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Same dragon, different day.

There’s something about the fall of the year that energizes me. Even now, with the equinox only a few days past and the temperature here in Northern California more like midsummer than autumn, I’m shot through with a mental and physical fizziness that I can barely contain. It’s nothing new, of course. I’ve been this …

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I was outside, cup of fresh coffee in hand, at 6:45 this morning, ready to get more wood stacking done. My hands were twingey, but not awful. I figured I could lift and stack the heavy almond-wood chunks for a while, but I’d be mindful and stop before I overdid. Well, I’m pleased to report …

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The old saying goes that “firewood warms three times: First, in the cutting; second, in the stacking; and third, in the burning.” I’m here to say, as I wipe the sweat off my temples and flap my arms in an attempt to cool and dry my damp, aromatic body, that old saw is true. This …

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Autumn equinox: I hear a strange bird call, seems like it’s coming from over here, then over there, then over there. After a minute or two of this, I start feeling a little spooked. What is that?  I look up and see… yes. A flock of Sandhill cranes, making their autumn flight south. This is …

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RA blogger Kelly Young has a great post and comment thread going on the subject of morning stiffness over at Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior. Dang, she’s good! Reading through it got me thinking. Kelly mentions that one of the questions rheumatologists have always asked their patients is whether theyhave morning stiffness, and if so, for how …

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“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” -Emerson I keep this quote …

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Taking Zantac continues to tamp down the nauseating side-effects of the Plaquenil I’m now taking for my rheumatoid arthritis. This is good. There’s another side-effect, however–it’s a greatly decreased appetite and, I’m discovering, a decreased capacity for food. Not only do I not particularly want to eat (I’m simply not hungry), but when I do get …

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