The truth is that I started this blog in January 2009 shortly after I had been released from the ICU and told that I would “never return to normal” and I needed “to prepare [my] family.” The physicians thought I had pulmonary fibrosis which is degenerative and fatal. “We’ve done everything we can…” were the words I was given when I was sent home. I was unable to speak in full sentences and gasped for air every few seconds. I needed to get off certain medications before they could test me for this deadly illness. It was a bleak scenario. I began this blog as a way to occupy my mind and feel productive because the medications prevented me from sleeping all but two hours daily. Bill took pictures for me and uploaded them to my laptop in bed. It was pretty much all I could do for those three months.
When my health improved I began wanting to write about things other than craft but was worried about losing the audience I had so carefully built. Last fall I began wanting to write with no constraints small posts daily and began considering new titles for my new blog. I settled on “Yes. It’s my real name.” because it is the question I am so frequently asked. I decided this title had the open-ended, light-hearted feel that I wanted to carry into my writing. My agenda for Yes. It’s My Real Name is simple: start off the day with a nice thought. I won’t be trying to sell you anything. I won’t have guest posts or advertising. I’m just writing for me and anyone else who’d like to drop in and join the conversation. Just Weeks and whatever is on my mind when I open my laptop in the morning. Hope you’ll drop by.