Skeletons in the Closet

Friday Fictioneers
(Copyright Douglas MacIlroy)

Skeletons in the Closet
Genre: Narrative Medicine

Kat acknowledged her newest nanny with her best, I’m ok face, certain that it would be reported to her very important parents; never present themselves to notice. She chewed and chewed and then spit into her napkin; a distraction, a sleight of hand and the napkin would disappear down her evening dress.

Some nights she had no choice but to swallow, especially when Cook was her dining partner.
“Mangia, you are too thin Miss Kitty.”
“This pasta is so delicious,” Kat would appease, gagging down a few strands, visualizing them expanding on her monstrous thighs.
Keeping the peace with more lies, she would vomit in silence later.

Read more flash fiction from Friday Fictioneers here.

The wisdom in this post?
Sit down with your children for one meal a day, be with them and open your heart to truly see them. You are not too busy.

On a lighter note here is a photo of my family at my youngest son’s wedding. I guess we never know how much we screw up our children but these young men of mine seem happy and healthy and for that I am grateful.


It’s Harvest Season – Friday Fictioneers

Photo credit @santoshwriter

Photo credit @santoshwriter

It’s Harvest Season

Maria felt the first few drips of fluid at dawn, waves of unbearable pain followed. Her picking hands were slowed, her back hunched. The gathering light gone, she finally collapsed at dusk. Continue reading

welcome diversions and writer’s block for friday fictioneers

firday fictioneers

genre flash nonsense
100 or so words

Welcome Diversions

“Another Friday Fictioneers huh?” he said looking over her shoulder as she read email in bed, “but it’s Wednesday, I don’t get it.”
Mildly annoyed by the intrusion she replied, “I like the challenge of getting my story written by Wednesday for Friday.”
“Then what will you write on Friday?” he teased.
“That photo prompt reminds me of a, an, a towering you know,” he stuttered with a mischievous grin, “a firm edifice” he finished.
“I supposed the power lines remind you of sparks?” she teased as he spooned closer.
Welcoming the diversion she purred, “Sparks and towering you know whats, now that’s something I can work with.”

I make no excuses for my flash nonsense this week but hey – no one was injured or dying today unless you count the “le petite mort” which may or may not have happened.

To see what the serious authors are writing this week go here for Friday Fictioneers, flash fiction in 100 words or less.


Cauliflower Crust Mushroom Gorgonzola Pizza

Cauliflower Crust Mushroom Pizza


There are a zillion online cauliflower crust recipes and all of them use cauliflower, eggs (or vegan eggs), salt and pepper. I added herbs for flavor and almond meal for a boost of healthy fat and fiber. I topped my crust with garlicky mushrooms and Gorganzola cheese for a pizza worthy of a trendy vegetarian restaurant. This pizza can be served as a main dish or cut into small bites for an appetizer. Serve with fruit and salad for a delicious meal. It’s high in protein and low in carbohydrates. You could make it paleo by leaving off the cheese or substituting a cashew cream. Vegans substitute flax eggs and cashew cream cheese.


Cauliflower Crust Gorgonzola Mushroom Pizza

  • Servings: 6
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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1/2 large head of cauliflower about 4 cups
3 eggs
1/2 cup almond meal
1 tablespoon fresh oregano chopped
1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
4 cups mushrooms sliced
2 cloves of garlic minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 ounces Gorgonzola cheese crumbled

Preheat oven to 375 F.
Make cauliflower crust. Process raw cauliflower in a food processor until consistency of small rice grains. Microwave 5 minutes, stirred halfway through. Squeeze cauliflower in a clean tea cloth until mostly dry. Be careful it is hot out of the microwave. Add herbs, almond meal, salt and pepper let cool sightly. Add the beaten eggs and combine.

Line a large baking sheet with oiled parchment paper. Smooth cauliflower mixture over baking sheet forming a 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick crust. Bake 20 minutes.

Sauté mushrooms and garlic in olive oil until mushrooms release their moisture. 10-15 minutes.

Top prepared crust with mushrooms and sprinkle with cheese.
Return to oven and bake 15 minutes until cheese is golden.

This is how my dinner meals really look every night. 1/4 protein and 3/4 fruits and vegetables.
Cauliflower Crust Mushroom Pizza

Alone With My IV – Flash Fiction

Friday Fictioneers

Alone With My IV

each drip of chemo makes me want to hurl
each drip brings me closer
closer to what?
somewhere in between

what happened to Quinn?
last week
we dripped
now he’s gone
something about too many white cells
or too few white cells
killing the wrong cells maybe
doesn’t matter I guess
I only have strength
for my own

This is a work of fiction. I have not experienced chemotherapy myself but I understand that it is a bitter/sweet experience being with others who are going through it along side you; a chance to form unlikely friendships and bonds. In reality, I think we always face illness alone.

More flash fiction can be found at Friday Fictioneers here. Tell your story in 100 words or less.

Be well,

Roasted Mojito Chicken

Another Found Treasure recipe for your archives. Pin this one for a fresh, healthy chicken dish. Love it!

