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Same dragon, different day.

It is officially 100 degrees Fahrenheit at 2:39 in the afternoon at 3,200 feet above sea level in the Sierra mountains of California — on the north side of my house. The barometer reads 29.99 and falling. My fingers are swollen; my hips achey; my energy levels in the dumpster. It’s 80 degrees in my …

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The air outside smells rich and hot, like cinnamon. There’s a wildfire somewhere. It’s not close, but it’s not far away, either. I squint up at the hot blue sky above the spiky evergreen treetops and turn, slowly, 360 degrees. For what it’s worth, I can see no smoke. There’s no wind right now, at …

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I saw my rheumatologist yesterday morning, bright and early. Although it takes most of an hour on a light-traffic day to drive down the mountain to the VA medical center, I like these early morning appointments. There’s something about being up and moving around while the birds are still tuning their instruments and the full …

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I was delighted, late last night, to discover that RheumaBlog has won an award as one of the Top 40 Athritis blogs on the Intertubes, as presented by the Medical Assistant Schools.  Other winners include Helen of Pens and Needles, WarmSocks of ∞ itis, Cathy of The Life and Adventures of Cateepoo and many other …

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Play. We all need it. Dogs know–they’ll play anytime, anywhere, collapse for a snore-session and then play again. Children get it, too. Play works off excess energy, works the muscles, delights the mind and leaves the soul satisfied. As adults, we often forego play in favor of taking care of business. We work, we have …

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As I continue my journey toward my goal weight, it’s sometimes necessary to step back a few paces and acknowledge that I’m an imperfect human being. I can want, with all my heart, to be less chubby and more slender, yet rationalize—and make, then eat—a peanut-butter-and-jelly-on-white-bread sandwich for lunch. I can make note that my …

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… about healthy eating: It’s so easy. When it was time for lunch today, rather than making a tuna sandwich on white bread (we’re all out of whole grain bread at the moment), I decided to eat something better for me, instead. Granted, tuna isn’t a bad choice — it’s full of protein and other …

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Just wanted to let you know that I’ve added a page called “Storyteller” to Rheumablog, where I’ll occasionally post excerpts from stories I’ve written or am working on. Click on it at the top of the page if you’re interested… 😉

Hi all. Sorry I haven’t been posting lately. There’s not any one particular reason for my silence; instead, I think there’s a whole mixed bag of reasons my muse has deserted me. Summertime. It’s hot. I feel slow and sluggish when it’s hot; I don’t enjoy being outside much unless it’s very early morning, before …

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