Catherine never complained

Catherine I am luckyMy cousin Catherine was born with a heart defect.

She began having (then-experimental) surgeries to correct it at the age of two. She had many such surgeries and spent countless days, weeks, sometimes even months in hospital. The number of times she might have died are too numerous to mention.

She never complained. She amazed everyone with her will to live.

In addition to the surgeries and hospital stays, she took all kinds of prescription drugs and faced multiple challenges throughout her childhood and early adolescence: attention deficits, learning issues, and limits on what she could and could not do.

She never complained. She made the most of life.

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Remembering Tank Man

tank manTwenty-four years ago today, journalists and other observers watched from hotel balconies and the streets below as one unknown man stood, defiant, in front of a column of tanks as they left Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China.

The tanks, and the soldiers within them, had helped crush a weeks-long protest, which reached a revolutionary crescendo in the square on June 2nd and 3rd 1989. Continue reading

Hangin’ on & hangin’ in

A blossom just about to fall on a foggy morning

A blossom just about to fall on a foggy morning

I’m having one of those days. I’m just managing to hang on. By a thread.

Here’s to everyone else out there who is doing the same. We are not alone. You aren’t; and I’m not either.

We’re going to make it through this minute, this hour, this day. Tomorrow will dawn and the fog will have lifted.

And if doesn’t lift by tomorrow, it will the next day, or the next. But it will. I’m not alone. You’re not alone. I’m here with you. And there are others too. Many others. Some, like The Belle Jar, who think they might not make it, but who hang in there with the pain and somehow make it through.

Hangin’ by a thread, and hangin’ on. With you. We have each other. Things are looking up already even in the eye of the storm…

English: Tropical Depression One upon being de...

English: Tropical Depression One upon being declared (Photo credit: Wikipedia)