Breadth of Significance

The Draw

six years is too long

six months is too short.

and if we meet in the middle

i’d reflect

that it’s too



either side.

it took 2 15-point turns to get


the torrential streetview turned

into modules of mobiles

but i’m still standing – not up, not literally –

supported by the coolness

of a cement ceiling whose

chill lends a cinematicness

to my ruptured stance.

and rising above the lasered

lights of frantic cars,

i’d drop my ash and your name below


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Meet and Greet: 9/20/18


It’s time for the Meet and Greet weekend everyone!!  Strap on your party shoes and join the fun!  

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Pan-Seared Tuna Steaks with “Melted” Lemon-Caper Sauce

Kitchen Insights

This fast, healthy, and delicious seared tuna dish comes together in one pan and is ready in less than 30 minutes. Serve with a mixture of seasoned cucumbers, tomatoes, and red onion for a light and refreshing meal.

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Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15-18 minutes
Serves: 4


3 T. extra virgin olive oil, divided
4 6-oz. sushi-grade tuna steaks, approximately 3/4” thick
Salt and black pepper, to taste
1 medium shallot, finely chopped
¼ c. dry white wine
½ c. chicken broth
2 T. fresh lemon juice
1 organic lemon, sliced thin
3 T. capers, drained


  1. Heat two tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add tuna steaks to hot skillet and cook for approximately…

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My Week 208: Alaska Is Cold, Stuffed Squirrels


The journey continues…

First, just for the record, I did NOT pull the emergency brake on Canada One.

(As a side note, I’d like to share that I finally had the chance to do the following on my regular train this week as I was sitting in a group of 3 other people by the emergency exit:

Car Attendant: So you all know what to do in case of emergency?
Me: Absolutely. I call out “Mjolnir”, the hammer inside the box flies into my hand, I use it to break the window, and I lead everyone to safety.
Car Attendant: Uh…
Other People: *stare in confusion*
Me: The hammer won’t come if I call it?
Car Attendant (laughs): No, but I enjoyed the Thor reference, ma’am.
Me: Please—just call me TrainWine.

TrainWine is my superhero name in case you haven’t read My Week 191.)

Anyway, the Canada One train that…

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On A Weather Break, Be Back Soon

Reclaiming HOPE

Hi Everyone!

I’d like to apologize for my absence from not only my blog, but yours. We have some family members who evacuated ahead of Hurricane Florence staying with us. They’ve been here since Tuesday, and things around here are quite chaotic and stressful. I hope they’ll be able to return home and things will return to normal soon.

I just wanted pop in quickly to explain my absence and let you know I’ve been thinking of you. I miss being in touch with all of you! I hope to be back to my regular posting schedule by next week.

This experience has really reminded me of something this week. As you know, my blog is about thriving, not just surviving, with fibromyalgia. The truth is, though, that sometimes all you can do at certain times is go into survival mode and get through whatever you’re trying to get through.


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Song Lyric Sunday – “Lead Me”

Being Lydia!

Well, having missed last week due to vacation, I am all ready for another go at Song Lyric Sunday. Dear Helen of This Thing Called Life One Day At A Time picked an awesome topic this week – picture/photograph. Be sure to click the link above and check out other offerings as well.

My choice once again is from a contemporary Christian group, Sanctus Real. “Lead Me” was their first hit and got me through a tough summer with one to two half-hour trips a day to and from the hospital where my Dad was for three months. I was having to make decisions for him (with my sister) and we wished we had some guidance because we didn’t want to do something he wouldn’t be happy with.

While the song only mentions “picture frames” once in the third line of the first verse, it is a very telling and…

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The Art of saying “No”

Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you. I’m back today after an eventful weekend. My computer died this weekend, so of course, I had to rush right out and get a new one because, you know, writing, right?

Photo on Visualhunt

So that’s why this post is late. But enough about that. What I’d like to talk about today is Social Media and its effects on communication skills.

I’ve noticed a trend happening with social media and that is when someone sends you an instant message, and if you don’t want to chat with that person, you don’t respond. You just ignore the message. Now, I understand, maybe you don’t want to chat with that person or don’t want to participate in the activity they’re asking you to do, but is just ignoring them and hoping they’ll get the hint the best course of action?

Photo on Visual…

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Skipping Memories

The Mahdheebah Blog (TMB)

In the wake of dawn Something evoked a dimple on my face just when I thought I lacked one. The simplicity of two teenage Hausa girls in the Southern part of Nigeria, adjusting their exquisitely tide wrappers and head gear, frequently picking up the shawls from falling off their nearly shrunk teenage shoulders. Their birth names I detectively uncovered to be Fatima and Fauziya. Their chatter is a tad bit noisy but the cocky smile on their faces is pure innocence when one of them says to the photographer who they had walked under the heavy downpour to meet, ” Uncle, we wan take picture, how much? and when the man replies “na 250 naira for one copy” they faintly reply “We get only two hundred’ abeg help us”, instantly the photographer replies with a firm NO!. In a split second, it all goes from smiles to a dejected look…

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