Me, faith, God… and the good and kind folks who like me…

stones and gravity

I received today a truly wonderful email from a very kind woman with whom I had previously corresponded. In it she talked about this being the year of Christian/Jewish Restoration, and about how we were both due, and about how “I know you don’t like God all that much…” And she included a video to a beautiful Christian song, and … Continue reading →

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I’ve started writing fiction again

This is such a delicate thing I’m almost afraid to mention it. But stories started sneaking back into my consciousness after the parathyroid surgery, and lately I’ve been starting each weekday morning writing a few hundred words. It’s what I can make time for before I start into the still-enormous daily workload of getting the HollysWritingClasses.com site up and running … Continue reading →

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A Sky Full of Stars: Hyperparathyroidism versus the Writer

On Saturday, something happened as a result of the parathyroidectomy that was totally unexpected. My spontaneous story ideas came back. I hadn’t even noticed they were gone. I’ve been working hard for the past couple of years trying to get the site fixed, I’ve been under a lot of strain both physically and financially, and my processes for creating fiction … Continue reading →

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The Teenage Tumor and Me: My Mini-Parathyroid Surgery and the Norman Parathyroid Center

I’m back following a parathyroidectomy and a couple days recovery. I’m tired, my neck is a bit swollen still and kind of sore, I’m bruised (I’m an easy bruiser, though). And I am happily rid of one thumb-above-the-distal-joint-sized parathyroid tumor that was between twelve and fifteen years old when Drs. Norman, Boone, and Parrack removed it in a fifteen-ish minute … Continue reading →

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I’m fundraising with writer T-shirts

People have been asking me for T-shirts for ages. I kept trying to over-complicate the process, (trying to get names for the entire first HTTS graduating class to put on the shirt, for example). The shirts just never got done. Break to today. There are T-shirts. Limited-time only (there’s a reason, and I’ll get to it). They have the stunning … Continue reading →

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Thank you for the birthday posts, and for reading my work

I’ve been trying very hard to stay positive and focused these past few months. I’ve done my best to keep working during the nearly simultaneous discovery back in June of dysplasia in my tongue and the final collapse of the HowToThinkSideways.com website (when the shop is unfixably dead, the site is dead, Jim). It’s been tough. The fact that you … Continue reading →

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And now I’m fifty-five. Life, health, and…yes, Destiny

I’m back from two weeks of enforced R&R, recovering from another surgery on my tongue, and then waiting for biopsy results. I’ll tell you exactly what my doc told me. There was bad news, and there was really good news. The bad news was there was a large area of severe dysplasia at the back of my tongue. The good … Continue reading →

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I’m back, I’m well, and I’m catching up. Tomorrow…research results.

The image in this post is a tiny slice of my taskbar, with my mail count in bright red on my mail app. Lotta mail. I am dedicating today to catching up—doing the help desk stuff Dan couldn’t (because receipts come directly to me), finding the critical emails in my mailbox and deleting everything that can be deleted, and doing … Continue reading →

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