Mama’s Music

I’m a child of the ‘60s and ‘70s and if I had children, they would undoubtedly know the music of that era. They’d know Carole King and Carly Simon, James Taylor, the Eagles, Chicago, the Doobie Brothers, the Bee Gees, and Three Dog Night. And unlike this college freshman in my fundamentals of communication class…

Hope & Radiation

Today I begin radiation. While they tell me it’s the easiest part of the cancer treatment, for some reason it’s made me feel more vulnerable than anything else I’ve been through. Last week I had to go in twice to let them take x-rays and mark me up so they’ll know the exact spot to…

Lizard’s Loose

Last week I had a lizard crawling around in my house. First I spotted him on the screen in front of my fireplace, which leads me to believe that he either crawled in through, or fell down the chimney, and landed in my fireplace. Rather than slinking through the space between the brick and the…

The Lonely Eyelash

The other day I took a long look in the mirror and realized I only have one eyelash on my left eye. Like a horn protruding out of the middle of my eyelid, lone and unapologetic, proud to have survived six rounds of chemotherapy intact. I have six or seven eyelashes on my right eye….

#MeToo

Rob Bell said “me, too,” are the two most powerful words in the English language. I’ve watched those words trend on social media in the last two days, as friends have revealed that they have been sexually assaulted, or subjected to sexual harassment. One of the questions asked, often used to discount the person’s story,…

Keep Going

This past Sunday morning I drove to church and parked in my usual spot. I walked down the grassy slope, entered the building through the east door and walked around to the elevator. After stopping to talk to a friend – standing during the whole conversation, I’ll have you know – I got on the…

What Happens In Las Vegas

I learned to shoot a BB gun before I ever started school. I was five years old. My grandpa was a hunter and he taught my cousins and me to shoot crows in the backyard and the adjacent field behind their house. Papa taught us how to pour the BBs in, how to aim and…

Angels in Scrubs

In a few hours I’m scheduled for surgery, an operation I’ve known was coming since last April. Compared to many procedures to remove cancerous tumors, mine will be relatively simple. Over the last few months I’ve had a lot of time to ponder the types of cancer I could’ve been diagnosed with – cancers that…

Neighbors Being Neighbors

Lots of emotions as I watch the news about Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent flooding in south Texas. I’m especially saddened for friends in the Houston area, wondering what, if anything, will be left of their homes when they’re able to return. As sad as I was watching the news, I couldn’t help but think…

Soundtracks

When I started first grade at the elementary school near my house, my mom started teaching second grade at a school across town. Since I didn’t have to be at school as early as my mom did, she arranged for me to stay with a family down the street before and after school. Every morning…

“Swelled Up Like A Toad”

When I was first diagnosed with breast cancer and learned I would go through chemotherapy, I had a certain set of expectations. After all, I had seen movies like 50/50 and The Bucket List. I had friends who had gone through chemo treatments who told me about the side effects they experienced, like Nausea and…