So life goes on! Each day an opportunity to move forward, one to meet new as well as ongoing challenges. Alicia’s ultimate goal is to overcome them all as she
A year, an entire year has roared by without a word shared in this forum. Unconscionable really, was my first thought as I realized how long it has been
I have once again gotten the itch to jot down more than a few thoughts. I’ve also found myself musing over and over on familiar topics. In addition, have caught
Although I am certainly loving life and genuinely happy spending moment after moment with those I love, it has been a tumultuous year thus far with lots of ups and
… I Listen!!! Well there’s nothing like having more than a few days off to get the mental motor running and the train of thought back on track. I am
If there is anything that I would like to share with my friends, it would be an idea or situation that speaks of peace, fulfillment and joy. Well Friends, I
Well, the years have moved along slowly for Alicia and have been quite frustrating at times, I might add. You can’t help but feel for the girl at times, as she can only imagine where she might be or what she might be doing at this point in her life had she not had a brain injury at the age of sixteen.
To be honest with you, I at times try to put thoughts of the past including all the sadness out of my mind; they are still quite painful. I can not even imagine how discouraged and tortured Alicia has been by these thoughts.
Many of those close to her are called to carry out their lives; daily concerns and ideas fill our minds. Alicia, though, wakes up each morning with a day ahead that is just not quite what she had hoped it could be. She can’t do many of the things that we can do on a whim, like head out in the car, visit a family member or a friend, go shopping or just do something spontaneous by herself. That is the type of soul that she has inside that body with it’s limitations…one that called to live life to the full.
There have been a variety of obstacles along the way that have contributed to diverting from the road to conquer new goals. Ones which would have helped her to move forward toward a life filled with more of her dreams being met rather than not. They are all water under the bridge at this point. A bridge that she poises herself beside, longing to jump into the water and take the ride of her live.
Alicia has patience about her that I have never seen before; you can see and feel a special kind of acceptance when you are with Alicia. Some of it might be quiet resignation, keeping her feelings close to her heart rather than on her sleeve is also part of her charm.
At times I see a rekindling of hopefulness in Alicia; call it determination, maybe even defiance. It comes in waves, and we are currently riding a big one. This past year Alicia verbalized her dream to walk again and she has been working on doing just that slowly but consistently.
This past weekend we tried something that we hadn’t in a while. Alicia has two walkers, one is a heavy duty one and there isn’t much you can do to lose balance with that one. This is the one we aim at when ‘safety first’ is the feel of the day. But for those days when living on the edge is where we want to be, we take out the garden variety ‘old people walker’, one that offers nothing but a bit of support as you move yourself along. If you are going down, this one has little to offer as far as stability. ( She’s accumulated 14 stitches to the head and a few Cat Scans using this one)
Anyway, Alicia has been walking with the ‘old people’ walker again within the last week. I have also noticed a bit more equilibrium and solid stance lately when we have been walking short distances with her arm over my shoulder. She seconded this new feeling of stability.
So we tried it, and …. guess what?!
Yeah, she did it! Alicia has been walking with more focus to detail with each step and it’s working. She has just taken a giant step toward her goal of walking again.
I think she’s got this!!
Back to the mountains I went this past week and relaxation was all that was on the schedule for each day, every day. I also had an opportunity to put a fair amount of time into penning my next book, which is coming along very well, thank you for asking.
Since last report I have also added a few writing projects to my ‘To Do List’. It may be a little early to go into detail on them, but I can assure you that they will be entertaining reads when all is said and done.
Each time I return from my hide away in Vermont I have discovered a little more about life and what is important. Invariably the simplicity of it speaks to me and the knowledge of less equals more becomes more obvious and brings a renewed sense of peace. Quieting down inside is something I always enjoy doing. It provides that much needed balance to offset some of the hectic pace that I deal with an any given day here at home. My life maintains a comfortable balance along the spectrum between a busy career as an ED nurse and a recluse in a mountain hideaway.
To Dance in the Rain, A Mother and Daughter’s Journey of Hope and Healing has been selling steadily in the past few months, mostly through the ebook venue. I am working on selling and signing events at a couple of holiday bazaars this year and will keep you updated. Books will be offered at 40% off (bookseller/wholesale rate) starting November 1st on the website, to book clubs and at holiday events. Alicia and I also enjoy speaking to any size group.
Alicia is doing quite well, moving ahead with her goal of walking again; she is working out and becoming more determined (or impatient) each day. She has also been applying to a steady stream of jobs lately in the social services field…fingers crossed!
… Unless of course your goal is to keep people updated with the goings on after a book publication. Well, you know how we artsy types are. Let’s see, a little scattered? a tad flighty? somewhat distracted? … no, let’s just call it focused, why don’t we. This thing we call life can certainly keep you busy,right?!?
Have to say though, that most of what is going on is good and positive…exciting projects, positive strides and enjoyment of life fill our days. Living the dream, she said non-sarcastically.
In regard to the book, To Dance in the Rain – A Mother and Daughter’s Journey of Hope and Healing, sales are moving along steadily on a post publication year plateau. The book continues to be available in 6 bookstores, 5 in CT and one in VT. I could definitely get a little more on the stick with continuing to promote the book, I admit, but once again refer you back to line two of paragraph one.
