Well, you have to admit, it has it’s possibilities!  Although, flesh can be more becoming.  
I have gone under the “knife”, and have an improved shoulder.  Now, I have to behave for a few weeks–drat!  Oh, and then we’ll do the other shoulder!
Honestly, it’s for the best.  I can’t keep trying to do “normal” stuff with a torn rotator cuff.  
But, I can use the left arm, and my right fingers–somewhat at first, then there will be improvement week by week.  I just want to do things for myself.  No stubbornness there!
Just so you know, I concocted this blog post pre-surgery.  I thought it would be fun to make bionic “me”.
Blessings to all of my friends!  Time will pass quickly and I’ll be back to “normal?”, soon.
Loving the Stranger Within

So how do I come to accept and love

This somewhat changed  and

Rearranged self?

First, I have to spend some one on one time

With me and myself

Get to know the old/new girl

Learn what inspires her

Secondly, I must exercise self-love

No matter what—

It is still my body, my flesh

This is how I look and it’s fine

Congratulations, Megan and Matt!

Today my cousin Megan weds the man of her dreams, and he weds the woman of his.  Here is there wedding poem, Cherish.

Have a marvelous day!


Here they are, two lovers

Serendipitously brought together by friends

She fell in love with Matt’s quirky sense of humor

And his steadfast loyalty and patience

He , in turn, loved Megan for her beauty,

Inside and out, for within radiated a kindness

That he had never experienced before

Today Megan and Matt begin the dance that joins man to woman

Before God, with loving friends and family surrounding

This day will they join hands and hearts with spoken vows,

Words that will weave them together into a tapestry of one

And seal that moment with the sweetest kiss

And a promise to love, and to cherish, forevermore

Then may their joy be shared as they face the congregation

For the first time as Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Colton

September 22, 2013

by, Joan Ellen Gage

I’m Falling Apart, and Other Stories!


Yes, it’s true; I am still out of work.  What is up with that?, you ask.  Well, I still have significantly reduced mobility in my neck.  It is better, as it was 5% and is now 20-25%.

The exciting news is that I have a torn rotator cuff in my right shoulder.  I don’t know how this happened.  I was doing a lot of upper body exercises and using giant rubber bands in PT.  The shoulder started to hurt more than usual.

Since I had a referral for the left shoulder over 2 years ago, I decided to have both shoulders looked at.  After all, I have time to do that.  Both shoulders have bone spurs–arthritis.  The right one turned out to have a tear.

So, I’m going to have surgery, and will be out the rest of the year.  I will stay positive, and hope for less painful shoulders, and more mobility, ultimately, in my neck.

The best part of having some time is I get to write and make crazy photos with Photoshop.  I have a new book nearing completion, and I’m trying to get it done before I lose most of my right arm usage.  It’s going to be a  very close deadline.

Enjoy the  poem below from the new book, A Redhead Looks At 60.

Have a blessed day,



Future Vision

I want to live in a society

Where varicose veins rock

And flabby thighs are sexy

Where the more chins you have

The more you are admired

I want to live in a society

Where moving up a size is envied

And throngs of women want to know

How did you do that?

I want to live in a society

Where the deeper the lines on your face

The handsomer the women look

And the grayer your hair is

The more enlightened you appear

But mostly, I want to live

In a society, where kindness abounds

Where you are accepted, loved

And treasured as you grow older

This is what we all deserve

Let us not judge one another harshly

And be who we were born to be—awesome—pass it on!