These Are My Wishes For You

A beautiful wish that was shared with me and I would like to share with all of you.

Penny Wilson Writes

*This is a quote that my BFF gave to me years ago.  I’ve always treasured it and I keep it on my fridge with a magnet.  Once in a while I will remember to stop and read it.  I did that yesterday.  Every time I do this, it stops me in my tracks.  A wonderful and beautiful sentiment.  I want to share this beautiful wish with you.  May your life always be as blessed.

These Are My Wishes For You–  

“May you find serenity and tranquility in a world you may not always understand.

May a kind word, a reassuring touch, and a warm smile be yours every day of your life, and may you give these gifts as well as receive them.

May you find time in each day to see the beauty and love in the world around you.

May you find enough inner strength to determine…

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An Italian Journey: Writing And Healing

Join Sherri and her husband on a wonderful trip to beautiful Italy.

A View From My Summerhouse

September arrived and with it, any thoughts of writing vanished.   My birthday; a long-awaited holiday.  Both beckoned.   But somewhere in the space between early spring and autumn’s first flush, everything blurred into one big smudge of I can’t face it.

We heal, eventually, from family illness and loss, but scars do not disappear. And something, at some point, has to give, even if only for a short while.  My long-burn writing dream never died, but in the deep, silent part of me, my ability to focus, to write, lay in tatters.

So I retreated into long walks by the sea and drinking wine in my garden, listening to the birds singing their sweet September song.  I offered up my writing, like a bird held gently in both hands, and I let it go and watched it fly away.

And then, with gentle persuasion, I took Hubby’s hand and I flew…

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – Scout Pilot of the Free Union #SpaceOpera by Will Macmillan Jones.

Great new choices from Sally’s Cafe and Book Store.

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Very pleased to welcome Will Macmillan Jones to the Cafe and Bookstore, with his latest release, and his other books for children and adults. Scout Pilot of the Free Union is the first in a new collection of Space Opera novels.

About Scout Pilot of the Free Union

Captain Frank Eric Russell is captain/pilot of a Valhalla Class Star Destroyer – until there is an embarrassing incident during a diplomatic mission to the border with the Imperium. Disciplined by being transferred to the Reconnaissance Unit of The Free Union’s Star Fleet, he finds himself assigned to an outdated Speedbird Scoutship. The missions are less prestigious, less rigorously overseen – and a lot less safe.

Threats, terror and mortal danger lurk behind every planet and asteroid as Frank tries to survive the life of a Reconnaissance Unit Scout Pilot patrolling the barely defined border between The Free Union and the Imperium…

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FREEDOM

 

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They go by air and by sea to a foreign land

The heat and the dust burns their skin

They go not to fight but to lend a hand

In their hearts, they carry freedom on their shoulders

They carry weapons in their eyes you can see honor

They leave behind their wives, husbands, children, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters,

Aunts, uncles, cousins, girlfriends, boyfriends, the safety of their home, their jobs, home

cooked meals, holidays with their family and friends, seeing the birth of their children.

They follow in the footsteps of their ancestors before them, many will not return, but

they will persevere and in the end, their honor and bravery, and the freedom they carry in

their hearts will rise up. The ones that have gone before them and have not returned are

there beside them shoulder to shoulder, heart to heart reminding them that freedom is not

free. So this holiday season when you are celebrating with family and friends doing the

things you are free to do, in your heart honor the men and women who have

made that possible for you.

FIGHTING FOR LIFE—PART TWO

 

Having been diagnosed with Cancer for the fourth time in my life since 1983 and being almost seventy-five, I am fighting again. I consider myself lucky to still be here and hopefully will win this battle too.

This post is not really about me, it’s my personal view about the LYNN CANCER CENTER located in Boca Raton, Fl. You can read all about Lynn Cancer Institute at the following address;

Lynn Cancer Institute – Boca Raton Regional Hospital

The Eugene M. & Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute is one of the largest cancer centers in South Florida and is accredited as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the American College of Surgeons. The Lynn Cancer Institute treats more than 3,000 cancer patients each year in facilities such as the Harvey & Phyllis Sandler

Lynn

We all read many articles about this dreaded disease.

I am no stranger to Cancer as I said, of course, having another bout with Cancer, is disheartening, to say the least, but there is always hope. This post is about my fight but it’s more about how I will win this battle with the amazing help I am receiving at the Lynn-Cancer-Institute because it is not just a building that you go to for help, it has a heartbeat, and that heartbeat belongs to all of the people that make the Lynn Cancer Center the best. From the excellent professionals to the Valet Parking attendants, and volunteers.

valet attend.

This is Elio.

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This is Miguel, also a parking attendant but he also plays the piano in the lobby, and he plays beautifully.

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A photo of the resident ducks. They are adorable and everyone loves them.

 

The most knowledgeable doctors, technicians, and nurses. Every single person that works at Lynn is kind, caring, giving, always pleasant, encouraging, and compassionate. They always have a cheerful hello, a smile and will walk you to your test area with their arm around you or bring you to where you have to go in a wheelchair. I have been given pamphlets, and verbal instructions, galore. If I have any questions the doctors are right there to calm my fears and make me feel better, no matter how many times I ask. You are their first concern, your health, your comfort and your feelings. Everyone that works at Lynn does so tirelessly, and always with a smile.

People that greet me

Sheronda and one of the volunteers. They are the first smiles you see.

It is spotlessly clean and comfortable no matter what procedure you are having. My doctors have told me to call any time and if they are with another patient not to worry an assistant takes down your concerns. You will always get that call.

They have the most up to date equipment.

