The 10 Best Ways I Keep Anxiety at Bay

Disclaimer: This post is not a substitution for professional medical care. Sometimes people undergoing a significant life transition or living with a chronic condition develop anxiety, anxiety that can lead to a panic attack. As someone living with progressive FSH muscular dystrophy, I am one of those people. The good news is that anxiety is … Continue reading The 10 Best Ways I Keep Anxiety at Bay

Confessions of a Caregiver, Vol. 4, Adventures in Healing

Despite the ups and downs of this intense life chapter - or maybe because of them - I find my connection with Claire deepening, not knowing that I could give and accept love with such intensity. Over the past two years, my wife has needed, not one but two, kidney stones surgically removed and a … Continue reading Confessions of a Caregiver, Vol. 4, Adventures in Healing

Queen for a Day (with Muscular Dystrophy)

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Whether you're dealing with the hardships of a bodily condition or the intrigues of an expanding empire, Catherine the Great was right: "If you feel unhappy, raise your self above unhappiness, and so act that your happiness may be independent of all eventualities." She never said, however, that maintained optimism in difficult circumstances was easy. … Continue reading Queen for a Day (with Muscular Dystrophy)

Confessions of a Caregiver, Vol. 3, When Opportunity Knocks

When service is selfless, it brings joy and peace. When it is rendered with attachment, it brings pain and suffering. If we experience suffering in service, we can examine the way we offered it. An exquisite path of awakening!—Ellen Grace O'Brian There was a knock on the door, the entry from the open garage into … Continue reading Confessions of a Caregiver, Vol. 3, When Opportunity Knocks

Heard Museum, Phoenix

A friend told us about Phoenix’s Heard Museum over dinner. Intrigued, my husband and I went the very next morning, and were so glad we did. She was right: The museum’s collection of traditional and contemporary American Indian art (mostly southwestern) is simply superb. Each exhibit oozes quality over quantity. Great accessibility From the perspective … Continue reading Heard Museum, Phoenix

Confessions of a Caregiver, Vol. 2, The One Constant

Hard goodbyes Claire and I returned to New Zealand at the beginning of 2014 to wrap things up. During our two-month stay, we finished selling our holdings, a process that entailed donating bag after bag of accumulated stuff, gifting books and equipment, all the necessary steps in letting go of living a decade Down Under. … Continue reading Confessions of a Caregiver, Vol. 2, The One Constant