White September Sky
A screaming comes across the sky . . .
How did it look to them
in the first frozen second of the brand new war,
when sky and fire opened the walls?
Vengeance is not enough.
Sometimes it seems the dead are waiti... Read more
I love cats...
"I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul."
~~ Jean Cocteau
Thank you so much to my Spark Friend, "Improving Me" for sending me this wonderful quotation. ... Read more
SEAMUS HEANEY, RIP
Late August, given heavy rain and sun
For a full week, the blackberries would ripen.
At first, just one, a glossy purple clot
Among others, red, green, hard as a knot.
You ate that first one and its flesh... Read more
How to Slim Down in 1595
How to Slim Down in Fourteen Days, 1595
"An excellent and approved thing to make them slender, that are grosse. Let them eate three or foure cloves of Garlick,... Read more
I am thrilled that BLC-23 is beginning in just 4 weeks. It's the best thing I like about Spark People: the discipline, the support, the creative challenges, and the structure it imposes on my life.
Without the BLC I fear I would have retu... Read more
My ghostly alternative lives
I do not spend a lot of time caught up in fruitless regrets about the past but sometimes I wonder how my life would have launched itself had I made different decisions or followed different paths along the way. Most people have lots of possibil... Read more
I am doing well. I am calm and that is a wonderful thing. Typically I am filled with agitation, worry, and stress. Being calm and coping day by day has helped me to avoid pointless eating. Right now I have a good balance between what I need ... Read more
Firstly, thank you to all who have commented on Mrs. Palmer, my beautiful feline daughter. She is holdlng her own for the time being.
Now I have something to write that I hope does not come off sounding harsh or pedantic. I hope it does n... Read more
Update on Mrs Palmer
I spoke with the vet; initially he thought that Mrs Palmer had kidney failure but the test results show that she has hyperaldosterone. She has an adrenocarcinoma. She cannot have it surgically removed because of her congenital cardiac conditio... Read more
My girl is gravely ill; she is honest, loving, affectionate, patient, imaginative, and zen-like in her ability to wait for the other cats to eat first.
There is no h... Read more
Thank you to those who read my blogs
My blog here on Spark People is a catch-all thing. An "olla podrida" (a phrase I know from crossword puzzles). I meant it to be all about my weight-loss and exercise commitment. I have discovered how inextricable my emotions are from my weigh... Read more
Five Years ago--my mother is dying
I always thought that there would be a simple undramatic ending. We would all get older and a bit wiser and with old age would come a sort of natural anaesthetic which would dull the aches and pains of contumely. Things would become smoother a... Read more
No, it's not a punch line. My employer does annual "metabolic testing" which is a rather quick procedure--they get your blood pressure, weight, height, and cholesterol and measure your waist---which as we know is a "dangerous" place to have inc... Read more
6 Weeks of Accomplishment: BLC-22
R - reflect on the previous 6 weeks - Be honest with yourself, what did you do well, and what could use some work. Post in a blog, or in the chat thread once over the weekend.
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A Reason to be upset
I try very very hard not to be judgmental. I think we are all judged in various ways and being overweight is just one of them. I have been very sensitive about talk that I perceive as rascist, classist, sexist, and yet I am not offended by pe... Read more