July 2013

Robbery

July 31, 2013

My friend has an appointment at the hospital one morning to see whether the calcifications in her breast are of the kind known to cause a virulent, difficult-to-treat breast cancer. She is worried about the biopsy she is facing, so she takes a Valium in her car parked near the hospital entrance. As it begins […]

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My car

July 30, 2013

My car…I love those two words because my mind drifts back to a time several years ago when I was lucky enough to be making a lot of money doing a certain kind of psychological evaluation for which I was paid handsomely and decided to reward myself by buying a new car.  It was not […]

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Believe it or not

July 29, 2013

Believe it or not, I ran into the Queen, and I do mean the Queen of England. It was years ago, when I was in my early twenties, and I was on my way to the United States from Australia with my husband. We had married only a few months before and this was our […]

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Horse riding?

July 28, 2013

I never expected to ever ride a horse again. But here I am this morning, getting ready to go on a five-hour horse ride with my friend, Maria. When she asked me about it, I said yes immediately, forgetting I was the same person who, three months later, would have to follow through. I often […]

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That sound

July 28, 2013

That sound is the sound of one hand clapping. It is the sound…of silence. In the work I do, there are many people who cannot stand silence. Not the silence of being alone, but the silence between two people. For some people, it is truly unbearable. I used to be like that. I had to […]

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I wanna hold your hand

July 27, 2013

“I wanna hold your ha..a..a..a..a..nnd, I wanna hold your hand!” The old Beatles song is blaring in the background and reminds you of the day decades ago when your sister is prancing provocatively around your room in your favorite, well, your only Beatle boots. You suck in your breath between your teeth and feel your […]

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