overcoming challenges


On Art and Life – Interrupted

A long time ago I wrote a powerful little book called “What To Do When *!? Happens”. My dear friend, Debbie Gallagher honed the words with me and contributed the adorable illustrations featuring our hero, Mr. POS (he’s always in a POSitive State). This morning I received a blog entry, […]


Silver Linings Playbook

Lately I’ve spent a great deal of time talking friends and relatives down from the ledge of anxiety and despair. So many are having extreme difficulty with the overwhelming number of calls to action and requests for donation from worthwhile organizations representing people and causes threatened by the new administration. […]


One Step Forward, Do Not Stop

It’s difficult to offer praise that hasn’t already been voiced for the January 21 Women’s March for Democracy in Asheville and elsewhere around the world. My dear friend, Andrea Gould, captured my own feelings so well responding to her experience across the continent in Tucson, AZ. I share them here. […]


National Donor Day

National Donor day honors those who have chosen to give one or more of the five points of life: organs, tissues, marrow, platelets, and blood. Last year alone, organ donors made more than 28,000 transplants possible. Another one million people received cornea and other tissue transplants that helped them recover […]


Keep The Faith

Courage~Optimism~Patience~Grace These are the keys to overcoming difficulties. I learned this–not when I was dieing–but, surprisingly, when I was already months into the post-transplant recuperation process. Only my liver had been transplanted, and though that miracle ultimately meant major improvements in my overall health, the physical transition from frail to […]