Experiencing life as a woman for over six decades can make a person bold, wise and impatient. While I’ve shed that sense of limitless possibilities and invincibility that inspired my younger self to resist all attempts to pigeonhole me, the lessons I learned by surviving the consequences of that independence, both economic and emotional, are now mine to share. And that lends worth to my existence.
Slowed by the side effects of beating cancer and growing older, there is an urgency to this sharing; I no longer assume there is always tomorrow. Here I offer what I have learned about living a life that is honest and relevant; prioritizing what is truly important, and contributing to the greater good of all sentient beings.
I hope you will return often to read the insights of this grandmother who embraces each person who shares this planet with me and all who will come after me, as my own bloodline. I pass along the old skills and new innovations (survival hacks) for living simply and exuberantly while thriving in a world gone mad – the lost practical arts of homemaking, gardening, cooking, sewing, and making the best of what you have. In addition to these how-to guides, some days what I write will be more profound or (knowing me) passionately opinionated, and other days, I might simply wander in streams of consciousness.
Considering the current state of affairs in which we find ourselves, my goal is to balance honest observations with humor and positive solutions. This is not a diatribe; it is a conversation. Your respectful exchanges are welcome!
I’m certain it was Meyer Brothers, so there may have been a little fibbing involved in that extravagant purchase of the most wonderful dress in the entire world. I can still see it, different shades of purple patches, with big puffy sleeves. It had a ruffled shirtwaist and a zipper on the side.
So, if you are feeling sick, first seek your doctor’s advice. But if that’s not available or they are too pressed to get into the self-care details, this might save you a trip to urgent care where, if you don’t have COVID 19, you might just pick it up like the goody bag from hell to take home to your family. If you are having trouble breathing, ask your doctor over the phone if you can get a prescription for an albuterol inhaler. If you’ve been sick for a week, ask about antibiotics. COVID 19 will weaken your defenses and leave you open to opportunistic bacterial infections that go in for the kill.
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