Category: Mastheads

Take a Bite out of Lyme Disease!

May is Lyme Disease Awareness month. As author Amy Tan points out, the greatest harm that borrelia causes is ignorance. I can’t pretend to understand why the CDC and IDSA dig their heels in further on denying the existence of chronic Lyme disease when there is a mountain of evidence-based science to support the fact […]

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Bee Healthy

As a person diagnosed with and treating Lyme disease, a disease with no known cure and life-debilitating symptoms, I find myself coming across "sure-cures" every day. One such cure that's been floating around for a while is Apitherapy or bee venom therapy.  Ellie Lobel, who had been fighting chronic Lyme disease for nearly 20 years, was cured […]

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A Lived Life

For as long as I left this blog limpling along at one or two posts per month, it seems like a daunting task take on a  project that has a daily due date. But I'm tired of waiting to recover. I'm tired of not being able to live my life because I never know when my health […]

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A Day in the Life

The day starts out innocently enough. I get up, do a few light chores, prepare my daily pills and sit at my computer, already exhausted from the morning chores. After receiving their fair share of my buttered toast, Juno starts to goose me. "It's time to go walkies, now," she tells me with a sparkle in […]

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This Side of Normal

  I've been thinking a lot about returning to normal lately and constantly wondering what normal will be for me in recovery. After all, I haven't really been "normal" in a decade. I think the first thing people wonder about someone who's gone undiagnosed with a chronic disease for as long as I have, or […]

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Dingo Bells

Long time readers will recognize this month's masthead from December 2009. I took a short cut and repeated one of my favorite cracker and criminal holiday adventures. As usual, Lyme and Co-infections company has left little in the bank for creativity. But the good news is, I'm getting closer to recovery. I swear internet. With […]

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Adventures in Dogcations

This year, we were able to get away for a few days for our anniversary. I've been wanting to go up North to a dog friendly environment and hike some headlands and river trails. Last year I was too sick to even sit at my computer and this year, though I'm still on plenty of drugs […]

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The More He Saw, The Less He Spoke

A wise old owl lived in an oak The more he saw the less he spoke The less he spoke the more he heard. Why can't we all be like that wise old bird? ~ Oxford Nursery Rhyme¹

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Long Live NitWit Bridge

Readers, it is with great sadness to announce the decommissioning of NitWit Bridge One (the original).

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Brought to You by the Letter B

This month's masthead is brought to you by the letter "B."  B is for butterfly, bee and bull thistle.  I could watch nature's co-workers for hours as they each take what they need from the thistle. As long as I didn't have to move much.

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Where the Hell are my Wings?

If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”  ~ Martin Luther King Jr. A flock of brawny pelicans soar the sky above the sea one evening. I'm feeling weak and my headaches have returned. All […]

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Hey Man, Got Any Grass?

As they say, the goats have moved on to greener pastures. But I couldn't let one more opportunity for a goat post pass me by.

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A Game of Inches

Anyone can end up in hell: by the choices you make or by the luck of the lottery. Since nobody's going to reach in to pluck you out of hell and plop you into paradise, you have two choices:  stay there and be miserable or claw your way out---one inch at a time. That clawing […]

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Standing Still at Warp Speed

Sometimes I feel like Lyme disease is a black hole and I'm standing on its event horizon. Petrified, yet consumed with its mystery. My feet too heavy to move from the crushing grip it has on me. One second of my life spent frozen on the event horizon and a life time of the world […]

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Around Every Corner Mischief Awaits

It seemed like an eternity passed before I could find an angle that would capture both the dogs and a good portion of one of my favorite walking spots. After a few minutes of positioning the dogs, testing the angles and arguing with the cracker that "stay" means "stay" and that "look" means "look at […]

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That Irritating Virtue

Patience. It's about the only thing in this house that's been getting any exercise lately, by human or canine.

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Temptation Waits

"Princess I can resist anything but temptation." "Yield to temptation, Big Boy. It may not pass your way again!"

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It's Like Beating My Head Against a Fog Wall

It was a warm, fall evening in Santa Cruz as Mr. Wild Dingo and I walked the dogs along the beach.  The usual sunset over the sea's horizon was gone and instead a dense wall of fog rolled in. Though it was windy, it just sat there, motionless, blocking the sun set from above. I just started to […]

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Passionately Dedicated to the Pursuit of Short Term Goals

It's time to take a page out of my dog's book on living. In my life, I've been disciplined, dedicated and goal-oriented. I've had ambitions and dreams, just like anyone else. For the past few years, I've been struggling a bit with guilt that surrounds my no longer having any dreams. Lately, even my hobbies […]

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Excuse Me While I Kiss the Sky

Purple haze all in my brain. Lately things don't seem the same.   I've got Jimi on my brain for September's masthead. In addition to having difficulty writing simple blog posts, it seems my amateur capacity for moderately decent photography has gone to crap. Sifting through all my photos taken in the past months was […]

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