Grace, the Cancer Bear

Grace, the Cancer Bear

Ouch. That awkward moment when I realize not everyone in cancer land is nice. Aren’t people “this” close to losing their lives kinder, gentler, more compassionate versions of themselves? No, not always. Alas, cancer like money, does not transform. It only magnifies. Appreciative people appreciate more, bitter people become more embittered. This particular person does bait […]

In the land of the faceblind 2 faced lady is queen

In the land of the faceblind 2 faced lady is queen

“It never seemed worth risking the rejection to bother asking someone else to come along,” I wrote. My English teacher returns my paper with a big fat red circle around the word “It.” What does this refer to? Ms Mcguire wants to know. I dunno. The rejection doesn’t seem worth risking? grrrr. I don’t make the […]

Swear never to be silent

Swear never to be silent

“I swore never to be silent whenever and where ever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. – Elie Wiesel As a young person I put up with more than my share of crap. It ain’t no […]

Over it

Over it

“Shouldn’t you be over that by now?” is what she asks me. Before I elaborate on what “it” is, the following analogy: Let’s say you’re a kid. Your dog has puppies. Your parents, bless their hearts relatively loving yet decidedly overburdened, can’t handle the additional expense. No one means to traumatize you for life. In fact, […]