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Author Interview with Emmanuel Brian Oule

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I’m thrilled to feature the latest author interview with Emmanuel Brian Oule as it’s been a while since I’ve held one of these. I’m happy to say I virtually met this kind and talented author on Twitter recently (one perk of the global quarantine) and happy to have the chance to showcase Brian’s impressive literary work here. May I just add, I love the cover of his book! Okay enough rambling on my part… enjoy!

1. When did you start putting pen to paper?

Well, I started writing in 2004. First it was all about writing Gospel songs till when I fell in love with Poetry, Articles, Quotes and now Screenplays.

2.What’s your literary poison – prose, poetry, etc.?

Poetry and Screenplays

3. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Clark Kent is my favorite fictional hero, he reminds me of the Smallville TV series.

4. Which famous writer can you most identify with?

This is a tricky one since I write Poetry, Quotes and Articles & Screenplays, but I will go with Quentin Tarantino, the writer of my favorite Movie Django Unchained, I have read this movie’s script for over ten times

5. What are your current projects? (*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest.)

So damn many, I have a Bible for a TV series. I’m compiling volume 2 of Strength in Words, which I intend to publish in five years from now. I’m editing a short film about my Bio. And above all, I’m currently writing a horror screenplay, I got this gig from one of Los Angeles Agents through my California friend called George.

6. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book or writing piece?

No, I wouldn’t change content in my book, the only thing I can add, is an endorser if I get one.

7. Do you have any advice for other writers?

Yes, keep pursing your writing and be hopeful that someday you will to break through.

8. What were your grades like in English class? (A, B, anything less than this is shameful 😉

Of course I was an ‘A’ pupil and Student, that’s why I was able to keep in the top ten in my class. Yayi!

9. How much research do you do for your writing?

My writing is a knack, words, ideas just drop in, from a changing of winds. However, I do research on subjects I don’t have much knowledge about.

10. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

Computer of course. Hahahaha.

11. What is the best advice you’ve been given?

My friend George, in California, once told me, “Brian, you have a niche in writing,” this keeps me going.

12.  What book do you think everyone should read?

The Students’ Companion, it’s a rich book, having proverbs, similes, geographical facts & general knowledge among others.

13. Two-part question: Do you play a musical instrument? And what instrument would you like to learn to play?

No, I don’t play any musical Instrument, but I would love to learn how to play a Guitar, because I’m a rock star, I’m a fan of Cold Play, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Maroon Five, Breaking Benjamin, System of the Down, Linkin Park & Metallica among others, I believe this explains my love for the Guitar.

14. What process did (or are you going) you go through to get your book published?

First was to share the manuscript with my Editor, then sign up with ‘’Amazon’ ‘Kobo’ & ‘Lulu’ – Self-Publishing then boom I published the book.

15. Who would you like to change places with… i.e. live someone else’s life for a week?

I would love to live Samuel L. Jackson’s life for a week.

16. If you weren’t a writer, what would be your ideal profession?

CEO, but currently I will say I juggling both, my current profession of Credit & Revenue Specialist, but obviously as time goes on, I intend to focus on my Writing Enterprise named TmTs, it’s just a matter of time.
 
17. Two-part question: Bill Murray or Chevy Chase? And John Cleese or Michael Palin?

Chevy Chase & John Cleese

18. What’s your most rewarding literary accomplishment to date (one that just blew your mind!)

First was compiling & publishing my book “Strength in Words” Second Edition on Amazon, Kobo & Lulu and second writing Radio Plays for Wefarm
  
19.  What quote do you live by?

“Everyone is talented but few explore and nurture their talents” This is my very own quote in my latest book edition titled “Strength in Words”

20. What would be your ideal writer profession ambition? (famous Pulitzer Prize winning author, successful self-published author as a day job, etc.)

Successful self-published author and Famous Screen Writer.

21. Would you like to ask me a question?

Hi Rowland, I have two questions for you:

  1. What inspired you to write your Book titled “Feedback”?

The inspiration for my book came from the friends I had and my adventures living in San Francisco—the prime of our lives. Conversations with them about so many things in different settings on both coasts were loosely based on some of our experiences. Treasured times.

2. Would you team with me to write a book if we had the same ideology?

Great question… possibly.  I’ve never collaborated with a writer on a book before, but if the content is something I’d like to explore and the time factor permits, it could be an option.

