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“May such calm of soul be mine, so as to meet the force of circumstances” Aeschylus I’m feeling the weight of my humanness. You know what I mean? Maybe it’s because we recently celebrated the crucifixion of an innocent man, or all the suffering splashed across our television screens, or the simple fact that wearing […]

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“We Accept The Reality Of The World With Which We’re Presented. It’s As Simple As That.” Truman Burbank I’ve been struggling to breathe for months. It’s as if I’m suffocating from the inside out. How do you tell if something is alive? You check for breathing.  It’s the first indicator of life.  And I’d be remiss […]

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Because I want my money back if it doesn’t work out! I want to talk about the most misunderstood word in the world, appetite, one that happens to be essential to our health, happiness, and well-being. My Mom used to say, “once on the lips, forever on the hips,” she was speaking about the consequences […]

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[A risible reflection for entertainment purposes only, intentionally confounding, read at your own risk.] I wake up, memories flood in, the time, the day, the season, the pandemic, the spike, the roommates, and praise be to God, the smell of coffee. At least I can smell. I tenderly stretch my aching body, yawn, blow my […]

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  I’ve been struggling to write a post this week, because I believe this is a time for me to be silent, to listen, and learn, but I also believe the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men (women) do nothing (attributed to Edmund Burke). I’ve been a student of […]

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“How you doing?” I asked my Mom this question at the beginning of almost every call, or visit, and her answer was always the same. “I’m fine,” even in her final days. This was not a conversation, it was a pattern, our pattern. I knew she was not fine. She knew she was not fine. […]

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Have you ever played with a pill bug? You know the ones that curl up into a ball and you can roll them around the palm of your hand. I loved them as a kid, they seemed mysterious, and the idea that they could instantly create this protective shell was intriguing to my younger self. […]

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Standing in front of Mom’s beautifully organized desk, I find myself unfolding a receipt for a dance class at the local retirement center, it’s country western, and my first desperate thought is can she get her money back? I know, it’s trifling, but honest. This is my go-to defense, focus on the trival, avoid painful […]