I won’t hide behind my pain…

Today is a tough day. Actually, let me rephrase. It wasn't a tough day until about 10 minutes ago. It started in my hand, like it always does, the place where the pain is like an ever present black cloud that is always just there. This is not new to me, not at all.  I live with CRPS, something I've talked about but not sure if I've ever really explained.  CRPS, or Complex Regional Pain … [Read more...]

Our trip to Universal Studios – Q’s views

Hi guys, this is Q, and in my last post about Gatorland, I promised that I'd tell you all about our trip to Universal Studios, that that is what I'm going to talk about today. So I hope you guys will like it. Today, when we woke up, Mom told me that we were going to Universal Studios today. I was so excited, so I couldn't wait to go. We went at 9:00 in the morning, and on the way there, we got … [Read more...]

Why we all need to be watching 13 Reasons Why

Have you seen the new Netflix show 13 Reasons Why? It's been causing a lot of buzz and an awful lot of controversy, with some schools and organizations going so far as to recommend that teenagers not watch it, because of the themes covered in the show. When I had initially heard of the show, I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to watch it. Not because I didn't want to, but because I … [Read more...]

I had stopped being myself

I have been pretty quiet around here for the last little while, and for that I'm sorry. Things have been a bit of a struggle for me of late, and although there are lots of things I want to say, stories and thoughts I want to share with you all, the words have just been stuck. I've been fighting with the demons in my head again, not knowing whether it is a result of post-vacation blues, the … [Read more...]

Disneynature’s Born in China – connecting people to nature

We are a family of animal lovers. Q, especially, is fascinated with them, and has decided that he wants to be a zoologist who works out in the wild with animals when he is a grown-up. I think that it is a very noble occupation, and if we want to have lots of different animals around for our children's grandchildren, we need to become more passionate about and committed to saving these animals. We … [Read more...]

Learning all about gators at Gatorland – Q’s views

  Hi, this is Q and I am going to talk about my vacation in February. I'm sorry it took so long, but here it is. I wanted to split it up into three posts for you to read, and I want to start with our visits to Gatorland and Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. First, we took a trip to visit Gatorland. My mom, my grandma Lola and I all went to Gatorland. Once we got there, the … [Read more...]

Inside the mind of my 8 yr old

I've been seeing one of those cute "ask your kids" questionnaires floating around on Facebook over the past few weeks. Basically, the premise is that you ask your child a series of questions, and then record their answers exactly as they say, without any prompting. I had wanted to do it with Q, but wasn't sure just how receptive he'd be. Plus, I was lazy and just hadn't gotten around to trying, … [Read more...]

My amazing, spectacular Christmas vacation – Q’s views

My Christmas holidays were awesome. First, me and my Dad went sledding at the Rotary Stadium hill. I crashed twice but it was fun. My sled got wrecked because it got a hole in it. Dad went sledding too, on my sled. It was cold and there was lots of snow. The hill was steep and I was tired from climbing up. I was glad I went.  The next day me, Mom and Lola went to Fantastic beasts and Where … [Read more...]