Cadavre exquis – Take 2; Team 2

Cyranny's Cove

Due to the number of people who wanted to play along for this second edition of Cadavre Exquis, and not wanting to restrain writers’ inspiration, I divided the group in three teams. This is the work of Team #2. I hope you’ll enjoy the writing exercise! 

Cadavre Exquis is a writing game in which each player only gets the last sentence of the writer before him/her. Here is the result of putting all the puzzle pieces together… 

I put down the pen, at long last.

The sun was starting to peek over the horizon, and I brushed my hand softly on the paper. There was so much in this long missive… So much love, so much pain. My whole heart folded in between two sheets, all my hopes and dreams ready to be delivered.

I stood up, my whole body soar from sitting in my Adirondack chair all night. The…

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RIP, Stephen Hawking 1942 – 2018

Lucky Otters Haven

Like many others, I was deeply saddened by the loss of Stephen Hawking at the age of 76.

This is a man who was given two years to live in 1963, when he was first diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease.   He proved his doctors wrong.

Hawking was living proof that no matter what obstacles or challenges you have, you can still reach for the stars.   He did in a big way.    Stephen Hawking’s body may have been a terrible burden to him, but he was blessed with a beautiful mind that allowed him to open doors to the universe and let the rest of us through.

I just saw this picture and had to share it because I was so moved.  I have no idea who the artist is, sorry.


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The dance

Unoriginal (love) noteS

In the reflection of social mist,

The shadows dancing tango –

They sway, they spin, they twist.

Glide in an erotic tangle.

The eye is trained to catch,

The play of rusty morals.

The love, the hate – a match

Burns out and ends in quarrels.

The shadows dancing still,

Unfazed by outer musings.

The drive is here one’s will,

See past the bitter losing.

The shadows do not care,

For rumours hastily cooked.

They voice, they laugh, they share-

They are eternally hooked.

The eye may get upset,

And ill from bites of asp.

But shadows do not fret,

They live beyond eye’s grasp

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Today I’ll Be Catching Up On Reblogs

DannyIf you are a fan of finding new blogs to follow then today is your day.  I am way behind on sharing from my Reblog list so today I am going to fire up the reblog machine and get to it.

If reblogs are not your favorite, then you might want to pass over some of these posts and look for my original post tomorrow morning.

I only feel it fair to warn everyone that there will be a bunch of reblogs today; even more than normal.


The Olive Tree

Global Housesitter x2

This ancient tree holds a particular segment of our hearts and a significant part of earlier lives together.

Within the span of a few years from early 2001, we had planted approx 500 trees and yes the rows were all spaced out correctly by the Squire [below photo] on a small lifestyle/orchard in the Bay of Plenty region of New Zealand.

Olive Grove - Nov 2006_edited

With dreams of having our own olive oil press and creating a unique boutique label, we started to develop the grove.  As with some goals, not all come to fruition.  This was one of them.  Though what does dampen the disappointment of not completing this dream is seeing that the olive trees we planted are still producing and their owners are selling the oil at the farm gate.

With still an avid interest, I was excited to see our method of harvesting been done by a neighbour just down the road…

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Dissociative Identity Disorder: When Shame Becomes Pride

Art by Rob Goldstein

Dissociative Identity Disorder looks like a psychosis to people who don’t understand it or who think that all people with DID act like Sybilor
Norman Bates.

Yes, I hear the voices of my alternates but those voices are not hallucinations; they are more like thoughts in another person’s voice.

Each alternate has its own memories and skills.

Virtual reality avatar that depicts an adolescent alternate named Bobby who is 16. Bobby is 16, he holds ‘faith’.

Some alternates communicate autonomously with each other while
others remain in hiding.

There are memory boundaries between alternates but over time
these boundaries became more permeable.

“Dissociative identities exist in a third reality, an inner world that is visualized, heard, felt and experienced as real. This third reality is often characterized by trance logic. In trance logic, ideas and relationships of ideas about things are not subject to the rules of normal logic. Because (the alternates) are kept in separate compartments (of the brain)…

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“I Can Do This!” 2018 Focus


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You may have guessed (or already know) that my keyword for this year is “Energy.”  I have many goals, and I am at a point in my life where I need to make them happen.  I don’t want to wait for a better time.  Even if it takes years to reach a goal, the time to start is now.

My morning mantra will be- “Let me get moving.”  That’s a great start for energy.  Of course, I’ve charted out some things I have to do.  Stretches to get limber and not feel old or sore all day.  I intend that to become like second nature to me.  Then the list goes on.

I’ve done this because I read somewhere that a resolution is nothing without a plan.  This is so true!  Working a full-time job can tire a person out.  Yet, I want to…

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Cancer Journey: Part 6

The Pink Herald's Blog

This is not the easiest post and it doesn’t have anything to do with the status of my diagnosis.

The last couple weeks have been tough.  I had to change my insurance plan, at work, and elected the “gold” versus the “silver” plan, in order to get rid of the annual deductible and bring down the usage fees when I see the doctor or get labs.  It also raised my weekly contribution costs, but it had to be done.

Unfortunately, with this plan change, came with a carrier change.  I joined the Sutter Health network and am sad to report they choose to charge patients a 20% copay for chemo medication, where other plans cover it 100% or charge a max of $50/prescription.  Hopefully, one day they realize how punitive this is and begin to cover oral chemotherapy pills as effectively as they do IV chemotherapy.

I left a plan…

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I’m a Bit Behind So Please Forgive the Number of Reblogs You Will See Today.

likes-reblogsI am 2 weeks behind on my reblogs as the requests are coming across faster than I can keep up.  I don’t want to create the lists as they don’t seem as personal and I want each blogger to get their own “advertisement” for their page; I want it to be specific to them so they get the notoriety.

So today I am going to reblogging a bunch in order to catch up.  I really hope this doesn’t piss someone off, but ultimately I guess they can choose to ignore them.  I think the good that is done outweighs the aggravation in others.

2017 Malone Zone Rewind

2 R Better Than 1

Good morning friends,

I have a short audio message for you today as well as a post from the past. I hope it speaks to you and is relevant. Don’t forget to click the link to It’s All Small Stuff. Have a wonderful week!

It’s All Small Stuff

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