Available in :
The Hickory Stick Bookshop – 2 Green Hill Rd. Washington, CT 860-868-0525
Middlebury Consignment – 1365 Whittemore Rd. Middlebury, CT 06762
The Marion Shop at St. Mary’s Hospital – 56 Franklin St. Waterbury, CT
Mercy Center Gift Shop in Madison CT
Proclaim His Name Bookstore – 615 Highland Ave. Waterbury CT 203-573-1773
The Northshire Bookstore in Manchester VT,
Alicia was the focus of a GoFundMe effort some months back. With the monies raised we have purchased a porch full of equipment designed for strength building and more specifically balance training exercise. There is enough remaining in the fund for us to use for a PT evaluation and further recommendations.
Alicia is at this point working out 3-4 times a week. She remains determined and diligently so, to be more mobile. (and please don’t ask how driving lessons are going) She is working hard and I believe her mood is elevated not only by the physical activity but the dreams that hope brings alive. She has recently stepped the pace up and applied for multiple jobs. She had for a couple of years been hanging low in her search for employment opportunities.
Alicia has a degree in rehabilitation services, which puts her in a good place to pursue an entry level social services position. Her being wheelchair bound has diminished some of her job possibilities, though, as more than a few places that she had applied to have not been wheelchair accessible.
We would appreciate any of you keeping and eye open for us in this regard. No reasonable offers would go unconsidered. Alicia may not be able to walk, but this girl can dance : )
Please don’t forget To Dance in the Rain – A Mother and Daughter’s Journey of Hope and Healing as you prepare gift lists for Christmas, birthdays etc. Inspiration has no expiration date.
Time is certainly and as predicted moving right along. It is not infrequently that we notice it is also doing that just way too fast. There is a poem/verse in the Special Acknowledgment toward the end of To Dance in the Rain – A Mother and Daughter’s Journey of Hope and Healing.
Time is too slow for those who wait,
Too swift for those who fear,
Too long for those who grieve,
Too short for those who rejoice…
But to those who love,
Time is Eternity.
~ Henry Van Dyke ~
No matter where you are in life and how you experience the passing of time, one thing is for sure… Life is most times anyway, too short. My goal is to just accept that and enjoy every minute of it while the going is good.
To Dance in the Rain – A Mother and Daughter’s Journey of Hope and Healing was published just over a year ago. So many exciting moments have happened in direct relation to the book and the writing of it, as well as it’s production and promotion. New friendships forged, countless enjoyable moments, mulling, creating and then conveying the story to individuals and groups. Alicia’s life is changing too, as she continues to progress and look ahead to the future with new hopes and dreams.
To Dance in the Rain, the book and in fact the concept, are evolving. The book continues to be purchased, read and loved. I believe it offers elements of understanding and appreciation for life and it’s blessings. It provides yet another example of how even within sadness and adversity, joy, love and hope can be found. Sometimes the realization of that alone can be cause for celebration.
As ‘To Dance in the Rain’ establishes itself as a concept that the title was meant to convey, a new phase will take shape within the writings of this website. Looking ahead we switch gears, we refocus and will at times express that in a new way. Upcoming blogs will also be touching on how in life we, you, all of us continue to ‘Dance in the Rain’.
I will still keep you updated on Alicia and events and circumstances involving the book. I specifically point out this transition as I begin to write my next book. The spark of expression continues to burn and it’s intensity has lately been calling. It has had to patiently smolder at times going ignored for one project after another. Patience which incidentally is not a strong point in my personality, has allowed the welling of creativity to build within me forming a new resolve, a new excitement. …. So onward!!
My newest project, no make that passion, is… “A Year as a Gift”
The Silas Bronson Library is sponsoring a ‘Book Signing by Local Authors’ event on Saturday April 25th, and I am thrilled to be part of this first time event in Waterbury. The event will be held on the Silas Bronson Library patio (weather permitting) between 10AM and 3PM.It will be a great opportunity to speak with local authors about their books and latest projects.
It’s also an innovative initiative by the staff at the Silas Bronson Library, with this being it’s first signing event with multiple authors coming together at the same time. It will be a great venue to purchase a variety of books by local authors and have them signed.
I am so happy to be included with this group of local authors and to have a chance to present To Dance in the Rain – A Mother and Daughter’s Journey of Hope and Healing a new group of readers in the Waterbury area.
ARCHANGEL AIRBORNE is about to set off on Mission XVII. The operation of each mission depends on private donations, so we could use your help in a variety of ways. We have reviewed previous clinic activity and have identified conditions most frequently seen at the clinics in the north and south. We have also made a list of the medications that we need to provide for those ailments and illnesses. The following is a list of medications that we need for our upcoming mission. Any meds that we are unable to collect and bring with us will need to be purchased in Haiti.
We would appreciate any donations of the following OTC meds:
Topical anti-fungals, vitamins for adults and children, vaginal antifungal creams (monistat), saline eye drops, topical cortisone creams, Tylenol for adults and liquid for children, antihistamines (Benadryl) capsules and liquid, anti-diarrheals (Imodium) and antibiotic ointments.
We could also use some: band-aids, steri-strips thermometers and crazy glue (medical duct tape)
Medications and supplies can be left in collection boxes in Stu’s office (St. Mary’s ED) as well as in Yellow Pod back room in St. Mary’s ED. Any monetary donations would also be greatly appreciated and help us defray the costs of our mission operations. Thank you so much.
You may also contact me and I would be more than happy to pick up any items that you may have to donate, either in the Waterbury or Litchfield County areas. Feel free to send a message in the FB inbox to make arrangements with me. Thanks! (Meci anpil!!)