Anne's Diary
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Football season has started, there’s a fat hummingbird on the feeder, and I am content, but it’s not just sports and bird life that are making me happy. It’s also because things are going surprisingly well. I mean, I haven’t died yet, and I consider that VERY surprisingly well! Another thing that hasn’t died is my...
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Sunday, September 7, 2014
I’ve talked about green, I’ve talked about blue, now I’m going to talk about pink—Pepto-Bismol pink, which is soothing not just because it's the color of a notably gentle medication. The color itself is soothing, so much so that it's often found on the walls of mental hospitals.
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Sunday, August 31, 2014
It’s very hard to predict earthquakes. So far, nobody has found a reliable method. There was just recently a major quake in Napa, the winemaking capital of California. It didn’t reach us down here in southern California, but I ended up stuck in a laundry basket anyway. It turns out that there was a microquake literally right under...
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Sunday, August 17, 2014
The recent suicide of Robin Williams reminded me that we are losing our clowns. They are so important, because scientists tell us that for optimal health we need to have at least one good laugh a day. A friend of ours attended school with Williams, so I told him I thought he had a pretty good chance of seeing his ghost. His ghost won’t...
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014
In my last diary, I talked about the color green. This time, I want to talk about blue—or rather, blue pills and other things blue. As you can imagine, I take many pills and supplements and in many different colors. A few of them fall on the carpet at times—well, a lot do! (Whitley is efficient, but clumsy. Since I have lost most of...
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Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Our good friend, wiccan Margot Adler died last week. Margot was an NPR reporter and she was also a Wiccan. We never knew for sure if she believed in an afterlife, but as the dead now so often appear in our lives, I wanted to get in touch with her spirit. But how to do this? I remembered that Laurence Gardner told us that green was the color of...
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Monday, July 14, 2014
The baseball season is half over, and I've been thinking back over my own career...as a fan. To be exact, a Yankees fan. Being a fan is something you take with you wherever you go. I notice people wearing their beat up, much loved Yankees caps out here in California, thousands of miles from Yankee Stadium. I think that your selection of your team...
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Wednesday, July 9, 2014
There’s a joke in a Woody Allen movie about a man who kicked a TV set. The next time he went into an elevator, he heard an ominous voice say as the doors closed, ‘are you that guy who kicked the TV?’ The elevator had apparently been waiting for him. Something similar happened to us this morning. Whitley’s alarm clock fell...
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Monday, July 7, 2014
We had nowhere to go on the Fourth of July, so I did what I always do when I have no place to go: I watched TV. I watched the Macy’s fireworks special from New York, which Whitley had recorded for me. After that, I watched Private Benjamin, a Goldie Hawn movie about a pampered young woman who ends up joining the army and jumping out of...
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Sunday, July 6, 2014
In my building, I don’t need to have an alarm clock. My neighbors wake me up. This building was constructed in 1963, and has been through a number of earthquakes, most notably the Northridge Earthquake of 1994. The result is that there are lots of invisible cracks that make surprisingly good pathways for sound. I can also hear the trash...
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Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Whitley and I go to one of the local farmer’s markets several times a week. When we’re in the farmer’s market, I usually ride in my wheelchair—not because I can’t walk, but because it puts me at eye level with all the fruits and vegetables. We own a practical hybrid car right now, but we used to own a zippy sports...
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Saturday, June 7, 2014
When people tell me they are wondering who they should spend the rest of their lives with, I always suggest that they consult their ghosts. One piece of ghostly advice I got before I was married was to go to a comedy movie on the first date. It worked for us. We went to the Producers on our first date, laughed our heads off, and had a wonderful...
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Wednesday, June 4, 2014
A few weeks ago, I felt a ghost crawl into bed with me, and I somehow had the impression this ghost had been an actor. Since we're only friendly with one actor--a female--I assumed that's who it was. But a perusal of the internet and the obituaries revealed that she is, thankfully, very far from dead. A few days later, I found myself at a...
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Sunday, June 1, 2014
The ‘yips’ is a term golfers use to describe a condition where they become compulsively unable to sink balls. They’ve also learned that they’re more likely to sink a putt if they don’t try too hard to hit the hole. The New York Times offered the opinion recently that the ‘yips’ might extend to all sports...
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Friday, May 30, 2014
When our son was starting to study the classics in high school, one of the books he was assigned was Maya Angelou’s ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.’ He said to me, ‘mom, why is she so famous?’ I replied, ‘She’s one of a group of women who overcame great hardship, then waited for their souls to heal so...
