Life Derailed by Chronic Lyme Disease — A Rising Epidemic


All those years I spent in the woods as a young person — exploring, camping, lying in the underbrush — I never imagined a tiny, unnoticed tick would so drastically alter the course of my life.

When I was finally diagnosed in 2014, I couldn’t believe it at first: How could I have spent several decades dealing with a host of medical conditions without any of the doctors I consulted bringing up the possibility of Lyme disease? Unfortunately this happens way more than most people realize — especially for those who live in areas where Lyme, so far, rarely occurs.

Even though those 2014 blood tests confirmed I’d contracted an East Coast version of Lyme, most likely in the 1970s, I don’t have the most common symptoms, so it took seeing the positive results of several tests till I fully believed I had it.

Epidemic, but too many never diagnosed 

Dr. Richard Horowitz, author of Why Can’t I Get Better? Solving the Mystery of Lyme and Chronic Disease, reports that among infectious diseases, Lyme is now the “number one spreading epidemic worldwide.” The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) estimates that in the U.S. alone, there are more than 300,000 new cases diagnosed per year.

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“There is a river flowing now very fast” — Hopi Quote

In one word, this “Riding the River” blog is about resilience — the  hearty, powerful resilience spoken of by a Hopi Elder of Oraibi, Arizona in the full quote I’ve posted below. I was first introduced to this “Message for Mankind” back in 1999, when a friend sent it to me, and I’ve kept a copy hanging in my home ever since.

Even though most caucasians once thought Indigenous people were complete savages, along the way we’ve learned to pay attention to some of their wisdom.  Continue reading

2012: Apocalypse?

What’s supposed to happen on December 21, 2012? Back in 2009, the Hollywood movie 2012 stirred up fear in some, amusement in others and curiosity among the rest of us. I wanted to know what was behind it all. Where did those premonitions of doomsday come from? So I plunged myself into the world of controversy and debate among Maya scholars while writing the article, “2012: Just a Lot of Hype — Or Dawn of a New Era?” now published in the Nov./Dec. issue of Bella Spark Magazine.

And what’s the actual meaning of the word apocalypse, anyway? There was so much to say in that article, I couldn’t take space to explore the various definitions. Here’s an interesting view from mythologist Joseph Campbell: “Apocalypse does not point to some fiery Armageddon but to the fact that our ignorance and our complacency are coming to an end.”*

Maybe for some the word conjures images of the Four Horsemen from the Book of Revelation in the New Testament. Or maybe it’s easy to think of it simply as “universal or widespread destruction or disaster,” one of the definitions on But also gives this definition:

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Sometimes a Savage World: Letting Teens Go






Have I told my daughter enough? Even though we’ve had open conversations about sexuality – and about drug and alcohol abuse – since she was about seven, and even though she’s eighteen now, I sometimes wonder how prepared she is, really, to avoid rape, especially date rape. Even though she seems savvy and street smart, will her level of awareness and caution be enough to keep her safe on the large college campus where she’s now a freshman?

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2012 and Beyond: Riding the River of Change

Well, maneuvering through life does seem kind of like swimming down a fast river sometimes, trying to keep pace with the rapids – maybe more so, lately.  A friend sent me these words, spoken by a Hopi elder, several years ago, and with time they’ve taken on more meaning:    Continue reading