it to 1 session myself, and the director of the library told me people […]

Went Missing
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Wed morning my Great Uncle John was found dead in a field.  It sounds solemn, but the way he was found there, makes me wish, hope, pray, that he thought he was going to sleep. After hearing the news that he had gone missing Tuesday afternoon all kinds of worry consumed me.  As a man […]