Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Memorial Day Weekend

By the time I post this blog, Memorial Day weekend will be over.

This weekend has been one of reflection. The weather, fortunately, cooperated. The sun smiled down on Michiana until late Monday afternoon. Usually, the weather is cold and dreary and somber. This year, the weather was clear, an idyllic 70 degrees. The zephyr of lavender lilacs permeated the front steps of the porch. The Lady Cats are enjoying intermittent bird-watching in-between long, leisurely naps.

Steve and I surrounded ourselves with the support of family and friends near and far. The beautiful weather lifted our spirits, as it is hard to be sad when the weather is joyful. On Memorial Day, I reflect on the people who served--and died--in the military. I also reflect on my mother-in-law, who passed over last Wednesday. I reflect on my mother, who has been in Heaven for over five years.
I reflect on the memories of past Memorial Day weekends with family. I realize that new traditions need to be created, so Memorial Day weekend will be a balance of new traditions rather than wistful memories.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014


I took a risk today, but what is life without risk?

My friend Karen Harris and I have been working on a historical nonfiction book called Medieval Vaginas: A Hysterical and Historical Medieval Hysterical and Historical Perspective of all Things Vaginal During the Middle Ages. Karen invited me to write this book with her last year because we have a similar writing style. We just created a blog and a twitter account. We need to finish the conclusions and the details of the book. We have queried several publishers, but will most likely end up self-publishing in hopes to pick up a publisher down the road.

I'm excited and nervous about co-authoring this book. I don't know why I am afraid.

But again, what is life without taking risks?

Monday, May 12, 2014

May Updates

I cannot believe May is here and almost half over. Time flies, as the old adage goes. It has been a hectic spring. Final grades have been submitted for classes; my final seminar (with other people) is also over.Steve continues to work at the library and teach online classes. Steve's mom has battled a serious illness since last April; it is heartbreaking. We have surrounded her with love and are making her as comfortable as possible. The kitties are doing well;we have had some health scares with Java, but she always bounces back.

I will miss this spring's astronomy class; visiting the observatory,despite the frigid winter, was the highlight of the semester. It was one of the classes that changed my life, as I am now stargazing even though now it is not required. :) Now,I'm ABT (All But Thesis). Looking forward to diving in and finishing that thesis. Intending to walk in May 2015.

This has been a musical week and a half, as I rehearsed and performed in the LaPorte County Symphony. I played bass drum in a Star Trek uniform. The sci-fi movie-themed pops concert was really cool. There was a choir and excerpts of the films shown during the performance. Steve, my loyal roadie, supported me. On Tuesday, I will be playing with the Twin Cities Concert Band (IUSB) for commencement. A lot of my friends are graduating this year, so it will be great to perform for friends. Music has been a respite and I am grateful to still be able to play music.

Hopefully I will be able to blog more often this summer. Thank you for reading. Would love to hear from you! Hope you are well.

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