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Judy Fleagle spent 22 years teaching 1st and 2nd grades and 21 years as editor/staff writer with Oregon Coast and Northwest Travel magazines.Since 2009, she has written five books: "Crossings: McCullough's Coastal Bridges," "The Crossings Guide to Oregon's Coastal Spans," "Around Florence," "Devil Cat and Other Colorful Animals I Have Known," and "The Oregon Coast Guide to the UNEXPECTED!!!."

#321-The WHY behind my cancer . . .

Seven years ago, I was diagnosed with late-stage lymphoma in late September. And the sentence that stuck with me in the lymphoma info given to me was this: “Patients with this diagnosis can count their lifespan in months—not years!” That … Continue reading

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#320–To Sir Groucho with love . . .

On January 4, I lost Sir Groucho. He was lovable, feisty, and playful right up to the end, and he was still able to beat me up the stairs. He was somewhere between 19–21 years old. As a rescue, I … Continue reading

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#319––Colonoscopy––to have or not to have after 75 . . .

Last September when I told my primary care doctor that I thought I should have a colonoscopy, he said that they are not usually recommended once you are past 75. I told him I knew that, but I was high … Continue reading

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#318–New Year’s resolutions—not . . .

2021 RESOLUTIONS Keep up with reading matter This pertains to newspapers, magazines, and other reading matter that comes through the mail on an almost daily basis. I did better this year; I got to the accumulating piles more often. But … Continue reading

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#317–Looking back at 2021 . . .

In spite of Covid, this turned out to be a productive and memorable year. This post is basically what I sent out as my Christmas letter. Last spring, I put together a book, The Cancer Blog, a compilation of the … Continue reading

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#316–Much ado about nothing . . .

This is a tale with many twists and turns––just like the road between Florence and Eugene. In November, I had vein procedures for both legs scheduled to be done during the two weeks prior to Christmas. This triggered a cascade … Continue reading

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#315–Surviving aftermath of Pearl Harbor . . .

My story is not harrowing, but I was there when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on the morning of December 7, 1941. I was one month old, so I have no memory of the attack. But my Mom did. We … Continue reading

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$314–End of fall activities collides with Christmas prep . . .

This is always a busy time, but this year more so than usual. Because of rainy weather on days I could work outside in October and November, I got behind in fall yard chores. And because I will be having … Continue reading

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#313–Victorian Belles Christmas Bazaar 2021. . .

What a difference a year makes. The Victorian Belles Christmas Bazaar held at the Three Rivers Casino Events Center was almost back to normal. Last year was a very strict protocol to enter the Casino, only half as many tables … Continue reading

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#312–FFOB Last Hurrah––let’s hope not . . .

The following Letter to the Editor (actually letter to the community) appeared in Florence’s twice weekly newspaper the Siuslaw News last Saturday, November 13. It was written by me, co-founder and co-chair of the popular event: Florence Festival of Books … Continue reading

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