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What else have we got except hope?

One of my colleagues at work asked me the other day, “Are you an optimist or a pessimist? I can’t really tell.” And therein lies my problem. I want to be an optimist, but pessimism clings to me like a sticky fog. Richard Rorty, one of my favorite philosophers, refers to “pessimism of the intellect,... Read more »

Resolution Chronicles: being in the moment while driving to work

Resolution Chronicles: being in the moment while driving to work
I am a practical person. Efficient. I am also a worrier, the classic person who “thinks too much.” So, when I’m driving to work, it just seems a waste of time to be in the moment when I could be driving and worrying. Two birds with one stone and all that. When I dropped my... Read more »

Talking with Michael Jordan and Alicia Florrick (In my dreams. It’s not like I know them or anything.)

Lately I’ve been waking up and having a hard time shaking off my dream world. No trouble shaking off sleep, just a hard time finding my way to reality. Maybe it’s because I’m sleeping like someone’s nine month old. I sleep blissfully for four or five hours and then I’m bright eyed and bushy tailed... Read more »
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Sometimes it's only dodgeball

Sometimes it's only dodgeball
Sometimes the world feels like a perilous place to me. I’m the bug, not the windshield. And the cars are bearing down fast. Such is the state of anxiety that so often invades my thoughts. I am wrestling lately with a tendency to think of myself as a victim, a sitting duck in the crosshairs... Read more »

The burden of survival in the shadow of extraordinary people

The burden of survival in the shadow of extraordinary people
I was idly reading People magazine about a little girl who was the sole survivor of an airplane crash. In the sidebar were photographs of two other kids who were the sole survivors of airplane crashes. One of them, a young man, said, “I live every day to honor my father.” And I felt such... Read more »

Four cancer resources you should know about

Four cancer resources you should know about
Whether you’ve just been diagnosed with cancer, are in the midst of treatment, or living in the grace of remission, you are living with cancer. It’s a burden made easier for me to bear with the help of The Cancer Support Center in Homewood. Below are four of the best resources I know for folks... Read more »
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You’re an English teacher, right? We are who we are

You’re an English teacher, right? We are who we are
I don’t think of myself as a cliché. Who would want to? But right after I got my Honda Fit, a car I unaccountably and without restraint crushed on for years before I bought, I pulled into a parking place at an optometrist’s office. As I stepped out of the car I saw another Honda... Read more »

Cancer and bad luck: healthy people get cancer

Research reported in Science Magazine several weeks ago concludes that chance plays a greater role in triggering cancer than scientists had realized. This is the abstract of the study from Science: Some tissue types give rise to human cancers millions of times more often than other tissue types. Although this has been recognized for more... Read more »

I'm a better person after cancer, and that pisses me off

I have a friend, Val, who is one of the truest souls I’ve ever met. Really. She’s a good person, who makes good choices, sometimes hard choices. She’s also fun and funny. And smart. When she listens, she’s 100 percent there, but not in an intense way. She’s calm and present. She’s chill. I don’t... Read more »
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I've got Good Wife on the brain

My first thought these last few weeks when my eyes fly open in the morning is Alicia Florrick. For those of you not similarly obsessed, she is the main character in the Good Wife, played by Julianna Margulies. I’ve got Good Wife on the brain I guess. And why wouldn’t I? My daughter and I... Read more »