In the Chemo room, there are comfortable recliners that with the push of a button the it will heat the chair, and it also offers a massage. You will be offered comfortable warmed blankets, Television if you like, and volunteers offering you a snack and something to drink.

chemo

Your cure is the most important thing to each and every person that works in the chemo treatment room.

The Waiting rooms are comfortable, with a restroom, telephone, TV, soft comfortable robes, magazines, a view of the beautiful garden, and even a puzzle to pass the time.

womans waiting and dressing room

womans waiting room

 

I happen to have Stage 3 Lung Cancer. My Oncologist is;

Dr. Edgardo S Santos

Dr. Edgardo Santos

You can read all about him by clicking at;

Edgardo S Santos MD | Boca Raton Regional Hospital

Edgardo S Santos, MD. Specialties; Medical Oncology (Board Certified). Language Spoken English, Spanish. 1stPrimary Office. Address Lynn Cancer Institute 701 N.W. 13th Street Boca Raton, FL 33486. Maps & Directions. Phone (561) 955-6400 …

My Radiation Oncologist is:

Dr. Michael Kasper MD

Dr. Michael Kasper is a radiation oncologist in Boca Raton, Florida and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Boca Raton Regional Hospital and Delray Medical Center. He received his medical degree from University of Florida College of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years. Dr. Kasper accepts several types of health insurance, listed below. He is one of 6 doctors at Boca Raton Regional Hospital and one of 10 at Delray Medical Center who specialize in Radiation Oncology.

Dr. Michael Kasper, MD – Boca Raton, FL – Radiation …

The Lynn Center is a part of the Boca Regional Hospital, it is just across the street from the center.

I could go on and on about the Lynn Cancer Institute but I will leave you to decide. I just want to thank everyone that works there for their wonderful help. It is the best.

Some photos were taken by me. Others were taken from the internet, including addresses for my doctors and the Lynn Cancer Center.

 

 

FIGHTING THE FIGHT

Again I have cancer. Stage 3 lung cancer but I am fighting for life…again. This is the fourth time cancer has taken a bite out of me and it’s no fun.

I thought maybe if I write about it, it would give me the strength to beat it once more. So far I have had to be given two units of blood, two units of iron, B12 shots, chemotherapy, radiation and a host of tests. MRI, CT, Blood work, etc, but I have to say my knee is healing and I am able to walk without a cane. Now if the chemo doesn’t destroy my immune system and my knee doesn’t get infected again I just might be around for a while longer.

I so appreciate all of you for hanging in there with me, and I will try to post whenever I can. However, I try to read your offerings as much as possible and will continue to do so. There hasn’t been too much leisure time for emails and postings, and my mood hasn’t been the best my arms and hands look like a well-used pin cushion, and I will probably be radioactive before long, I might even glow in the dark soon.

If you do want a good laugh though and you own a Kindle or other reader you can always go to amazon.com and purchase my book, http://www.the-italian-thing.com. Yes, I still have hope for my book, go figure. ☺☺☺

 

 

 

GETTING BACK IN THE SADDLE

Good morning all. Today is a good day and each day I get a little stronger.

I want to thank everyone for the prayers and good wishes. It has been a rough couple of months, and I still have a few more tests to be done, hopefully, they will all turn out for the best.

It has been a scary time for me and my family but things are getting better and I am taking it slow, upon doctors orders.

I am enjoying the posts and trying to read as much as possible. You have all been wonderful and I am humbled by your offerings. I have missed many good posts and hope to get back into the swing of things soon.

Sending hugs to all. ♥♥♥

Bucket List for a Spring Chicken

I love your mother, Linda. May the New Year bring all of you, joy, peace, laughter (with your mom it’s a guarantee), the best for 2018. ♥♥♥

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Mother will be ninety in May.  A few weeks ago, my youngest sister asked if she had a bucket list.

“Not really,” she answered.  “I’ve seen London, Dublin, New York City, and San Francisco.  I’ve been to Canada, Mexico, and lots of the United States.  I’ve worked as a teacher and in a cemetery.  I’ve seen my name and art on the cover of a book.  I’ve been married and had five children, then had lots of years on my own since your daddy died.  I’ve been lucky and gotten to do so many things I only dreamed of growing up in The Depression in Cuthand, Texas.  I guess the only thing I’ve been thinking about is taking a trip on Amtrak.”

That didn’t sound like much of a hill to climb.  I called a very dear family member we’d both been wanting to visit for a while and wangled…

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CHRISTMAS IN MY HEART

The Writers Desk

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Christmas for me is a time for celebrating. It is the time of year when we gather together and rejoice the birth of Our Lord. It is also the time for St. Nick, Santa Clause, Father Christmas and the many other cultural names he is adorned with.

It is a time I reflect back on years gone by. My parents sitting on the couch watching all six of us excitingly opening our presents. It is the glow of the lights on the Christmas tree and watching the snow fall from my bedroom window.

It is going to Midnight Mass and singing with the congregation sharing the love and joy of the season.

It is following traditions that my parents instilled in us for many years. Sharing our home and food with family, friends and the less fortunate. It is giving of one’s self to others.

I have many Christmas’s behind…

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IN THE HOSPITAL…AGAIN

Sorry, all for the absence. I was back in the hospital for surgery on the new knee. It got infected and they had to reopen it. Brought in an Infectious Disease specialist. Just got home last night, they put a shunt in and I will be on medication until Jan.10th., every day. What a Christmas this is going to be. However, I do wish you all a wonderful holiday season, and a Happy New Year. Will try to keep you updated. Love you all.

Patricia, from The Writers Desk. ♥♥♥