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Swept Into Another World (Not Another Book Review)-Book Review Week Musings

There’s one more book on my “to be read” list. Death Returns by Joan Peck. You’ll see that review next month. But the reason I mention her now is that when she sent me the Advanced Reader Copy (ARC), she included a note expounding on the benefits of reviews.  Which you and I know well,…… Continue reading Swept Into Another World (Not Another Book Review)-Book Review Week Musings

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A Promise Kept

If you missed yesterday’s post, here’s a quick recap. In 1984, I sat at the bottom of the Spanish Steps in Rome, and wept. Why? I was too exhausted to take another step. My second heart surgery awaited me, and I was sure this would be my one chance to ‘see the world’. But, it…… Continue reading A Promise Kept

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I Made a Promise to Myself

It was the summer of 1984, not long after my eleventh birthday, and my first trip across the Atlantic would shape my world in ways I never thought possible. We’d been riding in a motorcoach, walked miles all over Rome, and at the base of the Spanish Steps, I stopped. I was exhausted and needed…… Continue reading I Made a Promise to Myself

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A Child of the World

I was eleven when my grandmother (seated directly behind me) presented a special Christmas gift to my family. She wanted to take everyone to Europe for a 3-week whirlwind tour. Twenty-one countries in twenty-one days. Then, it was a dream. Something I didn’t even know was on my bucket list. It would take two or…… Continue reading A Child of the World

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What the GUC is Going On?

My misnamed twin that wasn’t would later be called Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD). The fix should have been easy enough. A patch to close it. This is now, that was then. 1977. And adding to the fray was a new development. I also suffered from L-transposition in which my heart is reversed. Don’t worry, it’s…… Continue reading What the GUC is Going On?

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The USP of the iPod…for me

There is a unique selling proposition (USP) to the iPod, I don’t think even Steve Jobs foresaw. It helps me walk straight. If you’ve just scrunched up your face, and are scratching your head trying to figure out how a tiny pocket music device can help someone walk straight. I get it. And don’t worry,…… Continue reading The USP of the iPod…for me

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Seashell Sounds in My Heart

April 4, 1973. Four. Four. For years, I wondered if perhaps I did have a twin. The duplicity is in the numbers, it’s in my birthdate and on my fourth birthday to the day – Four. Four. Nineteen seventy- seven, I waited patiently for the gurney which would wheel me into the operating room for…… Continue reading Seashell Sounds in My Heart

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What We Teach Our Children…

Monday’s child is fair of face Tuesday’s child is full of grace Wednesday’s child is full of woe Thursday’s child has far to go, Friday’s child is loving and giving, Saturday’s child works hard for a living, And the child that is born on the Sabbath day Is bonny and blithe, and good and gay1…… Continue reading What We Teach Our Children…

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Welcome to Life – Oh What a Ride!

The sepia tones of the seventies offer a jaundiced backdrop to the rosy-cheeked child with blue fingernails and lips. Oxygen was precious and circulation was lacking, but my heart? It would not stop beating. It would not stop seeking life. It has known joy and sadness, trials and triumphs, and the knowledge that its secret…… Continue reading Welcome to Life – Oh What a Ride!

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My Twin Lives Within

“I can tell just by looking,” the nurse explained. “You’re going to have a boy.” Then, with his stethoscope pressed to my mother’s belly, the doctor added, “I hear two heartbeats, though one is fainter than the other. Looks like you’re having twins.” My parents have often told me this story, mostly at my request;…… Continue reading My Twin Lives Within