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It Was A Happy Occasion So She Didn’t Press The Issue

Graphic photo that says, After BVT (Bee Venom Therapy) Fades, Bee Alive Journal, on a yellow background with two honey bees on two flowers flanking the word journal.
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A Bestie Reunion

She’d traveled 3,000 miles to see her family and me. It had been 23 years. We never imagined it would be during a pandemic that we’d finally see each other again, but why not, almost everything else seemed to be going off the rails.

Right up until the day before…


Why Would Anyone Sting Themselves On Purpose ?

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Why Would Anyone Sting Themselves On Purpise ? | Photo Courtesy of Pixabay

Why Should You Sting Yourself With Bees?

Bee Venom Therapy(BVT)or Apitherapy isn’t strange medicine to everyone, especially to the health professionals, practitioners and the residents in Eastern and Asian countries. In fact for them the choice to use BVT isn’t a hard decision at all, but has long been…


Here We Go Again

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How would we all make it through our days without family drama? Just fine thank you! That is no doubt the collective response from millions. It’s tolerable in books, movies, radio and podcasts; maybe even someone else’s family but our family has enough drama and really doesn’t need any help.


A Free Verse Poem

Photo of a photo within a photo. One photo is of a cobblestone walkway. An older gentleman is walking with a cane along this cobblestone path that has an upright clock every few feet. Beyond him, the atmoshere is thick with clouds or heavy fog. Another photo is of a very large clock merging with the cobblestone photo. The large clock’s time is 11:45.
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Recalling the day brought comfort, solace, a smile

She called him ‘The Old Gentleman’

Their one and only encounter.

Weariness overwhelmed her as she entered the arena

The choices of seating daunting

He was polite, kind, chivalrous — The Old Gentleman

looking past the pressing graduation crowd

Ignoring his own…


She Told Her Son To Bury It With Her

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I’d never seen my neighbor so frustrated. She was normally a very calm and patient individual. But this day she was visibly upset. It disturbed me to see her this way. Then she told me about the new phone she’d just received. …


Seniors With MS Can Live A Full Life

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My Multiple Sclerosis symptoms began early in my life. It was too early in the US’s medical history for anyone to know exactly what they were or what to do about them. There were doctors around the world with clues but their expertise wasn’t accessible where I lived or for…


Unexpectedly — Awe Can Come Upon You

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It was the Thanksgiving season. My then nine-year old son and I were visiting a friend in Soldotna, Alaska. On one of our last evenings there, we decided to take advantage of the warmer than usual weather to build a fire outside of our friend’s cabin. We laughed at ourselves…


They Created Their Own Idea Of Community

The Holmes public library was a melting pot of the haves and have-nots, a mixture of homeless and wealthy older residents of the nearby neighborhoods. Often one could overhear a newcomer or tourist ask about the mix, which to them seemed an oddity. …


It Should Have Been A MS Clue | But Little Was Known Back Then

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Why They Kicked Me Off The Basketball Team | Photo Courtesy of Pixabay

I was overjoyed when I was accepted on my high school basketball team. Being tall usually guaranteed you a spot on the team without question. It never occurred to me that there would be any problems. I had no trouble with gymnastics. …


It Was A Win — Win For Everyone

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Photo Courtesy Eliza Diamond at Unsplash

My Dad had been going blind for some time. After moving him to Alaska with me, he had to reinvent his walking routine. He had begun taking his walks inside years before. Although he was up there in years, he had no intention on getting out if shape. It took…

Barb Ann Johnson

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