Archive for July 2016

Feeding my doctors: why I cook for my caregivers

Feeding my doctors: why I cook for my caregivers
The scariest time of my life was when we discovered that our daughter had to have back surgery to correct scoliosis. She was in surgery for six hours and she spent a day in the ICU. Her doc was a quiet man, not exactly warm, but not cold either. He was patient and low key.... Read more »

Coping with fear since cancer has been my hardest challenge: a few things I’m learning

Coping with fear since cancer has been my hardest challenge: a few things I’m learning
When I was seven years old, I was in the front yard “helping” my parents by sweeping the sidewalks. As I remember it, a car full of boys slowed down and a kid in the front seat rolled down the window to speak to me. I moved closer to the car to hear what he... Read more »

This is how to make your Monday even more miserable

This is how to make your Monday even more miserable
I’m living the cliché. It’s a perfectly awful Monday morning, and I’m grumpy about it. I got out of bed with plans that have, one by one, been foiled. It’s been an exercise in frustration that I shared with my husband over the phone while he was driving. I was rude and loud. If I’m... Read more »
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Learning to be alone: what I’ve learned about solitude

Learning to be alone: what I’ve learned about solitude
My husband and daughter have been in Europe visiting family for almost a month. They return on Wednesday, and in my last few days of aloneness, I want to reflect on a few things I’ve learned. As a child whose family moved a lot—eight schools in twelve years—I spent many hours alone. Not because I... Read more »