Joy in Acceptance

The secret of inner peace is accepting things as they are… ~Paramhansa Yogananda People have always asked my maternal grandmother Joan, or Popo as I called her, how she was able to keep her joy-filled, happy-go-lucky attitude throughout her 100 some-odd years of life on this problem-ridden Earth. Most attributed it to good genes, and perhaps there is some truth to that, but after she left her body peacefully 2 weeks ago, it is clear to me that her joy … Read More

Ups and Downs

“Mrs. Romano, I’m going to have to do a lumbar puncture on you.” The ER doctor at St. John’s hospital was kindly warning me – something was coming that wouldn’t be pleasant. Not having had a lumbar puncture before, I thought to myself, “How bad can it be? She’s just going to stick me in the side to get some fluid.” What I didn’t realize is that a lumbar puncture is when a needle is put into your spinal column … Read More