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Hulk Smash

Yesterday I wrote about Franca and Lia and their strength and indomitable spirit to stare down the maw of diabetes no matter what, any day of the week, standing firm behind the motto: You want a fight? Bring it. For day 3 of Diabetes D-Blog Week the focus shifts to development, a topic for which […]

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Delightful Survivors

The rigid person is a disciple of death; The soft, supple and delicate are lovers of life.                                 –Tao Te Ching   For Diabetes D-Blog Week Day 2 the topic is to tell about one diabetes thing that we do […]

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D-Blog Week: A New Friend

Honestly, D-blog week caught me by a bit of surprise today. I’ve been so wrapped up in… well, let’s just say other stuff. When a friend reminded me and I went out to Karen’s blog, Bitter-Sweet, to take a look at this year’s topics I knew then I had no choice NOT to get on […]

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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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The Wild Blue Yonder

How do you manage? This is one question in relation to Lia’s diabetes that Franca and I hardly ever get asked. I can’t remember the last time in fact, which is both bizarre and at the same time understandable, because caring for type 1 diabetes is one of those things where looks are not only […]

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Come What Come May

Any parent of a child with type 1 diabetes knows the importance of living in the present. To live any other way is to focus too much on those things that lie beyond our control. Better treatments. Soaring costs. A cure. But what about that other member of the family, the sibling? For Krista, who’s […]

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A Special Request

Hi there — I’d like to make a special request/ offer to the readers of Without Envy. As you know, I’ve recently published my first novel, called A Lovely, Indecent Departure. It is a story about a young mother who kidnaps her five year old son from his emotionally-abusive father and flees the country to her […]

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Lending to a Wounded Hand

I’ve been thinking of what to write for this post for some time, going all the way back to last summer when I first began to see for myself the dangers of what I will call over-volunteering. It sounds strange to me even now, all these months later, quantifying the effort I applied to finding […]

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(Closure)

The world lost another human icon not long ago. It was in September of last year and most people, including me, didn’t even hear about it. In fact, I didn’t even know he was still alive–it had been that long since I’d thought about him, over forty years to be precise. Wait, that’s not entirely […]

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In Good Time

One of the first things I did after Lia’s diagnosis for T1 was go out and buy dress clothes. It sounds crazy, I know, especially all of these twenty-five months later. What an impulsive, irrational thing to do, right, as if $100 slacks, a couple of nice shirts, and a pair of new shoes would […]

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