• Mental Health & Well Being,  Other Side of 40,  Uncategorized

    Enjoying the quietness of a Midwest winter.

    Life is the midwest is not for the faint of heart, y’ all! It’s tough, hard to deal with, very cold and involves lots of snow and ice. Having grown up in the South, most of my experiences with winter are pretty mild. I wouldn’t even call it “winter” there. 60 degrees and above is not what I describe as winter. It’s all relative, however. This winter in Iowa was just brutal. Locals told me that it was one of the worst winters on record. Awesome! after spending a year back in Louisiana weather, it was going to be a tough winter already. I’m not one who likes to sit…

  • Aging Parents,  Cancer Sucks

    Cancer Sucks: Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Day

    As I have mentioned before here on the blog and on my Facebook page, Cancer has entered our lives and is not leaving anytime soon. First of all, this post is not about me. This past July, my step-mother Carol was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer, Stage 4. She had been not feeling well for several months. It didn’t come as a shock that something was wrong, we just didn’t expect it to be cancer or the stage it was in. Unfortunately, this is not the first time this particular cancer ┬áhas affected my family. In 2004, my father-in-law, Bob, passed away from Pancreatic Cancer and COPD. It is quick, horrible…