Category Archives: Uncategorized

“Back” to it


Hello all! Had a couple more back operations in January to fix a couple of loose screws…yes, I had some screws loose! The first try ended up with two hematomas and a broken new screw so a second surgery was necessary to get things right.

So I’m healing up, getting as busy as I can tolerate and happy to do so. Got some projects in the works–the June Open Studios here in Altadena, photos for a new client with my partner in DebSquaredPhoto, and physical therapy starts next week. Got a bunch of small travels coming up over the next few months, too. But there won’t be any horseback riding, rodeo riding, or even dancing for a while.

I’m about to set up a website for DebSquaredPhoto so please look for it very soon. For now you can check out  And my photo sites are and  Ciao for now!


Look out and up!


Lighten up! Laugh dance, play! Ok, ok! I’m working that into my day every day, especially while I recover from what I plan on being the last surgery of my life, barring something nasty cropping up. This one, a laminectomy and fusion in my lower back, so far feels like it’s fixed the limp I developed after my hip replacement a year ago. That would be a huge improvement and a definite reason to dance! I assume most of the pain will dissipate along with the limp. Time will tell. Doc says six months before I actually feel better. I’ll dance a lot in the meantime.

Staying upbeat is critical when you face a lot of trauma as I have the past seven years. It’s good to reflect. Getting your head out of the trench to see what’s beyond is vital, though you may want to duck from time to time. I have some goals this year, one of which is making You Tube videos. Forgive my early efforts as I get up to speed!



Successful Great Idea


Happy new year. Yes, I’m writing here again as part of my new year plan. I’ll be covering the arts in Altadena and Pasadena (and elsewhere no doubt) over on

Here’s where I’ll talk about anything I choose as my interests are many. And check out my blog on politics and photography, Polipics, at

Thought I’d pick  up this blog again with a post from Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia.

I’m impressed that Americans have heeded the call and are supporting such a worthy endeavor as Wales envisioned: “Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet has free access to the sum of all human knowledge.”

And, in  contrast to what some people believe, I recall that recently a study that found Wikipedia’s entries exceedingly accurate. Damn fine contribution to the world.

The Latest


I said it would be January before I was completely “whole” again, and that turned out to be on the money. So here I am, free of underwire bras and the associated bulges. I wore a blue velvet gown with no bra for our Obamarama party! Still have scars to heal — one more than the other after the complications — but it’s all ok. Doc said he could do a little nip ‘n tuck to speed things up, but i don’t care to have another stitch anywhere for a long, long time.
And the REALLY good news is that I was able to get traffic school for the ticket I got the day after “the boob explosion.” I sent a picture. It was graphic. It worked. I’m happy.

Now with my reduction and Bush out of office, there is far less boobage in the world.

Republican Intellectuals Continue to Abandon McCain


Rachel Weiner- Wall Street Journal

Charles Fried, a professor at Harvard Law School, has long been one of
the most important conservative thinkers in the United States. Under
President Reagan, he served, with great distinction, as Solicitor
General of the United States. Since then, he has been prominently
associated with several Republican leaders and candidates, most recently
John McCain, for whom he expressed his enthusiastic support in January.
This week, Fried announced that he has voted for Obama-Biden by absentee
ballot. In his letter to Trevor Potter, the General Counsel to the
McCain-Palin campaign, he asked that his name be removed from the
several campaign-related committees on which he serves. In that letter,
he said that chief among the reasons for his decision “is the choice of
Sarah Palin at a time of deep national crisis.”


Thank you for the voice of reason.

Gettin’ there


Ok, on the D-Day front, so to speak, healing is progressing, albeit slow.

We’re at 6-1/2 weeks now. The non-challenged side is nearly completely healed. The problem side is still raw, tender, itchy, irritated, and driving me crazy. I just long for the day of not having to wear these friggin surgical bras. One brand is pretty funny, though: “Dr. Fillgood.” Geez.