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(Like so many pieces of laundry, morning thoughts.)

December 06 -15,  2019

Living with Parkinson’s

Phyllis & Sam Turner ©2019

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APDA: American Parkinson Disease Association
CH: Cynthia Holmes, Ph.D. Neurology
DBS: Deep Brain Stimulation (much improved since Michael J. Fox!)
HS: Harvey Stanbrough Pro-writer and mentor (
MJFF: Michael J. Fox Foundation
NAMASTE: The Spirit within me honors the Spirit within you.
PD: Parkinson’s Disease
PDSG: Parkinson’s Support Group(s)
PMDA: PARKINSON & Movement Disorder Alliance
PSP: Progressive Supranuclear Palsy.
PJ: Phyllis – my wife: SWOMBO (She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed) A contributor and #1 editor.
PT: Personal trainer Tresha,  including daily in-home exercise assignments for PD.
TCF: The Compassionate Friends (For parents who have experienced the death of a child or sibling.)
WIP: Work in Progress. Writing is my vacation!
YISKA: Navajo for Darkness has passed.

12.06.19: 1600: To all our MM readers: Sorry about the picture mix up in last week’s Maytag.  I have no idea what happened. Some printed out just fine.  Others were WAY out of place!

I had a long phone call from Sara (of Saradipidy Travels) and the owner of Yiska (the dog who barks in Navajo!) She’s still in Seattle.  We may see her in February.

12.07.19: 0600: REMEMBERING PEARL HARBOR and the stressed look on my parents’ faces as they listened to the news on their RCA table radio.

Up for POW-WOW (Produce on Wheels  – Without Waste). 0900: After loading the Matrix, I took Swombo to breakfast at the Bisbee Breakfast Club.  Came home to watch the UofA lose its first basketball game to Baylor 58-63. 

1330: Shot 45 arrows in fifty-minutes. Thinking of Harvey’s Goals, I decided to match the time spent shooting with time spent writing.

1700: Julie drove us to the monthly Boy Scout dinner in Corona de Tucson. The Wedding Soup was excellent. Joe is the volunteer Chef for these events.  Jessa volunteered him and is his assistant.  She is becoming another Swombo in her own right. Joe enjoys cooking. We bought a fresh wreath from the Scouts while we were there.

12.08.19: 0515:50º and overcast. 0900: We made it to church (It’s a nine-mile drive.).

1100: Took Phyllis to Radiology for a CAT Scan. 1200: I began shooting practice. Shot 18 arrows in our back yard, when Joe stopped by to set my new antenna for the TV. – SURPRISE!THANK YOU to Julie, Chris, and Joe for the SURPRISE meal at Lil’ Anthony’s.  They were celebrating my birthday a day early! I honestly was surprised.

Zachery, Chris, Julie Sabrina, Phyllis, Sam, Joe

 We arrived home to a phone call from Rosie in Georgia. We spent about 45 minutes catching up on her life.  We may see her in February.  She’s the author of THE THOUGHT OF YOU: The Art of Being Alive! that I mentioned in last week’s MM.

1700: I set another string of lights out frontWe skipped the news and watched country music performances that we missed from a month ago.

12.09.19: 0530: Sam’s Birthday! He is half-way to 170! We woke up to thunder and rain. Paseo San Andres was running bank to bank. I looked for Helena and Gailian to be fishing off the curb, but they moved to Oregon. It’s just as well with all that lightning. It was still raining when I went to class. Rose ordered the new book: The Thought of You. 

1100: I tried calling the doctor’s office, and was on hold for 15 minutes before I gave up. I took the Matrix, drove to his office, got an appointment for Wednesday afternoon, and was back home in less time than it would take me to stay on hold.

I called my garage and have an appointment for the Matrix tomorrow at 8 o’clock. I got a screw in my left front tire, and I’m smart enough to leave it in the tire and let them fix it.

We had leftover soup and fruit for dinner.  We watched the semi-finals of THE VOICE, using my in-house antenna. It worked great.

12.10.19: 0900: Quail Run Writers met for their one-time-only in December

The starting Six-Minutes prompt:

What would you like for Christmas?

PJ: Round trip to a beach for a week on Sanibel Island.

Pauletta: To retire and go with PJ.

Flo: A good partner for her divorced daughter, who is now 33.

Sharon: An airline ticket for her grandson.

Guy: A Tree Angel for his best friend.

Bev: Like her sister to relax and also go with PJ.

Sam: To give thanks to our friends.

SHARING: Sharon from her published article in Chicken Soup for the Soul: A Christmas Shopping Spree, on losing her car in an overcrowded parking lot, and how her young son “found” it for her.

Guy: A new twist and surprise  to a husband named Rudoph.

Beverly: Celebrating St. Nicholas A young boy finds new shoes and goodies plus a coconut on the front steps – all from a picture he left in his shoes for St. Nicholas.

