An apology and an invitation…

Dear friends, 

Well, it happened again. Life took over, and I disappeared from the blogosphere and took Samantha with me. Thank you all for your concern and kind emails; you have no idea how much I appreciate them! I did miss all you wonderful bloggers and I hope you all are well. 

I wanted to ask you a question: do any of you struggle with heart conditions or any chronic conditions or care for someone who does? If so, I wanted to invite you to a website I just started for a heart clinic I work for. The sole purpose of it is to provide a supportive environment for patients and their families to connect with each other and to ask questions. There is a forum for general support and one for health-related questions. I would be providing the answers to the health questions (and of course, if anyone wanted to contribute and share their experiences that’s wonderful too).

The website is still in its infancy and I haven’t even introduced it to anyone at the clinic yet, because I wanted to test it out first to see if people would find it helpful. 

Another reason I wanted to extend the invitation to you all is that I used to use Musings of Puppydoc as a way to share health information; however, I have not been doing that lately, and I’m not sure how active I will be in the near future given how busy I am. So I wanted to provide this site as another health and support resource for you. 

So please drop by and leave me a line. Unfortunately it is not hosted by WordPress, so you would have to do a quick registration on the forums in order to leave comments. But I hope you will (since I’m the only one there at the moment, and it’s a little lonely…).

Here is the site:

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Wishing you all the very best. 

With love, 

Samantha and Puppydoc 💙 

Simple Moments.

Madagascar Family

Meet little Mialy, Mia, and their father…known simply as Baba. They—along with 15 other siblings—made up my host family during a time spent in the arid region of southern Madagascar, where I was doing research on the Antandroy communities. 

I often think back to this family with bittersweet fondness. When I was there, I was profoundly inspired by their love for life and their appreciation of the simple joys it brings…while endlessly cheered by their wide grins and generous laughter.

But now, when I glance at this photo, their visage seems to reveal a truth much deeper…and my heart aches a little. 

Nevertheless, the sound of their laughter will remain with me forever, and I am thankful to have met them…and grateful for the lessons they taught me in treasuring the simple moments in life. 

Simply Samantha Sunday.

Because today, we would simply like to wish you a lovely day…
and to tell you all that you are beautiful…and that you are loved.

💙

Departure.

Liberated
into the haven
of a mausoleum
lies a dove deceived-
its tattered pinions
a reminder of
a pledge riven
a reverie tainted

an innocence
betrayed.

Save her
let the shadows
of her present
console with
saccharine lies
warm her with
tinned caresses
of boughs
freshly severed-
a revival of 
splintered promises 
of a new day
as verdant hues
decay to dust.

Exposed.

Banish her tears.

Let
the

wake of 
gliding swans
carry them over
cherry blossom tides
along ivied lines of a
longing unearthed
and into a soul
laid bare
for
you.

Spaced Out Samantha Sunday.

Silly Samantha Sunday

[silence…]

Oh wait. Huh?
What was it we were going to say again?
It seemed to have slipped our mind…

Well, whatever it was—we wish you all a wonderfully lovely one!

😉

Renewal.

Renewal

Reveries
grounded in clouds

swayed by zephyr’s whims
she is a lily bulb in the dust
redolent of fated blooms-
her longings a master
to the morning sun
in the vineyards
of En Gedi.

She.

Beauty

weaved from

gossamer threads.

Passions florid

fed by

flames.

Strength

of diamonds-

loveliness undying.

You are a woman, exquisite. 

Bunny Samantha Sunday.

Bunny Samantha Sunday

In honor of today, Samantha and Puppydoc have decided to set aside their genetic differences to don these appendages, so that they,
with proper enthusiasm, could wish you all…a Happy Easter Day. 

And we hope you have a wonderful one!

😊

To Let Go.

Despair.

Asphyxiated by the device
meant to grant you life

you pleaded to be released.

Lines running
through your veins
fighting to give you strength-

they only imprisoned you.

You-
always present
aware of the
commotion about you.

Bustling nurses
weeping children

through it all
your eyes were
locked onto mine.

“Help me let go” was your plea.

You grabbed my hand
shook your head

as if you knew this act
had been playing
long enough.

As if someone had
interrupted your journey
toward the place

you were meant to go.

So we released you.
Withdrew your tube
diminished your drips.

Severed the chains that bound you.

We comforted you.

You turned
toward your children.

Through a surge of strength
you assured them

it would be okay-
that through your going on
they would go on.

Then you turned back to me.

Though undeserving
of your last moments

you entrusted them to me.
You held my hand
held my gaze.

“Thank you,” was what you said.

And then you took your last breath.

And let us go.

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This patient has been in my heart lately. This post is a re-sharing of an account of our last encounter. A gentle reminder to treasure each moment given. 

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The Background Story

Let Us Not Live in Vain.

Dear friends, 

As we start a new week, I would like to encourage you with some of my favorite words from Emily Dickinson:

If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.

Wishing everyone out there a wonderful and blessed week. 

With love,
Phoebe

💜

Watchdog Samantha Sunday.

It is true that when it comes to guard duty,
Puppydoc doesn’t particularly seem to know what she’s doing…

Despite that, we would still like to wish everyone out there a safe and comfy April week!

😊

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