NonFiction, North Shore Childrens Hospital, politics, Psychology

Deception

'This Side of Life'

deception

I’m not driven to tears often. I see myself as staunch and stoic. Last night, however, I found my face bathed in that salty fluid as I listened to myself assure a victim of a crime that justice would now be done.

“They know about him now,” I said. “They’ll do something.”

It is an interview I taped on 9/28/1992. I listened as life occasionally interrupted the conversation I had with Judy. My sons came in and out of my room, and my beloved dogs barked. Judy choked back tears as she told me her story—a horrific one in my eyes. An eleven-year-old girl fearing for her life as she was sexually assaulted; her young brother hunkering down with her in what they called their fort in the attic telling tales of assault, too. Her mother, addicted to prescription drugs by the offending doctor, proclaiming to the doctor that he…

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Chronic Illness, NonFiction, Psychology, writing

There was an Old Woman Named Sarah

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The Saga of the Damned Tree

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journalism, NonFiction, Psychology, writing

Subcultures be Damned and They are killing Us

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History, writing

An Incorporated World is in the Offing

  Pamela 🐝 Williams jarred me from my complacent dream with her piece: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@pamela-williams/two-means-to-an-end-an-opinion-piece. I’ve tried to ignore what I’ve considered to be an evolutionary backslide for quite a while. I hunker down in my dream and hope events will bypass me, but I know in my heart they won’t. I’m embarking on a journey of relying on a system that might not be in… Continue reading An Incorporated World is in the Offing

Chronic Illness, Medical

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