On December 23, 1999, I was raped by a Holiday Inn security guard in St. Augustine Beach, Florida. My first awareness of the rape occurred after midnight, when I awakened in my room in the early morning hours dimly aware that something awful had happened the night before.
On September 13,1995, I was sexually abused by a medical student at Shands Teachiing Hospital, University of Florida. I was 62, receiving radiation treatments for breast cancer.
We thank each of the Myers-Briggs types this holiday season. Their gifts differ in unique ways, but they are all precious. INFJ — Compassionate Thanks to INFJs for making us feel worthwhile and appreciated. When we’re in your company, we feel heard and seen. ENFJ—Joyful Thanks to ENFJs for your compassion, wit, and ability to […]
In a previous blog, I described my run-in with motorcyclists in the Sangre de Cristo mountains of New Mexico. At an elevation of about 11,000 feet, five men on Harleys were determined to cross a rickety bridge spanning a cliff that separated a mountain lake from a waterfall. I was camping at the water’s […]
Backpacking in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of New Mexico a number of years ago, my husband and I pitched our tent next to a mountain lake at about 11,000 feet. At one end was a narrow wooden bridge separating the lake from a waterfall spilling down a cliff. It was a long, hard hike […]
For more than twenty years I have been fighting squirrels in my backyard. It’s a battle of wits that I’m losing.
It’s the Christmas holidays, and the CEO of Ross Laboratories has announced that all employees will report for work the first Saturday of the New Year. It has something to do with snow days the previous December. Since the Ross payroll consists of hardworking Midwesterners who do what they’re told, few employees grumble. I, on […]
A while back, I watched a YouTube video of a man playing his piano accordion on a vacant country road out West. I was interested because I, too, play the accordion. He sang a cowboy song. After the first few bars, cattle started emerging from the woods one by one, drawn by the music. After […]
Opening the Gainesville Sun one Sunday morning, I glance at the “Pets for Sale” section. Not that I need any more pets. To my amazement, I find that someone is selling a female camel for $3200. Right here in town! How exciting! Let’s see, I have a perfect place for a camel in my side yard.
When my eight-fourth birthday arrived, I realized that I’d already done all the things on my bucket list. I’d bought a truck and motor scooter. A few years earlier, I went on my first cruise, traveling to Alaska alone on a National Geographic nature ship. Later, I took another cruise on the same ship to […]
For exercise, I swim in a small pool in my back yard. My privacy is protected by a six-foot wood fence around the yard. Before stripping off my clothes and jumping in water, I place a bedside clock on the deck to keep track of my swim time.