I Don’t Believe You Mar07

I Don’t Believe You

As a little kid, 40 felt like it was one step away from death. That was the age your parents and their friends “celebrated” with black balloons and they gave each other geriatric medical supplies. Clearly this was an age when the wrinkles and grey hair would set in. The next stop would be the home for the infirm.  This year was the year that I turned that magical age. Death does not feel like it’s right around the corner and I am not ready to move into the nursing home. “You don’t look like you’re 40.” This is a thing that a nice woman said to me recently, and I didn’t even have to pay her to say it. It always feels good to beat people’s...

Stupid Tagalong Mar07

Stupid Tagalong

Not to brag, but my parents realized that they had achieved perfection when I was born. That’s why I’m an only child. Really. I mean, why would you want any more children when your first born child is a perfect red head like me? Any brothers or sisters that came after me would constantly be held to the high standard that I had set. That just wouldn’t be fair to them. 10 years ago I was saddled with the younger brother I never wanted. He showed up while the 2004 Red Sox were trying to break the Curse of the Bambino and win their first World Series Championship in 86 years. This guy would cause my fingers to go numb and make my vision blur. I...

This Year I’m Punching Back Mar07

This Year I’m Punching Back

Some people might call me “perfectionist”. Others might say I have a “Type A personality”. Planning everything out is kind of my thing. I’ll tell you a little secret…I like creating To Do lists. Checking things off the list is my favorite. Wordsmith Mike Tyson (yes, the ear-chomping boxer) once said, “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face.” That’s one way to look at what happened to my plans in 2005. After experiencing tingling and numbness in my hands and legs, as well as blurry vision, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disorder. Life pretty much jumped up and punched me in the face. After throwing a...

The Never-Ending Battle May06

The Never-Ending Battle

Underoos were a big thing when I was little. I was lucky and got the Wonder Woman pair. I was invincible when I wore them. The only things missing were the bullet-deflecting bracelets, the Lasso of Truth, and the invisible plane. I was so close to becoming a superhero when I was 6 years old. In 2004 I thought my time to become a superhero had come! The Boston Red Sox beat the so-called “Evil Empire” New York Yankees to go to the World Series. Then the Sox swept the St. Louis Cardinals to win their first title in 86 years. Surely this was a sign of great things to come! But then I started feeling… odd. My hands and legs were getting tingly,...

Superhero Thank You

When I ran away to join the Crimespree Family last summer, I had no idea what I was getting into, but I knew it would be exciting. Since then I’ve gone to St. Louis for Bouchercon and Chicago for C2E2. I’ve had bizarre conversations with wonderful people and have had the opportunity to read some amazing books. What I didn’t expect when I joined The Family was the immediate acceptance, and overwhelming generosity. I was overwhelmed by your support and encouragement as I raised money for the Minnesota Multiple Sclerosis Society in May. Your donations helped me raise $4828.00, making me the number 2 overall fundraiser for the Twin Cities Bike...