47. Starry Eyed

Hey, there, everybody. I was telling my husband Anton about some fun things from my past when he said that I should include them in a post. So, here goes. What follows is shameless name-dropping. A few months ago, I was sad to learn that Dame Diana Rigg had passed away. She became one of […]

46. When Bad Acts Are Not Punished

2019 saw the publication of the results of a study about children’s attitudes toward punishing bad behavior. The study found that a majority of the participants – who ranged from 3 to 6 years of age – were willing to punish “bad actors” even at their own expense and even if they were not harmed […]

45. Who Will Care for Me When I’m Frail?

I have been away from this project for quite some time, taking care of personal matters. Plus, with the raging pandemic and the heavy monotony of life, it’s been hard to feel inspired by anything. Then I heard that a famous ballet guy said something along the lines that “you can’t wait for inspiration to […]

44. Misunderstood

Lately, there have been many celebrities and politicians who blurt or tap out stupid things that they must walk back after a public outcry. Almost always they claim to have been “misunderstood.” Let me tell you, no one knows about being misunderstood better than people with disabilities. I find that people who consider themselves “normal” […]

43. When Family Drama Becomes Public Trauma

We are all influenced and shaped by our families, who are the people that as children we interact with the most. As we grow up, we often absorb and adopt some of the attitudes, views, and behaviors of our parents, our siblings, and other family members. I’m no psychologist, so my ideas on this are […]

42. Haunted

The small, single-level, shotgun-style house was typical in the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans. It was freshly painted and well-maintained. Its new occupants planted flowers by the front steps and in the back yard. They looked forward to starting a vegetable garden out back, a luxury after years of living in apartments. But, inside the […]

41. From the Jaws of Death

In action films and television shows, characters often narrowly escape death through clever maneuvers, split-second decisions, and amazing timing. In real, ordinary life, how often do each of us come within the reach of death’s icy fingers? And are we still alive because of good luck, coincidence, or miracle? Those questions came up recently as […]

40. The Control Mirage

The other day I had to shake my head as I watched a video news clip on television. A foolish old man in a black mask had left his hospital room to wave frantically to well-wishers from a limousine. Then he returned to his hospital room. It was his way of showing that he controlled […]

39. Too Much

The other day, as my wife and I drove around town, we passed an old shopping center that has been inactive for about 10 years. In the meantime, other properties have been developed for shopping centers, meaning that swaths of trees have been torn out, grass has been plowed under, and concrete has been lain […]

38. Uncomfortable

Have you ever felt uncomfortable in the presence of someone else? No doubt we have all felt that way a few times in our lives. The sensation is particularly unpleasant when you realize that you have walked into the middle of a marital battle. Once, my wife visited some friends, a husband and wife. This […]


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