Notebooks | 2016
SOLO TRAVELER | A MAD Must Read for My Women Adventurers
MRS TRUMP | No Fault Marriage
VIGGO | Books
photograph | Neil Latham
Ojai | 2016
I started Ojai Cares after surviving my own difficult battle with breast cancer. The overwhelming amount of information, counter-information, confusion, paperwork, protocols . . . well, I figured others too would feel overwhelmed, lost, and frightened after having received a diagnosis of such dreaded magnitude.
My desire has always been to provide guidance and support with a compassionate heart to people with cancer and to those caretakers who so tirelessly stand by their sides, through services that educate and empower individuals through these difficult times..
Life doesn’t discriminate between the sinners and the saints. Cancer does not discriminate between those who can afford care and those who cannot — and neither do we. Through compassionate care and a variety of complementary integrative services, we strive to make each cancer journey as easy and peaceful as possible. Compassion is the key.
We are the only non-profit Cancer Resource Center and community-based organization providing comprehensive cancer support services to the Ojai Valley. We operate on a very small budget and through the generous support of our spectacular volunteers. You can donate your dollars, you can donate your time, you can even donate your couch. Everything counts. It all adds up!
and, to be perfectly honest, it bums me out.
So many great ones! —libidinal heroes,
idealists, warrior-chieftains, revolutionaries,
fabulists of all sorts, even the great Irish pig farmers
and Armenian raisin growers —and who,
I ask myself, am I by comparison? Calmed
by Valium, urged on by Viagra, uplifted
by Prozac, I go about my daily rounds,
a quotidian member of the quotidian hierarchy,
a Perseus with neither a war nor a best friend,
and sink to the depths of despair
on the broken wings of my own mundanity.
If only some god had given me greatness,
I surely would have made something of it—
perhaps a loftier, more humble poem than this,
or some übermenschliche gesture that would reveal
my superiority to the ordinary beings and things
of this world. But here I am now, one of
the earth’s mere Sancho Panzas, leading
those heroic others through the world on their
magnificent horses, merely turning the page, dreaming
my own small deeds into their magnificent arms.
Juana Olga Barrios | I Carry Your Heart, 2012