Author: Doug Ankerman

Downright Lazy

Downright Lazy

  Eh, don’t get me started. All these current trends and new fangled technologies. I’m a 55 year-old fuddy-duddy who doesn’t know a Kardashian from a Gregorian. I remember the days when telemarketers were living, breathing humans–NOT robots.  And with all this online shopping, I know my UPS driver better than the store clerk. Convenience …

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I Have Changed

I Have Changed

    “I have changed.  I am a different person now than before I was diagnosed.  My personality has changed.  The old me is coming back.  Slowly, but.  That’s part of the reason my wife and I are getting a divorce.” “How long have you been married?” she asked. “Thirty years.  We are high school …

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Kids Will Be Kids

Kids Will Be Kids

    A story was told of kids being kids. This one about when differences arose on the playground. “It’s MY turn.  You already had one.” “Na uh, you’re cheating!” “Am not!”   Most disputes are  settled quickly and play resumes because there is only so much time till recess ends. On this day however …

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Overdue: The Return of the MS Bookmobile

Overdue: The Return of the MS Bookmobile

    Time once again to curl up and read a classic novel with an MS plot. The MS Bookmobile has returned! Chocked full of new titles about your favorite chronic disease. Check out these great reads…..   “Mobility Dick” by Herman Melville “Fire And Fury: The Feeling in my Body” by Michael Wolff “MS …

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Resolutions Really?

Resolutions Really?

    Happy 2019 to you! What would be the lamest idea for the first post of the new year? Resolutions, of course. Honestly I don’t make new years resolutions.  And neither should you. Here’s why. Resolutions are a waste of time & energy because they are rarely achieved and meant to be broken.   …

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MS-A-Caroling

MS-A-Caroling

  ‘Tis the holiday season and not even multiple sclerosis can sour the spirit here at My Odd Sock!   Let’s add a sprinkle of MS to our favorite Christmas songs. Join in & sing loudly as we go “MS-A-Caroling”…..     Sung to the tune of: “O Christmas Tree”   O  A-F-O, O  A-F-O, …

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Dude, Where’s My Small Car?

Dude, Where’s My Small Car?

  2018 has not been kind to the small car. Back in April, Ford announced plans to eliminate all models except for the Mustang, SUVs & trucks. Just last week General Motors did the same. Chrysler shut down the Dodge Dart.  While, VW will sqwish the Beetle come next year.   All this news crams …

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Given Up?

Given Up?

  Have I? Have I bowed out? Pulled out? Backed out? Copped out? Ducked out?   Have I given up?  Have you?   I was reading an online advertisement about a new brand of sweatpants.  The makers claimed them to be the most comfortable, thinnest, stylish brand on the market. “You (and others) won’t even …

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The Faces of MS

The Faces of MS

      As you know there are many many faces of multiple sclerosis. With the help of a novelty item called “Face Coasters” I will try my best to recreate a small sample of our MS challenges & emotions. Shall we…..         Doctor:  “I’m sorry but you have multiple sclerosis.”   …

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Things That Grow

Things That Grow

  There are obvious things that grow in life, children, the national debt, our waistlines. But I want to focus on the not-so-obvious. The kind of stuff that sneaks up on you.  Overwhelms.  And before you know it gets out of control. Here are ten “Things That Grow” in my home without any particular effort. …

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