A Writer/Editor With Lupus, Who’s Allergic to Her Arm Brace…Yikes! Please help us find the cure…www.lupus.org

Sometimes you just have to laugh, rather than cry.

It does no good to wonder why.

A writer/editor needs her hands

To create and massage the words that land

On her desk or spring from her brain.

But who’s to pen them? It’s silly insane…

To watch irony wreak havoc again…

A story,  a novel…of course that’s when

All the words come together in the perfect blend.

You’ve been looking for them a long, long time.

It doesn’t matter that they don’t even rhyme.

But the howling laughter of the ridiculousness

Of a healing wrist, captive in a brace, no less,

Breaking out in hives from that which heals and defends.

Such are the joys of Lupus, my friends.

The wolf will not get me as I count my blessings.

I’m alive today…no second guessing…

I can poke fun at insidious Lupus

Because I will be here to kick up a fuss

Of giggles and puns about my blisters.

It may not be the case for my sisters,

Who share this deadly disease with me.

Give thanks for the times that you can see

Beyond yourself to the plight of others.

Another day…Another sunrise…Another

Chance to laugh and let my words be heard

Even though they’re ludicrous and absurd.

I send my giggles and grins to all who cry

Because they can’t smile or stand or even try

To keep the Lupus wolf from devouring them alive.

This writer/editor who can’t hold a pen or type

Can still speak to her DRAGON and all is right!

I am happy to laugh at my silly sorrows

Because there will be new words to write and correct tomorrow.

DEBORAH A. BOWMAN

PLEASE HELP US FIND THE CURE FOR THOSE WHO MAY NOT HAVE ANOTHER DAY!

http://www.lupus.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Art and Science of Proofreading. Listen…

Purple cast after surgery...a fashion statement. Doing a lot of reading. Dragon software...almost through tutorial...again. It's like proofreading aloud. In the good old days, that's how we proofread Army pubs--two people reading to each other, taking turns, spelling out words, reciting punctuation. Or, if you really were looking for errors, reading it backwards, and spelling out foreign languages letter by letter. It was a grueling, time- consuming art and science, but it really worked.
Purple cast after surgery…a fashion statement. Doing a lot of reading. Dragon software…almost through tutorial…again. It’s like proofreading aloud. In the good old days, that’s how we proofread Army pubs–two people reading to each other, taking turns, spelling out words, reciting punctuation. Or, if you really were looking for errors, reading it backwards, and spelling out foreign languages letter by letter. It was a grueling, time- consuming art and science, but it really worked.

Wrist surgery was a complete success–now I have to deal with cast for 6 weeks…piece of cake, if I don’t do too much…I’m infamous for that…DRAGON software reports next week on past-life hypnotic regression.

Picture of Girl Reading  I get to be a child again, reading what I love. Pass me GONE WITH THE WIND, ATLAS SHRUGGED, AND WAR AND PEACE WITH A SIDE OF DANTE’S  INFERNO. THAT SHOULD KEEP ME DISTRACTED!

DRAGON SOFTWARE TO TELL MY STORY OF ANNIE, A BOOK THAT’S BEEN BOUNCING AROUND IN MY HEAD SINCE THE EARLY 1990’s…PAST LIFE HYPNOTIC REGRESSION…ANNIE LIVED! A DWARF OR WEE FAIERY, WITH LIMITED MENTAL CAPABILITIES, BUT IS A WHITE LIGHT HEALER AND AS LOVING AND PURE AS THE SNOW THAT FALLS IN LYNN, MASSACHUSETTS, WHERE SHE LIVED IN THE MID-1600’s.

Look at the map–Lynn really exists, but also look at what infamous town is just too near…”Hide thyself and thy healing from fanatical condemning eyes,sweet precious Annie!”

Is it fact or fiction? You must decide…if you believe…