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Hey everybody.  Wow, it’s been a long time since I wrote anything here.  So much has been going on since spring, and I have been thinking about catching up and doing more blogging.  Here are a few highlights:

First up, Homage to the DaVinci Surgical Robot!!!

In December 2014, it was determined that I had endometrial cancer.  I was 47 at the time.  To make a really long story short, I switched to a different GYN practice, and I’m SO glad I did.  The new doctor I chose, Dr. Sandra Rivard, happens to do robotic surgery.  The MRI she ordered came back suspicious for cancer, so she referred me to Dr. Brewster, an OBGYN Oncologist down at UNC-Chapel Hill who specializes in surgery with the DaVinci Surgical Robot.  So in March (yes, it took three months for them to get it all together – there is only ONE surgical robot in Greensboro, and there are three in Chapel Hill, and scheduling is at a premium!) I had removal of all the internal female plumbing done by Dr. Brewster with the DaVinci Surgical Robot.

Y’all lemme tell you, whether you’re male or female, if anybody ever says you have to have any kind of internal surgery, DEMAND A ROBOTIC SURGEON.  If there’s not one where you live, GO FIND ONE.  I’m not kidding.  A typical hysterectomy, even laparoscopic hysterectomy, requires at least one night in the hospital, and minimum 6-weeks of downtime, because they have to cut holes through the abdominal wall large enough for the surgeon’s hands to get in there and move around.  With the robotic surgery, the surgeon operates the robot from a remote station, and the holes they cut only have to be big enough for the tiny robot parts to get in.  As a result, I had five, 1-inch incisions.  I was in hospital overnight, off pain pills the next day, and driving around doing my thing the next week.  I still had restrictions – any abdominal surgery is gonna have those – but nothing like what it would’ve been like with open surgery.

Here’s a link to a video about how the DaVinci works – it’s awesome!

Taking a Break

I haven’t posted anything on my blog in ages, because I never could seem to get in the habit of doing so.  Several folks have asked about new Zentangle(r) classes.  Because I have a lot of things going on in my life this year, I’m taking a break from teaching ZT classes for the foreseeable future.  I may teach again at some point, but I just don’t have the energy right now.

If you are interested in taking a class, I would refer you to my friend Susan Williams, who is in High Point.  Message me for her contact information.




If you are on the Crystal Coast in NC and bring your dog, we have found three places you can take them with you when it’s meal time in Atlantic Beach:

1.     Frost Seafood House – they don’t really have outdoor seating, per se, but there are two picnic tables out front, and they allowed us to buy takeout and eat it there with Maggie.  The waitress actually did a smidge of table service, although they really don’t officially offer that outdoors.  

2.     Molly’s at the Doubletree Hotel.  They have their own pier, and most of their seating is outdoors.  Be prepared to wait an eternity for your food, but when it gets there, it’ll be worth it…at least, if you order the fish tacos it will.  Best damn fish tacos I’ve ever had.

3.  The Crab’s Claw.  Really good flounder sandwiches,  excellent tartar sauce, and clam chowder PACKED with clams.  Don’t get the conch fritters.  You’ve been warned.  Service was slow, but we were talking to other customers (our dog is a chick magnet ;) !) 



dog tired

dog tired

Maggie’s first ever trip to the beach. She is not impressed with the ocean, and she is completely pooped.

Zentangle Founders Interviewed

An excellent interview with the founders of Zentangle, Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts.

hostel view 3

hostel view 2

hostel view 1

hostel room

First View

First View

The first view of the Grand Tetons from the highway

First look!

First look!

Here’s our first look at the Grand Tetons from the runway at Jackson, WY.

Off We Go!

Off We Go!

A couple of weeks ago, we took a trip out to Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park. This is the view out the window of the jet that took us there…

An EXCELLENT new article!!!

Check out this excellent new article about Zentangle in Philadelphia!


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