Monday May 13, 2013
I concluded last week's blog post by noting that I was scared that I had melanoma. Let me end the drama: I don't have melanoma. I have a benign “thingy” that may require the excision of a little more skin or simply more follow-up. That’s great news!
All week long, as pathologists interpreted and re-interpreted my biopsy results, I worried that my emotions might start to sink. But it didn...
Monday May 06, 2013
Life changed for me this week. Sound melodramatic and hyperbolic? No doubt, but it’s true. As it happens, I might have cancer. Talk about irony. I treat cancer. I’m not supposed to get it!
The explicit reason for writing this blog was to dedicate the year following my 52nd birthday to reflecting on meaning in my life and pondering whether I spend precious time on things that don't pass the test...
Monday Apr 29, 2013
Woody Paige once asked, "If practice makes perfect, and nobody's perfect, then why practice?" Throughout my life, I’ve encountered well-meaning individuals who’ve said things like, "If it's worth doing, then it's worth doing well.” Maybe that’s why it’s taken me a long time to internalize the self-evident truth that nobody’s perfect.
I started early to apply...
Monday Apr 22, 2013
In a column appearing in the April 17, 2013 edition of the New York Times, Thomas Friedman blames Boston’s Patriots Day bombing on the cowardly individuals who prepared and deployed the explosive devices. It’s true that the evil murderers who attacked us--and only the evil murderers--are unequivocally guilty of the heinous act. What surprises me is to see Friedman conflate culpability and responsibility. The...
Monday Apr 15, 2013
I don't often hear people use the word "grace" these days. The name, Grace, doesn’t seem as popular as it used to. Except for the late Grace Kelly, I seldom see it on celebrity websites. And the quality of grace, itself, seems to me to be in short supply. Indeed, many may be more familiar with its antonym, than with the word itself. How "disgraceful!"
Grace doesn’t seem to have a...