Originally posted on The McCallum's Shamrock Patch:

Mojito ChickenRoasted Mojito Chicken will be the juiciest, most delicious, roasted chicken recipe you’ll ever make. It will have your family raving about your Roasted Chicken for weeks, combining a white rum Mojito Marinade with fresh mint and sliced limes, simply seasoned with cumin, kosher salt, and freshly ground pepper

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Dr. Google Will Never Know You Like I Do or Care as Much

My blog friends saw it here first. My Dr. Google Post has been syndicated. Please take the time to visit and comment and like me.

Here’s my skeptical face, “You want to feature my little post? Really? Well ok if it makes the world a better place.”
Actually I said, “Yes, wow, yes.” Or something like that.


Here’s a link to my syndicated post at

Standing Watch – Friday Fictioneers

@Dee Lovering

Genre: Fantasy
100 words

Standing Watch

Give me sweet sleep now in the daylight, for nothing stalks the soul come dawn; the loud tourists, and the occasional minor demons pose no threat. Continue reading

Ginger & Turmeric Cauliflower Rice

Ginger and Turmeric Cauliflower Rice

I’m taking my vegan side dish to Fiesta Friday with Angie and the gang. You can find delicious recipes all in one place here. Or if you’re looking for vegan and vegetarian recipes go here to
Many of you know that I am at home healing from a hip injury. I’m a physician but I’m not a big fan of traditional medication. Did I hear you gasp?

Sometimes, at least for me, the cure is worse than the injury. Narcotic pain medications make me nauseated, NSAIDs like Ibuprofen and aspirin eat holes in my stomach and steroids make me insane. What about marijuana? Medical cannabis is legal in Nevada now but no thanks; I haven’t used weed since college and even then I couldn’t inhale very well and I was the one in a million who hallucinates on it. (I guess I can’t run for President now after that confession.) ;-)

Which leads to me my personal natural remedies for pain and inflammation. Please check with your personal physician to discuss natural remedies because some foods and supplements can effect blood clotting and interact with traditionally prescribed medications.

Glucosamine is reported to reduce pain and inflammation in joints. The best studies were done in dogs but there were a few studies in humans which showed that it does work in arthritis patients but takes longer than NSAIDS. I think it is really helping reduce my pain and I haven’t had any side effects.

Turmeric, ginger, rosemary, green tea and fish oil have anti-inflammatory properties and taste delicious so I’m adding even more of these foods to my diet.

Ice is an effective pain reliever that also reduces swelling and inflammation so I’m icing for acute pain.

Somatic movement is helping me increase my range of motion and is reducing the trauma response. Trauma response is when you injure one area, like your low back or hip, and then your brain tries to protect the injured area by contracting all the muscles around it causing lopsided posture and more pain. Read about it here.
That was a long winded introduction to this easy, anti-inflammatory packed delicious, low carb, Paleo, vegan side dish. You could make this a main dish by adding nuts, legumes and/or tofu. I served mine with Orange Marmalade Alaskan Halibut. (Recipe coming soon.)

Ginger, turmeric cauliflower rice
So many antioxidants and anti-inflammatories in one little vegan dish.

Ginger and Turmeric Cauliflower Rice

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 15 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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1/2 head of cauliflower
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 glove garlic minced
1 inch fresh ginger grated
1 tablespoon fresh grated turmeric or 1 teaspoon powder
1/2 cup fresh cilantro chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

Grate cauliflower by hand or through the food processor grate.
Heat oil olive in skillet. Add garlic, turmeric and ginger and sauté until fragrant.
Add raw cauliflower and sauté until combined and crisp tender.
Stir in cilantro, salt and pepper. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Ginger, turmeric cauliflower rice

A Frozen Section – Flash Frozen Fiction

Friday. Fictioneers

Photo by Douglas McIIRoy @

Flash Frozen Fiction for Friday Fictioneers

Genre: Historical Medical Narrative
(Yes, I did just make that up.)
100 words

A Frozen Section

“Did you study the video I forwarded to you? It’s all in the wrist,” my friend the oncologist joked, as I angled the biopsy needle into my traitorous breast.

“I know how to do a biopsy!”

“I remember you sucked at biopsies in med school. You should have had a mammogram before you left for Antarctica.”

“You know, it was on my list of things to do before I left; pack warm clothes and get a mammogram,” I fired back.

“All in the wrist,” I repeated as the needle hit the gritty mass taking away all doubt. It was cancer.

My flash frozen fiction inspiration comes from my friend Doug’s photo prompt and from Jerri Nielsen, MD who bravely biopsied and diagnosed her own breast cancer in 1998 while trapped at Amundson-Scott South Pole Station during the endless southern winter.

I suppose I could biopsy my own breast if I had to, but with today’s fiction I imagine it being much easier with my best medical school friend online to steady my hand. A frozen section is the term used by surgeons for a type of biopsy that is done quickly inter-operatively to diagnose cancer.

Be well and get your mammogram done before embarking on an extended expedition.

You can see more Flash Fiction here.