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An Inspirational Wedding Story – The Family that Attended

October 4th, 2014, I married my Soulmate. There’s a catch… I’d been married once before in 2005 to a Marine I’d met at the Defense Language Institute, aptly called the  Desperate Love Institute.  I’ve jokingly called my first wedding my $12,000 mistake for many years, as that’s what it cost, and that’s what it was. He’d proposed to me […]

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Monsters Inside Me Season 5 Premiere…Save the date

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 […]

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Gabapentin Moment – Laughing Through Recovery

Laughing Through Recovery is Necessary. Without Humor, there’s no hope. Tuesday night I got a text from John. It was a photo. There was blood. He’d gotten in a fight… With a tree branch. It split his cheek open, but other than some glue, a headache, and some swelling, he came out fine. Having a […]

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Eating Slugs Promoted on TNT AFTER Contestant Paralyzed, Nearly Dies

Yep, you read the title correctly, EATING SLUGS PROMOTED. John and I watched my episode of 72 Hours again last night after our hot tub session. We snuggled up on the couch and acted like it was the first time seeing it while my legs twitched this way and that. Gotta love spasms. That is […]

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Paddling the Swattie – A Cocoa Kayak Adventure

Monday night’s storms made for some higher waters on the Swatara (Swattie) and Quitapahilla (Quittie) Creeks this past week. Logically, we wanted to paddle. The owners of Cocoa Kayak, Deb and Ben Miller were planning to go play, and since water has been such an integral part of my recovery from rat lungworm, John and I happily tagged […]

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Canoeing Nantahala Lake – After Rat Lungworm

As if with the tranquility of canoeing Nantahala Lake in mind, the sun did not shine directly through the window. Instead it in slipped in silently and tempted our senses peripherally while caressing the trees along the creek’s bank with a soft golden warmth. We woke up in each other’s arms to the sweet music […]

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Healing Water – My Kind of Hydrotherapy

There’s something about healing water that puts everything into perspective. Our drive to Franklin, NC was beautiful. We slept in the back of the Rav4 at a rest stop in Virginia, and arrived at Sue and Bud’s house in the early afternoon. On Bud’s suggestion, we left the dogs at their house and went to […]

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The Caw of the Wild

The mission was simple, get to the library and focus on writing while John researched net mending and jewelry making online.  We parked, and began packing the computer bag. Then it started.  Corky jumped up to the window immediately to answer the big black bird taunting him from the light post. “Caaaaaaaaaw!” “Arf!” “Caaaaaaaaaaw!” “Arf!” […]

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Inner Peace After War Pt III (The Reaffirmation)

Disclaimer: You MUST read Inner Peace After War and Pt II (The Reaction) (In that order… duh) BEFORE you read this piece, or you will be COMPLETELY lost. When I returned from the trip, still reeling from The Reaction, I was extraordinarily relieved to see my lover waiting for me, leaning on the car, patient in his naturally suave […]

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Celebrating Abundance

I was asked by a cruise ship passenger about two weeks ago how they could sign up for a life like mine. I laughed before I answered with the truncated, “Give away your crap. Start with the television. Go from there.” He laughed and nodded. “I guess it really COULD be that simple, huh,” he responded thoughtfully. […]

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