Who is this Strange Dame?
Since my work is about lupus and not about me, that question has only been answered in relation to my life with lupus, in "Living Beyond Acceptance"
in our Lupus NewsLog Thrivers’ pages. Even getting that done took months of pleading, pressure and massive infusions of chocolate before it was published and still it was ordered back to the typewriter for more answers to more questions. I’ve had major surgery that was lots more fun.
Finally, in answer to the misplaced prayers of misguided friends, family, readers and my favorite publisher, I’ll be writing in a personal weblog - uh-oh, be careful what you pray for! Rose Harris, one of my favorite friends, kinfolk, writers and my co-columnist at the famed but now defunct Everyday Warriors has asked me to co-write her weblog, Strange Dame. Rose’s health makes it too hard for her to do alone anymore. I can’t refuse her anything and I’ve gotta admit the name is apt so I’ve already started.
Lupus NewsLog will continue, with my research and writing and Chris’s creation of more yummy, healthy recipes. This is such marvelous work; I meet the most heroic people, who don’t even know they’re exceptional - they’re just doing what they believe in, working in the way that fulfills them. Like Patricia Ionea, the creator of Lupus Romania who‘s also constructing the official Lupus Foundation of Romania. You’ll realize what an historical achievement and breakthrough this is once you read "Welcoming Lupus Romania”
and Patricia’s story, "Learn To Live Again" (Invata Sa Traiesti Din Nou)
in our Thrivers’ section.
It's no wonder why I love this work and I think my work at Strange Dame will swing in sync with my work at Lupus NewsLog, going full-circle and tying it all together with a zippy little bow. But whatever will I write about? Shall I discuss my tri-lingual cats, my Subaru-sized fish, my fascinating family and friends, my previously private sex life and unusual marriage proposals, my place in world events, my world travels and inter-planetary interactions or just stick to the truth? Which of these might be the truth and which might be delusions? What if all are both? Sufferin’ Succotash!
Whatever comes up at Strange Dame
it’ll be more sassy than somber because that matches Rose and me just fine. From our email conversations over the years and my lupie bio, some of you seem to have a pretty good idea of what I’m made of and what fuels my drive. Now, the word-portrait will be more dimensional. If you stop by and come up with comments or suggestions, drop me a line or two. Just don’t cuss me out or I’ll sic my cats on you and they‘ll lick, tickle and talk you to death in three languages.