Thanks again to Brian for sharing his thoughts with us here. Make sure to check out his wonderful book and his blog / social links here:

Strength in Words 1st Edition on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2kVqszn

Strength in Words 2nd Edition on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2ksJA7A

Strength in Words 2nd Edition on Kobo:https://bit.ly/3bfOeuH

Twitter Handle: https://twitter.com/PoetBryan

Facebook Handle: https://www.facebook.com/himselfbryan

Poetry Soup Blog: https://bit.ly/2x4811H

Safe and well wishes everyone,

LM-R

 
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Posted by on May 5, 2020 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Health Update | Mental Wellbeing (& a bonus post)

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How’s everyone doing? I’m sure for most, the consensus is feeling cooped up and longing for that much missed freedom to roam we all once had. With all the sad ubiquitous news briefs flashing before us, anyone else putting a slim time limit on their consumption of it? I figured all of us can relate to managing our mental wellbeing and welcome any useful thoughts / ideas on how we can all better cope within one of our most challenging personal circumstances. Down moments happen to all of us; how we transition and lessen their effects on our overall wellness is key. Whether reading self help books or engaging in beneficial cognitive counseling; do whatever is most comfortable and can help you, especially during this crucial time.

Here’s a couple of wellness books I really liked:
https://smile.amazon.com/Self-Care-Prescription-Solutions-Well-Being/dp/B07S7FQNSL/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=best+wellbeing+books&qid=1587491052&sr=8-5

https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B008X8SV6Q?pLink=9845df52-f3cc-42&ref=adblp13nvvxx_0_8_ti

And an invaluable wellness website with essential tips & resources:
https://www.thinkmentalhealthwa.com.au/about-mental-health-wellbeing/ways-to-look-after-your-mental-health/

Lately I’ve been focusing on trying new things out of my comfort zone like painting (I don’t know if any of my novice works will be post worthy—more like paint by numbers… ) and exercise challenges that I haven’t tried in years (Pilates & Barre & 21 day challenges. I can safely say, it was a hell of lot easier 10 yrs ago. If only I could get to a Bikram yoga studio since the NY spring weather is still not warm enough!). I find these different distractions are helping my wellness on a whole, especially lessening the blow of not being able to travel. As I post this, my husband and I would’ve been on a plane to the UK for a long overdue family / friends visit. Disappointed is an understatement. So instead of enjoying Dorset’s Sunday Roast dinners there, I brought it here to NY (pics below) the only thing missing was Yorkshire puddings (that unfortunately I can’t find anywhere here and though I love to cook and all, I’m not Wonderwoman dammit! It’s a chore making them from scratch, plus I didn’t have all the ingredients as shopping / deliveries are a nightmare lately… by the way, anyone else have a husband that’s crushing on Gal Gadot? Where was I? Right, the 24 hour prep work on the roast alone… breathe… :)). We’ve been fortunate to have my sister and her family quarantining nearby to enjoy visits & dinners along with laughs playing Apples to Apples, 7’s, and trying to perfect our poker faces. We’re sorting through other games too. While on our daily walks or bike rides, I never realized how the simple act of breathing fresh air would mean to me. Or a drive could be so cathartic. I’m sure I’m not the only one that didn’t take that gem for granted—being outside is a blessing. I hope each of you are enjoying the little things (whatever they may be) life (currently) has to offer. #We’veGotThis!

Bonus post: Sunday’s roast ( I used an angus eye round which is ultra lean, if you want to go all Diner’s, Drive-In’s & Dives non-health nut out, use chuck or rump roast) I prepped with a 24 hour dry rub marinade, then seared all sides before placing in slow cooker on low for 7-8 hours. Eye round only needs 3-4 hours if you like medium rare. Cabbage needs 1.5 hours, celery needs 5 hours, and potatoes, and carrots can use 7-8 hours.

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Finished product, the prep & vino lifted flavor levels to 11
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Dessert – Blueberry ginger pistachio cake
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Our latest favorite forms of entertainment aside from moviesundefined

Family game night spin on Little Mountain FM & Pandora 80’s Radio
Pale Shelter – Tears for Fears
Flock of Seagulls – I Ran
Destination Unknown – Missing Persons
Kiss On My List – Hall & Oates
Brass in Pocket – The Pretenders
Is There Something I Should Know? – Duran Duran
Sussudio – Phil Collins
Blue Monday – New Order
Major Tom – Peter Schilling
Don’t You Want Me – Human League
Under Pressure – Queen ft. David Bowie
Jessie’s Girl – Rick Springfield
West End Girls – Pet Shop Boys
Obsession – Animotion
Good Thing – Fine Young Cannibals
The One Thing – INXS
I want a New Drug – Huey Lewis & The News
Everybody – Madonna
When the World is Running Down, You Make the Best of What’s Still Around – the Police
Crumbling Down – John Mellencamp
Romancing the Stone – Eddie Grant
Should I Stay or Should I Go – The Clash

Special Dedication to Tony 💛
Sowing The Seeds of Love – Tears For Fears
Life in a Northern Town – Dream Academy
Walk This Way – Run DMC ft. Aerosmith
Keep On Loving You – REO Speedwagon
Don’t You (Forget About Me) – Simple Minds
Dancing in the Dark – Bruce Springsteen
Voices Inside My Head – The Police
Ain’t Even Done With the Night – John Cougar / Mellencamp
Electric Avenue – Eddie Grant
Police On My Back – The Clash

I will leave you off with a reflection I contributed to a work publication on my thoughts during Covid 19. Till next time!

