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Mr. Self-Sufficient confronts his helplessness

May 3, 2016

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Suddenly, I feel encircled by kind introverts in white smocks. They deliver good news, but I find myself enveloped in a peculiar angst, only relieved upon re-reading the story of a storm and a sleeping Messiah. Strange: prospects of healing spawn listlessness. Such are the irrational vicissitudes of the life dominated by mouth cancer, which […]

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Finding light in a dark tunnel

April 30, 2016

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Who would-a thunk it? A potentially fatal illness has spurred me back to life. I’m more like wax and less like clay — a fact I pondered as I arrived home after my third and final 5-day in-hospital chemotherapy stint for mouth cancer on April 3rd, cue-ball bald and talking like Daffy Duck with a Swiss-German […]

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The winter of my contentment

February 23, 2015

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Perhaps I’m experiencing a forgotten brand of gratification drawn from the test, or the trial, or the challenge. Human history testifies to a spark that rattles us out of mere comfort and propels us into arctic adventures.

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Blind with Perfect Vision: California Halloween, 1968

October 31, 2010

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My longest childhood journey threaded me between iceberg tips and hurricane eyes and volcanoes holding their breath. I was there, at a pivotal scene in a pivotal year. The ship was crashing; the wind was howling; the mountains trembled; the fire roared. And I saw none it. I may have smelled the burning embers – and maybe that’s what compelled me to walk and walk – but I didn’t see the flames. I was too focused on Sweet Tarts, candy apples, and chocolate-covered caramel wrapped in wax paper.

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Uh … er … ummm …

August 9, 2010

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It was a scene of devastation, a veritable slaughterhouse. You could almost hear the silent screams of brain cells as they met their doom.

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My Good Friday

April 9, 2010

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I once swam in liquid darkness.

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The Five-Month Pivot

February 3, 2010

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There are moments when you know you’ve nailed it.  Pick your sport’s analogy: You’ve swished the series-winning three-pointer; you’ve wedged yourself through defensive-line gorillas and crossed the goal.  You’ve hit the game-winning grand slam.  Spike that ball.  Dance the end-zone dance.  Slap those high-fives as you cross the plate.  Leap.  Pump your fist.  No one […]

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