Hi everyone, I apologize for not writing, but I have been out of town. As, I have mentioned before, I have lymphedema with 30-79% of my weight being water. I went back to Pittsburgh, PA to visit family and friends and was hoping the low altitude would help. Boy was I wrong! The low altitude and humidity of Pittsburgh actually made my condition worse, not to mention how it affected my arthritis. Yeow! My hands and rest of body were so swollen with fluid with the arthritis in my knees worse – I walked slower in Pittsburgh, than I do in the higher altitude of Colorado. However, the train trip was wonderful, so relaxing and I got good work outs going up and down the stairs for meals and bathroom breaks. All in all a good trip – I know I can travel!!!
You may have noticed that I have changed the title of my blog from Music and writing to Lymphedema. There is a very good reason for this. I have learned so much since I was diagnosed with this condition two years ago, that sharing the daily ups and downs of this condition seemed right. I plan to discuss how Lymphedema affects my daily life, as well as, the lives of those affected with it. It is time for an understanding of this condition. I invite you to share your experiences as well. We need a support system.
I know I have not been very good at keeping up my blog, however, I am in need of some help. I am working on a book about why we, as fans, elevate celebrities, such as John Lennon to a god-like status. This has become a phenomenon which does not allow anything negative or that appears to be negative, to be said about him. I would like to know if there is anyone out there, who loves and admires Lennon in this way and what is it about him which creates this kind of devotion. I am a Beatles Fan myself and have loved them since February of 1964 when I first saw them on the Ed Sullivan Show. I would love to hear from you. I would also like to let you know this book will be a positive view of fans, as I love fans, finding them interesting and fun.
Recently, I have been dealing with the healing of my writing blocks. In working on this, I have had some wonderful insights.
In regard to my writing, I have been putting off working on my book for quite some time. I start and stop. My main problem is “who cares?” Will the world be a better place because of my book? Not necessarily. Will my book cure the ills of the world, of people? No, not necessarily. Will my book help in understanding others? Well, yes, perhaps. Then, in my mind, my book has purpose, it has a mission, so to speak. This, in and of itself, is a great confidence booster. It clears my mind, heart and soul regarding my work in progress. Iit puts a fire into my work and all by just asking the questions, getting things clear in my own mind first. Sometimes, you have to reach that dark night of the soul in order to see the daylight. Questioning my motives in writing, I believe is essential to the writing itself. Why am I working on this piece? What do I hope to accomplish? Setting a clear goal for the work is important. As a writer, I need to know not only the agenda of the target audience, but my agenda as well.
I am working on a book about Beatles Fans – how they view Lennon – (is he a saintly genius or a talented sinner) – for this I need to interview fans – please let me know if you are interested and how I can contact you via e-mail. Thank you so much for your help.
Believe in yourself and trust your dreams
I am now on the Board of Western Colorado Writers Forum and love it. Getting involved with the Art community has been something I have wanted to do for quite awhile.