While in the throes of finishing the first draft, editing and editing and still more editing on Street Smart Taxpayers, we had a crisis - sadly, my husband had a recurrence of his cancer, this time inoperable because of its location. The only treatment option was more radiation. Despite the ever present support of my amazing Mom, there were quite a few challenges this time. Beric had to have a minor biopsy that, because of previous radiation damage, became major thoracic surgery, and he caught a superbug in the hospital, so the wound got severely infected. That infection had to be cleared before treatment could start - ultimately, he coped very well with the intense radiation, but is now still struggling with bacterial pneumonia and severe fatigue, a side effect. And he's working full day to keep food on the table and meet serious deadlines in his tax legal practice.
Poor guy! Luckily, he's tough! I told him he has no option but to get 100% better otherwise I'll be like Sid and Scrat in the final "Heaven's Gate" scene of Ice Age 2. Anyone remember what happened when Scrat the Squirrel finds himself in Heaven? Well, if Beric has any thoughts of finding himself in Heaven any time soon, he can play Scrat and I'll play Sid!!
Then suddenly this week became a doubly lucky week. First, my poem THE BEGGAR'S CRY was published in Poetry Potion's Edition No 11 "Love and Compassion."
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These droplets are nectar to a struggling artist's soul!!
On that note, I'm disappearing back into my cave, where I have 5 weeks backlog of admin and other work to catch up. And, miracle of miracles, somewhere in the recesses of my brain the first faint breaths of a story I've been wanting to write these past two years and more are stirring ...
Good to hear from you Judy - just sincerely hope Beric will continue to thrust off all ills and recover - also that deadlines are met etc ... all the best for those too. Well done on the law book - it will be a necessity for those studying taxation in all its various forms ...
Great news re your poem ... and your letter - so true ... I agree I was horrified when I saw mention of the book - not one I'd want to read.
My thoughts as you put these 5 weeks into administrative order and beat the clock to achieve the deadlines ... take care and good luck with everything - I'll be thinking of you - Hilary
Thanks so much Hilary. Hope you've been keeping well and 2017 has been a good year for you so far! xx
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