I feel humanity on a whole has strengthened and become more compassionate since this crisis emerged. Whether it’s simple acts of praising our heroic healthcare workers or giving extra thanks to all travel, food stores, military, delivery, and charity organizations, they are inspiring us to be as helpful and considerate as we can. I’m grateful how everyone has seamlessly banded together working remotely, keeping safe distance in their surroundings, and helping those in need; these efforts are encouraging us to keep strong and get through the most difficult times together — Lisa Montanino-Rowland


 
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Posted by on April 22, 2020 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Wellness Wishes



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Dear Readers,
I hope you are safe, well, and coping as best as possible during this unprecedented time. Sadness, fear, uncertainty, empathy, anxiousness, are some of the feelings I’m experiencing and frankly everyday the emotions are ever changing. While we all wait for our lives to go back to normal and mourn the loss of so many to this horrible Covid-19 virus, I want to give sympathy and prayers to the families going through this, dealing with the awful aftermath—unfathomable. I am extremely grateful to all the workers of health care, grocery stores, military, police, fireman, volunteers, post office / delivery services, airports, travel, charities / organizations, businesses opened and (closed—unfortunately), they are risking their lives everyday to help everyone especially ones in need.

I along with my family, friends, and co-workers (working remotely) are doing our best to remain optimist, but we’re being tested everyday during this frightening crisis. No matter what, whether it’s having cabin fever or feeling lonely, sad, or burdened to have to take extreme measures just to go for a walk or shop for food; we can’t let this beat us down effecting our well being. Stay home to avoid spreading this outbreak and do whatever is safe to find serenity during this time. For my husband and I, we have been playing board games, watching movies, phone / video friends and family, going outside for fresh air, gardening (all while social distancing), exercising and for me especially… cooking and baking more than my usual! It’s been therapeutic, helping me through this whole thing. Some favorites below.

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Apple banana nut cake

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(Our daily) green drinks – cucumbers, ginger, matcha, cinnamon, stevia, spinach, kale, carrots, parsley, and loads of celery (I have lot’s of 💚 for this concoction. Helpful hint: never juice, blend all)

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Turkey cutlets, asparagus, and red potatoes with mushroom gravy

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Prosciutto, arugula, & porcini pizza (no cheese you might ask? I’ve despised it since infancy and Mark, thankfully doesn’t like it either. Yes I know, it’s nuts considering my Italian family makes cheese!)

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Fudge nutter butter cookie cake – chocolate fudge cake with peanut butter icing, and crumbled nutter butter cookies

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Sweet kale crunch salad (Kale, shaved brussels sprouts, radicchio, chicken, cucumbers, cranberries, sunflower seeds, and peppercorn ranch dressing)

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Lemon coconut cake

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Out on our daily walks

Well wishes & stay safe social distancing!
Little Mountain

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2020 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Tuesday’s Quotes & Tunes…

“Prejudices are what fools use for reason.” —Voltaire

“Bigotry or prejudice in any form is more than a problem; it is a deep-seated evil within our society.” —Judith Light

“Prejudice is a great time saver. You can form opinions without having to get the facts. “  —E. B. White

“Preconceived notions are the locks on the door to wisdom.” —Merry Browne

“Prejudice is a learned trait. You’re not born prejudiced; you’re taught it.” —Charles R. Swindoll

“Our thoughts are unseen hands shaping the people we meet. Whatever we truly think them to be, that’s what they’ll become for us.” —Richard Cowper

“All prejudices are obstinate, like diseases of chronic tenacity, and require radical cures.” —Norman Macdonald

Currently Playing on Little Mountain FM
Doin’ Time – Lana Del Rey
212 – Azealia Banks (Feat. Lazy Jay)
Sarah – Alex G
My Doorbell – The White Stripes
Better Now – Post Malone
No Myth – Michael Penn
Runnin’ – The Pharcyde
My Favorite Game – The Cardigans
Skinny Love – Bon Iver
Let’s Go To Bed – The Cure

