On The Solar Eclipse

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I had no idea Id been bitten by a tick because the bite was in the middle of my back, just at the level of my heart where I could ... READ MORE

Lonely in America

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for Giulio Perrone

It is almost two years since Herbs death, and I miss him the shared minutia of our daily lives, the small intimacies of ... READ MORE

Stripping Down

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Ive been to three unrelated performances lately in which the male performers stripped down to their underwear onstage, not provocatively but to ... READ MORE

Fall Down, Wake Up

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I sit here waiting for a call from the hospital to schedule an appointment with a surgeon, my body on fire and all my pain receptors on high ... READ MORE

Facing Death

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For Nicole, for the last time

I arrived home from Vermont with a tick burrowed in my thigh, and spent my first morning here in the Emergency ... READ MORE

Harmony and Hope

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for Rebecca

Today I weeded the strawberry patch at my brothers farm and it felt like I was weeding myself as well. Pull a weed, remember an ... READ MORE

Change

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in memory of Alan Balsam M.D.

By the cricks in my knees, the forgetfulness of my brain and the grandmotherly face that looks back at me in the mirror, ... READ MORE

Abraham's Children

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for Larisa Blum

The moon was full last night and we celebrated the first night of Passover at a seder, reading from the Haggadah the story ... READ MORE

1984

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for Helen Chen and Lu Ming

This past week, a week that included the one-day revival of the film 1984 playing all across the country, a woman in town took ... READ MORE

Human Nature

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Twelve years ago, coming home from the movies one night I made one of the biggest mistakes of my life I ran over a woman riding a motor scooter. ... READ MORE

Light On Shadow

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for A.R and T.L.

With the new administration bringing up the problem of our collective shadow, some friends and I have been asking ourselves ... READ MORE

Uncertainty

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Growing up, I always went to bed at night with my heart in my mouth, uncertain what the next morning would bring. If my mother and sister woke up ... READ MORE

Moving On

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Last night there was a peaceful student demonstration on the Berkeley campus that was taken over by non-student agitators in costume, no less - ... READ MORE

Personality Disorders

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I grew up with people who were quite mad in both the angry and crazy sense of the word and I learned early how to sink out of sight ... READ MORE

Our Daily Bread

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Yesterday I went to the 34th annual Pot Luck of the Daily Bread Project, a non-profit I inadvertently started one day in 1983 when I brought ... READ MORE

The World, She Turns

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Yesterday I went to see my friend Nicole, lying in a hospital bed in her livingroom and attached to tubes that are keeping her alive. Her ... READ MORE

Dark Rising

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Yesterday was the Winter Solstice, the darkest day of the year and given the sorry pass weve come to in the world, Ive been contemplating the ... READ MORE

What Does It Take?

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Rain, blessed rain is pelting the windowpanes, dimpling the puddles and soaking the garden. I am content indoors as the days grow shorter ... READ MORE