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About Deborah

My name is Deborah Jacques.  I’m married to the best husband in the world (for me, at least!), Eric.  When we married in 2000, I became mom to Ken (then 14), Marialies (then 13), and Natile (then 12).  What a blessing they have all been and continue to be!!! We lived in Morgantown, WV for most of the time since our marriage, but recently moved to a retirement community in Bethel Park, PA.

I had 3 heart attacks in less than 2 months from the tail end of February to the beginning of April 2014 and wound up with severe congestive heart failure. It seems that nobody thought I’d survive a year. I was in hospice care. I passed out and fell down and, because I’d gotten really dizzy and crossed my feet in preparation for sitting down on the spot but went down before I could sit, my right ankle plowed through my left foot, breaking 4 bones. I went to the other hospital in town, and had a cardiologist bouncing off the walls demanding to know why I didn’t already have a pacemaker/ICD. By the time a week had passed, my foot was pinned together and I had a CRT-D implanted. I think it’s helped.

Nearly 4 years later, I’m still alive. Eric had a massive stroke about a year after my heart went stupid. He’s pretty much paralyzed on his right side and has very, very little speech capability, but he does seem to understand most of what’s going on and what I say, he’s able to read a bit, and he is able to mostly take care of his own personal needs. He is still the kind, loving man that I’ve been married to for 18 years and I am thankful.

I am and have been interested in so very many things in the world and the people and the universe surrounding me that there is no way I could possibly limit my blog to a particular topic area, and sharing my thoughts on such a variety of things is humbling and makes me feel vulnerable, which is scary, so I put off even starting for a long, long time now … and  I thought that starting a blog committed me to writing regularly, just in case there’s someone reading.  But here I am.  And here you are!  And together, hopefully, we’ll all grow.

If you wander around, you’ll find a few recipes–some my very own originals, some adapted, and some linked from other sites.  Especially with the proliferation of pesticides, herbicides, and additives, I feel very strongly that cooking from scratch with known ingredients is absolutely vital to the continuation of the human race in general, and for my family in particular.

 

Spirituality is also a very important part of who I am.  I won’t harp on any particular religion or group of religions, I promise!  But I was raised a good little Catholic girl, became agnostic for a number of years, then joined the United Methodist Church and later was actually a pastor for 5 years while finishing up college and attending seminary.  I loved preaching, and I’m good at it, and I miss it … but I don’t miss all the rules that organized religion insists upon, which seem counter to the faith that Christ taught.  Most (all?) religions seem to think they’re the only ones who could be right, and that seems sad to me.  So, you’ll probably occasionally hear me tell you about my understanding of God as being love, and what that means to me–especially now that I’ve begun working on a book about just that!

It’s okay if you disagree with me on anything I say.  I’ve been wrong many times and I’ll be wrong again!  But since this is my blog, it’ll convey my thoughts, feelings, and opinions.  You’re welcome to respectfully disagree or to choose not to read, but flames (just plain meanness) is definitely unwelcome.

Make yourself at home.  Wander around.  Enjoy.

Love to all!

Deborah

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