Sunday, October 14, 2018

13 Years

Ralph, my husband, died on October 16, 2005--13 years ago.
Sometimes it seems like forever since we were together, laughing and loving and arguing and forgiving.  We made a home for our children, supported each other in our individual endeavors, traveled to far away places or spent time at home.
Sometimes it seems like only yesterday when leukemia invaded his bloodstream and conquered it in just one year.  Either way, we had a good marriage, and I still miss him every day.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Books of September

Speaking American.  What do you call a meal you order and bring home from a restaurant?  In some parts of the country it's "take out" and in other parts "carry out."  This book covers all kinds of words and phrases that differ in various parts of the U.S.  It's a book for a language aficinado like me.

Nightingale.  The story of two French sisters during World War II and how they coped with their situations in very different way.  It was on the best seller list for quite some time.

Educated.  My favorite non-fiction book of the year, it's the memoir of a young woman who grew up in Idaho in a survivalist family--no birth certificate, no vaccinations, no doctor visits ever, no schooling except at home.  Unbelievably, she takes the ACT and gets accepted to Brigham Young University, where she is totally out of her depth.  But she persists and eventually earns a PhD. from Cambridge.  Fascinating story and, despite what some Amazon reviewers say, it's true, and isn't truth stranger than fiction?

Monday, October 1, 2018

Shriners Burn Hospital for Children

I am a burn survivor.
When I was 19, my dress caught fire from a gas heater and I nearly burned to death.  Recovery was a long, painful process, but obviously I recover and go on with my life.
A few weeks ago I was delighted to be invited to tour Shriners Burn Hospital for Children in Galveston.  Galveston .has been one of premier center for treatment of burns ever since I can remember.  I was there for three months.  At that time there was no specific hospital for burned children.  The girl in the bed next to me was only 12.
In 1963 the hospital focused on children with burns and other serious skin diseases was founded.  Now it is #1 in the nation in treating such injuries and diseases.  It is a beautiful building and what impressed me most was that it treats, not just the underlying problem, but the whole child. There is counseling for children and families, a play area, even a school so children who are school-aged can keep up with their studies.  It is a warm and welcoming child centered place.  I hope to drive down to Galveston once or twice a month to do volunteer work there.  As a previous burn patient as well as the daughter of a Shriner, I feel this is the place for me to give back.

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