Lately, the concreteness of what can be known has been on my mind. It's something I've pondered on and off for many, many years. I will probably continue to contemplate the boundaries of knowledge for the rest of my life. Everyone (probably) knows what these questions are like. Why is there suffering and pain? How… Continue reading Q is for Questions that are Left Open-ended
My GI tract has been through a lot. About eleven years ago, I started having esophageal spasms and acid reflux that couldn't be controlled with anything short of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). I never managed to get off these drugs. An attempt last year ultimately led to the discovery of a carcinoid tumor in my… Continue reading O is for Overgrowth of Bacteria in the Small Intestine
My husband and I used to have a cat named Hermes who didn't get high from catnip. He'd watch our other cats go crazy, licking up and rolling in the herb. He'd often give in and take a taste. Sometimes he'd even halfheartedly roll in it. Eventually he stopped trying and just watched the other… Continue reading K is for Kids and Why I Chose Not to Have Them
If you've followed my blog, you probably know that I am considering what's next on the job front. My body will no longer allow me to do pet sitting to the level I would like. Back before I switched to an animal-focused career path, I worked in the nonprofit sector. My last position was in… Continue reading I is for Intro to Financial Accounting and Other Free Courses on the Web
Last night I attended a drum circle with my husband and two of our friends. We try to hit one at least once a month somewhere in the city. It's a great way to let off some steam, feel some good vibes, and get more grounded. Everyone I've been to has been very laid back.… Continue reading G is for Gathering with Drums #AtoZChallenge
I mentioned yesterday that I was diagnosed with carcinoid stomach cancer last May. I had surgery in June to remove the tumor. Since then I've been trying to get my GI system straightened out. It's getting there. Mostly it doesn't seem real that I had cancer. It was found at stage one because I had… Continue reading C is for Cancer. My Own. My Mom’s. So Many Others.
I have had low- and mid-back issues since I was a teenager. Several years ago, a doctor helped me figure out that it all started when I was in a serious car accident when I was four. The accelerator in our car stuck. My mom was driving on a dirt road and drove into an… Continue reading B is for Back Pain and Learning to Live with (and around) It #AtoZChallenge