Posts Tagged "Buddhism"

My Wobbly Bicycle, 58

Posted by on Jan 22, 2014 in Archive | 9 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 58

In the last year I was diagnosed with serious endometrial cancer, had chemo and radiation along with  two eye surgeries, Jerry had major back surgery and is slowly recovering, still can’t bend to tie his own shoes, is just now starting to drive again. And Lord, now we decide to move! Those of you who’ve done that know what that entails. But the opportunity presented itself. Someone badly wanted to buy our house, and we’d been looking at condos, thinking that maybe in a year or so, this is where we wanted to be. Not now. Later. But when things conspire in one direction, you kind of go...

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My Wobbly Bicycle, 42

Posted by on Sep 25, 2013 in Archive | 19 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 42

My last swim was at 7:15 p.m. last Thursday, Sept 19th, water temp. 68, air 70. It was such a beautiful evening that even though I’d taken a fairly long walk with my uncle that afternoon, I decided to swim. It was supposed to rain on Friday, and I had to pack up and leave, anyway. It’s easier to leave in bad weather. It did rain. But it’s no fun to go in and out to the car with coolers, blender, food processor, boxes of food, clothes, clothes on hangers, my 10 lb. weights, lawn chairs to repair over the winter, wicker rocking chair to take to the re-weaver, computer, printer—pretty...

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My Wobbly Bicycle, 29

Posted by on Jun 19, 2013 in Archive | 31 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 29

Hooray! My white count was 1.1. I needed 1.0, so I just squeaked by. I had my last chemo yesterday. It took two tries this time to find a decent vein. The first time the needle went in, but some scar tissue probably blocked the chemo’s flow enough to cause pressure and discomfort, so the nurse went to the other arm, the most battered one, and managed to find a good spot. Although today there are little sore nodules all along the vein. I’ll continue to have blood tests for three weeks, and today I go in for a Neulasta shot to boost my white blood cell production.  I’m in the “chemo...

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My Wobbly Bicycle, 9

Posted by on Jan 30, 2013 in Archive | 41 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 9

I think it might hang on one more day. I need a shower, so I put a nylon squeegee over the drain to catch hair. Oh, there’s quite a lot. When I get out, towel my head carefully, and run mousse through, large soggy heaps come out in my hands. I call Jerry. I take the scissors and cut the front as short as I can. Jerry cuts the back. No one is crying, no one is laughing. We’re doing a job here. My head emerges. The lines of my fontanels, visible for the first time since infancy.  What is all this about hair? And teeth, I think, are the same. Aren’t we all drawn to life, blowing full in...

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Living in a Permanent Axial Age

Posted by on Oct 10, 2012 in Archive | 2 comments

Living in a Permanent Axial Age

I’m interested in what’s going on with religion right now. The Pew Forum survey found that among Americans ages 18-29, one-in-four say they aren’t currently affiliated with any particular religion. The number of protestant Americans is in steep decline. The group of “unaffiliated” is growing the fastest. . Karen Armstrong’s book, Buddha—which I read years ago and am re-reading—is pretty interesting in its perspective. The book was a New York Times bestseller in 2001. Armstrong is an ex-Catholic nun who’s written A Battle for God and A History of God: The 4000-Year Quest...

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