So much love has poured into my life in the last thirty days.I can’t even begin to express how gratefulI am. People have been coming out of the
woodwork to lend their healing intent to me.If you’d asked me at Christmas what I was doing on Valentine’s day I
would have probably told you I didn’t think I’d be here. From the last week of December to January 14th
-- I felt like I was standing with one foot in the grave.
I went January 2nd to the funeral home to make my final arrangements.I found out after I was sitting with the
funeral director for a while that they would have come to me. I hadn’t even
considered that. I just went on a day
that I knew I’d be able to be upright for an hour or so and walked in and told
them I was dying.
I think I can pinpoint the exact moment in that
next hour where the seed was planted to decide to stop believing that my life was
about to be over-- and let joy flood back into my heart. I’m pretty sure it was at the moment when the
lovely, caring and compassionate woman who was sitting across the table from me
started discussing “the body” – I’ll tell you what – when you’re “the body”
that’s being discussed and you hear things like “the body” will be washed to
prepare it for cremation – something goes “click” in your head and you start
scrambling to dig yourself out of the hole you’re standing in.
That might sound weird, but I’m inordinately fond of my
body, and I’ve always been selective of who sees it naked, let alone gets to
wash it down.I think at that exact
moment, when I pictured myself laying on a slab, either being delicately and
respectfully bathed OR being hosed down with a giant fire hose like an elephant
– both of these things flashed through my mind while she was talking – [and I’m
sure you can add other scenarios to these depending on how macabre your sense
of humor is] I decided nope, not going to do it.
I stopped being ready
to be dead.
But here’s the funny thing. It took me another twelve days to do anything
about it. I went home and went through all my papers, organized photos for the
funeral home visitation, emailed details to the funeral director that I hadn’t
had with me while we were drawing up the arrangements and then spent the next
days just waiting for my heart to stop beating.
Then I woke up one morning and decided to reach out. I've always believed that the universe is a remarkable thing filled with wonders that are beyond our human understanding. Learning to be open to the gifts it has to give has been one of my greatest lessons. I teach that lesson regularly, but I had never reached out into that vastness and beseeched something for myself before now.
response has been overwhelming. I’ve been basking in healing intent being
beamed at me from the most remarkable corners; spending my days standing in
love that feels like warm sunshine.
is Valentine’s Day, a day traditionally set aside to discuss matters of the
heart. Well, I’m happy to report that thanks to all the love and joy that has
been pouring into it -- my heart is measurably
I'm told that it's medically unexplainable -- shouldn't be happening -- but to keep up the good work. I still have a long row to hoe, but I know now that I'm going to heal. I also know that my life will be forever changed by recent experiences. I'm beginning anew, and I feel like this next chapter in my life is going to be a hum dinger.
Thank you all for helping to manifest my miracle.
"Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin."
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I need to find the adjustment knob that sets my "yes, ask me out" vibe to a more specific age range. Yesterday in a two hour period I had a 23 year old and a 72 year old ask me out. A friend suggested that it's my sunny disposition that attracts such a varied age group ....but then he added that it could be because I smell just like freshly baked cookies.....
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Sometimes I tip my head to the side and hop on one foot to clear out the old trivia in my brain. It's a lot like sending things to the recycle bin on your desktop only without the cool crunching sound.
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I accidentally sent an email response to the wrong friend. I was just glad that it was the one about making an interesting song lyric from the subject lines in my inbox......and not the one right before that ......
With no sucky days....life would be monotonously good.
Why does Monday have such POWER over people? I'm thinking of asking Lauren to draw Monday as a supervillian so I can pitch the idea to Marvel comics. It just stands to reason that Monday would be a character that people would love to hate......so many people say things like Monday has no power over me! or I totally kicked Monday's ass! He would of course have to have a blue uniform.
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I wrote 2,600 words in two hours today. The smell of the pasta I made for lunch [tomatoes, garlic and chicken broth] almost overpowers the smell of burning hair from my brain being on fire.
When you're paid to do something you're a professional.
When you do it for fun you're an amateur.
When you're paid to do something that you'd do for fun anyway, isn't that the best of both worlds?
Well, unless you're a hooker.
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I like to go through life leaving a little sparkly trail of joy.....just like tinkerbell.
Simple formula for dealing with Cleveland weather while walking in the park. If it's cold, add clothes, if it's hot, remove clothes, if it's raining, add umbrella. If umbrella turns inside out in February during carwash style rain two miles out from your car, walk along pretending it's not raining. For maximum enjoyment of carwash style rain, add smiling and parade waving at passing cars.
I love having a skeleton. I tried going without, but I didn't like just puddling on the ground.
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I do have a dark side. A deep down, dark, bloody-clawed, dribbly-fanged dark side. I keep it locked in my sock drawer.
My legs are so white that when I go outside in shorts, if people look directly at them they burst into flames.
Something about my face makes people tell me what is uppermost on their mind. Yesterday? A ninety year old man described to me in detail how he had spent his morning. I now know how to make a mailbox look like new again with a little windex and an old tee shirt. It was VERY MacGyver.
I know that these ( ) are what you put around asides and parenthetical thoughts and that these [ ] are what you put around asides inside of these ( ). I just like the way these [ ] look.
Sometimes the things I write are as real as the things I live. Sometimes they are the same things, thinly disguised.
I love that goosebumpy/shivery feeling you get from music or men. Either way. But you don't have to pick up the dirty socks that music leaves laying around.
Has no one else experienced a toddler being magnetically attracted to their legs? No one? It wasn't even my toddler.
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It's nice when a friend cares enough about you to be petty on your behalf. Not necessarily good karma for them, but nice for you all the same.
I want to learn to play the guitar.
I want to learn to levitate.
I want to learn to juggle.
Not necessarily in that order.
Live long and prosper...I'm doing the hand thing, you just can't see it.
When you knife some margarine onto a hot baked potato and it looks just like an angel in profile with one outstretched wing…..and it melts before you get back from the bedroom with your camera…..which of those things is the sign you were supposed to receive?
If Julia Roberts and Melissa Gilbert had a love child you'd get me. Freckly, fair skinned girl next door....but with LEGS.
I'm not going to riff on Jesus....I like Jesus...and Buddha...he's cool. In fact, I like to think that had the two met they would have sat down for a nice chat and some pie.....lots of pie.
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Smiley faces often show up in my chocolate milk.
Apparently, discussing the size of a giraffe's penis will drive traffic to your web site....
Everything I see, touch, smell, taste and hear eventually makes its way into my writing somewhere. I'm just glad that my brain never runs out of idea index cards. Oh, sometimes one of my ideas gets mangled when I leave it in the metaphorical pocket of my jeans and it goes through the washer. I see that as an opportunity. I work to make it stronger when I unroll the soggy little mess.
I had a widget once (say that three times fast) It was a razor blade with a handle on it. I used it to scrape things off of other things.
Why do my fingers sometimes smell like celery even though the last time I HAD celery was 1987?
Frogs are why water was invented.
This site is set up so I see comments no matter how old the post. So let your silver tongue fly. I'll get back to you.
I write serious dark literary fiction, young adult fiction and funny sexy mysteries. I love to write. I love to read. I love spending time with people.
When I'm not writing for myself, ghostwriting and editing for other people or having a BLAST working as the managing editor of Pow Fast Flash Fiction I teach pain management and walk in the park a lot.