Special Dedication to Anthony💗
Largo Al Factotum – Earle Patriarco & Elmer Bernstein / Written by Gioachino Rossini
Link Wray And His Ray Men – Rumble
Come Dancing – The Kinks
Jump Into The Fire – Harry Nilsson
Ramblin’ Man – The Allman Brothers
The Walk – The Cure



 

Health Update | Skin Care (Cancer)

I was 19 when I first went to a dermatologist for a skin examination, with a golden tan from my day job as a camp counselor and I’m not gonna lie… I loved looking sun kissed. My Dr. noticed a mole on the back of my neck and did a biopsy on it. A week later I found out I had a basal cell carcinoma and further removal of surrounding cells was needed. My dermatologist advised me that I had photosensitive skin and my tanning days were over since I had to wear year round sunblock. This news was tough to handle because I was so young and loved being outdoors and the thought of having to reapply sunscreen constantly equaled a major nuisance. I know the culprit of what caused this mole and others in the first place, most likely the times I went on family trips to Hawaii, Mexico, Italy, and having sunburn because I (and my parents) didn’t keep reapplying sunscreen in the pool. I was a kid… it was the 80’s… we didn’t know any better! A far cry from today’s standards. Interestingly enough, my Dr. at the time told me that despite the constant maintenance proceeding forward, your skin will age much better than the sun worshipers. She was right and I couldn’t be more thankful. Anytime I get a compliment on my “glowing skin” I’m floored, but honestly if people only knew that I suffered with teen and patches of adult acne, pre & cancerous mole removals, extremely sensitive skin, you’d never know it. Even if you don’t think you need it, please go have an annual skin check up! The reasons and benefits are well explained here: https://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/skin-cancer-facts/
Along with sunscreen, skin care, environment, and diet also pay pivotal roles. My goal with this post is to make things easier for anyone who may be struggling with skin issues and doesn’t have a clue where to begin with the astronomical choices and products that are out there. Two words: Paula’s Choice or Paula Begoun or Cosmetic Cop or PC
Her books, products, and reviews are the best in the industry and are 50% responsible for the wellness of my skin (come on now, I need to take some credit for the hard work I put in with nutrition, check ups, and exercise). Have you ever bought a product that didn’t live up to your expectations? I know I have in the past. In 2003, I was working at a law firm and one of my supervisors was a women named Janet, a mom of two daughters in her early 60’s. She had fair skin and looked at least 15 years younger than her age, and no she didn’t have any “work done”. We used to talk about wellness and the like and one day I complained about this expensive cleansing product I bought that was supposedly the bomb for sensitive skin and left me red after using it. Janet had a copy of Paula’s book, Don’t Go To The Cosmetics Counter Without Me and looked up the products rating which had one star out of five. Apparently, the heavy fragrance and irritating ingredients was not good for my skin despite it’s false claims. She then showed me the products she used from PC, all well rated and budget friendly. Another plus is you can literally be on any budget and have great choices sold and rated by PC and other products to use. That’s what I love most about PC, it works for everyone, not just the elite e.g. Goop
I bought the book that day and haven’t looked back since, after 9 editions and 17 years of using the right products, my skin has never looked or felt better. Alright, a correction… nothing will ever compare to my skin in my 30’s… 40’s just aren’t as sweet! Paula’s books and Beautypedia website reviews all products for women and men’s skin care, hair, body care, makeup, etc. PC products are guaranteed and have no fragrance added to anything. The latter seems to be a big complaint for some as her products have either have no smell or smell like the ingredients contained. This has never been an issue for me but I get it. I hope this can be beneficial to anyone who wants results, and a great place to find the best products for their skin type. 
Some of my favorites with proven results:
  • Cleansers: Cerave Hydrating Facial Cleanser or PC Skin Recovery Softening Cream Cleanser (both great for sensitive dry skin – with no irritation or breakouts)
  • Tanner: Clinique Self Sun Face Tinted Lotion (because without it, I have a snow white tan)
  • Day Moisturizer: PC Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 or Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Defense SPF 30 or Olay Regenerist Microsculpting Cream 
  • Face Oil: Elf Antioxidant Face Oil (extra hydration step is a must have for winter routine)
  • Tinted moisturizer / foundation: Bobby Brown BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 35 / Clinique Even Better Refresh Hydrating and Repairing Makeup (I ❤ this foundation! Looks natural and great for your skin. I don’t use foundation everyday, but when I do, this is it)
  • Becca Bronzers
  • Makeup varies but everyday staples: Maybelline The Colossal Volum Express Mascara (I haven’t used anything else for the last 15 years. Makes my eyes pop without fake lashes), Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Waterproof Concealer (this is my most prized possession, hello fellow allergy sufferers!), Nars Orgasm Blush, Maybelline and Loreal eye shadows & lipsticks & glosses
  • Night moisturizer and retinol: PC Skin Recovery Hydrating Treatment Mask (we would be lost without this! Ignore the word mask, this is an excellent night moisturizer) PC Resist Intensive Wrinkle Repair Retinol Serum (do I have intense wrinkles? No. Does this prevent them? Yes!)
  • Body care: Olay Sensitive Moisture Unscented Body Wash or Cerave Hydrating Body Wash, same with their moisturizers
  • Sunscreen (last but not least) Neutrogena, Jason Naturals, Banana Boat, Coppertone, or PC 30+ all works well
  • You’re welcome 😉 LDM-R
    https://www.beautypedia.com/ 
    https://www.paulaschoice.com/

