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The Rave Awards! Have you voted?

If you would like to see me featured in the Rave Reviews Book Club’s Rave Awards, please vote. Voting ends at midnight CT on December 5th.

Be My Guest

Rave Reviews Book Club  is rounding out its first year with the Rave Awards. The club has been growing strong over the last 12 months. Book Club members and the public are invited to vote on their favorite Blog, On The Shelf Interview, and Book Trailer.

I am excited to say that I have been entered into all three categories! Please take a moment to hop on over and look at all the wonderful interviews, blogs, and book trailers and vote for your favorite (I hope that you like mine). I am getting my evening gown all ready for the red carpet!

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I began the year as Membership Director but as you all know my health is tenuous and I have stepped down as Membership Director and taken on the roll of a general member and Social Media Assistant. I am so happy and excited to be a part of this…

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Allergic to Life trailer

What an awesome show of support!

Meeka's Mind

I’ve been a fan of Kathryn Treat’s book ‘Allergic to my Life’ since it first came out – I literally could not put it down. And now I’ve been touched all over again by the trailer for the book. Filled with lovely family photos, the trailer is like a snapshot of Kathryn’s life, before and now.

If you like the trailer please vote for it, and Kathryn’s blog, right here.



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Multiple Chemical Sensitivities – being a hairstylist with environmental illness

Great information!


After my exposure to formaldehyde from the Brazilian Blowout in 2011, the chemical poisoning I experienced resulted in various health problems, including sensitivity to chemicals. Over the years, the sensitivity started to become worse.

By the month of May this past spring, I developed severe MCS (Multiple  Chemical Sensitivities) after visiting a recently renovated home that exposed me to various toxic chemicals. That was the tipping point, and

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Calgon Take Me Away!

calgon take me away

Am I dating myself with this phrase? How many of you remember the Calgon commercials? Back in the day before I became sensitive to chemicals and realized all the stuff these products contained, I loved letting Calgon take me away! Today is one of those Calgon take me away days. It started with my grandson sitting on my wicker love seat cushion and wetting through his diaper forcing me to remove the cover and wash it and take care of the inner cushion. More has happened but I won’t go into detail here.

What do I do to “take me away”? I get in the car and go for a drive. So much has happened over the last few months: my father becoming ill and passing within a matter of weeks, my grief and helping my mother get through things which added even more exposures to my already overburdened body, suddenly developing swelling in my ankle and learning that I have a blood clot and needing to start blood thinners, and now the addition of a sinus infection. My doctor gave me the okay to get away as long as I am careful about my time sitting in the car.

A few weeks ago my husband took me for a drive to the mountains to the little mining town of Columbia just to walk around and get away from it all.A few days later we joined my daughter and her family at the Pumpkin Patch. It is a 45 minute drive to my daughters and I was able to walk around before the drive to the Pumpkin Patch where I was able to walk around to look at the pumpkins and enjoy the scenery. The following week my husband and I drove to my favorite place, the beach. We had to stop along the way for me to get out and walk around but it was well worth it. Nothing recharges my batteries like the ocean breeze on my face.

Today I cannot do any of those take me away things. My alternative is to sit with a cup of hot green tea and read a book and allow the adventures of May Dodd from the book 1000 White Women to take me away.

What is your Calgon “take me away”?


In a Doctor’s Own Words: A Toxic Legacy and 12,000 (+) Canaries Later

Seriously "Sensitive" to Pollution

Dr. John Molot is a doctor who sees patients with complex, chronic, environmentally linked, and often disabling, health conditions. Although he is retiring from private practice, he is still a staff physician in the Environmental Health Clinic at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto.

He recently released a book, “12,000 Canaries Can’t Be Wrong“,  wrote a report in support of the Ontario Centre of Excellence in Environmental Health (OCEEH), and appears in a video presentation about the health effects of common  chemical exposures (see below).

Check these out:

12,000 Canaries Can’t be Wrong
What’s making you sick & what can you do about it


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Day 321 In the Pursuit of Love (Compassion/Empathy)

Colleen did an excellent job of comparing empathy and compassion and showing how they interconnect. Take a moment to also visit the two blogs of friends she mentions in the post.

Life in the City with a Future

Recently, I won Kathryn Chastain Treat’s book: Allergic to Life – My Battle for Survival, Courage, and Hope. Her experience with Environmental Illness makes my experience look like a pleasure cruise. Her response back was an epiphany. She pointed out that our experiences may have been different but that didn’t make mine any less traumatic or painful.

Image1bridgeI believe that empathy and compassion are two of the most powerful and transformative forms of love on the planet. They are the key to world peace. Both involve an opening up of one’s heart to embrace another’s pain. The subtle difference being that compassion you don’t have a foundational experience to understand what the other person is going through but you choose to show up anyway. Empathy you have experienced a very similar pain, for example, you both went through chemo or have MCS.

Image73bridgeCompassion was always a little higher on the…

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Thermography– & MORE—-

I had thermography done years ago at Dr. Rea’s. I am going to check into where I can get it done near me.


Has your family doctor or GYN ever talked to you about Breast Thermography? This is a simple, non-invasive way of accessing your risk for breast cancer – yet most conventionally-trained physicians have no idea about its benefits. Although a surprising fact to most people, Medical Thermography has been around since the 1970’s and approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1982 for breast cancer detection and risk assessment.
Discover a safe alternative to mammography and prevent cancer – naturally –











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I’m Still Here

I am sorry Katie has had such a rough time. I feel bad that I haven’t checked in.

Veterans – Thank You For Your Service

Two years ago, I wrote a blog post thanking my Uncle Fred (my mother’s brother) for his service in Korea. Uncle Fred was wounded in Korea during the Chosen Reservoir Battle. He has a metal plate in his head as a result of that battle. I had planned on interviewing him this past summer about his time in Korea and the Chosen Reservoir Battle. As you all may remember, my dad had a fall and ultimately passed away this summer. My uncle is now battling with cancer and I may not get the opportunity to hear about the battle in his own words.

Uncle Fred being honored in 2011

Uncle Fred being honored in 2011

I am also thankful for my Uncle Benny (my dad’s brother) who also served during the Korean War. Uncle Benny was taken prisoner shortly after he arrived in Korea and was a prisoner of war for 21 months. The picture was taken from a newspaper clipping announcing his return home.

Uncle Benny from newspaper clipping.

Uncle Benny from newspaper clipping.

We have a lot to be thankful for as our servicemen and women work hard to ensure our nation’s safety.

Musings and Morsels 11-07-14

My friend Amy at Adventures of An Allergic Foodies is a wealth of information.

Adventures of an Allergic Foodie

What a week! I spoke during the online Food Allergy Wellness Summit on a topic close to my heart: Living with food restrictions in college. As a nonfiction writer, I love to research and I read everything available to prepare for this interview. I have enough material to write a book! Well, at least a few blog posts.

I’d like to thank the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness and Food Allergy Research and Education for providing PDFs of their college-related handouts. Also, my appreciation to Well Amy, Surf Sweets, and Carrie S. Forbes, author of The Everything Gluten Free College Cookbook, for generously donating giveaways for those who signed up to follow this blog. (A little bribery never hurts. Wink, wink.)  Lastly, kudos to Crystal Sabalaske of Cluttershrink for organizing this valuable summit to help families with food allergies and for including me with such…

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