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A Writer’s New Year’s Morning Walk

The sound, muted but insistent, fractured the early morning quiet. I followed the gulp-croak, gulp-croak into the front hallway in time to place a towel under my vomiting dog’s muzzle. It was four-thirty in the morning. I could hear the churning of his intestines. He looked at the front door. January had just begun and [...]

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Writing about Old Age

In the New York Times review of A History of the Present Illness, Abigail Zugar noted that I write “lovely, nuanced description” and have joined “the ranks of those immortalizing the small, realistic retails of modern medical care.” That was nice, but perhaps more interesting was the following comment: “[She] is at her best in [...]

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Pain

We all know what pain is. And we know it comes in many different flavors – physical, psychological, emotional; acute, chronic; sharp, dull, burning, searing, excruciating, etc. – anything and everything that includes suffering or discomfort of any kind. Sure, it can be helpful, like an early warning system or a corrective for when we are [...]

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