The Misogyny and Deplorables* of Pinktober

The wrong kind of awareness. It’s probably happened to all women. It recently happened to me when I made a homecare visit to a patient’s house, and she introduced me to her son. But the setting could be at the office or at a party. You are introduced to a man for the first time. […]

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A Friend in the Storm: A Review of Nancy Stordahl’s Cancer Memoir

Being a breast cancer patient can be lonely. Even with supportive friends and family, no one really knows what it’s like to endure the shock, anger, grief, and stress of being diagnosed with cancer, and then to undergo the scorched-earth treatment of it. No one knows what it’s like to put up with exhortations to […]

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You’re Making Me Crazy

Shadows and fog The story I am going to tell in this post is true. It’s a story that has been told to me over the past several months. Certain details have been omitted, but I asked for and got permission to relate the essentials here. The essentials are accurate. The image of the straitjacket […]

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Exit Strategy

Singular Concerns It’s a lovely, peaceful evening. I’ve just finished a large bowl of homemade, post-Thanksgiving turkey soup. Now I’m sipping a cup of my favorite tea while gnawing on a piece of almond-studded, chocolate buttercrunch, and it’s just shy of nineteen days until Christmas. The radio is playing softly in the background. In such […]

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