Living with mental illness reminds me of the perpetual tightening of sight associated with macular degeneration. A close friend's mother is facing a destiny of dusk, the light of day dimming earlier and earlier like the cold and snowy late months of fall. She's waiting for disease to throw the switch as though she hadn't … Continue reading Hard Truths Abolish Life’s Peripheral Pleasures (for Jean)
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt: 600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 7,300 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 12 years to get … Continue reading 2012 in review
"Surprise!" is what I used to say, years ago, early on in our twenty-eight year relationship. Back when we hadn't really yet learned each other's tastes (or better, tolerances). Fifteen years ago I'd stand there, his gift balanced by my sweaty hands, my nerves knotted and twisted like the Strangler Fig tree, praying for his … Continue reading This Christmas, He Gave Me A Look From Outside, Inside.
It was similar to forcing yourself to perform a task you loathe and delay as long as possible. But the timeliness of memory forced me to remain seated and prepare a list (found below) of the children and adults slain in Newtown. But what caused unrelenting heartache was recognizing their ages, or, recognizing their lack of … Continue reading We Can’t, We Simply Can’t Forget Those Kids
LETTER SENT VIA EMAIL: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 Dear President Obama: I’d like to propose four ideas in the wake of the Newtown slayings: Dispense Ammunition like Rx Medicine: Our Bill of Rights protects ownership of firearms. It doesn’t include ammunition. Using the pharmacy model dispensing Rx, apply similar laws to dispensing ammunition. If … Continue reading My Letter To The President of the United States, Barack Obama
I'm still crying. Especially for the amount of preciously rare innocence lost that day. I fear a crevasse of cruelty ripped open our discouraged plains of humanity and swallowed acres of hope, kindness, and gentility. The displaced survivors have been inoculated with indifference. Recently, our society welcomed the technological efforts to promote the importance of … Continue reading Our Cultural Conflict: “I-centric” vs. “Us-centric”
Since I first heard President Obama fight back agony so wrenching it overwhelmed the indomitable propriety of his office, I sensed a depth of heartache rarely freed by a sitting president. President Obama's valiant attempt to sandbag the stalwart character of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue was breached nevertheless as the surge of emotion overwhelmed his duty … Continue reading Newtown Might Be Anytown