Tag Archives: Personal

“Stagnation now, stagnation tomorrow, stagnation forever!”

Barack Obama gave a speech recently suggesting that the Democrats were aiming too high. He said they should focus on tiny, incremental, almost unnoticeable change. I hope nobody was listening. The inaction and impotence of his own administration were responsible for the voter apathy that put a game-show host in the White House. If the …

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Homeostasis

From The Big Bang Theory: Sheldon: Excuse me. This is not about protecting my friend. I’m a big fan of homeostasis. Do you know what that is? Penny: Of course not! Sheldon: Homeostasis refers to a system’s ability to regulate its internal environment and maintain a constant condition of properties like temperature or pH. Penny:  …

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Flowers

Mona‘s Uncle Rodney, eighty-three years old and suffering from Parkinson’s Disease, drew us a bouquet of flowers.

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Morning Has Broken

Excerpted from The Bicycle Rider in Beverly Hills, the autobiography of William Saroyan, © 1952: Morning is best when it begins with the last hours of night. For years I have known midday mornings. There is something to be said for them. There is a quality of confusion and overlapping in them which is sometimes …

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Catch-22

We had one resident in the Alzheimer’s ward who was angry most of the time. Not all of the time. When children were present he would smile and laugh and just be a joy to be around. It was an amazing transformation. But most of the time, he was mean as a snake. And unfortunately, …

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“Go, Cat, Go!”

During my days at the nursing home we had one patient who had been a famous dancer. He had a fascinating life and I wish I could tell more, but to protect his and his family’s privacy I’ll just call him Mr. K. One of our other residents was over four hundred pounds and had …

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Promenade

I used to work in the Alzheimer’s ward at a local nursing home. There were two wings, separated by gender. In the women’s section, there was an old German lady who spoke no English. We had German phrases spelled out phonetically for us, simple things like “Do you want to take a bath?” and “It …

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The Shadow of the Stars

The decorations in the window created something that could never be:  the shadow of the stars.

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Then I Walked Outside

Don’t Go Back to Sleep by Rumi For years, copying other people, I tried to know myself. From within, I couldn’t decide what to do. Unable to see, I heard my name being called. Then I walked outside. The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep. You must ask …

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Tragic Young Girls

I remember the first time I heard Teen Angel as a kid, on the radio.  It was so ridiculously over-the-top that I burst out laughing, certain that everyone was in on the joke– then turned to see my little sister, tears streaming down her face, glaring at me as if I were some kind of …

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Slow-mo

My favorite part of watching sports highlights is seeing the crowd leap to their feet in slow-motion.

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Vacation

Season 5 of Everybody Loves Raymond opens with a two-parter that finds the Barone family on vacation in Italy.  It has become one of my favorite episodes. It was almost certainly sponsored by the Italian Tourism Board.  There are very few jokes and absolutely no plot.  The family just wanders around admiring beautiful sights, eating …

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