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Fatigue, Flares, and Festivities – How a Rheumy Copes

The festive season usually means joy to all, last minute mania to get gifts for everyone on your list, epic grocery shopping, and to culminate it all: an even more epic cooking session on Christmas day. Don’t be shocked if your rheumy friend (or friend suffering from any other kind of autoimmune disease) is all Bah Humbug for the festive season. We really don’t mean to be, but the festive season can be a bit taxing and flare-inducing for someone...

The Penultimate Petal

Remember when we’d pick those forget me nots? You’d always pick the blue ones because you said the white ones were too common.  The dew drops still glistened on each petal like tentative tears I’d feel the guilt at plucking this beautiful flower from the safety of its vines  plucking at my core – But I plucked it anyway.  We’d sit on the damp grass side by side the blades of grass tickling the toes of our bare feet  and...

Champion Literacy In Six Easy Ways

Going Beyond National Literacy Month Literacy is one of the foundations that is important for the development of a child into adulthood. It is not only about the ability to read and write fluently, but it is also about improving self-esteem, building confidence, and preparing a child or young adult for meaningful interactions with the rest of society. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recognizes literacy as a right: Literacy is implicit in the right to education…The...