Circles never start, nor do they end.  They just are.  And friendships like these never start and never end.  They were meant to always BE.  Miles and marriages and jobs and kids and life take us away from each other.  Somehow we reconnect.  The world is a small or large as it is. 33 years ago we shared classrooms and therapy rooms and the sidewalks of our college campus.  We studied late at night and helped each other memorize the nervous system and Dr. Hahns theories of language expansion.  Eventually we drifted off to excotic places like Hermiston and Stockton and one even landed   in Australia.  Debbie entered the picture and tied another circle onto ours.  The California circle never started, never ended and now it is joined us together.
Susie wants to start a quiet revolution of change.  Carol wants all to find peace in their own hearts, and in their homes and communities before we take on the world. Dana wants to do something completely different than speech path, now that she is all grown up.  Debbie seeks quiet and peace of retirement…isn’t it about time?  And Jules, we miss your accents developed from living in three regions of the world, and we miss your wisdom and your fun (and I miss your moms home made grapejuice).  Julia what is   your wish?
The world is very small, really.  I am glad for these friends who were in my circle of academia.  We meet again near the end of our careers.  Circle still intact.

Published by Carol Clupny, author Ultreia Books

I am a middle aged woman with Parkinson's Disease. When I was first diagnosed I spent a lot of time researching the disease. Seeing a video of a man in the advanced stages of the disease attempting to get out of his chair and then "freezing" as he tried to walk across the room got me off my butt and moving. Great adventures on the Camino de Santiago and with TEAM Pedaling for Parkinson's across IOWA, as well as the day to day adventures of life have lead me to writing. My first novel, a memoir, will be published early 2019. It is called, you got it THE RIBBON OF ROAD AHEAD. Living with the degenerative neurological disease Parkinson's, ULTREIA is a word that guides me. I have chosen it as the name of my business ULTREIA BOOKS. It comes from Latin and old French and means "unfailing courage". In the old days, pilgrims would call "Ultreïa" to each other as encouragement "Go up, go further!" Nowadays we would say "You can do this thing". It takes courage to live with Parkinson's. May I face each day with unfailing courage.

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