black texture, nothing more

My incredible, lovely, strong, distant, open, loving cousin is dying. He's dying, in that stage of dying that's not imminent, but actually could be. Any moment. Any week, or month. His closest family is in hell, being there, watching, lending help and comfort. His slightly more distant family - us - are on the fringes… Continue reading May

Vaccine Finder (USA)

I've managed to get vaccines scheduled for my (eligible) immediate family and myself, and was a big help. You'll input your info and get information back about availability, then schedule via the particular store's website. Some website are buggy and difficult (I'm looking at you, CVS); some are trying their hardest (e.g. WalMart). Just… Continue reading Vaccine Finder (USA)

End of an eon (2021)

Edit: I completely skipped everything having to do with the protests, racism, ableism, trans- and homophobia, continuing political issues, and the shooting of unarmed black men and women. It's not an oversight; being a white person, I'd much rather you listen to better educated, more invested folks on these matters. It'd be nice if I… Continue reading End of an eon (2021)

I made this amazing discovery about anxiety

Hands holding lights; Photo by Diego PH on Unsplash

So, it turns out if you occasionally freak out, and you're always using coping mechanisms to keep your mind from spinning too fast or too much, you apparently might benefit from some anxiety treatment. It finally occurred to me that the way I live and deal with things So I talked to my doctor and… Continue reading I made this amazing discovery about anxiety

A hike in the Rockies – Day 1

Fifteen years ago, I went on a solo hike across Rocky Mountain National Park. I started at the Bear Lake trailhead, summited Flattop Mountain (only 12,000-some-odd feet altitude), and through the park on the other side. The original plan was to make a full loop to the west side, then go back along a more northerly trail,… Continue reading A hike in the Rockies – Day 1