The Import Of Support

supportA few days ago I experienced one of the most painful episodes in the entire tenure of my life with Rheumatoid Arthritis. I had to be rushed to the hospital in the back of an ambulance, and then spent six hours in the ER while I was “repaired.” As I was lying on the gurney, I began to think about what life would be like if I could not count on the support structure I have availed myself of for years. Sitting in that hospital, I realized that having people you can rely on when you need help is probably the single most important asset in Continue reading “The Import Of Support” »

Sex

sex1This week we are going to discuss something that makes some people blush, some people sit up and take notice, and some people very angry. You can put the children to bed and lock the dog and cat away because this week we are going to talk about that three letter word we all love and fear at the same time – sex.

“Did he just say sex?” Yes, I did. You see, no one talks about what it’s like for someone who is chronically ill to deal with all the issues that surround sex in all its facets. Even when Continue reading “Sex” »

The Scarlet e-Letter

scarletRecently I came across a news report about one Alexandra Wallace. If you have not already heard, Ms. Wallace was a student at UCLA who authored a video that she then posted on the Internet. This video was what can only be called a diatribe against Asian students who annoyed Ms. Wallace by talking loudly on cellular phones in the school library. As is the fashion of the day, the video went “viral,” and now Ms. Wallace is the at the center of a controversy involving free speech, racism and the college administration’s responsibility to provide a Continue reading “The Scarlet e-Letter” »