Writings

A Sneak Peek at Spring

A Sneak Peek at Spring

There is something magical about walking into a greenhouse on a chilly New England morning and feeling the heat and humidity. There is a softness to the air, reminding us there is better weather coming. That alone is worth the trip to Mt. Holyoke glass house to see the spring bulb display. It is a…

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Mediterranean Dream

Mediterranean Dream

In the midst of our cold New England winter, with snow and ice framing every view, I dream of Italy and the south of France. Like the memory of sun-drenched childhood, they are forever warm and alive in their colors.  

Valentine’s Day Wishes

Valentine’s Day Wishes

This is a little reminder of Valentine’s Days in the past when a dear friend always sent his wishes signed xxx   love n’ stuff He has been been gone for many years now … another valiant warrior that fought in the cancer wars. I always remember him on this day and wanted you all to…

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World Cancer Day

World Cancer Day

Today, February 4th, is World Cancer Day.  In recognition I am posting this image of a new piece from my studio. Titled “Hearts and Flowers” it is a celebration of recovery and survivorship. And a thank you for all those that have gone before. Please pay attention and get regular checkups and screenings.

Psst! Did You Forget Something?

Psst! Did You Forget Something?

This morning I watched as my neighbor trailed her suitcase down the walk to her garage. Ah I thought, she is off on an adventure. Good for her! I hope it is somewhere warm. Then she stopped and looked back at her house as if to check that she had not left some stray part…

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Snake Oil Salesmen

Snake Oil Salesmen

Remember when there was a stigma attached to being called a snake-oil salesman … the sleaze that sold you a mess of pottage and then skipped town before the dung hit the fan? Well, not anymore! Snake oil has joined shark cartilage, bee pollen, and other homeopathic remedies that have proven to be of some…

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On Trains and Childhood Memories

On Trains and Childhood Memories

This is something like the image that I had thought to work up into a painting. It is from a memory of being about five years old, and walking with my brother David, to see the RR tracks that ran behind our house in Iowa City. As I recall, it was just beyond the rhubarb…

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Not to Worry

Not to Worry

  Now that I have mastered the process of posting the manuscript for NOT TO WORRY, I have decided to post it all at this time. In doing so, I will be able to free up my time to continue my regular blurb writing, and move on to new ventures. At the same time, I…

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Not To Worry – Chapter 1

Not To Worry – Chapter 1

No one can convince me that there is not a miasma that permeates all medical waiting rooms, hospital corridors, and laboratory walls. After my extended stay in all of the above, I have come to realize that much of the effect is caused by abysmal choices of wallpaper, paint, carpet, and upholstery materials. This designer…

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Not To Worry – To Start With

Not To Worry – To Start With

Some time ago I finished a book about my adventures in Cancer Land. The book is based on my original email updates, sent out over the course of my treatment for bladder cancer. Many of you felt that the updates should be made available to a wider audience. Indeed I have sent out feelers to…

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