Slice of Life/Travel Blog
by – Sheri de Grom
I lay on the cold concrete and wondered how I’d managed to get there. No pushing or shoving had been involved but I’d fallen hard. Did I dare move? The entire right side of my body, the side that had been injured far too many times, took the total impact of my full body slam.
It wasn’t good. I knew that immediately. For once, I didn’t care who saw me on the unforgiving cement. I had to be still and check in with all my body parts.
My neurologist wasn’t happy with my latest fall, especially since I’d had the same experience almost one month before and I’d lost consciousness with that fall.
It’s been a week since that last fall and I’m still in recovery. This fall cost me a cracked collar and shoulder bone (right side of course) and my right hand and arm refuse to be civil. They already have nerve damage. The swollen areas on my head are slowly reducing in size and my neurologist snubbed me today as we passed in the halls of the medical center. (We have an interesting relationship. Often we sit side by side in his office doing research on any number of topics from how to mix the soil for his garden, how to raise the necessary money to bring our soldiers’ dogs home from Afghanistan or the latest in home design. Sometimes we research the latest findings in Traumatic Brain Injuries but he knows I already do that on my own).
If you’re interested in reading about my thoughts and relationships with former Traumatic Brain Injuries, I’ll place the index at the close of this blog.
I’m on first and I must take care of us (Tom and myself) but not by moving at neck-breaking speed on my way to living life.
I also thought about the thousands of veterans diagnosed with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and how their lives have changed forever. It angers me that the commanders of our warriors returned them immediately to battle without down time for rest and recovery. It’s impossible to recover completely but with the appropriate amount of rest and quiet it lessens the amount of permanent damage the head trauma causes. Unfortunately, the injuries caused by each TBI are cumulative and once you’ve had one you are more susceptible for additional TBIs.
With love and appreciation I move on to the purpose of today’s blog.
I’m now a proud member of the ‘traveling blog’ and one of my all time favorite activities is to share the terrific talents of fellow bloggers. The traveling blog is not an award, it’s the opportunity for each blogger to write about their writing process and to pass the torch onto other bloggers they’d like the blogging community to meet.
I received two such nominations back to back and received permission to accept both and away I went. I know we all think this blogging world of ours is crazy wonderful or we wouldn’t spend so much time reading, liking, commenting, following, thinking about what we might want to write, consider how much honest research might be involved and then send our creation out to the world.
When I read a blogger’s ‘travel blog post’ I know I’m in for a real treat. I know I’m automatically going to receive the cream of the crop with the bloggers’ recommendations.
I was first nominated by Hunt Mode of http://chasingrabbitholes.com. I started following Huntie immediately upon reading my friend Tess’ blog at http://letscutthecrap.wordpress.com. Don’t let the title of the blog throw you. I’ve never missed one of her blogs since I started following her. Give Tess a limit of 50 words and she’ll give you back a complete story. It never fails. You’ll also encounter the stories of her recent trip to China.
Huntie talks about her need to write with freedom and not to what she calls writing to ‘order.’ The government officially retired her this past April and I have an idea we’ll be seeing some amazing writing on http://chasingrabbitholes.com. A special thank you from me, Huntie. Thanks for having faith in my blog and especially for being willing to get to know each other.
Marie at http://writingwingsforyou.com also nominated me to the traveling blog. Marie believes healing takes place each time we set a pen to paper. It’s the creative process that allows us to set ourselves free of demons that remain within. Marie covers a wide range of topics as she continues to work with young students and by assisting her father with Alzheimer’s disease at the same time. Through our creations, Marie believes, we will arrive at our destination of contentment.
My second requirement is to nominate a minimum of six blogs I find especially gratifying and that I enjoy each time I visit. They are blogs wherein I have thoughts to take away plus enjoy their beauty and willingness to be honest.
Gallivanta at http://silkannthreades.wordsmith.com was the inspiration for my blog this past week. Her blogs are among the most beautiful I’ve read and her food photos are among the best I’ve seen. There’s a refinement in the placement of her blogs and a literary quality. Her city has been destroyed by four large earthquakes and 12,500 aftershocks since 2010. Gallivanta writes of the truth and once I was introduced, I couldn’t possibly turn away.
Reagan at http://bluestockinghack.wordpress.com is to my delight more of a blue stocking and I haven’t found anything on her blog that qualifies the ‘hack.’ Reagan is pursuing her graduate studies and checking her summer reading list is enough to make some quiver. She states her goals upfront and with conviction. Not only does she want to contribute to great literary scholarship and research, she also wants to write teen fiction. Reagan’s is a name to watch.
I started following Inese at http://inesemjphotography.com after seeing a series of photos she’d taken wherein fog was a major contributor. I was hooked at once. I visited her fog photos on a regular basis telling myself nothing else would compare. Once I started checking her other work, I knew I was seeing real art in photography made complete with her love of language. Inese’s postings go far beyond being a photo blog. I follow several photo blogs but Inese has the most varied of any I’ve seen.
I found Barbara of http://thedeparturelounge.co as a result of following Huntie who nominated me. Barbara’s lyrical writing should be set to music, it’s that good. Her subject matter of COPD is dire but the words she wraps around it never cease to amaze me. I’ve always given myself credit for having a good grasp of most diseases, although from the legal-defense end of medical malpractice while at JAG. Barbara’s blogs are not only informative but entertaining. She inspires me to become an advocate for all individuals with COPD. How can you not read the blog of someone who proclaims gongozle a lost word and one of her favorites?
My heart is still, I have the opportunity to travel down memory lane when I read and communicate with Emily of http://beefandsweettea.com. Emily’s photos first caught my eye and when I started reading her blog, I knew I was coming home to visit. Emily is the real deal. I’m forever pointing out “drugstore cowboys” to my husband and there was no place in my blogging world for anything less than real.
Most of you know that I grew up in the Flint Hills of Kansas and had I gone home after college, I would have become an 8th generation Kansas farm/rancher’s housewife.
I scanned Emily’s about page and there it was – a 5th generation beef cattle farm in the Southern United States. Emily knows the industry but more importantly for a woman on a working ranch/farm is to know the culture and embrace it. It’s these stories that Emily tells so well that always return me to my roots.
Last and certainly not least is Andrea at http://harvestinghecate.wordpress.com. Andrea’s blog is all about creating. Her blog has wonderful insight into creative writing that’s fresh and new while she’s actually on a walk with her dog. She writes with both knowledge and grace about the wonders of nature and brings each blog to life with her own photographs. Andrea’s writing invites the reader to look closely and take nothing for granted, especially if they are a writer.
Thanks for reading with me and I do hope you’ll check out the two individuals that nominated me and the six individuals I’ve nominated. They all are deserving of your attention.
I’m supposed to tell you about my writing process in this blog but I’m leaving that for another day.