Category: health

  • Try sitting and thinking

    It’s okay to do nothing. That’s why I love this quote from playwright Lorraine Hansberry. “Never be afraid to sit awhile and think.”

  • Keep swimming–and keep singing

    My friend whose husband has brain cancer visited me. What can we do when something bad happens? Sometimes you can take action to find a solution, but sometimes there is no solution. These words are from a poem from How Beautiful the Beloved by Gregory Orr.  One of the best kinds of friends are friends…

  • Endurance

    My friend Sally, a retired nurse practitioner, examined my sprained ankle today. She predicts it may take three months for it to heal. Yikes! I am impatient. However, I have no broken bones. And, my problem is minor. My problem is minor compared to the problems faced by the people in Ukraine, Turkey and Syria,…

  • Keep laughing

    My husband Jerry and I both have COVID. Yikes! This is not the best way to start the new year, but we are getting better and we are taking care of each other. And, we’re still smiling—and laughing. Laugh a lot. That’s my Resolution #3. As Victor Hugo says, “Laughter is sunshine. It chases winter…

  • My bodily autonomy?!

    Former Vice President Pence wants to implement a nationwide ban on abortion and to continue the fight “to restrict bodily autonomy.” Bodily autonomy is “the right to governance over one’s own body.” Yikes! Former Vice President Pence has no right to restrict my bodily autonomy—or the bodily autonomy of any woman. –Joy

  • My brain dried up?

    It’s summer in Dallas. It’s hot. Maybe that’s why I’m a bit lethargic and my brain is a bit foggy. At least, my brain hasn’t dried up completely?! Cervantes writes about Don Quixote: “Finally, from so little sleeping and so much reading, his brain dried up and he went completely out of his mind.” –Joy

  • Friends help

    My son Jay has COVID. I think he will be okay, but I am so tired of this pandemic—and I am a bit worried. Recently, I have complained to a couple of very good friends. Friends help! As Eeyore once said, “After all, one can’t complain. I have friends.” Friends are great—especially friends who will…

  • Pro-choice

    I have a new t-shirt. On the front are these words: “Pro-choice–The radical notion that women are people and can make their own decision about their body. See also: My body. My choice.” –Joy

  • Decisions about the male body?

    During Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing, then-Senator Kamala Harris asked: “Can you think of any laws that give government the power to make decisions about the male body?” Judge Kavanaugh answered, “I’m not aware—I’m not—thinking of any right now, senator.” I found this quote in the winter 2022 issue of Ms. magazine. –Joy

  • A decision she must make herself

    In her 1993 Supreme Court hearing, Ruth Bader Ginsberg explained to the Senate Judiciary Committee: “The decision whether or not to bear a child is central to a woman’s life, to her well-being and dignity. It is a decision she must make for herself. When government controls that decision for her, she is being treated…