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A New Utopia

Of changes we have seen plenty. My writing here documents most of them, those both good and bad, welcomed and unwelcomed, short-lived and long. But the one change I haven’t written much about is the one I hope is most evident and feel most strongly affected by and that’s empathy and effort. Okay, that’s two, […]

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Cruddy American Lesson #One

And so it begins, Z’s American High School experience. First lesson: Winning is Everything. And if you’re not good enough to win, you can always fetch water. So, she tried and failed to make the volleyball team. No big deal. She’d only arrived from Germany roughly 48 hours before the tryouts. I’m sure that had […]

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The Thyroid Solution Diet

Book Review: The Thyroid Solution Diet

First off: Don’t let the title throw you. This book is not just about the thyroid or those who suffer from thyroid related issues. Second: Anyone interested in extending their life should read it. I have for years, since well before Lia’s diagnosis with Type 1 diabetes, been interested in the connection between food, exercise […]

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A Lesson on Atoms
(or Letting Go)

When it was early summer vacation and close enough to the end of the school year for Lia to still be considered an elementary student and not a rising sixth grader Franca and I weren’t sure what changes we’d make to her diabetes care plan to meet whatever new challenges arrived with middle school. Other […]

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Fix. It.

Not quite related to diabetes care, management, complaints of, progress in, fed up with, tears over, yada yada yada….but I think this relates to my recent post Hulk Smash, in which I reflected on my inability to fix things. Annie Leonard’s project The Story of Stuff has always counted Franca and I as two of their […]

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You Should Know

Day 5 of Diabetes Blog Week. The topic: What is one thing you would tell someone who doesn’t have diabetes about living with diabetes?   This is a hard one for me. But it shouldn’t be. If you’ve followed my writing at all, you know with what vigor, emotion and honesty I’ve sought to unearth […]

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A Tribute, of sorts

Franca and I work very hard and with much thought to not let Lia’s diabetes bring her down. There are good days and there are bad days and sometimes we have to work much harder and be much more creative than others. But the human spirit is resilient and we’ve found that sometimes all we have […]

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Envy is often the fountainhead of unhappiness. We’ve all experienced it. A neighbor’s shiny new car. Their figure, the clothes they wear. What they get paid for the wonderful work they do. It starts on the playground as children and continues, I suppose, until dementia or death. It’s so prevalent and part of who we […]

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How Can I Tell What I Think Till I See What I Say

I have mentioned before a particular fondness for a quote by the British writer E.M. Forster (and of which assumes the title of this post). It comes from his book on writing, Aspects of the Novel, which he penned in 1927. In this particular chapter, Forster is concerned with the subject of plotting and begins the […]

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Food Envy

At our house food is a centerpiece, as much as any artsy heirloom or family artifact passed down through generations.

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