Where the sky stops and the earth begins

We are deep into winter here in Iowa and it’s been a while since we’ve seen sunshine, blue sky, or even double digit temperatures above zero. When it’s cloudy like this, the sky and the snow-covered ground are the same color and it’s hard to tell where the sky stops and the earth begins. AContinue reading “Where the sky stops and the earth begins”

Four Weeks From the Surgical Suite

When last we saw our heroine, she was in and out of awareness in the post-surgical recovery area. Our last episode ended on a note of hope, on the next stage of the journey to pain-free walking. Truthfully, gentle reader, our heroine felt like she had been blindsided by a truck. When I started toContinue reading “Four Weeks From the Surgical Suite”

“Thank you for welcoming us into your homes”

Like many of you, watching television news is a solid staple in my daily life. Those of us of a certain age will remember growing up with Uncle Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather, Chet Huntley, Robert Brinkley, John Chancellor, Harry Reasoner, Barbara Walters, and Tom Brokaw, who just announced his retirement after a renowned 55 yearContinue reading ““Thank you for welcoming us into your homes””

Distressed, discouraged, and disappointed

Iowa is a national leader in many things, positive and good. We are also one of the leading states in a dramatic rise in active Covid cases. The staggering daily increase in coronavirus cases in Iowa is jaw-dropping. In a November 13, 2020 article in The Atlantic, University of Iowa Dr. Eli Perencevich is quotedContinue reading “Distressed, discouraged, and disappointed”

Building back, better

Since my earlier post announcing that I had a date scheduled for my hip replacement surgery, many friends have reached out to me and shared their experiences. According to these veterans of orthopedic surgery, I’m going to feel absolutely great…in about three weeks. (Alrighty, then.) Several were quick to share advice, what to do, whatContinue reading “Building back, better”