Ember Island by Kimberly Freeman

Eleanor aka Nell, Nina Jones grandmother, are a century apart in time, but both are writers. Nell grew up on imaginary Ember Island, similar to Moreton Bay, outside of Brisbane. In the late 1800s Matilda Kirkland, after her beloved grandfather dies, follows her new husband, Jasper, to Guernsey in the Channel Islands to take up life … [Read more…]

UK Classified Ads

These are classified ads, which were actually placed in U.K. Newspapers: FREE YORKSHIRE TERRIER: 8 years old, hateful little bastard.  Bites! 

 FREE PUPPIES
: 1/2 Cocker Spaniel, 1/2 sneaky neighbour’s dog. 

 FREE PUPPIES: Mother is a Kennel Club registered German Shepherd. 
Father is a Super Dog, able to leap tall fences in a single bound.

 COWS, … [Read more…]

Christmas 2013

My MIL in November wrote on my Caring Bridge site and said: “Michele–My heart goes out to you and you are truly in my prayers. I know the journey is very difficult. May the love and caring of your friends and family sustain you.” When someone says “You are truly in my prayers” I think they … [Read more…]

Important Things for a Legacy

T -68 hours until surgery. And a DNR. The only wisdom I’ve gleaned from four decades on this planet that is valuable is: 1. Above all be kind 2. Don’t judge others (glass houses and all that stuff) 3. It doesn’t matter the color of your skin, your political party, sexual preference or your religious … [Read more…]

Life with Breast Cancer

On 09 December 2013 I had two appointments: one with a woman at Piper Breast Center, that works for the Penny George Institute, who helps mix Western and Eastern medical practices. She really encouraged acupuncture for chemo side affects, but I had acupuncture, may be 12 years ago, for my monthly migraines, and the ten or fifteen … [Read more…]

Traitorous Left Breast

This morning a friend who is Pentecostal called me. Along with the Catholics and the MN Lutherans, I have people giving my name to their congregations at shul and I have the Pentecostals covered, due to my GF, so I pretty much think I’m in good hands. The patchwork that is American faith is working for … [Read more…]

The Brevity of IBC

We met with my plastic surgeon, Dr. Wilke, 05 November, and he gave us all the gory details. Awful. Just awful. I sputtered through my drink at Crave and Edina women listened to me whisper the word Cancer and they stared. I could do nothing but go hide in the car and call me mum.  … [Read more…]

Cancerous Halloween

On Halloween I went to my primary care doctor’s lab expert, Lisa, and had my blood drawn. She didn’t hurt me and I came out unscathed, with five vials of blood! They are running one specific test to know if I am well enough to do the PET part of the PET/CT scan tomorrow morning; or they … [Read more…]