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Dain-Bramage

Ambushed. Sneaky, silent, sudden. Deadly. You might imagine a hillbilly version of Voldemort hiding behind a door. He’s armed with a cast-iron frying pan. The villain leaping into my path, bashes me in the head with a meaty thwack. You … Continue reading

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Vic’s Addiction

I experienced some extremely comforting drugs in Neuro-ICU after surgery. Dilaudid is a derivative of morphine. I distinctly recall asking for more of that. “Can you give me some more of that “D” stuff?” I couldn’t remember the name, but … Continue reading

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Drunk-ish

“Mama is that lady drunk?” The girl didn’t ask out loud, her wide eyes and worried brow said it for her. It’s 9:00am on a sunny Tuesday. The nail salon is crowded with respectable females. My nails were painted with … Continue reading

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S.N.A.F.U.

We all do it, the off-hand, “How ya doing?” We say it to loved-ones and complete strangers. No one ever really answers question. The reply is most often the completely meaningless phrase, “I’m fine”. When I’m asked,the answer I think … Continue reading

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Shatterproof

Edgar Allen Poe said, ” Never to suffer would never to have been blessed.” Confession time: I am one of those obnoxious optimists, the kind of person who methodically excavates and studies events in order to discover good in disaster. … Continue reading

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Obsession or Focus?

As the fifth anniversary of my brain aneurysm and subsequent stroke approaches, I wonder: Do I dwell on this admittedly dramatic event and its impact on my life too much? Or is this constant attention the reason my recovery flourishes? … Continue reading

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Voodoo in the Twilight Zone

 I celebrate the completion of even the most mundane task, especially when I manage to accomplish something in the most efficient, most logical manner. However, this orderly approach is rare. I am prone to episodes of extreme disorganization: my shoes … Continue reading

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