Bucky On Parade Chronicles (Part II)

17
Sep

Bucky On Parade Chronicles (Part II)

At the University Bookstore, I snagged a Bucky map and ventured into Buckyland. I met other Bucky seekers at the Union Terrace including several young ladies from Poland. We checked our maps, offered directions and exchanged cameras for photo shoots. A vacant platform stands next to the fountain at Library Mall. Where is “One Leg […]

17
Sep

Bucky On Parade Chronicles (Part I)

I had inadvertently stumbled upon Bucky On Parade, a total of 85 Buckys created by various local artists. For four months the Buckys would be displayed around the city and afterward many would be auctioned off for charity. From this point on, my vehicle automatically diverted to Bucky sightings. My car had caught the Bucky Bug. […]

14
Sep

My Quest for Bucky

“You’re not supposed to be here,” the man said. I glanced around the basement hallway. “But Bucky is here.” “There is no Bucky here.”  “But this is the address on my map,” I said, waving my Bucky map. As I headed out, I passed an office with a sign on the door, “Bucky is at […]

4
Aug

Just A Summer Read? (Part II: The Value of Non-Fiction)

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. ―Dr. Seuss For many of us, reading non-fiction began in the halls of higher learning, shortly after we mastered “See Jane run.” Depending on our bent, earthworms, ants and mathematical equations may not have endeared us to […]

12
Jul

Just A Summer Read? (Part 1: The Value of Fiction)

From early childhood, I have gleaned a wealth of knowledge from reading fiction. I am grateful for the life lessons of Mother Goose. Don’t sit on a wall, or I might fall. If I trudge up a hill to fetch water I might tumble down, especially if I’m with a boy. No matter how tempting, […]

9
Jun

A Life Rebuilt—After Ovarian Cancer

In Wisconsin, we have two seasons—winter and construction. For me, a diagnosis of ovarian cancer hurled me into a winter season. Cancer raised a stop sign, interrupting my life. But when I merged into life after cancer, I faced a new challenge. What do I do now? Who am I as an ovarian cancer survivor? […]

7
May

Bladder Cancer Awareness—A Tribute to Tracy

“I have stage 4 bladder cancer,” my sister Tracy said. “It’s also in my lungs and liver.” No! I felt like I was kicked in the chest. Her life-threatening pronouncement sucked the oxygen out of my lungs. How could this happen to my go-to-the-gym-every-day sister? She was only fifty-two! “Do you remember the bleeding I […]

18
Apr

Walking a Loved One Eternally Home

“I have stage 4 cancer,” my sister Tracy said. I groaned as I tightened my grip on the phone. How could this happen to my sister? She goes to the gym everyday. As a cancer survivor and a nurse with an oncology background, I was familiar with stage 4 cancer. But a few days later, […]

22
Mar

11 Benefits of Creativity Through Crafting

Blobs of paint, faceted stones and skeins of thread crafted into masterpieces by my own hands boggle my mind. (See photo). Crafting has enriched my life since childhood. My Craft Journey I embarked on my journey of crafting at the age of five. I begged my mother to teach me how to embroider. She threaded […]

9
Feb

Ovarian Cancer Survivors: The Fried Eggs—Sunny-Side Up

“We should start a social group for ovarian cancer survivors,” the leader of our STS (Survivors Teaching Students) course said. “Not a support group, but a fun group.” We had just presented our ovarian cancer stories to a class of medical students in the STS program. Our first meeting convened in a private room at […]