Monthly Archives: September 2012

Food

I grew up in a time and a place where wasting food was a serious sin. I was a Parisian kid in post-war France, and my family served a few repulsive dishes at least once a week. My least favorite—it … Continue reading

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A Year Later, Parft II

It took a couple of weeks for the biopsy results to come in, and one of those weeks I spent with a catheter, a medical imposition that can make life… interesting. Those of heightened sensitivities should probably stop reading here. … Continue reading

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A Year Later

So yesterday marked the end of the cancer treatment phase where a virus (really, not a virus, it was a bacteria; there was some confusion there but it turned out to be the latter) was injected into me by means … Continue reading

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Muslim Humor

Today I am not myself. I am writing under the pseudonym of Alfonse Gaston because there is a possibility that what I write will anger some Muslims who might do harm to my family and neighbors (Note to angry Muslims: … Continue reading

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Writing, Part Whatever

For the past several years, I’ve been working on a novel set in Paris in 1919. I’am now on the fourth rewrite and I’ve trimmed more than 100 pages. I’ve tried very hard to heed the advice of Jane Feather,  … Continue reading

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Making Money

I do not have a head for business. I buy high and sell low, and the one time I ventured into a public offering, I bought into the worst IPO in the history of IPOs. I put $3000 into Vonage, … Continue reading

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How Smart I Am

Several years ago I briefly dated a woman who liked to show others how smart she was, because she was.  I remember once mentioning that T.S. Eliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock was one of my favorite poems, … Continue reading

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