Miracles Can Happen: Update on Ginger

Ginger on June 30th – she could barely hold her head up here, a few days later she couldn’t stand. We had to carry her everywhere.

Today seems like a good time to give you an update on dear Lhasa Apso, Ginger for those of you who had read some of my posts in June about her illness.

I wish I was a better photographer, so I could show the transformation of our little dog Ginger from June to July to now.  Her healing journey has been amazing!

As some of you will recall, I asked for your prayers back in June because Ginger looked liked this and frankly much worse.

She had all the signs of a dying dog.  She wasn’t eating or able to stand, she lay down with her eyes open for days on end.  Her whole body was shaking violently, and we couldn’t figure out what was wrong with her.

Her illness happened about two weeks before we had scheduled to go on vacation in the Appalachians.  From the way things were going, we had thought she wouldn’t be alive when we went on vacation.

Back in June, when I asked for your prayers and kind thoughts, my boys and I held all night vigils.  We slept next to her on the floor, the place she was most comfortable.

And to our great happiness and the surprise of our veterinarian, the medicines started to work.  He’s still not completely sure what she had.  He thinks it was encephalitis – swelling of her brain.  It could have been something else as well, we don’t know.

At first, Ginger began to be able to sit up, then start walking in a wobbly way.  By the time we started our vacation, she was walking and eating well enough for us to feel safe leaving her at the veterinarian hospital.  We had considered taking her with us, but thought it might be tougher on her health than being where she could just relax and keep recovering.  So, we called the animal hospital every few days to check in on her.  She was doing fine!

There’s life in Ginger’s eyes again!

This is what Ginger looks like now.She may be on certain medication for the rest of her life, it’s not clear yet.

What is clear to me, is that we are blessed that she recovered.

I wanted to share her story with you, just to say never give up until you must.

There are times when all our actions and all our prayers don’t create the results we want.  But sometimes they do, and it’s always worth fighting for that possibility.

Thank you to everyone who sent your love and healing energy while Ginger was sick.  I’m convinced it made quite a big difference in her recovery.  When you need prayers or kind thoughts from me, don’t be afraid to ask for them.

Here are a few more photos just because I’m so happy that the great Spirit of Life has given Ginger some more time with us!

Ginger standing and ready for action.

I was trying to create some more cute photos of Ginger, but every time I clicked the camera she looked away. She’s cuter than she looks in my pictures.

Creating an Enchanted Oasis in a World Where Violence Too Often Occurs

Enchanted 1955

I had planned to share a post on symbols of enchantment today, but with the latest tragic gun violence in Colorado last night, it seemed appropriate to talk about the challenges of daring to live an enchanting life when we live in a world that is filled with injustice, tragedy, and senseless actions of the few that affect the many.

Whether we see senseless violence in the world or ongoing injustices, we can feel that creating peace and beauty for ourselves is frivolous or a way of burying our heads in the sand.

I felt a tinge of guilt for my own prosperity when I was reading Behind the beautiful forevers Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity  a book by the Pulitzer prize-winning journalist, Katherine Boo, about life in the slums of India.  She spent four years observing Annawadi, a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport.  As I read the book, I couldn’t help but be struck by the injustice of so much wealth juxtaposed next to such dire poverty.  For most of us, the way forward is not to all become impoverished but bring balance to our abundance and prosperity.

Yesterday, I heard a riveting radio program that talked about research that has shown that countries where income inequality is high experience increases in a large number of undesirable effects including mental illness, while countries with greater income balance experience more of the good things we all want. In my other blog, I wrote about the increasing amounts of data pointing to the societal problems caused from income inequality in America and other countries around the world.   You might be surprised to find how poorly America shows up on the income inequality scale, or maybe you wouldn’t if you have been paying attention to what has been happening in this country during the last 30 years.

We are living in a time when the questions for all of us include:

  1. How do we keep our heart and mind open to the injustices and tragedies in the world, at the same time that we allow ourselves to experience and create enchantment in our own lives?
  2. Can we use positive thinking and prayers to change the inequities in the world around us?
  3. Is there a change we feel called to make in our own lifestyle?
  4. How can we improve lives for ourselves and help others when we live in less than ideal cultures and social systems?
  5. Can we do something to change the inequalities in our own world?

When I hear or read about a tragic event like the shooting in Colorado, I choose to focus not only on the causes of the senseless violence, but on the outpouring of the kindness of strangers to those who have been hurt.  There is so much goodness in the world, and we need to remember that too.

The enchanted symbols that I’ll return to discussing tomorrow can help us realize that our questions are the same ones that humans have struggled to answer for millennia.  Perhaps seeking a more enchanting life individually can lead to new understandings of how to create a better world for all of us.

Energy Booster for Writers


writing (Photo credit: found_drama)

This is the final post in my current series of blogs about taking the brakes off of your personal energy and innate goodness.

Today, I am sharing ideas about why it matters for writers to understand our personal energy, and to be aware of the type of energy that we’re putting into our writing.

Nowadays, most of us are bombarded with information and writing that is packed with different kinds of energy.

Some communications are uplifting, funny and inspiring.  Others are angry, demeaning, fearful.  Of course, many pieces of writing are boring because the energy of emotion is not present in them at all!

Your writing has an energy to it that often reflects the kind of day that you’re having.  This doesn’t mean you should only write when your energy is “good”. Sometimes, the “negative” energy is just what a story needs to create drama and interest.  So, it’s not necessary that your energy becomes all sunshine and roses.  However, it’s helpful to track your energy over the course of time to notice how the type of energy you are experiencing and creating affects your writing.

south to north view of chicagoland area

south to north view of chicagoland area (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Energy Boosters for Writers worksheet is something I’m putting together for my 7 Elixirs class for Writers that I’ll going to be offering this fall in the Chicago area.  It’s based on the writing coaching work that I’ve done in the last few years.

I’ve noticed that finishing projects often requires that we manage our energy for the toughest part of writing which is when we are refining our work.  This is the time when we throw out good and sometimes great ideas for the sake of a story or grant application or marketing brochure or memoir.

This worksheet may not make complete sense, because it’s out of context to the rest of the course that I’ll be giving.  Yet, I’m sharing it anyway because it’s rather self-explanatory, and shows you a different way of managing your time and energy in conjunction with your writing.

Energy Booster for Writers Worksheet

Hope you’ve enjoyed this series of blogs!  Tomorrow, we’ll be back to some literary musings.

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