October 4th, 2014, I married my Soulmate. There’s a catch… I’d been married once before in ...
The Year of Dance – Live Life to Your Own Beat One of the MANY lessons ...
This birthday means something a bit different from those of the past. When I was ...
Where am I in my rat lungworm recovery? A year ago, they thought I wouldn’t ...
Here it is: the fundraiser you’ve all been waiting for… Traks for Chip’s Trek (If ...
I’ve heard this saying for many, many years, from several sources. (If you’re interested in a slightly entertaining list of “I first heard it HERE” check this out). I’ve tried travel on for size, experiencing 49 states and 14 countries. I went places. I was places. I felt present in those places. It was a fantastic […]
FACT. I have not met a single combat veteran who is doing absolutely fine in “society” who has not spent a significant time in the wilderness to heal. Do you disagree that this is a fact? ASK. Correct me if you need, but before you clearly point out SGT SoAndSo’s vague successes to me, please […]
As I explained in An Inspirational Wedding Story Part I, John and I felt a distinct need to enjoy our wedding, regardless of who chose to participate. Something about the well accepted tradition of a bride being miserable on her wedding day, stressing about every single detail and decoration, worrying about everyone but herself simply didn’t […]
Ours is a true reflection of love and dedication. Monsters Inside Me season 5 premiere episode OCTOBER 9th 10 PM E/P. That episode features our story. Why should you watch it? I was chosen for a reality adventure race: 72 Hours: Fijian Jungle as a result of the video submission below. Watch it and get to know Hurricane Rita. I had […]
When I was a child, the Fourth of July meant my parents were off work, we were going to the pool, and then we were going to watch fireworks on blankets with a bunch of other families on a small hill. It meant we wouldn’t get home until 1AM because of the crazy traffic leaving […]
A Story of a Girl and her Bladder after Surviving Rat Lungworm. A Trilogy My first appointment with the Urology clinic once I was on my own was January 20th, 2014. That’s 13 months and a day after I was released from the Community Living Center in the Phoenix VA Health Care System following my […]
I am a runner. I’ve always been a runner. Now, I’m a recovering runner. And I’m inspired. I find it slightly ironic that my entire life I’ve been thought of as “different” for wanting to run epic long distances (I mean, really, where I’ve grown up, most people don’t express a ton of excitement to […]
I’m asked often when I visit my friends I met in the Army if I miss it. I can honestly and openly answer a clear and concise, “NO,” anytime I answer without hesitation. Some of my friends challenge that fact in disbelief… “Really? You don’t miss it at all? After 8.5 years, you can just […]
From Patient to Caretaker: A little over a year ago I was wearing the gait belt while my physical therapist and my lover taught me how to stand and walk again. Today I held it. Today was my first day officially working as a caretaker. Granted, it was only for one hour of my morning, […]
WATCH THE VIDEO! TRUST ME!!!! FUNDRAISER FOR RAT LUNGWORM SURVIVOR, GRAHAM MCCUMBER! LET’S GET THIS MAN A SERVICE DOG!!!!!! OBVIOUSLY, this story resonates with me on levels that are EXTREMELY personal. This is a VERY worthy fundraiser for an especially spectacular young rat lungworm survivor. Take the 5 minutes or so it takes to be […]
A short story on how Outdoor Zumba in Moab Came to be. The mantra I’ve found myself repeating as I’ve downsized and downsized and downsized is this: Let it go. It will come back. So I let go, most times for ridiculously low prices, sometimes for free. We gave away or sold everything John and I decided wasn’t practical to […]