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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

A complex case and blogs and podcasts

Sorry I've not posted for a couple of days.  I spent yesterday afternoon with yet another specialist, this time a respiratory specialist, being told I was a very complex case. He expressed amazement that I am still functioning so well considering how much damage there is to my brain due to my MS.  I suppose I should feel depressed by the state of my brain...but I don't. I feel triumphant that I am fighting back against evil MS and I am not going to let it get me.

One of the ways I battle MS is by trying to keep my brain active and challenged.  I like to read books that are not necessarily an easy read for me.  I have a dear friend with severe dyslexia and so I am interested in this condition.  This lead me to Maryanne Wolf's Proust and The Squid: The story and Science of the Reading Brain.  I am finding it incredibly interesting and highly recommend it to anyone with this very debilitating condition.  Obviously if you have problems with text you might prefer the audio book version which is available at Audible.

Another joy at the moment is the podcast library from the 2016 Sydney Writers Festival.  It is wonderful to get a deeper insight into the minds of some of the most wonderful writers.  As their blurb says it is a celebration of literature, stories and ideas.  Please go HERE to listen, I'm sure if you are enjoy reading they will bring much happiness into your day and lead you on the way to new books.

Listening to my absolute podcast favourites ( Annabel Crabb and Leigh Sales - Chat 10 Looks 3) talk at the event I discovered the book Community, Arthur Street Kitchen by Hetty McKinnon

This led me on to the blog Arthur Street Kitchen.  Not only is it filled to the brim with delicious sounding salad recipes, it is so beautifully written.  The blurbs before each recipe are sublime, captivating and transport me to into the life of an Aussie in New York.  I cannot give it as much praise as it deserves, I have fallen in love with another blog...and found a kindred spirit who also loves brussel sprouts.
I will be back tomorrow with a stitching themed post but today we will have to be content with a stitching link.
Anyone who reads this blog knows I love cute things and I think this project is the ultimate example of cuteness.  Designed and shared by lovely Natalie of Cinderberry Stitches you can find the pattern by following this LINK.  Huge thanks to Natalie for sharing it with us.
Hope you have a wonderful day


  1. Oh Mel, you really are an amazingly beautiful soul . So pleased that you feel so positive and I am sure that is why you are doing so well. You make people smile so I hope others make you smile too. Love that cookery blog. A lot of healthy vegetarian things. I have put it in my favourites.Angel hugs my lovely.

  2. Dear Melody, you are such an inspiration with your positive attitude. Keep doing what you are doing because it must be working! Sending hugs. Xx

  3. Melody, you are a brave, strong woman and i have great admiration for you x

  4. You are an inspiration Mel! Keep fighting the good fight and show that MS who's boss!

  5. Wise direction you set your sails to my sweet friend.
    (Oh, and I love brussel sprouts too!!)

  6. Good for you Melody! You are an inspiration! Hope you have a wonderful day today! Christine x

  7. You amaze me with all you do and seem to accomplish. My quilting friend has a daughter who has MS and she is just a year younger than I am. Keep on doing what you're doing - it's obviously working.

  8. You go, Girl! I love your attitude.....love we're blogger friends....

  9. Great post Melody.....as usual you can always see the other side of life something to be commended for. I enjoy audio books also and always have a few on the go. Wonderful attitude. xxx Lesley

  10. so good to keep so well occupied and with such interesting things...

  11. Another wonderful post Mel, I'm sure it not only helps you writing them but many others also that read them. Go Meldoy !!!

  12. You are amazing and I love your attitude! My niece has MS and she has a positive attitude like you. Your writing and creativity don't seem to be affected by the "damage" to your brain...I love reading your blog!

  13. Melody, you are certainly an extraordinary woman with a great attitude to life and I cannot see any evidence of damage to your brain at all! xoxoxo
    P.S. Thanks for all of the links.



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