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Oils & Spoils

Essential Oils, Handcrafted and Vintage Jewelry, and Other Spoils

One Thing Every Day

Wishful thinking doesn't make things happen, except in fairy tales and that old Twilight Zone episode, The Man in the Bottle (and that was more of a be-careful-what-you-wish-for cautionary tale). What makes things happen is passion-driven, good, old-fashioned work. I'm... Continue Reading →

Why You Need To Pre-Order My Book And/Or Share With Others To Do The Same

Writing a book is hard. Writing a non-fiction book is a different kind of hard. Unlike fiction, you have to do a nonfiction book proposal first. The proposal is basically an outline of your book with sample chapters and a... Continue Reading →

Light Conquers Darkness

I was listening to the Today Show, while getting ready to see my parents Christmas Day. Cardinal Timothy Dolan was giving his annual Christmas message, and for 2020, it was this: Light Conquers Darkness. I believe light conquers darkness in... Continue Reading →

A Tail of Surviving, Thriving and Transforming Through Illness

My book is now up for pre-order, and it would mean so much to me if you would pre-order a copy or copies and support me in sharing my story with the hopes of helping others. Be one of the... Continue Reading →

Rise & Thrive and Get Screened

Rise & Thrive. The message on this $10 throw pillow from Target has given me a new mantra to add to my repertoire (I'm alive. It's not as hard as cancer.┬áIt's not as painful as radiation). While I will likely... Continue Reading →

Make and Break 10 – Bubbles!

Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn and cauldron bubble - Shakespeare's Macbeth There's little toil and no trouble to make an essential oils bubble bath with just a few ingredients that haven't been affected by corona virus. And with... Continue Reading →

More Than a Feeling

I've been thinking for a while now that this current pandemic feels like two years ago when I was fighting cancer. I wondered if I was the only cancer survivor/thriver who felt like this, until I spied an article in... Continue Reading →

What’s in a Name?

What's in a name? that which we call a rose / By any other name would smell as sweet William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Balcony Scene Two weeks ago, I finished my non-fiction book proposal, something I started after my... Continue Reading →

Grateful To Be Here 2

One year ago today, I underwent a 5 1/2-hour, life-saving, life-changing surgery to remove a Stage 3 colorectal cancer tumor. Life-saving: The surgeon was quick to tell me that he got it all, and I was cured with less than... Continue Reading →

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