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    Loving Life in a Sunbeam

    I’m in my happiest place right now. That being a warm sunbeam through my living room window. I’m dictating this to Herman so he’s typing while I’m sunning. There have been studies that show the efficacy of light therapy, and I’m here to tell you it’s true.

    You should also know, that while I’m warm and cozy in this sunbeam, outside it’s one of the coldest days of the year. I’m writing this to you in January, about a month early as usual.

    I have some other news. As of yesterday, my wheelchair is now equipped with a chin control. So I can move the chair myself. I’m not that good a driver yet, though I haven’t smashed into anything. It’s really weird driving this chair with my chin. The things they come up with nowadays are amazing!

    One of the advantages of this system is that as the sun moves across the sky, I can chase the right angle and stay in the beam without disturbing Herman. (You should know, sometimes Herman gets up with a Harrumph and a look when I want to be adjusted for the sun’s movement.) As a matter of fact, I just asked Herman to move me as I don’t have the chin control in place since it would get in the way of my sun. There’s always something.

    You should also know that I did have a little mishap as I was trying to get into the sun booth yesterday. I was going into the main entrance of the house where the sun booth is when my chin control caught on the doorjamb as my power wheelchair spun sideways on a piece of ice. The chin control arm lay limp to one side, useless after less than a day’s use from installation.

    Fortunately, Herman came to the rescue. Even with one screw missing from the joint where the control arm rotates, he managed to tighten the other two screws with an Allen wrench (Herman’s term, not mine) and get the arm in place for use again.

    I will still need a visit from the tech person from Monroe Wheelchair (hello, Bob), but I at least am able to practice my manipulation of the control in the meantime.

    So I’m still in the sun as I’m finishing this column and still looking forward to sunnier and warmer days in the future.

    "Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"