Monthly Archives: August 2016

Shock

It was called Shell Shock at first. Then Battle Fatigue. Or Combat Stress Reaction, technically. It didn’t acquire the big syllables until late in the 20th century. PTSD. Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. Until a couple of decades ago, only soldiers … Continue reading

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Solitude

You look at me like I’m insane, because I say that I don’t want a partner yet. You act as if a set of natural laws demands that I be married. You forget how bad I was at being someone’s … Continue reading

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How I Spent Today

My alternating interests ruled today. At times I read a book I’ve got by heart, and in between I tried to grasp the way our bodies handle energy. So part of me inhaled two hundred years ago, the balance breathing … Continue reading

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Three (Non)Wishes

A deathless life and wealth beyond compare and never laboring: these are the three conditions legends say we would repair, if granted wishes. Immortality or gold is first, the other next, and work- avoidance makes the third gratuity. Then fables … Continue reading

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RLP

Location was a fact of World War II. They happened to be here in ‘41 and stuck on visas. Everything they knew inspired them to angle for the sun. Tecate, then, for precious latitude of Nazareth and wealth of golden … Continue reading

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Bonafide Bitch

I think I’ve always been a dog person. I remember Lassie and Rin Tin Tin. Among my early books was one called Champion Dog Prince Tom, about a runt cocker spaniel who made it big in obedience trials. When Dad … Continue reading

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Melanoma

“He’s gone to life’s next phase,” the mother wrote to thousands in the database of prayer. She typed her pain around a guru’s quote and filled our monitors with grief. “Beware the power of the sun. Apply your screen without … Continue reading

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