Connecting in Isolation

“Screw this virus ... Burying people in the hard isolation of the same four walls.” So said David Brooks in a recent @NYTimes column. If only all American government leaders Would follow the lead of New York State’s Andrew Cuomo in enforcing indoor isolation, which is appearing to show quantitatively what anyone can understand —…

The Day I Flew The Paper Airplane

It WAS THE WINTER OF 1967, AND I WAS IN SEVENTH GRADE. WE HAD MOVED TO WASHINGTON AFTER BOGOTÁ, AND WERE NOW LIVING IN A SUBURBAN MARYLAND NEIGHBORHOOD NEAR TO WHICH WE'D PLAYED AFTER KENNEDY WAS SHOT. Now here we were in America, where the television news featured a person called a weatherman who told…

On Steering Troubled Waters

There is love. There is hope. There is always a chance. Amen, sister!

3 am thoughts and musings

Only in the darkness can you see the stars.

Martin Luther King, Jr

The New Year has gotten off to a rocky start. I am not sure if there is something in the water, sand, or air (or maybe my margaritas), but it seems that everywhere I turn, things are veering off course. I set my sail to go east, and I am blown north; I try to dock in a safe harbor, only to be turned away. I am not the only one who has had a number of significant challenges, and I hear of many troubles from friends and family. Last year started off with promise and hope, but for many ended with anxiety, stress, illness, heartache, loss. And instead of being abated with the ringing in of a New Year at midnight, things seem to have been snowballing into ever spiraling chaos. So far, this year has…

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LEARNING TO SWIM

IT WAS THE SUMMER BETWEEN SEVENTH AND EIGHTH GRADE. I HAD A YEAR OF LIVING IN SUBURBAN AMERICA UNDER MY BELT AND A WHOLE LOT OF LEARNING AHEAD OF ME. I COULD NOT HAVE IMAGINED THAT I’D END UP IN SOUTH FLORIDA AND THAT WATER WOULD SAVE MY LIFE. This summer, we wouldn’t be going…

My Snoring Solution

About this time last year, I bragged that I was the most boring patient in Palm Beach County. Never a day in the hospital. Original parts. No chronic disease. Boring.  Except for my ONE problem. I snored. It was annoying my husband, and it had even started to wake ME up. Most nights, we slept…