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I Can’t Pee – PART I

There are some things in life that I know I take for granted. Like electricity. Or shelter. Or running water. Or access to food. Even hearing and sight. Even my new smart phone. But until now, I have never really appreciated my ability to use the bathroom. Yes, I am writing to you about a… Read more »

When Worlds Collide

“I think everyone must love life more than anything else in the world.” > >>>>>   “Love life more than the meaning of it?” “Yes, certainly. Love it regardless of logic, as you say. Yes, most certainly regardless of logic, for only then will you grasp its meaning. – The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoyevsky It… Read more »


Every end has a beginning. Every beginning has an end. We often associate endings in life with great pain and heartbreak, but sometimes it’s the moments that are neither ending nor beginning that are the most agonizing. For the past few months, I’ve meandered along a familiar path. Even when the road became rocky and… Read more »

“Never Waste Your Grief”

A voice message from my sister on Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 05:30:15 PM. “Hi. Lydia? [pause] It’s me. I think you should know … that an hour ago a policeman came to Joseph’s house … and asked him to go to Cayuga Medical to identify a dead body. [pause, heavy breathing] Which they think… Read more »

Dreaming Within Reach

When I was little, I had this theory that “If I can’t see you, you can’t see me.” It mostly applied to the monsters living underneath my bed, the murderers and robbers that might walk into the room, and the scary shadows of ghostly kings that the curtains left on the walls – but I… Read more »