Archive for May 2017

How many calendars does it take to get me to an appointment?

I just got a Facebook notice that our community manager at ChicagoNow had posted in our private group. It’s 9 p.m. and it seemed late for a post. It was the prompt for tonight’s Blog-a-palooz hour, which I had completely forgotten about. Tonight’s topic is, “Write about something you hate to use or rely on... Read more »

You need to know about Oxford High School's "13 Reasons Why Not"

You need to know about Oxford High School's "13 Reasons Why Not"
Suicide has been on my heart and mind lately. When it landed on my newsfeed via Netflix’s version of the novel “13 Reasons Why” last month I felt like it was a step too far, and I wrote about it here. Suicide isn’t just a plot for a novel or a spectacle for voyeurs. It’s... Read more »

When the still, small voice is a jerk

When the still, small voice is a jerk
I grew up hearing about the “still, small voice” of God. I never heard it, as hard as I tried. It’s been awhile since I’ve thought of that phrase, but it crossed my mind today, so I looked it up in the Bible. It’s in the Old Testament. 1 Kings 19:11-13King James Version (KJV) 11 And... Read more »
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When I'm sick I want my mom

I’ve been taking a new medication that makes me sick to my stomach. The other day at a lunch to honor a student, I had to push past the person next to me and get to the bathroom. I almost didn’t make it before being “sick.” This is the British word for vomiting, tossing your... Read more »

The Republican health care bill will make it cheaper to get melanoma

It’s hard for me to be articulate about the healthcare legislation that the House approved on Wednesday. It offers so much to hate and so much to fear that all I can do is sputter and emote. However, I can think clearly about one part of the bill. It repeals the tax that the ACA... Read more »

Balance is a way of being, developed by doing

In my physical therapy sessions, I’ve been working on balance. Last week, it was standing on one leg on a thick foam square, switching legs every 30 seconds. Yesterday, it was a square skateboard-like contraption that I had to keep balanced. As in life, I struggle with balance at PT. It’s different from hard work... Read more »
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You don't have to remain upbeat and positive about cancer

I’ve been working with a student all semester, trying to help her complete my class. She’s smart, a good writer, hard working, and conscientious. And, her grandmother has cancer. She’s been at her bedside whenever she can be. Today in class, she told me that her grandmother died over the weekend. Another student’s father has... Read more »