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hearth

December 19, 2016

I want you to believe in love

I want you to believe

want you to practice your beliefs

make them your own

your not my child but you are a child

no matter your age

you can grow

no time of year is bleak

not the middle of winter

nor the midst of black despair

do not revel in anything all year round

joy, grief, pain, bliss, loss

all belong

do not give into old age on nature’s terms

if its not in your heart to do so

gather your family in from the cold

and stay by the hearth if its warmth you seek

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critic

July 1, 2016

awaking refreshed from my nap I find myself in the mood to set things right

what do you want to hear?

what do you want to know?

I have a few followers you know

I’m inconsistent

if this were a job they would fire me

unless I was the boss I am sure

but I get to be my own secretary, editor, proofreader

one of my own critics

its not like I need to turn out a new blog post every minute

I’ve done this before

being my own boss isn’t all about the money.

 

 

 

 

 

A Marriage of Sickness and Health

March 10, 2016

BeingCharis

Dear future partner,

We haven’t met yet, or maybe we have and time wasn’t ready.
We need to talk. Now. Before I fall in love with you, before you fall in love with me.

Because I don’t want my disease to cause you to leave me.

Too often I see sad posts in online support communities for severe disease groups. Like this one:

“My spouse just asked for a divorce after 25 years of marriage. She said she could no longer handle being married to my condition. I work full time, I do chores, I am a great partner and parent. I just can’t hide when I’m having such bad pain. I feel so alone. Can someone share how they got through this? How can I be in another relationship if I know my disease could cause someone to leave?”

These posts wrench my stomach. I cry, “Another one?” And I have two reactions: hope and fear.  

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An open letter to healthy people from a former healthy person

September 3, 2015

BeingCharis


Dear healthy people,

Let me tell you about becoming a “sickbody.” I have Ankylosing Spondylitis. Right, just don’t even try to pronounce that. We’ll stick with calling it A.S., yeah? Really all you need to know about it for this blog post is that it’s a chronic autoimmune disease. I’ll share a link at the end for you to read more about it. (Here’s a distracting picture of me to help you along)

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These carbon-hungry blobs could help fix our oceans

August 5, 2015

Grist

Hey, beachgoers: Have you ever ventured into the ocean on a steaming hot day, eager to splash around in the cold waves, and found yourself entirely surrounded by a bunch of translucent gooey blobs? Have no fear – you’re probably not being swarmed by tiny jellyfish or swimming in the remnants of a sea turtle’s messy meal.

In fact, you most likely found some harmless salps, which are washing up along the coastal United States, National Geographic reports. Salps are barrel-shaped ocean invertebrates that belong to a group called tunicates, and they also feel extremely gross against your legs.

But you’ll just have to deal with that squishy sensation, because salps are also tiny climate-change fighters! National Geographic has the details:

Salps’ cloning tendencies also let them take advantage of algae blooms. The animals gorge themselves on the algae and pump out chains of salp babies. All that eating also produces large fecal pellets that “sink…

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These biodegradable computer chips are made from wood

July 22, 2015

Grist

What if I told you that we could make computer chips out of biodegradable wood, instead of the semiconducting materials like silicon that we currently use and then promptly dump in landfills? Would you call me a dirty hippie and tell me to get real? How about if Zhenqiang (Jack) Ma, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Wisconsin, told you?

According to MIT Technology Review, Ma and his colleagues have indeed made such a chip:

The inventors argue that the new chips could help address the global problem of rapidly accumulating electronic waste, some of which contains potentially toxic materials. The results also show that a transparent, wood-derived material called nanocellulose paper is an attractive alternative to plastic as a surface for flexible electronics. …

In two recent demonstrations, Ma and his colleagues showed they can use nanocellulose as the support layer for radio frequency circuits that…

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Crossing Over. . . A Cat’s Eye View

July 20, 2015

PURR-LS

Crossing Over. . . a cat’s eye view.

A cat's eye view

Karen Noel:

Before we begin I would like to share something Satchmo reminded both Karen Nowak and I about, do NOT beat yourself up about anything in your past.

Karen Nowak once said to me, “The Past Has An Expiration Date”.  That is now a bumper sticker on my car!

Now that I have shared a bit of Satchmo’s wisdom, on to her dying experience. . .

Crossing Over

rainbow bridge

Death, Crossing the Rainbow Bridge, Crossing Over, etc.
What did you experience as you died and crossed into Spirit?

Satchmo:

I didn’t immediately realize what was happening. I knew, but I didn’t remember, what it was like to return to the world beyond this one.
I hadn’t quite let go of identifying with my physical body as the process took place. It took a bit for that to happen, to completely embrace and…

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School’s Out

June 30, 2015

aplaceforpoetry

If you live in plain sight of the school yard
you will never go further than home
when the bell rings your legs will not dally
but will tread the few meters alone.

Though inclined to the path least resisting
don’t be frightened of stretching your self
take the back gate and go round the houses
for the ultimate good of your health.

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Bernie Sanders tells Bill Maher: Climate change is young people’s issue, and mine, too

June 24, 2015

Grist

As you know, writers in New York’s coolest borough have nothing better to do on a Friday night than to watch political talk shows. So it was that I was watching HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday and I got to see him interview Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination. Sanders is a strong climate hawk who has authored a carbon tax bill with Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and a bunch of bills to improve energy efficiency, boost renewables, and cut corporate welfare to fossil fuels. Sanders has always mentioned climate change as one of the key issues that is motivating him to run.

On Friday, though, he moved it to the center of his pitch to potential supporters. Maher noted, “Where I think you could do really well is with younger voters … are you on Tinder?” Sanders, 73, seemed to actually know what…

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Purr-ls of Wisdom

June 24, 2015

PURR-LS

Betroth Mtn Sunset

Hello. My name isKaren Noel.
Welcome 
to Purrs-ls of Wisdom.

Loving two beings and getting to write and learn from them is truly a gift!   Spirit #1 is an amazing feline I have been incredibly blessed to share life on this earth with for 14 years!  For a vagabond like myself, if Satchmo was there it was where I felt at home.  She was a constant in the sea of my ever-changing gypsy life and we came to really love and truly understand and honor each other.  How blessed am I to have that continue now that she is on the other side and has become this blog’s original teacher?!  Just when I think I have seen all her tricks, more pop up each time she edits makes us laugh, and expand our thinking.

Satchmo’s brilliance allowed this conversation to grow from her experience of the afterlife, into possible ways to personally grow and understand the world around us. …

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