• Cubital Tunnel Syndrome, Part 2

    image from OrthoBullets Follow-up to my blog of Oct 24, 2017, "What the Hell is Cubital Tunnel Syndrome" Some days it is better, some days not so much. Overall, there seems to be improvement, but it is not ‘all better’. In response to the question, “At the end of all this will I be able to go back to doing things the way I used to?” the short answer might be, “No”. I will need to adopt some accommodating behavior as a life style change, or have surgery. Since this involves my right hand and arm…

  • What the Hell is Cubital Tunnel Syndrome?

    My elbow pads (cut so they won't press on the nerve at night), and my gel packs The last few weeks have been part of the year I have called “The Year of New Normals”. To make a long story short, numbness I have been feeling in my little finger and the side of my ring finger in my right hand for over a month was diagnosed as cubital tunnel syndrome. This means that the nerve going through my elbow in the area we call the funnybone has been irritated; it's similar to carpal tunnel syndrome, excep…

  • Mud is My Nemesis

    Adventures in Mud There are mud baths, mud facials, mud cloth, and mud pies.All good, desirable things. ‘Here’s mud in your eye’, a great saying. We go out of our way and pay lots of money for hot mud baths, in situ. However, I cannot say I have enjoyed any of that. Mud is my nemesis. It has taken quite some time for that to sink in, because it looks so innocent, just sitting there. It’s in my way, why not walk across? Why not step into it? Why not ignore it? Because mud is out t…

  • The Lesser Known

    The Lesser Known (#5womenartists) March is/was Women’s History Month, and the first thing that greeted me on my Twitter Feed on March 1 was a post by the National Museum of Women in the Arts. It read: “Can you name five women artists?” And of course, I could. And I did. And THEN I thought, ‘well, I could do more than THIS. What if I could name five women EVERY day of the month, without looking any up, just based on what know or remember? And what if I included images of work done by each of th…

  • What Do You Mean My Luggage is in New York?

    Travelling in the Soviet Union, Part 1: “What Do You MEAN, My Luggage is in New York?” In December of 1986, I had the rare opportunity to travel with a group of educators to the Soviet Union. It meant I would be spending Christmas in the Soviet Union. And New Year’s Eve. This was because of Mikhail Gorbachev’s policy of Glasnost which began in 1985. I talked it over with my principal, and we decided this was a great trip for me! I would leave the day Christmas break started, and would return t…

  • How I Came to Sketch with a Pen

    How I Came to Sketch with a Pen I have done sketching all my life; give me a pencil, eraser, and a sheet of paper, and I know what to do. Give me several kinds of pencils, and you better STAND BACK! However, until I began to do plein air painting, my sketches were really more finished drawings, renderings. I saw drawing as an art form unto itself, and did thumbnails if I was painting, but not really even sketches. That all changed on October 5, 2010. That was the painting trip Brenda and I t…