FIGHTIN’ WORDS!! – or not

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15


Two Tips for me, & maybe it’ll help you too, to maintain & promote PEACE, which is very challenging but doable, are:

1. Keep silent so fighting & argumentative speech doesn’t escape your lips.
2. Keep your distance so you’re not tempted to do or say something you’ll regret.

“Did You Know . . . ?”

After penning a few “Did You Know . . .?” pieces a long time ago for my blog, based on my mother’s kindhearted laughing reaction to what turned into #5, I’ve decided it’s time for a fourth edition.

10 . . . My Dad once got me a pack of Virginia Slims as a joke?

. . . 2017 marks the year I ate my first steak?

8 . . . I detested the random collection of dark brown freckles on my face as a kid SO MUCH that I once even tried sandpaper (which served only to redden & irritate the area) to rub one off?

7 . . . Never for a second was I tempted to cheat in school because I always wanted to know how I was genuinely progressing?

6 . . . My sister got me hooked on the TV drama “Blue Bloods,” where I happened to learn that Mother Teresa’s given name was Agnes?

5 . . . My permanently damaged bladder causes me to use the bathroom regularly throughout every single night of my life since it produces urine nonstop (thanks a lot cancer treatment), to the point where I’m so exhausted I sometimes wake up with a jolt nearly falling off the toilet?

. . . I just got a Keurig coffee maker so I can now enjoy my fairly recent love of coffee on a daily basis, instead of random times when I’m already out & stop at Dunkin’ Donuts for a medium caramel macchiato?

3  . . . Going to the beach is DEFINITELY NOT my thing in large part because I cannot walk on sand, not to mention the grotesque fishy odor that permeates the air?

2 . . . Jonathan Knight & Joey McIntyre tied as crushes of mine in kindergarten, but nowadays my favorite New Kids On The Block member is Donnie Wahlberg (& not just because he also plays the role of spectacular detective Danny Reagan on “Blue Bloods”)?

1 . . . God was orchestrating a new fabulous friendship in my life when I met Meredith, also a cancer patient which means we can pretty much talk nonstop about life events including swerving off on relevant tangents continuously for hours on end, May 13 when she displayed her massive musical & comedic talent performing in a concert?

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“If I Could Change My Life”

My life lost its plans when I was thirteen

And leukemia barged its way onto the scene.

If I could go back & have my way,

I’d erase in full my diagnosis day.

You don’t get to choose life’s direction: good, bad, happy, all messed.

But instead what’s thrown your way? Take & do your best.

How I would love to instantly eliminate

Things from my life, the list is great:

No cane, No health issues at all, No side effects holding me back,

Does anyone know I’m aware that a good life I lack?

Good would have meant no illness getting in my EVERY way,

So I could travel, be mobile, choose my duties each day.

I sit and I think and no pity parties are allowed,

For no one likes a pitiful presence in a crowd.

I’m a lot more bored than I would be if I could just even drive,

But hey, this is my drawn straw while I’m alive.

Though I’m done seeing my cancer doc, cancer effects I’ll always be warrin’,

Those who say “I wouldn’t change a thing about my life” – to me, that concept is foreign.

So don’t you dare tell me “it’s all good” – cuz it’s not.

Days drag out till the ending where I’ll love life a lot.

In the meantime, I’m not stupid, I know spiritual spins aren’t always the answer.

But I DO blame my life’s hardships not on God, but on cancer.

The End

By me last night on 7-25-17 amid “challenging” times

Thankfully my daily received Guideposts email today contained a quite relevant & most importantly, encouraging verse:

Be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead! 1 Peter 1:6

Linda Reagan NAILED it – Cheerfulness Trumps Sadness

“I’m okay. ” said nurse Linda Reagan just now on a rerun episode of “Blue Bloods” I saw while I’m folding fresh laundry. I dropped everything to repeat this imperative message which rings true for a lot of hospital patients, myself included.

Her follow-up remark echoes my attitude also. People suffering health crises (her character was shot) have absolutely


for sad commiserating visitors.

Quite the opposite! Funny cheerful people make the best visitors – in addition to boosting your spirits, happy visitors lead to happiness which may help your body’s healing process:

“And I’m not gonna get any more okay with these long faces lookin’ at me.”