Blog Neighbors!


I first became a fan of Karen Cripps’ when our respective blogs were listed on Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum’s Helpful Links page. There was a total of three blogs on the page so it was easy to notice my neighbors!

Anyway, you may know that I’ve challenged myself to 38 posts in six weeks with the intent of achieving this in a healthy sustainable way. I’m using a template created by Darren Rowse for these posts and today’s task requires that I analyze a successful blog in my niche. I have chosen Karen’s, which I assessed as successful because she regularly gets many comments. I know about my readers mostly from measuring the number of hits as well as from private messages.  Continue reading

“Be the Voice”

Aaron Parnell

I received a message from Bola on Monday night where she was suddenly feeling a lot of doubt about initiating the Freedom Challenge because it included the possibility of helping her. This post is my response:

Ultimately you have to keep in mind that for the donor, helping you is helping the world become a better place. You were put on the earth for a God given purpose. Your purpose is much bigger than you are alone. Remind people that the reason you were born was to help them support that purpose.

In effect, you become the steward of their bigger purpose to serve. Demonstrate in your request that you are the best servant for this higher purpose.  Continue reading

The 5 Steps of the Realitynibs Freedom Challenge

Personal Revolution

1. Think of something you’re ready to let go from your life. As for me, I’m ready to be set free from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Sooo ready! You could choose anything. It doesn’t have to be about health.

2. Choose an image, or words, that depicts your freedom. My picture of the Stars and Stripes above is an obvious one. But I have to say, the picture I took of Refraction in the @Large exhibition by Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz, is extremely special to me. I’m delighted that the FOR-SITE Foundation chose to feature it on Instagram.  Continue reading

What is Your Freedom?

Refraction @Large Catches the Sun

Do you have something you’re ready to let go from your life? If so, I hope you’ll consider taking the Realitynibs Freedom Challenge

While you ponder what image or words might effectively depict your freedom, I’d like you to know that I have challenged myself to 38 blog posts in the next six weeks, starting today (Memorial Day) and ending by July 4. This is terrifying because merely taking a shower uses up most of my energy for the day but I’m committed to getting through the next six weeks in a healthy, sustainable way. I’m going to have to be incredibly disciplined about pacing myself yet accepting imperfection. Yikes!

Here’s an elevator pitch I’ve written to get things started. What do you think?  Continue reading

What is Your Top Tip? #TopTipCFS

CFS is like this broken window pane which restricts viewing but like the sculpture within, I am still there.

CFS is like this broken window pane which restricts viewing but like the sculpture within, I am still there.

I can just see my former colleagues rolling their eyes if they read what I’m about to tell you: I have decided to give an interactive, live, online presentation about top tips for recovery from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Something happened at Sun Microsystems one day that concerned me, and I told everybody that I would be part of the solution. Having identified the problem as insufficient understanding of the enterprise concept, I thought an event that discussed the true reality and meaning of “enterprise” for a corporation that sold software to enterprises might be a good idea. It seemed kind of obvious and silly at first. And I got lots of good-natured teasing. But what I intended as a small, department level idea ended up catching on and turning into a successful, company-wide event.

Well, something has happened in the medical world with respect to the treatment of CFS patients. Continue reading

Recap: You Did It!

There are many parallels between being in prison and dealing with a chronic disability.

– Fiona Martin, journalist visiting from Sydney, Australia who became my friend on Alcatraz Island

Under the Dragon!

Under the Dragon!

I am joyfully celebrating publishing two of the thirty intended posts for the Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge (HAWMC) 2015. Here’s why:

First of all, that’s two posts more than I wrote for HAWMC (pronounced HAH-mick) 2014.

Secondly, I have a gung-ho habit of pushing beyond my limits in a way that interferes with my healing. So this year, I promised myself that I would find a way to participate gently, within my limits, and sustainably. Days 1 to 10 of this challenge went by without any submissions from me. I began to day dream about doing the whole blog challenge in one day. It was very hard to give up my Mega-Type-A-Overachieving ways!

Finally I got myself to my desk. Slowly, mindfully, I promised myself that I would get the post written and published in an hour and a half. I was going to keep it short and simple, allowing my perfectionism to stay in check.  Continue reading

Day 12: Day of Rest

Kick your feet up! What is your ideal day in? When you’re having a bad day, or a long week – how do you relax, recharge, and reset yourself? #HAWMC


Day of Rest

In the middle of writing my post for day 11 of this blog challenge, I managed to stub my toe so badly that the nurse I called insisted I go to the emergency room. X-rays of my foot were taken at UCSF and they confirmed that my little toe was broken. My poor toe was taped to the next one and I was fitted with an orthopedic shoe which I must wear for the next few weeks if I want my toe to heal properly. I was also instructed to ice my foot – which has a lovely black and blue area surrounding my toe – every couple of hours and keep my foot elevated above my heart even when I’m sleeping. (I currently have my foot on my desk as I write this. Thank you yoga!)  Continue reading

Take the #GivingTuesday Challenge!

Giving Tuesday 2014


I have been working hard behind the scenes to return to Realitynibs and now it’s Giving Tuesday.

Have you heard of it? It comes once a year, after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. I know you want to thank me for keeping you on the cutting edge of social trends. You’re welcome!  Continue reading


Day 30 (April 30) – Recap

  • You made it! 30 posts in 30 days! Today, write a recap of your experience. What was your favorite prompt? Least favorite? What have you learned? OR
  • Describe your HAWMC experience in one word!

I have found this year’s blog challenge harder than last year because I put the added constraint on myself of doing it in a healthy manner! For example, I’m publishing this post on the evening of April 30 rather than staying up too late last night. But you should have seen what it took for me to accept that I was too tired to finish this on April 29…  Continue reading


Day 29 (April 29) – Congratulations

We all know Health Activists are awesome. Share three things you love about yourself, things you’re great at, or just want to share. Don’t undercut or signpost!

I was having a conversation with Doug Lisle, an evolutionary psychologist. “He’s going to think I’m a freak”, I thought to myself. But I decided to tell him what had just occurred to me anyway.

He was saying something about dreams and I told him that I often have these … not quite dreams, more like visions, halfway between being asleep and being awake.  Continue reading