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Last Sunday’s News

So, last Sunday night, I’m sitting in urgent care for the second time in a week, waiting to see the doctor.

 

He walks in, holding some pictures, looks at me for one second too long for comfort and then sits down.

 

“I think you have cancer,” he said.


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Endgame

About six weeks ago I announced on FB that our Doberman, Diva, has cancer. The doctor’s prognosis was grim and led us to expect that she would go downhill quickly. Diva has surprised us. I hear her outside my window now, barking at the FedEx truck. If she has a form of fast spreading melanoma, she doesn’t know it. Her energy and personality are blessedly unchanged since the grim day of her diagnosis. Tomorrow that may change and for today we are grateful.


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A Significant Anniversary

July last year our mother fell in the shower and broke her hip. Since then I haven’t “been myself” – whatever that loaded phrase means. Needless to say, Mother’s Day was fraught.
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A Familiar Twinkle in her Eye

As I wrote last time, my mother had a fall in the late spring and what with breaking her hip and arm, a heavy dose (too heavy? maybe) of heavy drugs, she woke up in a very muddled state of mind. In the rehab hospital she had good days and bad, lots of paranoia. Many days she was just our mom — stuck in bed, unable to walk and not very happy about any of it.


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Challenging times

A few weeks ago my 96-year-old mother, Pat, slipped and fell in her cottage behind my sister’s house. She’d forgotten to wear her med alert necklace with the result that she wasn’t found until my sister got home, several hours later.


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Remembering Louise Van Meter Elementary

I’m becoming a cliché, one of those women of a certain age who go around marveling at how fast time moves and how they couldn’t believe when their kids played soccer that they wouldn’t be carpooling for the rest of their lives.


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A Visit from Mum

My mother is coming to spend the week. She lives across town in a cottage behind my sister’s house so the trip doesn’t require a passport, shots or much pre-planning. Mostly what has to happen before she gets here is head stuff. My head.

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Sweet Thyme Baby

There are probably as many ways to write a novel as there are authors with pens, pencils and computers. And an author’s process may be as unique as his or her thumbprint. Certain elements are pretty constant however: A character with a problem trying to solve that problem and getting in deeper and hotter water along the way.


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Chloe

On Saturday June 9th, Chloe was put down by Dr. Kevin May.
I intend to include her story in my new book, THE NIGHT GARDENER. These notes are to help me do so.

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On Memorial Day…

At noon, I found myself sitting on the office floor with a box of old photos in front of me. Although I’d looked at the top layer of pictures when it came from my dad’s apartment many years ago, I’d never actually gone through it top to bottom.


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