GPS For Survivors

One good way to make someone crazy is to continually invalidate their experience. There are many ways to accomplish this, all of them mild to moderate variations on “gaslighting” someone, or “ruthlessly manipulating an individual, for nefarious reasons, into believing something other than the truth.” I’ve been on the receiving end of several versions, more […]

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Am I Blue?

Manon Brunet sings “Am I Blue?” For me, this year is going out with some extra heartache in the form of finding out that a friend and sistah may be having a recurrence of breast cancer. A diagnostic mammogram found an area of what looks an awful lot like good ol’ ductal carcinoma, in the […]

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Telling

Back when I was a natural blonde, I enjoyed a brief and unexpected moment of fame as a nationally-broadcast poet. Unbeknownst to me, my mother had submitted a poem I’d written to a television program that was broadcast on Sunday mornings on CBS. I don’t remember what it was called or who moderated it, except […]

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So Far, So Good

If I’d gotten to write the script for July 24th, 2008, one year ago, I certainly would have written it differently. In the first place, if I still had to find out I had cancer, it would have been divulged to me in a face-to-face dialogue, not in a phone conversation that happened accidentally. Perhaps […]

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