     
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    Posted by on February 6, 2020 in Unedited Quill Spills

     

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    Quotes & 🎼 & 📷

    Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.” Khalil Gibran

    In faith, there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don’t.” Blaise Pascal

    “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” Helen Keller

    The more in harmony with yourself you are, the more joyful you are and the more faithful you are. Faith is not to disconnect you from reality – it connects you to reality.” Paulo Coelho

    Currently playing on Little Mountain FM
    Intro / Hella Good – No Doubt
    The Perfect Kiss – New Order
    Stand or Fall – The Fixx
    Let Me Blow Your Mind – Eve (feat. Gwen Stefani)
    Around The World – Red Hot Chili Peppers
    Adrenaline – Gavin Rossdale
    Mandinka – Sinead O’Connor
    Sir Duke – Stevie Wonder
    Jamming – Bob Marley

    Special dedication to Tony💙
    The Wizard – Black Sabbath
    Love Bites – Def Leppard
    Livin’ on the Edge – Aerosmith
    Master Blaster – Stevie Wonder
    Redemption Song – Bob Marley

    Happy holidays to all my lovely followers here! I wish you all you want to achieve, health, and happiness. Cheers to a great 2020! I leave you off with some soothing pics from our stunning trip to Turks & Caicos!

     
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    Posted by on December 23, 2019 in Unedited Quill Spills

     

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    Giving Back & Currently Stuck in 3rd Gear…

    One of the greatest things I enjoyed while recovering was immersing myself back into charity and community outreach roots. I was more active working in this arena 10 years ago when I was living on the West Coast. After moving back East, between heavy work and writing commitments I wasn’t able to put as much focus on this endeavor as I used too. Fortunately, for the past few years, having more time to focus on helping others truly has helped me on a whole, especially recently in my recovery.  Altruism and caregiving has always been a rewarding effort for me. I am very grateful to the new people I have met in the health world, especially the extraordinary support groups and the myriad of benefits they provide to so many. With this, let me offer a kind reminder to give back to your local charity sectors. With Thanksgiving and religious holidays coming up, this time (along with the other days in the year) is imperative to help people, animals, and causes who are need or can’t afford the things that most of us are blessed to enjoy everyday. E.g. having a nice holiday meal with your family or a warm coat to wear outside, or a loving pet to share your life with and take care of. Whatever organizations are closest to your heart, please make sure to donate your time, money, or whatever you can do to help. It will enhance your life as well as others, guaranteed.

    On another note, thanks again to everyone who has reached out to me with well wishes during my recovery, means so much. Just 10 days shy of 3 months since my foot surgery, and I can happily report I’m doing much better than the last time I updated on here. I’m still not a 100% yet and I had a couple of minor complications with my toe that was fused, assured these mishaps are par for the course while recovering. Along with a toe cast and splint worn at night for the last 5 weeks, my toe is aligning back to the normal position. My patience levels are tested everyday, as I’m working towards feeling like I used to as I’m still having discomfort, numbness, and tightness in certain areas of the foot that were worked on, predominantly when I walk. I am back to my usual day to day functions, stuck in 3rd gear unable to shift into 4th just yet. The good news is I am healing well and I have been able to use my bicycle again for the past few weeks—yay! My Dr. says I have another couple of months of these symptoms but they will dissipate eventually over time.

    In the interim before the holiday celebrations begin, I’m taking a well deserved vacation of rest, warmth, and plenty of pampering. Surgery and medications takes an indelible toll on your body and I can honestly say being at home recovering going to endless Dr. visits, and PT was no vacation! I’m optimistic by January, I’ll be accelerating on all 4 cylinders again shifting into my usual 5th gear – fingers crossed!

    Hugs and Happy Thanksgiving! LM-R

      

     
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    Posted by on November 20, 2019 in Unedited Quill Spills

     

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