Category Archives: Personal

Cliff Notes: Rio Zika, by Michael Crichton

Dystopian novel set in the near future, written by Michael Crichton before his death in 2008. Billions of mosquitos bearing the zika virus proliferate in Rio de Janeiro coincident with the Olympic Games. The finest human specimens from all corners … Continue reading

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The Sweatshirt

Your daughter comes over for dinner one night, fresh from a run. It’s cool on the deck so you lend her a sweatshirt, something old. You don’t remember when or how you came to have it. When she leaves, she … Continue reading

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Institutionalized Adventure

Twenty years ago, when my children were young, a narrow path wound around the point in Kingsley Park, the peninsula that juts into Fresh Pond, the City of Cambridge’s reservoir. Walking paths, woods, and meadows surround the pond, three square … Continue reading

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Mantra for Healing and Strength

I’ve got a black band hanging from my door for lat pulls, a grey band tied to the knob for forearm rotations, a green band looped around the coffee table for leg lifts, and a red band I loop around … Continue reading

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Unsolicited Advice Redux

No sooner do I write an essay about unsolicited advice than I catch myself doling it out. Every rule has its exception. I was at a barbeque with friends when one half of a couple explained in great detail their … Continue reading

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Unsolicited Advice

I know what my unemployed friend should do to find a job. I know how my niece should deal with her awkward boss. I know how my writing buddy should find a publisher. I know how my neighbor should trim … Continue reading

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Miniseries Mania

Physical therapy is additive. Each immobilized joint and wounded tendon requires its own manipulations to come back to life. At peak, I spent six hours a day (four sessions of 1-1/2 hours each) with heating pads, putty, pulleys, gravity and … Continue reading

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