Pauletta: Christmas Memories: What happened to…? How her family (She was one of six children.) celebrated Christmas without television. One gift per person, most of them hand-made.

FLO: A 1902 oasis of 80 acres property once sold to Louis Wilhelm, for two mules and a wagon. Wilhelm extended it to 880 acres and left the property to his son, Paul, who died in 1994.  Flo met the man one time. She wrote a true story proving that there is a Santa. The title is …Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.

Phyllis: Our Run-Around Christmas tradition and how it started.

Sam shared this poem:

Christmas, you say?

for me 
starts early with a
December birthday.
Blending dates are allowed
in one’s Birthday Month.  My gifts are
different now. Instead of toys, trucks, and trains,
friends and relatives are much appreciated. You are so necessary
never-ending, continually changing, growing as you wander through our
lives. Lasting Compassionate Friends who walked through
 cold dark Canyons of grief with Phyllis and me. To our
fellow authors, writers, teacher-mentors who
continually replenish our energy;
Tresha who keeps us on
track and physically fit;
to my archery coach
for body balance;
our Neurologists
our Parkinson’s
support group
and of course
Quail Run

~Sam Turner December 2019

12.11.19: 0745: PT with Tresha.  Yes: I took my bow to PT for a posture check.  My stance is throwing all my weight on my left leg.  1500: Met with Dr. B., who agreed that my peep sight should be adjusted down.

Last evening, I started reading a new novel by Dawn M. Turner, entitled:

A Promise Kept: A Christmas past, present, and future.  She “hooked” me after the Prologue. Yes, she’s a cousin (by marriage) who lives in Bisbee, Arizona.  She’s published over 40 books. Google her name to see the impressive list of titles.

Phyllis decorated all the horizontal and even some of the vertical surfaces for Christmas!


PJ found a new use for my exercise bike.  I’ll survive for the next couple of weeks without its use.

12.12.19: We had lunch with Sam Mc. at Culver’s restaurant. We discovered they have a choice of soups. From there, we drove to PJ’s eye doctor, where the exam showed that her eyes have improved! She doesn’t need to return until December 2020.    1500: We stopped by Archery and Larry adjusted my peep sight so that I won’t be leaning forward.  My posture should be better. We bought some last-minute gifts and, (at 1555), had a late lunch at Eclectic Café.   Their menu is excellent! Each time we go, we wonder why we don’t go there more often. We ordered salads and had enough to take home for an evening snack.

Al’s house (across the street) projects the Spirit of Flamingos. Delightful!

We are using The Brett’s Bench waiting for the sunset. Note window.

As you can see, the wait was worth it. Nature manages to slosh its paintbrush around in such a relaxed, loose form to create works like this. A mentor of mine told me one time to loosen up. Remember that, Barbara? Thanks, m’dear.

12.13.19: Up and writing by 0530. I took LYFT to Archery just to see if I could navigate the cell phone app. It was a struggle, and a grumbled for thirty minutes before it worked. I shot for 30-minutes and rode back home. I have trouble with the buttons.

12.14.19: I felt confident enough to use LYFT again for transport to the Davis Phinney Foundation Victory Summit (Parkinson’s)  at the Tucson Convention Center.


Over 600 attended. Opening exercise by the PD movement trainers. The meeting was well worth the effort. The only cost was our Lyft ride.

What did we learn? Tips for Better Brain Health The Victory Summit  – Tucson, Navigating Depression, Anxiety & Other Difficult Emotions.  Maya Katz, MD, University of California San Francisco.

Keep Learning. Practice Gratitude Therapy. Eat a Mediterranean, Organic Diet. Be Creative (Draw, write, make music.) Do a Daily Brain Workout (Crosswords, Sudoku, jigsaw puzzles).  Smile More (It’s yoga for the face.) Practice Mindfulness (10 min/day to strengthen the brain’s “calm circuit.” Get Enough Sleep (8 hrs/night). Drink Coffee/Tea (Caffeine is Good for the Brain.) Laugh Out Loud Every Day. Improve Your Balance (Try Tai Chi or Wii Fit) . Stay Social (Connection is Protection).  Exercise Every Day. (150 min/week of moderate-intensity physical activity) (Aerobics, stretching, strength & balance).  Set a Positive Intention Every Morning.  Add www to your living well toolkit.  READ: New blog posts every week cover a range of topics and share inspirational stories. WATCH: Videos feature experts who address your most pressing questions. LISTEN: The Parkinson’s Podcasttmincludes advice and information from Parkinson’s experts.

That’s only a small portion of the day’s events. Most of these suggestions would be suitable for anybody, regardless of whether or not you had Parkinson’s. We were there from 8:30 AM to 3 PM. We missed some of the breakout groups at the end; both of us were tired.

Summary: Where Michael J Fox’s foundation focuses on research, the Davis Phinney foundation focuses on activities in life management with Parkinson’s. I met one other person who uses archery for balance and strength. He shoots an English longbow and a recurve. We will be in touch.

 Blessings to all of you!

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