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heather-summerhayes-cariou's picture
Dec.23.2009
The best gift I ever received came from my sister Pam, when we were both in our mid-twenties, and Pam was suffering from end-stage Cystic Fibrosis.  Christmas was coming.  We each knew it might Pam’s last.  We wanted to give each other something very meaningful.As snow fell on the frozen stream in...
heather-summerhayes-cariou's picture
Dec.23.2009
Growing up in the 1950’s and 60’s, Christmas in our house meant collecting pinecones from our yard and frosting them with glitter to make a holiday centerpiece. My younger sister Pam and I cut snowflakes out of white paper and taped them to the windows. With cotton balls, glue and more glitter, we...
anne-brooke's picture
Dec.13.2009
Not much to report this weekend, I must say. I've spent the whole time indoors, attempting to get well. I think I feel marginally better today, so that's something, hurrah. I've spent a lot of the afternoons over the last three days asleep. Obviously the team awayday on Thursday was rather more...
anne-brooke's picture
Dec.10.2009
Having another rough day, my dears - where the hell are those smelling salts?? I think half the world's catarrh is actually living in my throat, dammit (sorry, too much information. Way, way too much ...). Sorry. Suffice it to say that I am smearing my throat with castor oil and snorting for...
anne-brooke's picture
Dec.06.2009
Once again a busy few days to catch up on. I'm pleased to say that I'm now at the 8,000 word marker in The Executioner's Cane, and already in the middle of a death scene (whose, I'm not saying) - though I must admit I'm not writing in linear order. Linear writing is so last year, ho ho ... In other...
farzana-versey's picture
Dec.01.2009
Wear your dancing shoes and attend a masquerade ball or walk into a bake sale or buy some ornaments or pamper yourself in a day spa or send teddy bears. It is time for one more celebration. Just pin a red ribbon on your lapel for World AIDS Day. Beneath all this concern for HIV positive people,...
jessica-barksdale-inclan's picture
Oct.24.2009
My feelings about being ill come from my mother.  She's just not having any of it.  After major surgery once and after her doctor didn't release her at exactly 11 am the following day, she made me take out her IV (gross) and she went AWOL from the hospital.  By the time we got home, the hospital...
gina-collia-suzuki's picture
Oct.09.2009
The illness that resulted in my brush with death in 2007, being somewhat mysterious (as I couldn't possibly fall prey to a boring and predictable one), resulted in me developing various unusual food allergies, cutting down the number of foods I was able to eat without breaking out or choking to...
christine-hamm's picture
Oct.09.2009
White Shirts While you sleep, I watch a movie. A man bangs his head against a shelf in a library. It's the magazine section: I can almost tell the year of the movie from the magazine titles. I love the image of white shirts hanging on a clothesline, as long as it's not in my backyard. He picks...
peg-crompton's picture
Oct.07.2009
In day-to-day living changes are subtle and often go unnoticed.  We move about our business and seldom reflect.  Each moment is a story unfolding that often goes untold.  For each new thing we learn, each story we hear or create, there are thousands more.   Like a photograph, we capture but a...