For those who read my blog because they know and love Ruth (and to know her is to love her) you’ll mourn to hear that she’s flat in bed with a ruptured disk.

It’s a poetic sort of injury. Ruth has been carrying the burdens of grief and a busy family for several months. We’ve talked of our mutual desire to have time to read, go to the temple, take long walks… yet in just the last week (when her back was really hurting but yet to go completely out) she hosted two sets of visiting relatives, a going-away party for a neighbor, a soccer party for 5 year olds.

My dad is in California playing Mr. Mom while Bill is at work and Ruth is grateful for Percocet and good books.

This photo is a bit outdated. I’ll fly out next week to take a new one.

November 17, 2009
November 24, 2009



  1. Denise

    November 20, 2009

    That’s awful news. I’ll include her in my prayers and place her name on the prayer roll at the Manhattan temple. Every mom needs to rest sometimes. I’m just sad to hear that it’s a forced rest — but hope she will recuperate fully.

  2. Sue

    November 20, 2009

    My best friend ruptured a disk and had a terrible time. Like your friend Ruth, she is a doer and a giver and a nurturer, and I think it all just caught up with her.

    I will say that she learned a lot about herself during the forced rest period. Self-care still isn’t her strong suit, though. Hard to teach an old (or middle-aged for that matter) dog new tricks…

    Hope your Ruth improves soon. She is lucky to have a friend like you waiting in the wings with love and support.


  3. Sam

    November 20, 2009

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  4. Mollie

    November 20, 2009

    Oh, no! I am one of those who follows your blog as a friend of Ruth (also because I love reading your writing…) Give Ruth my love! And thanks for keeping us updated here.

  5. martha corinna

    November 20, 2009

    I hope she heals soon.

    It was good to see you yesterday. Lulu has been talking about “fun” Mary non-stop. I hope you have a very fruitful Thanksgiving.

    P.S. I’ve been telling everyone I know (who knows anything about running) about your marathon times, everyone is in awe. I have to set some new goals now, thanks to you.

  6. Linkous

    November 21, 2009

    So sorry for Ruth. California for Thanksgiving? That sounds great! Give Hans a late bday hug from us.

  7. Linn

    November 26, 2009

    Ruth is hands down one of my most favorite people in the world and I’m so sad to have heard about her back. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving all together though–sending my love to you and to her and your amazing families!

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