Monthly Archives: September 2015

Field Guides

Wikipedia defines a field guide like this:

A field guide is a book designed to help the reader identify wildlife (plants or animals) or other objects of natural occurrence (e.g. minerals). It is generally designed to be brought into the ‘field’ or local area where such objects exist to help distinguish between similar objects.[1] Field guides are often designed to help users distinguish animals and plants that may be similar in appearance but are not necessarily closely related.

I have several field guides… some larger than others… most with pretty pictures or drawings.  I even have a field guide that doesn’t exactly qualify as a field guide (it’s kind of a field guide for geeks and it makes me smile).

I’ve been looking at the ones that I have and thinking… always a scary thing… that RA needs to have a field guide… maybe several conditions do, but right now I’ve been thinking about RA.  I’ve been thinking… and researching… and wondering…


What do you think?  A field guide… I really liked reading “The First Year: Rheumatoid Arthritis: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed” when I was first diagnosed, but there are things that it leaves out… things that people want to know… 


I’m thinking… maybe?


Under Productive Weekend

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So, here I sit, in the quiet of not quite dawn on Sunday morning.  I have coffee (yes, pumpkin creamer… in Sheetz Winter Blend… it’s interesting).  I have taken a long hot bath to help ease out the achies of … Continue reading



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It’s morning.  It’s early September.  There are leaves all over the yard from the squirrels and the rain.  The windows are wide open and I’m listening to the rustle of leaves and my wind chimes singing from the front porch… … Continue reading