Boxing Day: (Wikipedia) A clue to Boxing Day's origins appears in the Christmas Carol, "Good King Wenceslas". Wenceslas, who was Duke of Bohemia in the early 10th century, was surveying his land on St. Stephen's Day, 26 December, when he saw a poor man gathering wood in the middle of a snowstorm. Moved, the King gathered up surplus food and wine and carried them through the blizzard to the peasant's door. The alms-giving tradition has always been closely associated with the Christmas season, but King Wenceslas' good deed came the day after Christmas, when the English poor received most of their charity.
A plan for today: You know all the NEW stuff you will use and enjoy in 2011? Now think of the older stuff... Box up those clothes, old blankets and towels, dented pot and pans, and all the things you don't use you haven't used that don't fit that went to the back of your closet deep in your cupboards gathering dust and cobwebs in your garage...
Take time TODAY; pack them up drive to your nearest Goodwill Salvation Army Homeless Donation Area Humane Society
Where once Cisco was banished to the outer porch to eat... He and Luna now (somewhat behave and) eat within whiskers of each other. Cisco does, however - continue to enjoy hanging on doors looking in windows... and yowling.
San Diego, California: (A slower pace than I expected...)
Hillcrest neighborhood, Balboa Park, La Jolla Beach, and walks around the neighborhood. I liked the mellow vibe, the ocean breezes, the friendly residents, and the wildlife!
Thanks to the instructors and classmates at Feldenkrais Institute of San Diego; you all made me feel welcome and a comfortable part of the group. I look forward to continuing my training over the next few years. And to San Diego; yours is a wonderful city, Hillcrest is a warm and mellow place, and during my future visits I will plan exploring all of Balboa Park, checking out the San Diego Zoo, finally learning to surf (!), and getting to know more about your great city.
And yet, arriving in Albuquerque... I smiled when I looked through the doors as I exited the airport... It is nice to get home again.
I work with patients in a hospital every day. And every day I get frustration hopefulness inspired laughter crying...
I get drug-addled confusion combativeness crazy conversations forgetfulness and child-like trust.
And sometimes I get no response at all.
But every day I attempt to remember that each patient is terrified they will die or terrified they may live confused worried about finances worried about their families worried about their pets worried that life as they knew it may never happen again.
And I attempt to remember and to share kindness truth support encouragement faith strength when they feel weak confidence when they feel hopeless and joy when they go home.
Remember that all health care workers nurses therapists cleaning staff doctors and even people working in the cafeteria... We all wish that we could go out of business; wish that no loved-ones would ever be ill that there would never be a reason for surgery that no one was sick or injured or failing or dying.
And we are sorry that patients must have patience while they are here.
Several friends and family have asked for closer, clearer photos of Cisco. Well, good luck with THAT request. He moves at 100 mph; and is usually trying to eat anything within reach. Here's the most recent result. Closer? Yes. Clearer? You be the judge...
Update: Kitten is a boy 5-6 weeks old gray with occasional visual sightings of stripes in the right light likes "Kitten Chow" (damp) and Kitten Replacement Milk "KRM" does not yet have all of his teeth likes to have his belly rubbed frequently! Full name: Cisco Kid
Still waiting on return of repaired camera, but will be posting photos taken by fans, soon!
Update on our old, trusty Canon Camera. Date of "birth": 2005.
Current medical status: Possible life support via Canon Repair Hospital located in California
Estimated hospital bill: Approximately $90
Cause of injury: Fall from height greater than my head... Onto concrete. Camera not wearing a helmet; had on minimal protective case, with resulting internal trauma.
Planned recovery date and discharge from repair hospital: Late July?
Past Medical History: Exploring Chicago 2005-2007. Wonderful adventure to France and Italy 2007. Travels around Illinois and New Mexico, and road trip between the two states. Family, friends, life, fun and food. Always willing to work hard within seconds and put up with car rides, bike rides, canoe rides, purse rides.
Medical Treatment Plan: Surgical repair and full recovery.
Family Support: Considering adopting a younger, faster, highly intelligent sibling for possible apprentice support.
When I started this blog in May 2007, it was for the sole purpose of staying in touch with friends and family while we traveled to Europe for three months. I am still staying in touch. "Traveller's Joy" clematis vitalba: Wildflower found throughout southwest Europe/Africa. Used for medicinal purposes and found "climbing and covering" the roadsides of Europe.
We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential. ~Ellen Goodman