Looking back…

Pilgrims on the Camino Frances walk across Spain from East to West. So intent on finding the next yellow arrow for direction, they seldom look back. Dwelling on the past, the “should of’s”, the “I wish”, the regrets…only adds weight to your mochila and burdens one in their Camino. But a quick look over the shoulder to catch the beauty of where you have come from, the mountains and valleys and rivers you have crossed…well, that lightens your step. If you must look back, see the beauty in the road you have walked. See how very far you’ve come.

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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