Spoonie Sunday – The Most Important 15 Minutes of the Day

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“I watch his hands
as he pours the tea
big hands, strong hands
hands that belie
the gentleness of their touch” ~JP Pearlman 2015

Have you ever considered the human touch? We all enjoy the hug of a loved one, holding a child or parent’s hand. It’s those tiny moments of physical intimacy, of touching, that remind us we are not alone in this big bad world that we are connected on a physical level. Continue reading “Spoonie Sunday – The Most Important 15 Minutes of the Day”

Spoonie Sunday – March Reading

March was a kind of off month for reading for me. It has involved lots of travel. Not fun travel but medical travel and the seasonal RV move. I’ve driven over 5,000 miles and spent over 20 days traveling in the past 5 weeks. This included a hold over in Cheyenne, WY during the “epic blizzard” for three days while roads were closed. I’ve been to several doctor appointments and had two biopsies. I’m fine, thanks. Well, not fine but it’s not cancer or anything deadly. Just more shaking of heads and “well, let’s try this …” spoonies, you know the drill. Everything considered, I’m quite happy with my March reading accomplishments.

Hungry Girl Diet by Lisa Lillien
Hungry Girl has been around for quite awhile and this book is her well researched and documented diet plan. It’s a re-read for me. I read it a couple of years ago, followed the plan and lost a few pounds. Then I got sick, and pffffttt. So I’m re-reading and adapting the program to suit my current needs. The book is filled with lots of my kind of recipes. Basically just simple mixtures. Everything is easy to make and readily adaptable to one or two people.

Lady of Devices by Shelly Adina
A nifty little YA book. If you’re a steampunk fan or just thinking about getting into the genre, this is a must read. Plenty of historical research, a nicely believable plot, a heroine to really cheer for, class riots, scandal, young waifs and a wee bit of modest romance thrown into the mix make for a delightful romp through the world of Steampunk. The first of the series, it’s available in kindle format on Amazon for free.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Yes, the classic. Yes it’s a re-read but let’s face it High School was a long time ago and a galaxy far away. I’ve seen a dozen different versions on the screen but in all honestly I only remembered about two sentences of the book so it was pretty much all new to me. I could tell you my adventures–beginning from this morning,’ said Alice a little timidly: ‘but it’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.” It just doesn’t get much better than that.

Mistress of all Evil by Serena Valentino
I came into the “Villains” series with this one, book four and I can assure you I’m going back to the beginning and start from there. Nice plot, great character development, good twist. I enjoy complex villains and this delivers nicely. We get a look at Maleficent as a child, growing up, and how she came to be what she was. Definitely worth the read.

Switching Hour by Robyn Peterman
I almost put this one aside and I’m glad I didn’t. PG warning – there is a LOT of cussing in this book, rather more than I’m comfortable with. But it’s part of the character’s personality as we later learn. Basically a mix of paranormal romance (aka witchy smut) and mystery, it’s funny as heck. I classify this one as a “great trashy beach read.” It’s a quick read through, plenty of action, fairly good plot, hot characters.

I had to make serious modifications to my reading list this month for scheduling issues and that’s just fine. I still think a good book is a Spoonie’s best friend. Take your mind off your pain, your troubles for a while, dive in, and get lost into a fantasy. It may not be a cure but it’s sure a welcome respite from day-to-day spoonie care.

Til next time ~May the spoons be ever in your favor ~JPP

Spoonie Sunday – Rage at the Dying of the Light

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A couple of weeks ago, Chris asked another of those “life tool box” questions. Which, of course, got me to thinking. Do go over and have a read here.

Who is that person who has taught me to see things in exquisite detail, to dream, to plan, and more than anything else, to be OK with who I am right now? For this ever so fortunate spoonie, that is my partner, my best friend, my fellow spoonie, Superhubs. He challenges me, reminds that we can not “let the bastard win” (the bastard being the disease). And sometimes, he let’s me rage, let’s me cry and reminds me that those feelings are OK too. Continue reading “Spoonie Sunday – Rage at the Dying of the Light”

Spoonie Sunday – The Art of Struggle


I found a butterfly a couple of days ago. The first of the season. She sat on the driveway behind my car. I was worried that she might have been injured and I wanted to help her, to pick her gently up and put her on a bush where she might find better protection and food. But I didn’t. I left her alone and in a few minutes, she flew away.

Which reminded me of a story. Continue reading “Spoonie Sunday – The Art of Struggle”

Is it Memory …. or Not? FPQ # 17


Fandango’s following up the paradox of life and death with another head scratcher in Fandango’s Provocative Question # 17 …. hmmmm.

How do you know which of your memories are genuine and which have been altered over time or even made up?”

In two words, “I don’t.” I have memories as far back as two years old, which I’m fairly certain aren’t “real” memories but rather ones my mind has created over the years from photographs. There have been many, many “memories” that, when I’ve shared with family who were also present, bring about furrowed brows, glazed eyes and a general “huh?” “whatcha talkin ’bout Sis?” reaction. And, no, it doesn’t bother me. Continue reading “Is it Memory …. or Not? FPQ # 17”

Spoonie Saturday My Life Tool Box

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Chris posted a few days ago something that really got me thinking. OK, OK, a LOT of what Chris posts gets me thinking but this one in particular got me thinking about spoonies and coping and life tools and well, the Life Tool Box. It is such a cool concept, click on over to Chris’ site and give the original a read, you won’t regret it.

To me, a Life Tool Box, is comprised of all those “tools” that we use when life starts to go wonky, and in all honesty, as a Spoonie, life goes wonky pretty darned often. I have lots and lots of life tools. Continue reading “Spoonie Saturday My Life Tool Box”

The Terrible Privilege of Life

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The world lost a warrior this week. A brave young man who fought the good fight his entire life. Blake was 14 years old. I have no words for his family to help ease the burden of this tragic loss. Blake bravely battled leukemia for most of his life, he was a warrior in every sense of the word. I don’t know why life works this way, I only know that sometimes bad things happen to good people. Continue reading “The Terrible Privilege of Life”

The Wall

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For Kira’s Sunday Scribbles. Kira has given us a truly moving piece this week. Without further ado, I give you my interpretation:

The Wall

Long ago, there was a land
both fair and green
and the people there were happy
as they worked to build their dream
neighbors came from far and near
their fortunes there to find
and were welcomed to the new world
by people generous and kind Continue reading “The Wall”

An Intellectual Spoon Bender FPQ # 15


Fandango has posed another of those intellectual spoon benders this week.

The fundamental cause of the trouble is that, in the modern world, the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubts.”

Do you concur with Mr. Russell’s perspective? Why or why not?

Well, I’ve read posts by a lot of bloggers whose opinions I respect and, frankly I totally agree with all of them. Continue reading “An Intellectual Spoon Bender FPQ # 15”

Fandango’s Provocative Question # 14 A question of objectivity


Fandango asks another great mind puzzler this week  FPQ # 14

Do you believe that anyone can really experience anything objectively? Why or why not?”

No. Why? Because we are human. As living, thinking, sentient beings, we are the product of our experiences and perceptions. Have you ever played the gossip game? The one where you all line up and the first person reads a whispered message to the next person, and so on down the line. By the time the same message is repeated by a dozen of so people, the message will have changed significantly.

Continue reading “Fandango’s Provocative Question # 14 A question of objectivity”