Once while toasting with our Tinto vino Merka said, I cannot toast you if I do not look into your eyes. This was my response. 

When  I looked into your eyes
I saw beyond  the colors there
Beyond the beds where  monsters tarried
Pást the corners where you hid

I saw more rooms there,  bare yet swept clean
The windows polished closed but clear
The rainclouds holding back their torrents
The warmth of sunlight coming near

Travel now beyond these places 
the dark, the light, the colors seen
The warmth the rain, the covers thrown back
Moving with and in a dream

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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