First World Problems

Under the heading “Are You Kidding Me?!”, this:

Textaphrenia: A disease found in teens, in which they have heard or felt a new text message vibration when there is no message.

It’s a real thing, people. Look it up!  Ugh!

Here is an example of real trouble:


Giorgos Moutafis/Reuters

When have you been tempted to lament first world problems?  Couldn’t textaphrenia be cured by simply shutting one’s cell phone off?

Bringing Back Balance



Balance for me is defined as…

Good physical health, or the best I can make it, anyway.  This includes regular doctor visits right now, to have adjustments made to my spine and hopefully alleviate some of this sciatica pain.

Healthy relationships with others, devoid of drama and supportive as all get out.

Spiritual vibrancy, with time set aside to meditate, pray, and cast visions for the future.

Simple living, denoted by spacious quarters, less mess, and inclusion of only those things that serve a purpose or create joy.

Country air and exercise, accomplished by being outside as much as possible with my camera and the beautiful NEPA sky and surroundings.

Not taking on other people’s stuff, and not taking myself too seriously.

Travel. Up North. Rochester, here we come!


How do you define balance in your life these days?  What convinces you that you’re heading in the right direction in your pursuit of a balanced life?



Family Court


Warning: This one runs close to my heart, so if you’re already hurting from the consequences of divorce you might want to stop here and move on.

My  niece is in family court this morning, 10am.  If you are possessive of a spiritual mind, please send up a few prayers for her.

While I love to watch courtroom dramas unfold on the news and reality shows, I’m not so partial to them in my personal life.

I wish there never, ever had to be a family court session held again in this land.

I wish parents could solve these things between themselves.

I know that’s Polly Anna thinking, but I wish it were not.

Two teens, one female and the other all boy, are going to have their fate decided for them by a stranger today. They will sit, victims to the system, familial manipulations, teen emotions, and the norms of a society gone crazy, and have their future destinies decided for them.  Yes, they will get to speak about what they want, but at 13 and 15 what do they know about how life works?  That’s the point, right. Why they will have these things decided for them.  They will be told where to live, who to follow, what is important via the mandates of a stranger today.

I am a child of divorce.

I know families can’t always stay together, and I know some families that definitely needed to part ways, but the kids…

The kids…

I know. I was one!

Today is a sad day for me.  For them. For their parents.  For us all.

I just want everyone to get along. Is that too much to ask?

Have you ever had to fight in court to retain your rights?  Does divorce make you sad?





Blessed Relief!!!!!!!!!!


Can I just say…last night’s sleep was blissful! 

After a quick visit with my sister-in-law and a bite to eat, I was in bed by 8:31pm.  When I at first laid down, I thought I’d just take a lil nappies and then get up and watch some TV before eventually heading to bed for the night, but that mattress looked so inviting and my eyelids were so heavy that the resurgence never came.

I was out for the count!  At 8:30pm!  Wow!!!

I credit my good sleep last night to the fact that Dr. N worked on me yesterday.  He’s the new chiropractor.  I had my first session with him yesterday, after work.  Ten minutes on the rolling bed thingy, followed by a few gentle and quick manipulations is all it amounted to, but what relief.  It did me good to go to that appointment.  Doc forgot to give me my stretching exercises before I left though, those exercises he stressed as being integral to the healing process. I will have to rib him about that tonight, when I return for my second visit.

Seriously, though, I would not have imagined that what he did yesterday would have produced the results it did for me last night.  Maybe it was a fluke, but I hope not.  I cannot remember having any numbness or sensations of prickly nerves in my leg or foot, and no back pain last night as I slept.  Woohoo!!!  This just might work!

Dr N has scheduled me to see him three times a week for 8 weeks.  He says he feels confident that he can relieve 85-90% of my pain issues with treatment, and then will create for me a maintenance plan that I can follow going forward.

Immediately following my session last night I experienced these symptoms:

A headache that went away after a few minutes.

The inability to sit in a chair comfortably (this was between the rolling bed and manipulation. Afterward, I sat for the ride home in the car and did fine).

Tingling in my right fingertips, not my affected side.

Pain in the toes attached to my left leg, which is where the sciatica pain shows up.  Hadn’t had that before, but it subsided pretty quickly.


The roll bed hurt, I will confess.  My problem area is L4 and L5, near my lower back and above my tailbone. The tailbone and pelvic region did not like that hard roller forcing it up and out of shape. I guess that’s to be expected. Doc says toward the end of the eight weeks, it will feel like heaven.  We’ll see.  That was the most painful part of last night’s visit, and well within the ranges of my pain tolerances.  Heck, I’ve waited nearly two years to seek help, so that bed, that was nothing!

Two big takeaway from this first visit at the Chiropractic office are these:  (1) Sleep without pain is the best. (2) Hope is returning to my weary soul.

When have you slept the best ever?  Do you see a Chiropractor, and if so, what part of the process do you love or hate the  most?