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Monday, May 26, 2014
I’m writing this on Memorial Day. It might surprise you to know that Whitley’s family has had at least one soldier in every war our country has ever fought, from the Revolution to Afghanistan. That includes both sides during the Civil War, and one ancestor who died at the Alamo. So we feel this day very deeply, as one of both personal...
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Saturday, May 24, 2014
I woke up today (Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend) and realized that I’d gotten a message from Dog. (God, in my own special vision. To learn more, click here.) This particular message was about time travel. It started this way: First of all, I opened the Wall Street Journal and saw a story that was headlined “Just Forget that It Ever...
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Friday, May 16, 2014
Last June 27, I wrote the diary below. At the time I was on radiation and chemotherapy. Nobody really expected me to still be here in May of 2014, but here I am. I'm on chemotherapy 5 days a month and so far my tumor, against all expectations, hasn't changed since the day of the surgery in May of 2013. And now I've found some gems of wisdom...
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Sunday, April 27, 2014
If you've kept up with my diaries, you know that ghosts have been lounging around our apartment. It appears that we've been invaded by faerys as well. In the old days, they were feared because, among other things, they were known to steal things, sometimes even people, even babies. The faeryfolk of the past were not Tinkerbelles. They were...
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Monday, April 21, 2014
For thousands of years in the Celtic world, people understood ley lines. They have a different meaning now, but in those days that these energy lines were the routes that faery folk took in their trooping journeys. Interestingly enough, there is an odd modern equivalent marketing experts call desire lines. They have nothing obvious to do with...
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Last May, just before my tumor was discovered, we had a wonderful experience that has let Whitley and I to a new understanding of God--as Dog. Whitley was meditating and suddenly saw a dog from his childhood called Quagmire. Quag was always joyous even though he lived under very harsh conditions and was often struck by the father of the family,...
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Thursday, March 27, 2014
We had a 4.4 earthquake here in Los Angeles a few days ago. It woke us both up from sound early morning sleep. It reminded me of the late Roger Leir. He was once working with another surgeon whom I told that I'd once had an operation during which a 5.5 earthquake occurred. Since I had a surgical earthquake story, he told me his.
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Tuesday, February 18, 2014
UPDATE! Speaking of waiting, I'm in the hospital after a fall downstairs caused by sudden instability that came about because my ventricular shunt, which controls pressure in my brain, had failed. (This happens to these things. It's nothing to do with my tumor, which remains stable.) If there is any place that involves waiting, it's a...
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Thursday, January 23, 2014
The Winter Olympics are about to start and NFL football is about to end. I have to admit that I’m not terribly interested in luge. In fact, this is always a season of regret for me, my favorite sport is NFL Football. I have a special way of watching it. I like to watch it with the sound muted. That way, I can read a book in my lap but not...
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Wednesday, November 6, 2013
In my present state of life, the question of whether or not we survive death has become of great interest to me. If we don’t, then I’m never going to know, so that doesn’t really bear much thinking about. But if we do, then I have a lot of questions about how to prepare, how to understand the life I am taking with me, and where I...
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Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Funny about being sick—I find myself more interested in everyday life than in anything supernatural. And yet, ghosts are still wandering through our lives. For instance, a ghost has turned up to help my maid for two weeks in a row. She’s a nice assistant, but she’s nobody I ever knew. At least, I don’t recognize her....
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Saturday, September 14, 2013
Now comes the last forgiveness—my mother, who killed herself when I was seven years old. If I had killed myself when my child was that young, I have wondered, would I feel guilty, looking back from beyond life? I think that I would, most definitely. I would see that what I did created so many unintended negative consequences in my child...
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Saturday, August 24, 2013
When my dead cat Coe came to me during my near-death-experience over a decade ago and showed me that I had to learn to put my burdens down, I realized that cats have a special relationship with the afterlife. The Egyptians knew this--cats were mummified and honored as having souls. This is why I want to write about a special cat who had a...
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Tuesday, August 13, 2013
When my dead cat Coe took me to the World of the Dead during my first stroke in 2004, he showed me that it would one day be important for me to put my burdens down, and one of he ways to do this is to forgive everyone who has hurt me during my lifetime. But perhaps this is a two-way street--maybe even ghosts need to put down their burdens and...
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Wednesday, July 24, 2013
I've noticed that certain people have more of a relationship to the dead people in their lives--what we might call ghosts--that others. Psychic mediums are like this--perhaps because the have one foot in each world. The dead often show themselves in what might be considered ordinary ways--which mediums are good at detecting, but which most of us...
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