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From Big Sky Buckeye
God forgives without keeping a scorecard.
Do you write a daily journal? This inspiring thought comes from my journal, and much of what is written in my journal comes from reading and commenting on other bloggers’ posts. Thanks to many of you for adding so much to my journal.
(Updated September 19)
Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.
Curiosity is lying in wait for every aspect.
So curiosity, I think, is a really important aspect of staying young or youthful.
The Ridge beckons me
Bringing forward praise to God—
His Cathedral waits
Morning walk awaits
My favorite lady goes—
Sadie on a leash
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On the backyard deck
Feverishly eating more—
Tiny chipmunk sits
Hello readers, here is a new weekly feature on Big Sky Buckeye. I will repost a previously published poem every Monday. Today’s post was one of the first poem’s written by yours truly. Enjoy a newly edited version about “Morning Coffee.”
Smelling the rich aroma on another early morn
Anticipating the initial taste, like being reborn
Certainly one cup will not be enough today
A second cup causes worries to fade away
As Dolly Parton sings, “Pour myself a cup of ambition”
Coffee will definitely be my regular morning addiction
Waking up on a chilly, frosty, dark day
Jumping out of bed to be on one’s way
Hurrying down to the kitchen, what is this?
No coffee? An empty morning without bliss!
Being diagnosed (officially) with Type 2 Diabetes back in 2016, I was not really committed to improving my health.
When the outset of diabetes showed up at my doorstep, my weight was not an issue. Exercise had become a forgotten word in my daily life. I was teaching and very active in the classroom so I sort of figured that my constant activity should count as some type of exercise.
My eating habits were generally healthy except for a passion to eat certain sweets, breads, and pasta. Honestly, I can remember buying a whole pumpkin pie or a dozen donuts to scarf down in a couple of days.
Why worry, my health had been generally great (“boring” as my doctor told me). My cholesterol levels had been borderline for many years, but I was facing few complications from it.
Early in 2016, distressing news finally showed up at my doorstep. My health numbers were elevating to much higher and detrimental levels. With cholesterol levels going higher than ever before, my doctor took more tests, and A1C became my new score to worry about.
Here are my lab results from 2014, 2015, and the first half of 2016. Remember now that HDL is the “good” cholesterol component and LDL is the “bad” one.
As the above numbers indicate, my numbers were going in the wrong direction as of February, 2016. In an upcoming post, I will discuss more of this journey with my diabetic shadow.