flagyl mayo clinic

I’m sorry that I haven’t been posting as much recently as I once did. But I’m happy to say that I am feeling a new wind at my back, a new sense of purpose for my blog and for my life. Why should illness or age dictate whether we still live our life with purpose or not?

I changed my tagline today, as you may have noticed. It now reads: “Finding joy while facing cancer.”

I have a theory that almost everyone has been or will be touched by cancer in some way. Directly, or indirectly, this strange scourge will leave its mark, and is leaving its mark even as I write these words.

It’s as if this six-letter word that begins with “C” has become a metaphor for fear. A symbol of a larger fear that haunts and degrades our lives, depriving us of the joy that is rightly ours – UNLESS, that is, and UNTIL we face the fear that is ours to face.

My own life situation—I was diagnosed with stage 2 colon cancer two years ago-- requires that I have regular tests and scans to see how I’m doing. Is cancer recurring? Or am I holding my own, keeping this affliction at bay, so to speak, and more importantly, finding increased joy and peace and well-being in life?

I’m due for some more tests, including an annual CT-scan, a bit later this year. And I’ll be having a repeat colonoscopy next spring. I do feel anxiety at times when undertaking these tests – and at other times, also. Fear is always there, it seems, in the background, waiting for a chance to assert itself.

[click to continue…]


Seeing adversity in a new light

If you go to Amazon Books and type The Upside of Cancer into the search bar, you will see residing in all its glory an image of the front cover of my new book along with details about the book. The paperback version is $6.99. The Kindle book is $2.99. The sub-title is: How a […]

14 comments Read More »

What is prosperity?

Sometimes a complaint or two passes my lips, but fundamentally, I like getting older. And the reason is simple. The more time I am alive in this physical form my parents named Christopher, the more opportunity I have to grow, and change, and become more conscious of the wonder of creation and the freedom and […]

15 comments Read More »

Don’t fall for fear’s little trick

Just because you feel a ripple of fear move through you in the face of this circumstance or that doesn’t mean you are somehow unworthy. It doesn’t mean you are a coward. It doesn’t mean you have to chastise yourself. This is one of fear’s favorite little tricks. He (if it is a he) enters […]

14 comments Read More »

Turning fear into joy

I’d like to share a few thoughts about fear. Seeing that I am of a certain vintage known as octogenarians, I’ve had a lot of opportunity to study fear, reflect on fear, and, of course, feel fear. And here’s what I have learned. Trying to ignore fear doesn’t work. Trying to suppress fear doesn’t work. […]

31 comments Read More »

Finding peace in the midst of horror

Like so many others I listened with horror recently as a French prosecutor, his hand shaking at times, told the world how a young German pilot intentionally crashed Germanwings Flight 9525 with 150 people aboard in the Swiss Alps. The news was unbelievable, and yet in a way believable, such is the toxic climate of […]

38 comments Read More »

Seeing Cancer (and Life) in a New Light

Editor’s Note: The following is the introduction to a new book I have written in which I seek to offer encouragement and support to anyone diagnosed with cancer. The book shares some of my thoughts and experiences since being diagnosed with colon cancer in the fall of 2013. The book is entitled The Upside of […]

23 comments Read More »

A timeless invitation for 2015

I send greetings and love as a New Year dawns and wish for you what I wish for myself — that you may be at peace and unafraid in the midst of whatever joys and perils lie ahead. Is this possible? Is this actually possible in such unpredictable times? It is possible, I believe, if […]

25 comments Read More »

Accepting our abundant nature

I stepped out on the front porch first thing this morning to connect for a moment with the larger world of which I am part, and was overwhelmed by the grandeur of it all. It’s one of those clear, sunny days that Colorado is so good at, and as I looked up at the blue […]

31 comments Read More »

Claiming the gift of inner peace

If you or I were to win a lottery one day, I’m sure we would waste no time in claiming our reward. But we already possess a gift of enormous value given to us freely at our birth. It is the gift of inner peace — the peace of our own eternal presence – which […]

12 comments Read More »

Do you want to change your life?

“Stillness is the cornerstone of true character.”– Native American saying. Do you want to change your life? Do you want to heal your life? Make stillness your friend. In stillness is our solace. In stillness is the wisdom and courage we need to handle the tribulations and challenges of life. And in stillness we hear […]

24 comments Read More »

Thoughts from Heaven (2)

A moment of wonder As I walked out onto our front porch this morning, my gaze was drawn to the Russian Olive tree that stands a little distance from our house on a small hill. A robin was singing at the top of this tree. It’s a rather scrawny tree in a way but birds […]

13 comments Read More »

Thoughts from Heaven (1)

A thought about thoughts What to do with those negative thoughts that grab hold of you sometimes when you’re not looking and do their best to ruin your day or even your life? Some try to ignore them. Some try to change them. But really, who cares? You are an angel of light sent from […]

10 comments Read More »

It’s time to be free

It’s time to be free. You don’t have to disguise yourself any more. I don’t have to disguise myself any more. Turns out a great secret is in process of being revealed in this time of blood and chaos. We are being given the opportunity by a Universe of Love to acknowledge the truth that […]

9 comments Read More »

3 steps to your true purpose

It’s natural, as we age, to wonder at times if our life has had meaning. I had a touching letter from an older reader the other day in which she says, “I don’t seek honor or praise, but just that I left the world a tiny bit better than had I not existed. I don’t […]

27 comments Read More »