The sort of truth about what causes viruses

When I was seven, I decided I didn’t feel like going to school and wanted to get a little bit sick, so in the dead of winter, I went outside on our balcony in my night clothes and barefoot, and ate some snow. It was kind of a thing among the kids that if you … Continue reading The sort of truth about what causes viruses

Theory of relativity

Just the other day, we were remembering how I got food poisoning as a child while on vacation in Ukraine on the Azov sea. What happened was this. In communist Russia, food was a commodity not always readily available, especially in remote towns, and especially things like sugar, ketchup, tea - these things were usually … Continue reading Theory of relativity

I cry when I see the David

Have you ever noticed how as we age, our emotions become dulled? A few years ago, we made a family trip to Spain. Among other places, we visited this little town called Ronda down near the Mediterranean. I remember standing at the edge of a mountain looking over a huge rocky valley, dissected by a … Continue reading I cry when I see the David

Why I married my husband

Have I ever said why I decided I needed to marry my husband? I have talked quite a bit about how it's great that he is my husband at the moment because all evidence points to me being unable to survive without him, but I don't think I've ever actually described the confluence of events that … Continue reading Why I married my husband

I have pain: a vent

I have been suffering. I mean, more than usual. I know I'm always suffering a little, but lately, it's been worse. I have pain. I have chronic pain and also, I have compassion fatigue. Compassion fatigue, or my version of it, is when you sit in the exam room and a patient with a legitimate … Continue reading I have pain: a vent

My dad tries to help my mom while she has the gastro… hilarious hijinks ensue

I'd like to make an entry to the Men are from Mars and Women and from Venus log book.  I don't actually know if one exists, but if it doesn't, it should. Last week, my parents, fed up with life's little curveballs--like a FIRE in the apartment upstairs from them causing their living room to … Continue reading My dad tries to help my mom while she has the gastro… hilarious hijinks ensue

CPR on a stranger

...The weirdest thing happened to me a couple of weeks ago.  I had to give CPR to a stranger. I was at my daughter's gymnastics class, and all of a sudden, in the periphery of my selective hearing, I became aware of a woman's crying voice: "Somebody please call 911!" I looked over, and saw … Continue reading CPR on a stranger