Bad, Bad Doctor... No Cookie for You!

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Because of my breast cancer history, I’ve accompanied a few friends to their appointments. Either for consultations with their surgical oncologists or to their G.P.s to hear their results, mostly to listen and see if everything they’ve said seems normal and sounds okay. I’m not an expert. Not even close. I have learned a few things, though, from my own experiences. And while I usually don’t write blog posts motivated by fury--I’m an easygoing person most of the time--on this day, I’m seeing red...

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Cancer Diary: Some Random Thoughts on Life, People, and Everything

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I laughed a few times and chatted with the cute nurse who rolled my bed down the hallway to my room. Until she told me about “the transfer” -- me moving from one bed to the other. Picture, if you will, one of those cartoon moments when the character’s eyes pop out of their heads. I was that cartoon character…

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Cancer Diary: Some things I’ve Learned

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When I first went through breast cancer twelve years ago, besides the initial shock, my predominating thoughts went to my beautiful two-year-old boy with his long hair and sunny disposition — just as any mother or father’s would. Would I see him grow up? How was it possible that I could be parted from him so early? It was nearly too much to bear. I can remember the waiting — waiting on results and pathology reports; the trip to pick out the Christmas tree the same day I received my initial diagnosis, and how surreal it all was, but there was my child to be strong for, and we – Husband and I — were strong. And everything turned out just fine, which I know it will this time.

But I learned about life the first time...

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Adventures in Breast Cancer! Update 1

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So I spoke to my oncologist to get her input. I thought about how young I was when diagnosed the first time; I’m still considered young for this recurrence. I also considered that there were a lot of years ahead of me in which I’d be worried about the possibility of recurrence on the “good” side. I’ve already been through one biopsy on the good side two years ago…

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What’s So Funny ‘bout Peace Love and Understanding?

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A racist political bumper sticker targeting the sitting President of the United States is just one more indication that ugliness has become entrenched. And maybe there’s no hope for those of a certain age who haven’t learned how to behave and accept others. Maybe our only hope is with our children, to teach them well, as Crosby, Stills & Nash put so eloquently…

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Cancer 102 - Second Semester:
Some Breast Cancer Etiquette

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1. When someone tells you they’re going to have a mastectomy/reconstruction, don’t tell them, “At least you’ll get a brand new pair of boobies!” or anything closely resembling this statement in a well-meaning attempt to cheer them up about a sucky situation. I’ve only told a handful of people so far, and I’ve already heard this nearly every time...

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No Reading Aloud, Mr. Troublemaker


Husband visited with Mr. Troublemaker and asked him how things were going this year. What he found was a teacher on the verge of losing his spark; the thing that keeps teaching exciting for him. Earlier in the school year he was caught reading "The Phantom Tollbooth" out loud to his classroom and received a written reprimand and the threat of a suspension without pay if he ever does it again... Read More...

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We all get them, those noxious (and obnoxious) forwards.  The platitudes, the schmaltz, the misinformation -- the horror!  My favorite lately was the one about how Mister Rogers was a Navy SEAL and he wore those long-sleeved sweaters because his arms were covered with tattoos...

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How Do We Love Our Neighbor If We Don't Even Like Them?

Note: This post is NOT about my neighbors who are pretty likeable...

Our friends have neighbors who are odd and for some reason seem to enjoy causing problems for all those around them... Read More...

Some Helpful Thanksgiving Tips


This holiday, take a deep breath and relax with some of our very own StoryRhyme.com helpful hints. Here's number 9: Don't serve that greenbean casserole with the canned mushrooms and shoestring onions because it's just gross...

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Interesting Times

I first heard the ancient curse, "May you live in interesting times," a few years ago. I've always liked this curse. It seems innocuous enough, not harsh like the traditional "May your cattle die and your crops wither" type curse... Read More...

"HFCS is Good..!"

"Something's happening..." When my son was in kindergarten, I started noticing that there was something different about the kids. Their body shapes had changed since I was a kid. More children were pudgy or overweight. With each passing grade, I noticed this more and more...
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Uncredible Sources

Every now and then (and it happens way too often for my taste) we receive an email (usually a forward) that claims to uphold some truth, expose corruption, injustice; whatever the cause... Read More...

Gravity: Friend or Foe?

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Gravity has not been kind. I examine my face, looking for the right angle of attack for makeup application... Read More...

My Worst Songs of the '70s List

Shag carpets, swag lamps, fake wood paneling, macrame belts, and leisure suits with white shoes. Billy Beer. This unique time seemed to spawn some really bad music... Read More...

The Toxic Eye Roll...

"Eye rolling can be a predicter of divorce." What..? I roll my eyes at least 50 times a day (jeez, I’m doing it now). Over the time I've known my husband, I've rolled my eyes at him at least 5 million times... Read More...

Clean My House. Please.

I live with cavemen, I really do. Now, they're charming cavemen. The ladies love them, and they're very polite, but around the house, they really regress back to the ol' cave. My dog is a cave dog. His shedding has been in overdrive lately and I could fill at least one pillow each day with his cast-off cave dog hair...
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Adult No Talk Good

At this point she raises her eyebrows, not expecting to hear this coming from the mouth of a 10-year-old. She then asks, "Do you have your pee-pee cup..?" Read More...

No Reading Aloud (Allowed) in the Classroom? Fido Update.

Just how are we serving our children by turning them into unimaginative automatons? Who will be our future artists, musicians and inventors, not to mention the great scientific minds..? Read More...

Help Me Not to be a Bad Blogger

So, I know nothing about blogs, hadn't read them and wasn't really familiar with them, but one day Husband suggested I write a blog for our little site. "What do I write about?" I asked. "I don't know," said Husband very helpfully...
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A New Mother Freaks Out

Poor Vicki describes waiting with her screaming baby while her bedspreads dry at the laundromat. She calls her husband, who's at work, for guidance, sustenance, words of wisdom. Anything... Read More...

Painting. The bad haircut.

Have just finished painting our master bedroom and am happy at last. Major undertaking (for me at least)...

Got a bad haircut today. I miss Michael. He cut my hair for years. He moved to the desert a few months ago. Against my better judgement, out of desperation, I went to one of those chain salons... Read More...

Lord of the Rings? Politics.

Just finished reading a long, very boring article on the religious symbology in the "Lord of the Rings" movies (and books) in an online literary journal. I think I can sum it up much more simply...

Now, I know I said before that this wouldn't be a political blog, but I just had a thought to share. I think that Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh should get married and go on a very long honeymoon... Read More...