A Morose Echo


A doctor from Downeytown, Pennsylvania, called me last week to talk about my 53-year-old brother Jimmy, a mentally retarded adult who lives there in a group home. Jimmy, he explained, had been on a diet and lost 15 pounds. But the rapid weight loss was sudden, not normal. And the physician observed that my brother…

Paris


Paris First there was youth and young people, fresh faces, and smiles. There was festivity and the night, wine and laughter, the scent of exotic perfumes, the smell of jasmine, vanilla, sandalwood, tuberose and citrus, the flirtations and sensuality of life, the swing of partiers having fun. Music and entertainment and the dark, gathered inside…

In a Grieving Mood


The first anniversary of her death will be on September 1st. In the year since my mother died, I have experienced days of grief that just came over me, an intense sadness: unshakeable, persistent and gripping. And then, inexplicably, the darkness leaves and I’m set back into temporary equilibrium. I no longer cry easily and…

The Retraction From Life


Weaker, yet still alive, still able to speak, Louise M. Hurvitz was in her wheelchair, in the sunshine near the glistening Marina boats, when she told me she wanted to eat a steak. That was on Monday, August 18th. She ate a hamburger that night, and a slice of pizza on Tuesday night. She was…

Prayers and Pharmaceuticals.


What day was it on the calendar?I did not know.I only know I was speaking with my mother, pushing her along in the wheelchair along the Marina path. The sky was bright, the boats were anchored along the dock, she said she was hungry and wanted a steak.It was last Monday, August 18th and Linda…

Lovely 24 Hours in the San Fernando Valley…


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