disability, health care, Uncategorized

How getting Multiple Sclerosis turned out to be a good thing.

      MS has been one of the best things that happened to me. No really.

I spent most of my life taking care of other people. I worked in nursing homes, foster care homes for the elderly, and people with disabilities and it became my passion. But I worked long hours. I worked twenty years helping people with disabilities live alone in their own apartments, I was an outreach worker helping them with a myriad of tasks, shopping, banking, advocacy, problem-solving, crisis intervention. I was on call for five days a week and it was very stressful. There were days I worked 16 hours a day coming home and working well into the night to get my paperwork done, write care plans, and plan for my staff meeting where I supervised three assistants.

So it was ironic when I got MS and I was forced to retire at the age of 53. It allowed me to stop taking care of everyone and to focus on my health. I slowed down, enjoyed my gardens and potted plants, cooked by scratch, enjoyed more time with my boyfriend and my new life because I was around home more often

.Well, one day when cleaning out my closets I found my journals from when I first moved to Oregon when I worked in the Wallowa Mountains doing timber inventory, living in my tent, working in Wilderness areas. Well, as I sat there reading and chuckling, I thought this would make a good book and I started writing and produced three books that are in Rhe Eve Chronicles by Diane DeVillers,

If I wouldn’t have gotten MS I never would have had the time to write my books. Check out my author page at amazon.com  The biggest shift in my life was realizing that toxic emotions, people with toxic emotions were people I couldn’t have in my life anymore, they made me physically ill, draining all my energy. So I started taking care of me, I joke’ It’s all about me!! and that was the biggest thing I had to learn, with MS if I do too much or get too hot it sets me back

. I have the Progressive MS and in ten yrs haven’t gotten worse, I have a half-paralyzed leg and wear a brace to keep my foot from dropping down and tripping me, I have severe back pain from pulling that leg around when walking, and the fatigue that people with MS well know.

The best thing for me is I’m into exercise, twice a day I ride my inside bike for nearly an hour and twice a week I swim laps for an hour. I swear that I feel better mentally and physically and I think the exercise is keeping my half-paralyzed leg keep from atrophy.

So although the fatigue gets me I have to save my energy to last all day it’s like I have a bucket of water which is my energy and every task I do it’s like taking a ladle full of water out, so I have enough energy to last all day I see my bucket getting empty as the day goes along. If I don’t pay attention to it I pay by having to lay in bed the next day. So MS has been very good to me.

Who knows what the future will be but I’m fine with itdide and crabby


Joni Mitchell’s “The three great stimulants”

https://video.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?fr=yhs-avast-securebrowser&hsimp=yhs-securebrowser&hspart=avast&p=Joni+Mitchell+video+of+The+THree+great+stimulant+song#id=5&vid=f263dc9cad27ce04a1259a81d5bdf17d&action=click   I’ve been playing my records, yes that’s right, records, that scratchy Joni Mitchell songs like “The Three Great Stimulants” It takes we so far back, to the days living on the farm in mid-state Wisconsin where everything was about peace and love. I found my records and yes, I have a record player and wow was I wowed by Joni’s The three great stimulants”Joni Mitchell 75

counterculture, Uncategorized, Women

Oregon author publishes the book ‘The Eve Chronicles”

Check out my author page about my book ‘The Eve Chronicles” by Diane DeVillers about when I first moved to Oregon and lived in my tent doing timber inventory for the forest service. The first book in the paperback book is “From the Waters of Coyote Springs” and tells about camp life and about the freedom I felt living in the Wallowa Mountains. https://www.amazon.com/Diane-DeVillers/e/B00BWY3Q9Kcover frontThe Eve Chronicles cover (2)


Chris Cuomo gets it right about Trump’s character traits not helping with corona virus like he should

https://www.yahoo.com/huffpost/chris-cuomo-donald-trump-coronavirus-flaws-072652107.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=2_04&guccounter=1 Once again Chris Cuomo hits the nail on the head about our President and how he isn’t helping with the Corona Virus daily WH briefings.

When will someone tell Trump to sit down and shut up and let the medical experts tell the truths about this virus?donald-trump-1276068_1920pixabay


Father and Daughter both publish books

My father and I published our books, books that are very different in subject matter, his is a historical novel about the Korean and Afghanistan War, highly researched and reads like  Tom Clancy novel.

“The Stone Horse & Droshki” by Ken De Villers is also a story of enduring love. It’s an adventure historical novel, the memoirs of Colonel General Yuri Danilov, the son of an American Sioux Indian and a Ukrainian Mother. Master spy for the Soviet KGB. Top Gun fighter pilot in the Korean, Vietnam and the Soviet Afghanistan wars. Privy to the internal workings of the Soviet Union’s Politburo. Also a story of love and devotion between Yuri and the beautiful Japanese-Russian Eiko Haraoka.
My book is called “The Eve Chronicles” by Diane DeVillers:
The paperback book is three novellas, inspired by the author’s own journals about her relationships, life, and work in the forests of Oregon, comprise The Eve Chronicles.
The first book is called “From the Waters of Coyote Springs”: Eve searches for meaning to her life while working in the forest of the Wallowa Mountains in Oregon. Living in her tent she spends the day doing timber inventory for the Forest Service. Five other mismatched foresters live in the camp with her.
cover frontThe Eve Chronicles cover (2)cover for proof
Felix and Eve: Felix hires Eve; he’s a cantankerous elderly man who needs round-the-clock nursing care. She’s a live-in-the-moment type of person. Once Felix accepts her, he tells of his relationship with the notorious gangster, Al Capone in Chicago during the 1930s.
The Arrangement: Each year under a special arrangement Eve spends the summer on Catalina Island with Sid, a retired college Professor and Eve’s former lover, who has a debilitating type of Multiple Sclerosis. An irony is that the author, having left the forests to work with people as a caregiver, was later diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. This afforded her the opportunity to retire early and focus on writing.
The three eBooks are available at Smashwords.com or Amazon.com or any other site that sells eBooks. The paperback book is available on Amazon and books stores that can access the Ingram Catalog.

Big Win for Tongass National Park’s Old- Growth


A big win for wildlife, climate and old-growth within Tongass National Park, after the massive logging project, loses their access to log pristine old-growth stands.Eagle on ice


A Rare Friendship Between a Bear and Wolf

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Photographer Documented The Friendship Between A Grey Wolf And A Brown Bear

Finnish photographer Lassi Rautiainen

A nearly unheard-of relationship between a bear and a wolf in the wild. Perhaps they were young and alone after leaving their mother’s and they found themselvesWolf and Bear friendship finding another lonesome animal.