Nancy’s Blog Hop


A blog hop – so easy and it’s eponymous – hop around and read some new blogs. But if you each write a little about your awesome selves it’s more fun to hop around because it allows you a sort of handshake with which you can introduce yourself and actually meet a few new bloggers.

Sigh Late as usual but better than never, finally joined the hop. Please make sure to check out for more fun and awesome writing by Ms. Nancy Stordahl, too. She’s a great support to me and I dearly love her and her straightforwardness and the direct impact of her blog.

  1. Who are you? If applicable, share anything you want about your cancer (type, stage, when diagnosed, whatever.) Share something about yourself such as where you live, the name of your blog and it’s “mission”, a challenge you have faced or are facing now, or whatever you want.

I am a writer. I am a poet. I am a wife. I am a techie. I am a Trekkie. I am an advocate for those who do not have a voice for themselves. I am a cat lover. I am an environmentalist who sells vintage to not only make people happy but to help limit new resources in the manufacturing of consumer goods. I also happen to have stage four metastatic breast cancer and was diagnosed de novo March 25th, 2015. I don’t define myself by my cancer but it’s something that informs who I am now. I think I’ve come to love myself more since my diagnosis. But it’s in no way a gift. I am at peace with my own mortality but not at peace with the isolation that comes with metastatic disease, and I am without family except for my best friend and love of my life. My friends and family have all but disappeared and I feel lonely except for having the awesome power of the blogosphere and some social media to have created a network of wonderful supportive writers and Friends who are just on the other side of the screen 24/7.

  1. Have you ever participated in a blog hop before?

Nope. But I’m late as usual to the party, but better late than never.

  1. What’s your favorite sort of blog post to write and/or read – personal story, informational, how to, controversial, political, opinion, rant or other?

Personal stories and experiences as well as poetry. I think the more personal the better for those reading because people want to know they’re not alone in their emotions and their experiences. The comment I receive most often is something like “thank you for voicing what I cannot I feel less alone because you expressed what I’ve been feeling.” I get a lot of satisfaction knowing I can help a few people cope a little better.

  1. Describe yourself in three words. Yes, just three!

Funny, impatient, different.

  1. Name three of your favorite books from your youth (whatever age that means to you.) that had an impact on you.

Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Cats Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
My father gave me books that would have a long impact in my life at a very young age, and I started reading at 3 years old. I still quote the sci-fi books and Goodnight Moon impacted my poetry early on.

  1. What are you reading right now, or what’s on your to-read list for when you have time?

I listen to audio books mainly because Taxol had a terrible effect on my vision. I’m listening to
The Bright Hour and Cancers Cure Cancers Cause
Chris Beat Cancer is next up.

7.  What’s your favorite dessert of all time?

Key lime pie. Must be my Florida influence. And I love tart desserts.
However, I love to make chocolate pudding pie which is the easiest dessert for even those who cannot cook to make. One pre-made graham cracker crust, one box of instant chocolate pudding – follow instructions on box and spoon into the crust, one tub of cool-whip topping or if you feel fancy, a can of real whipped cream goes on top of the pudding. Then you can chill for an hour. To stay busy get a spoon and clear your bowl from prepping the pudding and eat. You will of course screw up the first slice of pie so eat that, too. Then serve the pie to as few people as possible and hide the remaining pie in your fridge. It will disappear. I think this is how crack was made in the 80s but I cannot prove or disprove my theory so we will just say it’s a conspiracy.

8.  Tell us about a special pet you have, had, or would like to have. (Never wanted a pet, that’s okay too.)

Simon caught yelling at mom, “treats!”

Simon Barsinister Templar Kaminsky, Balinese Cat at Law.
Big blue eyes with soft luxurious brown fur, the breed is known as the “silk brick” and is non allergic. The Balinese was created by two women who coincidentally lived in the Bay Area near San Francisco.

My cat is of course very intelligent, friendly, affectionate, and works nights as a professional lap dancer.

9.  What’s something people don’t know about you and might be surprised to learn?

I have a tattoo of the Cheshire Cat on my right shoulder blade. And I’ve lived on my own since the age of 14.

10.  Do you believe healthcare is a privilege or a right?

Healthcare in a civilized world is neither a privilege nor a right. I use civilized very loosely here given we punish our planet and our people without prejudice. In fact each person deserves equal access to quality healthcare no matter how much money they’ve got, their gender, race or religion or their geography.

Healthcare early in life prevents a host of problems later. Yet in a penny wise pound foolish system by which not everyone is able to receive medical preventive or urgent care as needed will burden a system like the one in our United States to outrageously huge sums of capital expenditures to benefit corporations in many instances. The rights of the few and the powerful threaten the health of our planet and our people.

11.  What’s your favorite thing about blogging and/or reading blogs?
Developing a network of support from people I’d never have the honor to know otherwise as well as learning from personal experiences on demand. I’m humbled by the candidness and humility of many writers as well as comments made by bloggers and non bloggers alike. Reading has caused me to become more humble and grateful. Also since cancer is not my only “interest:” depression; narcissism; step parenting; and poetry – I’m able to tap into a global stream of words that inform and help me cope. Additionally, in the case of poetry, I read in order that I may write better and I can practice and work at it at any time day or night.

12.  What’s something you really suck at?
Skiing. Both snow and water.

13.  What’s something you’re pretty good at?
Cooking. I love it and I love to nourish others with the love I put into everything I make. I’m also a pretty good poet. Been at it since I’m 5 or 6. I’ve not given up since.

14.  How do you escape from cancer (or life in general) worries?
I believe I engage more deeply rather than escape social creature that I am. However, I write poetry, take long hot baths, sing, play with Simon, play with Craig. Watch films or comedians I love. I wish I could socialize more often and hang onto friends longer. I hope to add gardening and growing food to my list but Craig always asks if I’ve not got enough on my hands already, especially as I get closer to writing a book full time. Just like a job. Once we move we’ll go back to hiking and I hope Craig takes to kayaking like he does to skiing, since I cannot ski. But I don’t think he swims very well so it may not make the monthly list. Finding drawing after 53+ years of being told I wasn’t very good consumes a lot of my free time these days with Zentangle and art journaling. I also love to bead and make jewelry and when my Etsy shop does well, I get to go antique and vintage shopping and I love that.

If you’d like to join in:
1) Write and publish your blog post.
2) Copy the URL of your blog post, click on the “Click here to enter” link below, and follow the instructions.
3) To list the other blogs on your website or blog, click on the “Get the Code here” link below, and paste the code into your blog. Make sure to paste it into an HTML box – it won’t work otherwise.

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2 comments on “Nancy’s Blog Hop”

  1. Hi Ilene,

    It’s great you decided to join in! It was fun to read your responses. (Unfortunately, your link can’t be added to the list as it’s now closed.) Gotta say, I’ve always been quite envious of those who can write poetry. Gotta give that a go again sometime. I think you are a very talented, artsy person, Ilene. Love your cat photo and his nighttime activities gave me a chuckle too. I didn’t know there was a non-allergic kind of cat. Keep writing, cooking, drawing, making jewelry, shopping and whatever else fills your soul.

    And good luck getting settled in your new home – when you find it. Thanks for participating!

  2. Love it! I loved getting to know you a bit better and I’m still chuckling about your cat’s night activities. Mine would join in, if allowed. Lol. Love and light to you. 😘❤️

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