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Pinkfuckingtober – you suck!

October 2, 2015

This is the annual posting of my anti-pinktober rant. Time to quit pinkwashing cancer, people! Originally posted in November 2013 under the title “Sink the pink – breast cancer ain’t pretty” – cancer details updated. Rage intact. My systir has stage IV metastatic breast cancer. That’s not news. The original cancer was diagnosed in 2009 […]

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Sink Pinktober – reprise of a cancer rant

October 3, 2014

Originally posted in November 2013 under the title “Sink the pink – breast cancer ain’t pretty” – cancer details slightly updated. Rage intact. My systir has stage IV metastatic breast cancer. That’s not news. The original cancer was diagnosed in 2009 followed by mastectomy, lymph node removal, chemotherapy, radiation. in 2012 that same breast cancer […]

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2013 – the year in review

December 29, 2013

2013 was a roller coaster year. Highs with altitudes that rivaled the peak of Mount Everest. Lows that sent me tumbling back down to level ground. Here is a list of just a few of the… accomplishments? Some of them. Some are trials, a couple of tribulations. And one celebration. Kind of. In an ‘oh […]

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Christmas, unboxed

December 14, 2013

This year was filled with ominous diagnoses of terminal illness for our family. Not the kind of presents you want for Christmas. More cancer for my systir. Well, more of the same cancer, back with a vengeance. More chemo, more surgery on the horizon. Oh, how festive. And for Mom? Alzheimer’s. I knew it, could […]

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Sink the pink – breast cancer ain’t pretty

November 16, 2013

My systir has stage IV metastatic breast cancer. That’s not news. The original cancer was diagnosed in 2009 followed by mastectomy, lymph node removal, chemotherapy, radiation. Last year that same breast cancer found its way into her C6 vertebrae. Well, it found its way there long before last year. That’s just when ‘they’ found it. […]

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The F word

March 6, 2013

Not what you’re thinking. Though I’ve often used the F word, you know, the one that got your mouth washed out with soap, when I talk about this new F word. Dare I say it? Oh, what the fuck. Fifty. There. It’s out. I’m fifty. Today. All day long… I’m still hot. It just comes […]

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Good night, Hoon

March 1, 2013

I want to do more. I’m never satisfied with what I’ve done. ~ Shannon Hoon Goodnight stars, goodnight moon Goodnight ghost of Shannon Hoon Goodnight toes, goodnight fingers Goodnight stinky fart that lingers Goodnight word count, goodnight book Goodnight elusive page-one hook Goodnight work, goodnight career Goodnight potato chips and beer Goodnight girlfriend, goodnight dude […]

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Happy birthday, daughter

February 5, 2013

You were born twenty-one years ago today. That was the day I discovered the meaning of true love. Your little fists punched, feet kicked. You stretched and rolled. Oh how fun to watch people’s faces in the elevator when they saw you do your daily back flip inside me. We’d been together, inseparable, symbiotic, for […]

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Don’t go back

January 30, 2013

I can’t go back to yesterday – because I was a different person then. ~ Lewis Carroll Have you ever stepped back in time? Returned to a place you swore you’d never set foot in again? A place that gives you shivers just thinking about? A place where nightmares are born and never die? I […]

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The summer of ’76

January 6, 2013

1976 was the year I got my first paying job. I was all of thirteen, skittish and shy. Not ready to face the world at all. My mother arranged for me to work in the salon where she had her hair done. I’ll never forget the owner, Mrs. Wilma Flitton. Like Fred’s wife, only real […]

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My big fat atheist Christmas

December 24, 2012

My tree is decorated and lit, the presents are wrapped, the stockings are already stuffed and the turkey awaits the same fate. There is no Christ in my home, but by Rudolph, there is Christmas. I was raised by Anglican parents who both had strong faith but neither of whom felt it necessary to worship […]

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