Category Archives: God

The Right to Live


According to Dr. Charles Stanley, preaching on Channel Whatever this Sunday morning, God promised Abram and Sarai a child but it was twenty-five years before they—now called Abraham and Sarah—had Isaac.  Can you imagine waiting twenty-five years for a promise to … Continue reading

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I Had Two Good Days


Sunday woke calm and quiet.  I had been missing my God-connection most terribly—St. Joe’s, home without help, Crouse—it had all been too chaotic.  (How do you do morning devotions with a phlebotomist putting a too-tight tourniquet on your arm?) Somebody wrote … Continue reading

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For Melia


A new day dawns and with it new learning, new understanding. Dying is a business to be learned.  I was three hundred miles away from my parents in their final years.  I talked to them on the phone every week, but … Continue reading

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Falci-itis


In his report of me, psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Falci throughout referred to himself as “we.”  From Wikipedia:  “The majestic plural (pluralis maiestatis in Latin, literally, ‘the plural of majesty’), is the use of a plural pronoun to refer to a single … Continue reading

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That is All


As a child, I learned that if I wrote down my feelings then they were externalized and ceased to cause pain.  Why else do you think I became a writer?  Over time I came to understand that my feelings were in … Continue reading

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This One’s for Duckie


On April 16 my doctor said, “There’s nothing more that can be done [to treat your illness], adding “I usually only have this conversation with people in end-stage cancer.”  He signed my death warrant that day. It took me thirty days … Continue reading

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Greetings, Gentlefolk


“I have spent the past twelve days in St. Joseph’s Hospital on inpatient psychiatry (Unit 3-6) with Dr. Roger Levine attending. I am now going to file complaints with the New York State Dept. of Health, NYS Office of Mental Health, … Continue reading

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