2012 Sept. 21 Autumn Joys

Tomorrow is the equinox. Already we feel the beauties of the autumn in Virginia. I feel an embarrassment of riches in the meadows of goldenrod, the red berries of dogwood. In the garden we have the swiss chard, the summer herbs still blooming, the last of the tomatoes, the sweet potatoes almost ready to harvest, read more>>

2012 July 4 Being Here Now in Summer Garden

2012 July 4 Being Here Now

Sometimes my experience of the beauty in the garden is so intense it is painful. I will explore some reasons for the pain.

“Be Here Now” was the title of a book by Ram Dass in the 1970’s, and an ongoing theme of learning in our lives. “Be read more>>

June 21 2012 Good summer kickoff health report

Several positive developments on the health front this morning with my oncologist at the Cancer Center.

First the CT scan report from Monday was very good and one small anomaly in the scan the doctor thinks is not significant.

Second, the blood counts are better than in a long time.

THird,we discussed several issues that read more>>

2012 Memorial Day Tubing Down the Rappahannock

Tubing Down the Rappahannock River

The water is perfect this weekend for tubing down the Rappahannock River at our place. It’s been raining gently for a few days, so the water is higher than the rocks and a nice temperature. Fast current, some whitewater. Even a few canoists and kayakers in the river!

Tubing read more>>

2012 May 7 Still healing and learning

The process of healing from last year’s lymphoma, chemotherapy, and other challenges, continues. This past weekend was another milestone in this journey, in learning and reflection. On one level, it’s learning more about certain nutrients and plants and how they interact with body chemistry. On another level, it’s about being with loving, caring, supportive community read more>>

2012 April 21 Finishing the Fodderstack 10K Footrace

On Saturday April 21 I started and finished the 10 K Fodderstack Race, which in and of itself does not sound like a Big Deal, but surely for me it was a very good milestone. A year ago and even less I was so weak I could walk just a few yards.

Here we are, read more>>

2012 April 5 Reaching Higher Ground

“Love lifted me” goes a song I learned long ago. “Love lifted even me. WHen nothing else would help, love…lifted…me.”

About a year ago, I wrote blog titled “hitting new lows”. Yesterday, Hal and I went to higher ground, literally. To Mary’s Rock, up in Shenandoah National Park.

Bev, Hal and Casey up near Mary’s read more>>

2012 March 19 Rituximab

I am at the Cancer Center getting an infusion of Rituximab. This takes several hours. Hal will drive me home because the drugs they give you to avoid a reaction to the infusion can make you sleepy.

According to Wikipedia, Rituximab is one of a class of substances called Monoclonal Antibodies. Rituximab(trade names Rituxan and read more>>