another year is marked by the milestone of tradition... new years eve celebrations, new years day feast, a week of wishes of "happy new year", to friends and family and strangers alike. so happy new year, bon nouvelle annee and gelukkig niewe jaar. this is the year i turn 50 and the year i got married on 2 january in amsterdam and the year i get more serious about fewer passions. my cat rescue is full with 16 lovely creatures- my hairy children- and will no longer accept new clients. it is also the year i change my disease with intervention that will help- not hinder- my bodies healing processes. i will no longer accept the current paradigm and will push for this opportunity until realized. i am listening to new music- beirut and hawk and a hacksaw, and i have a new haircut- short and white-the face in the mirror looks more familiar than ever. i no longer eat grains which includes all the wheat products and i eat only organic and/or fermented and/or raw and unpasteurized. i rarely use my wheelchair and i walk more than ever. i am busy with bandwagons against fluoride, genetically modified organisms, vaccines, high fructose corn syrup and over-regulation, and busy climbing soapboxes for raw, unpasteurized dairy, integrative health practices, multi abx therapies for chronic illness, and alternative fuel sources. I am starting to make my own tempeh and grow my own edible mushrooms... hoping to be munching shitakes and oysters by next fall. also striving to learn all i can of medicinal shrooms like reishi and maitakes. so much to learn in one lifetime. and then there are languages. i have spent much time on french making slow progress and choose to learn my husbands native tongue- nederlandse. i love the dutch language but my memory sucks so i will make this a life goal and approach it more gently. and i feel the need to learn spanish as it is closer to home so will attempt to make some headway this year. my hands are rapidly changing and i must contend with some surgical intervention before it is too late. sounds like a busy year.
2012... may we all rest in peace!
Susan Watke Russell
After 30 years, I reconnected with Kim Young---from Fort Campbell High School---she's as fun-loving and full of spunk as ever. She forwarded on your page to me. What a fascinating life you've lived--thanks for sharing your insights and creativity. All the best to you in your 50th year.
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