The Burning Twilight (Summer Flares)

The new normal for our summers are forest fires. I call them Mother Nature’s Flares, because they are both unpredictable and uncontrollable. All it takes is a random lightening strike on a humid summer night or the careless flick of a cigarette out the window. Fire season has started early this year with a dry... Continue Reading →

Tips and Tricks: Days Like This

Rheumatoid disease is unique to each of us. Managing symptoms from day-to-day can be challenging, but we are fortunate to access a community of shared advice, and we can adopt suggestions from others and mould them into our own strategy. There are many ways I manage - hot bubble baths and rest, massage therapy and... Continue Reading →

A Summer of Fire

The summer is always a short season on the West Coast. The salty ocean breeze keeps temperatures mild and long stretches of hot days are broken up with pockets of rain and lingering cloud that can arrive with little warning. I wait all year for the sunny skies that put RA into its annual hibernation.... Continue Reading →

Wanted: A Spring in my Step

St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone, and the only green thing I drank was tea and the only party that went on was RA. The dreary clouds outside my window did little to boost my spirits. Old Man Winter had laid down roots and extended an invitation to the north wind, transforming our lush... Continue Reading →

Aftershocks (Revisited)

I am in the midst of finishing off a writing deadline, working on a new post and beginning rehearsals for a new show, so I’d thought in the interim, I’d re-post this piece from last year. It seems an appropriate time to bring it back as things have been a little “shaky” in our part... Continue Reading →

Twists and Turns

What is that saying? When it rains it pours? Never truer than in our misty coastal city, where winters consist of a string of overcast days dripping with Mother Nature’s tears. This winter, our mild climate was usurped by an unusual bout of bitter arctic air transforming our rain-soaked days into blasts of mini-snowstorms. Our... Continue Reading →

Turning the Corner

2016 was a bittersweet year for most of us. We said goodbye to what seemed like an entire generation. It was the year the performers and entertainers we grew up with crossed the bar to another existence, leaving us stunned and faced with the reality of our own immortality. There was a tumultuous upheaval in... Continue Reading →

Grumpy Baby

You can feel it coming on, like a storm on the horizon - there’s a charge stirring in the air, a tingling pressure percolating, a sticky warmth coating the body like melted chocolate oozing from a fountain. From the moment you wake, nothing goes right. We miss our bus, we’re late for work, we put... Continue Reading →

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