Mild mannered private school teacher by day, party queen and drug addict by night, Lisa Smith lived life on the knife’s edge for years before she was finally overcome by the debauchery. In Unschooled, my friend Lisa Smith talks ab out her descent into the party scene and her resulting battle with addiction, while trying to keep the facade and decorum of an elite private school teacher in NYC intact. When her two worlds did eventually collide, her real story began. Check it out, it’s a great read!
Last time, we had some laughs. It’s always nice to take a break from real life and blow off some steam. Unfortunately, though, as it often does, responsibility comes crashing back in. It’s always easier to deal with it, though, once you’ve taken a break, and it’s a good thing I had one. Therapy, my R.A., the bills, and life in general were waiting for me to pick up where I left off.
With the holiday season finally here, many of us have to deal with added stress. With presents to figure out and buy, crowded stores full of shoppers, social events to attend, traffic day and night, and bitter cold weather to battle, the end of the year can be a very hectic time. Add to these tasks all the regular, everyday responsibilities we face, and the stress can become too much to bear. That might mean a hot shower and a relaxing night at home for most of you, but for those like me, stress has a much more Continue reading “Holiday Tips For Those With Rheumatoid Arthritis” »
A 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” »
Recently 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” »
Everyone knows that living with a disease like Rheumatoid Arthritis is a day-to-day struggle. It is common knowledge how things can go from bad to worse in the span of a few hours, but it is hard for those of you who don’t suffer from chronic illness to grasp just how much that affects a person. All the factors that go into one tiny decision can boggle the mind. Hopefully I can give you some insight into how it works.
Originally, I had planned to write today’s column on another subject, but over the last two days I have been Continue reading “Choices – Living With Rheumatoid Arthritis” »
Since I missed you last week, this will be my first official post of the New Year, 2011. So, for all of you who read my lowly column, Happy New Year! Along with the plastic horns and paper hats, watching Dick Clark, and the usually cheap champagne, there is something else that comes along with celebrating the New Year – resolutions!
A man named Robert G. Ingersoll spoke the words above. He was the Attorney General of Illinois, was friends with Walt Whitman, and was regarded as one of the greatest orators of his time. After leading his Illinois regiment in the Battle of Shiloh in the Civil War, he was later captured. Like Ingersoll, I am fighting in my own war, with battles waged on a daily basis. Sometimes I am able to walk away victorious, and sometimes I’m not.
Well, it looks like we are here once again. That month or so that begins after Thanksgiving and ends as soon as the hangover wears off after New Year’s. Some people deign to call it “The Holidays.” Whatever name it goes by in your life, it’s the special time of year when you do things you normally try to avoid. The time of year when you buy presents for people you would usually cross the street to avoid. The time of year when men ringing bells in red suits is not out of place. And, it’s the time of year when Continue reading “The Holiday Recital” »