For a change, I’m early. Actually, I’m very late. I didn’t tell you I published a new book in March. It is called “And This Is How I Lived,” and is 45 of my favorite stories from 10 books published by Earthen Vessel in the last 25 years. The theme is story — how we all have them, and the value of telling them, and how people pioneered and made new lives in difficult places. On the cover is a portrait of my mom. It appears she is looking at the photo of the scrawny little boy next to her on the right. It’s my dad, her future husband of more than 50 years. I thought that was funny.
On my dad’s birthday in July, I published a book on his inventions. Microcurrent takes up the majority of the pages, but did you know he was also responsible for the success of drag racing at the Pomona Fairgrounds? Yes, that scrappy little farm boy loved fast cars, and told me that he had to get the Magnum with the Hemi because it was a safety feature. He was in his 90s at the time.
After that, I attended 12 on-line summits on health, including three on the brain, two on cancer, two on autoimmunity, and webinars on EMFs, IBS and SIBO, GMOs, and food. They were free, but each episode was live for only 24 hours, so it kept me tied to my computer for months because they occurred one after another, and sometimes simultaneously.
But each subject really fit my need to know, and now I am a lot more informed about the microbiome and what makes a person subject to disease and how to heal even impossible incurable ones. There was even a lot on the healing of Lyme disease, and all the protocols were designed using the principles of functional medicine, which fits my own background in natural healing with herbs, energy, and trauma release.
However, there’s only so much room on the hard drive. I’m giving up on watching for now. I’m implementing changes in my lifestyle and food choices and have been sleeping better and helping my gut bacteria be happier. My latest checkup for scleroderma shows I’m holding steady, with even a slight improvement in my immune system. I still intend to be symptom-free and free of any markers that show the disease is still there, but with all those webinars, I’m armed and implementing, and I hope to share some of it with you this next year.
In October Dan and I took a roadtrip to Washington to the Women Writing the West conference, my annual chance to see friends who love words and history and story. It’s always refreshing and inspiring. It was also way up north, and we were close enough to visit Brigadoon, an extraordinary facility preparing dogs for service. Owner/Founder Denise Costanten, with more than forty years of experience training and breeding dogs, graciously gave us time out of a packed schedule to tour the facility and answer our questions. I will be posting in more detail on that visit, which was astonishing because Denise is, herself, astonishing in what she knows and how she prepares each dog for its forever person. Just a glimpse to let you know why I think Brigadoon is so special—Denise trains inmates to train the dogs. It’s just win win win every direction because of her vision and expertise.
Now I’m home and I’m finally back to working on my heart’s desire, which I promised months ago to tell you about before fires and smoke and all the uncertainty burned through our summer. Rain, welcome and cleansing, has now washed the air, helped put out the fires, and caused us all to breathe more deeply — literally.
So what is this project I wanted to tell you about? Drum roll, please.
Fourteen years ago, Dan and I co-authored a musical for the teenagers of Summer Theatre Workshop, a theater group we co-produced for six years. “Even In Shadow” was a tremendous success with stories that were as dramatic off stage as on, and I have longed to revise and revive it, and to tell the stories that are behind it.
I am currently in my second draft of the revision, with new songs added and exciting concepts in characterization and staging that we didn’t have time to do when we were “running before the wolves,” writing new dialogue every evening when rehearsals were through. But that’s a story for later. For now, I’m just happy to finally have the time and energy to tell you about it, and I look forward to reliving this beautifully meaningful time in my life which came about largely because the kids in the group were exceptional human beings with hearts so courageous they wouldn’t let Dan and me quit the project when we saw no way to bring it about.
May God bless you and your loved ones with His peace as we are catapulted headlong into the coming year.
Carolyn & Hedy
PS: Just before we left for Washington, Hedy was diagnosed as having a cancerous Mast Cell tumor. We began treating her with natural supplements, especially B17 from apricot seeds, and topical anti-tumoral agents such as Hydrogen Peroxide and Myrrh and Frankincense essential oils. We also changed her diet from processed food to raw meat and vegetables. Not only did the tumor shrink to nothing, her energy shot up, as well as her enthusiasm for mealtime. If you know Labs, you know they love to eat, but multiply that by two, and you now know how excited Hedy is every time she sees the bowl coming her way.
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