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"Mathematics is what makes us not-monkeys"--Aristotle
Author is a mathematical scientist who works as something other than a mathematical scientist off the coast of Newfoundland, and resides on Tank Destroyer Lane in the township of Bloody Basin.
Interests: Mathematics, economics, music (but only that which moves), movies, travel
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(Craters of the Moon National Monument, Arco, Idaho--June 2014) Idaho marks my 48th state that I have personally visited. But aside from our visit to Craters of the Moon National Monument near Arco, my husband and I weren't all that impressed with what we saw in the time that we... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at Traveling Mama
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"Taking your own kids to state capitol buildings is a great educational experience. Not only can your kids learn a bit about how government works, but they'll be exposed to impressive architecture and artwork, and the admission is usually free (although, you may have to pay to park your car). " Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at Traveling Mama
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The following journal entries exhibit aspects of my recovery for the ninth month after my knee surgery. These reflections may or may not be typical for most knee replacement patients. Typical recovery lasts a full year to get rid of all swelling and stiffness. At this point in the recovery process, things are a whole lot easier. I'm able to reflect more on things and have more awareness of my entire body, rather than just focusing on problems with my knees. Continue reading
The following journal entries exhibit aspects of my recovery for the eighth month after my knee surgery. These reflections may or may not be typical for most knee replacement patients. Typical recovery lasts a full year to get rid of all swelling and stiffness. At this point in the recovery process, things are a whole lot easier. I'm able to reflect more on things and have more awareness of my entire body, rather than just focusing on problems with my knees. Continue reading
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A couple months ago I was having a conversation with one of my close friends about how our family had just visited Nelson-Kennedy Ledges State Park and how well I did walking walking around the park as I was recovering from knee surgery earlier this year. Since my friend is,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2012 at Traveling Mama
The following journal entries exhibit aspects of my recovery for the seventh month after my knee surgery. These reflections may or may not be typical for most knee replacement patients. Typical recovery lasts a full year to get rid of all swelling and stiffness. At this point in the recovery process, things are a whole lot easier. I'm able to reflect more on things and have more awareness of my entire body, rather than just focusing on problems with my knees. Continue reading
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The following journal entries are about the remainder of the time we spent in Washington that wasn't in Seattle. We rented a car to travel around to some places that I've been wanting to visit for awhile now, including the little Bavarian-themed town of Leavensworth and the town of Roslyn where the TV show "Northern Exposure" was filmed back in the 1990s. Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2012 at Traveling Mama
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This month (August 2012) we travelled across the country to Washington and Oregon. It was my son's first trip in an airplane; it was my daughter's first that she'll remember. So we loaded their carry-on backpacks with books, snacks and Nintendo DSs and flew Frontier airlines from Akron/Canton airport to Seattle with a very short layover in Denver. The following journal entries chronicle our days spent in Seattle, and what we did while we were there. Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2012 at Traveling Mama
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The following journal entries exhibit aspects of my recovery for the sixth month after my knee surgery. These reflections may or may not be typical for most knee replacement patients. Typical recovery lasts a full year to get rid of all swelling and stiffness. At this point in the recovery process, things are a whole lot easier. I'm able to walk on nature trails and ride a bike. Climbing stairs is becoming much easier. Continue reading
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Since Thomas Edison's birthplace house isn't located too far away, I also decided a day-trip was in order to help the kids connect with the Magic Tree House book a little bit better and reinforce their education on the man who is credited for inventing the incandescent light bulb and phonograph. Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2012 at Traveling Mama
The following journal entries exhibit aspects of my recovery for the fifth month after my knee surgery. These reflections may or may not be typical for most knee replacement patients. Typical recovery lasts a full year to get rid of all swelling and stiffness. At this point in the recovery process, things are a whole lot easier. Continue reading
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I've been taking the kids out to nearby state parks and state preserves this month in an effort to teach them to appreciate nature more and get some much needed exercise. We've walked around on nature trails and have been swimming in the local lakes a couple times, in addition to the kids' weekly swimming lessons at the local YMCA. In this article, I'll share with you some of the places we've visited this month in case you might be inclined to visit them yourself, or to inspire you to visit other local parks or preserves. Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2012 at Traveling Mama
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The following journal entries explain aspects of my recovery for the fourth month after my knee surgery. These reflections may or may not be typical for most knee replacement patients. Typical recovery lasts a full year to get rid of all swelling and stiffness. At this point in the recovery process, things are a whole lot easier. I'm able to walk on nature trails and ride a bike. Continue reading
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The following journal entries explain aspects of my recovery for the third month after my knee surgery. These reflections may or may not be typical for most knee replacement patients. Typical recovery lasts a full year to get rid of all swelling and stiffness. Continue reading
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The following journal entries explain aspects of my recovery for the second month after my knee surgery. These reflections may or may not be typical for most knee replacement patients. There are still some frustrations with recovery in month two, but things are getting progressively better. Continue reading
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The following journal entries explain aspects of my recovery for the first month after my knee surgery. These reflections may or may not be typical for most knee replacement patients. Continue reading
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In the following journal entries, I reveal the physical pain and emotions I dealt with in the time between my consultation visit with my surgeon and the actual surgery date. As my anxiety, hopes and fears grew towards my surgery date, so did my bond with my physical therapy staff and my massage therapist. Continue reading
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The following journal entries follow my story from the time I started physical therapy sessions up until the day before I visited with my surgeon for my knee surgery consultation. If you are careful to observe through reading the entries, my pain symptoms quickly intensified over the course of the month as my knee problems worsened. My story could be the same for anyone who doesn't pay attention to what their body is trying to tell them about aches and pains. Continue reading
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I began to keep a "jaw journal" to see if I could figure out what was causing me these problems that I was having on just the right side of my jaw with clicking, popping, and locking symptoms. At the end, you'll learn how we figured out that my knee problems were causing my jaw problems. Continue reading
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Everyone has their own pain threshhold relating to how much pain they can tolerate before their quality of life begins to deteriorate. When I had my first knee surgery for my partial knee replacement in 2005, I was to the point where my husband began hiring people to clean the house for me, and I had to sit on a stool while I prepared and cooked dinner, brushed my teeth, or took a shower. I walked everywhere with the aid of a cane to keep the weight off my knee because it hurt so much. Continue reading
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I decided to write my own experiences for other knee patients or potential knee patients in a web blog. My own experiences may or may not be typical of most knee replacement patients because I went through pre-surgery physical therapy and because I'm younger (at the age of 46) than most knee patients, but I thought it might be helpful to some people. I couldn't have had this surgery without the support and encouragement without some very important people in my life. Continue reading
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Thursday in August 2011: We drove through New York on the anniversary date of when all the necessary states completed ratification of the women’s right-to-vote amendment (the 19th amendment) in 1920. Coincidentally, at first when I made our travel plans, I decided to plan for a stop at the Women’s... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2011 at Traveling Mama
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After three days of rain, the clouds finally cleared out and gave us a gorgeous day. We had a real treat with beautiful weather as we traveled from Littleton, New Hampshire into northern Vermont and south down the state of Vermont to Bennington, Vermont. Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2011 at Traveling Mama
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Our family visited New Hampshire for the first time back in 2009. We made a return visit just a couple weeks ago—thankfully, a couple weeks before Hurricane Irene struck the area. My main goal in New Hampshire on this trip was to visit Franconia Notch State Park in the White Mountains. Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2011 at Traveling Mama
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The family and I finally made it to Rhode Island a couple of weeks ago. For me, Rhode Island is the 43rd state I’ve visited, so I was rather excited to see a new state on our recent trip Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2011 at Traveling Mama