What to pack for healthy travel

Jim’s watching “Quantum of Solace” while I tap away on my iBook. The crashing, jolting soundtrack is the opposite of the soft, flowing music Naomi Caspe turned on just before she left me for a while, stuck full of needles, in the treatment room this...

A layoff hits home

Layoffs. My husband is just one of millions now collecting unemployment. He’s accustomed to waking before the morning light peeps through our shutters so he can get on the road before rush hour traffic more than doubles his commute time. The hours he had to keep...

I lowered my cholesterol 58 points in 2 months

When my doctor gave me “lipid panel” results from a Dec. 12 blood test, he suggested I consider taking statin drugs because my total cholesterol was at 261, and I have a family history of heart disease. I rarely even take cold medicine, so taking drugs...

Nanowrimo

I’ve joined the legions of folks attempting to knock out 50,000 words in the month of November by participating in Nanowrimo. I’m using the commitment to explore more than to have a book by the time I’m through. Ideas for fiction, possibilities to...

Mortgage meltdown mess

I drive to and from work in the California town I call home, and on just about every block at least one home is for sale: RE/MAX, Century 21, Coldwell Banker, all the big real estate names are represented on For Sale signs swinging in the breeze, along with a...

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