Monthly Archives: April 2016

Old Habits

I still routinely open doors for women—car doors, restaurant doors, front doors. I am both ancient and old school, raised in Europe where, among the middle bourgeoisie, it would be inconceivable to sit for dinner before the woman of the house … Continue reading

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Head Banging Against the Low Ceiling of One’s Own Talent

Some days it’s easier to write than others. About a week ago I woke up with the germ of an idea for a book I‘ve been working on. Nothing earthshaking, just an agreeable little plot twist that might have amused … Continue reading

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Anne Shirk, Part II

The family memorial for my friend Anne, who died two weeks ago, was held yesterday in the back yard of her house. Anne was a fortunate woman; she and her husband had purchased their home many decades ago, and chosen … Continue reading

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Blah, Part II

The second chemo session went well. It wasn’t until night that the aftereffects hit and they lasted longer than expected. The treatment itself isn’t that frightful. I lay on the examining table and waited for the doctor to come and … Continue reading

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Blah…

It’s hard to write today. I’m sitting at the computer with three unfinished novels, a couple of short stories I want to polish so I can post them, and a magazine assignment due in a few weeks. I’m blanking. There … Continue reading

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Cops

Every month or so for the past half-a-year, a policeman hides behind a bush in my front yard. He wields one of those radar guns that measure a car’s speed and issues tickets to scofflaws. I welcome him. The last … Continue reading

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Snippets

“Buried a dog today.” The man was in his seventies, a little bent at the waist and wearing a watch cap. He was one of the people the food store hired to herd carts, retrieving them from the far reaches … Continue reading

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Life After

The days following the death of someone cared for are always strange. It’s difficult to believe the person is really gone, that any conversation will now be one sided and without response. Those who have left us can’t answer basic … Continue reading

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Rats. And Shakespeare

Rats. I had told myself I wouldn’t write about medical stuff for a while, but after spending a little too much time at the lab giving bodily fluids, tomorrow’s surgical procedure is on my mind. Today I will sweep the … Continue reading

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Anne Shirk

My friend Anne died yesterday. She was a lady of the old school, proud and upright in the face of illness, generous and kind, and forthright in bearing and opinion. I met Anne some fifteen years ago. Like many women … Continue reading

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