Researching Chronic Illness is Good for the Environment

Researching Chronic Illness is Good for the Environment

*A version of this article first appeared in December 2016 in The Oregonian.  Six years ago, before developing chronic illnesses, I considered myself a steward of the environment. Each morning I got out of bed and dumped a large bucket of shower water into the toilet to trigger its flushing mechanism. If it had recently [...]

How to Become Ambidextrous 

How to Become Ambidextrous 

"It was a shock to have my life interrupted by a very real health problem. I've always taken great care of myself and I was pretty sure that was supposed to count for something." -Tippi Hedren I've always been a righty. When I played baseball in high school, I batted and threw right handed. I [...]

You, Talkin’ To M.E.?

You, Talkin’ To M.E.?

I had visitors this past weekend. It was the first time in months that someone from out-of-town has visited me, and despite what some of my other posts may suggest, it was certainly the most active I've been while being bedridden.  Stephanie Land, a wonderful writer and friend who works with the Blue Ribbon Foundation, [...]