Monthly Archives: July 2015

BAD SMELL

“Does this smell bad?” “No, Mom.” “What about this?” “No, Mom.” “Or this?” “Mom, I feel like I’m living with Helen Keller.” Eight years ago I lost my sense of smell. I had had a very bad head cold and … Continue reading

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4 BEST THINGS A DOCTOR CAN SAY

One: “This isn’t serious.” Two: “We can fix this.” Three: “You will get better.” Four: “If I had a magic wand, what is it you would wish for today?” The first three “good things” are simple sentences that can do … Continue reading

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FACT EMBEDDED IN FICTION

I prefer reading fact embedded in fiction. Last week, I met with a Wareham, Massachusetts book group to discuss Jacksonland, a history of the shameful forced removal of native Americans from their ancestral lands. The history, by Steve Inskeep, an NPR … Continue reading

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A CLEAN SWEEP

I like to sweep. Sweeping soothes me. I feel a deep satisfaction and peace while I perform this simple task every morning. In my pajamas, coffee nearby, I sweep the grubby floor. The cats reluctantly move from their warm patch … Continue reading

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