Category Archives: Health Activism

Day 309 – Nolo Contendere

I am guilty of wanting to get something big to happen in the world of spondylitis awareness. It has been my whole mission and constant and full time work for over 10 months – many days working 10-12 hours much to the dismay of my husband and family. I have had a single mindedness and […]

Day 304 – A Saturday Apple-A-Thon For A Sunday

I didn’t do a Saturday apple yesterday. So since I had a very long day I decided to do it today – but with a twist… This apple is representative of the apples I will be doing for the Apple-A-Thon. How many of these do you think I can paint in 24 hours? Closest guess […]

Day 300 – Learn, Live, Hope

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. – Albert Einstein I have learned so much in the last 10 months. I had no idea what an amazing ride this was going to be. I had no idea that I would experience so many joys as well as some deep sadnesses that would travel […]

Day 298 – Split In Two

I’ve been sitting here trying to come to grips with what I’m feeling. I’m tired – but that isn’t a feeling. I’m tired – of making apples. As much as I love what I’m doing – and I do love it… I’m tired of so much of all of this. Is it ok that I […]

Day 288 – The Important Things

Life has a way of reminding us of the important things. I needed to take care of someone I love dearly who I haven’t heard. I’ve been distracted and “my stuff” got in the way. I can become extremely focused to the exclusion of everything around me. I think I feel that I have to […]

Day 271 – Caution Wet Paint

We all have the family stories we tell over and over again. Usually they involve Murphy’s Law, a fit of hysterics, or childhood antics. I guess this story involves all three of those! When I was around six we lived on a farm outside of Montpelier, Vermont. It was somewhat isolated up a hill off […]

Day 266 – Turn the Blue Apple GREEN!

I’ve been making apples for 9 months now. I’ve learned so much about so much. What a crazy wonderful ride it has been so far and I love every day I can say I’m an artist, a blogger, and I want to tell the world about Autoimmune Arthritis and Ankylosing Spondylitis. Some may ask why […]

Day 257 – Crimson Thread

An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, or circumstances. The thread may stretch or tangle but will never break. – Chinese Proverb A red string in Chinese folklore connects those who are destine to meet and in Tibetan Buddhism a red string is a “blessing cord” and according […]

Day 245 – Japanese Kintsugi Apple

“When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold. They believe that when something’s suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful.” ~Barbara Bloom This quote was on the Spondylitis Association of America’s Facebook wall today and voila – inspiration! I had never heard of this […]

Day 234 – Hold Your Head Up High

I will keep going. Some days – heck, lots of days we all want to quit. We want to just throw in the towel and say, “That’s it – I give up!” Life with a chronic illness makes these times seem like they are our existence more than they are a passing emotion. I struggle […]