On 01.02.02, I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Too late for surgery, I had chemotherapy, which failed. In May the chemotherapy was changed and I was soon in remission which was celebrated and welcome and lasted nine years - until October 2011. There was progression in 2011 so more treatment was indicated and I am now back in partial remission. But I'm not only a cancer patient - I also enjoy my family, walk my dogs and am learning to draw and paint. Life is good!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Short sermons = short drawings

There was a visiting cleric on Sunday morning, the kind who preaches short and sweet. I hardly had time to pull out a pencil for the underlying outline and the sermon was over! I wish he'd come back often because then I'd learn to draw quickly!

Some people learn from other people's mistakes but others have to wait and learn from their own. I think I'm in the second category. About a week ago I read an article about the rise in pedestrian accidents because people cross streets while texting. How stupid, I thought, whose business is so important they have to answer a message in the middle of the street?

And then, last night, Steve, Brix, Demi and I were out for our usual one-mile loop. The cell phone in my pocket went off and I read the text. And that's all it took for me to miss the half-inch rise in the sidewalk and go sprawling. I have matching stigmata on my palms and a foot that aches every time I move it. This morning it was all I could do to scoot out of bed and to the closet where my cane -- not used in eight years -- was waiting to assist me through the rest of the day.

This is minor, I'll be fine in a day or so, just opted not to walk this evening. But folks, take it from me, we don't really need to text and walk, not even read other people's texts while walking. Think about it. For many thousands of years human types walked the earth and got through their days without texting and moving. Sit, text. Walk, no text. That's the new rule.


  1. Well, I was just looking down the street and missed the raised sidewalk. Took a chip out of the bone of my right hand. Clutzville.
    Hope that you soon heal.

  2. I really enjoyed your dog sketches. I am glad you weren't more seriously injured. I will try to learn from your accident, but I tend to fall into the second group too. no pun intended.

  3. Oh, wonderful quick sketches!

  4. Had a little laugh at this post! No not at your expense--so glad you're okay--but, because I am in group three...the ones that have to learn for themselves, the same lesson again and again!

  5. Not intended? That makes it all the funnier!


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