Monthly Archives: October 2015

Backward’s forward, “Papa off,” Sandra Bullock, and me

I have the power wheelchair. Jose, the technician, delivered it and showed me its impressive range of functions. Wendy, my beloved physical therapist, was very encouraging and worked with me to sit properly. Soon after they left Anna, Caito, Sheila, … Continue reading

Posted in Thoughts for Actions | Leave a comment

Stephen Hawking, black holes, wheelchairs, and me…

So tomorrow I’m getting a new power chair and I was joking then I have to get myself a Stephen Hawking voice to go with it. And of course Sheila said why would you do that? And I said I’m … Continue reading

Posted in Thoughts for Actions | 2 Comments

After the storm…

In the aftermath of a storm, it is difficult to survey the loss and identify the resources available to cope with the damage without an appreciation of the lives and terrain that existed prior to the storm’s arrival. Life with … Continue reading

Posted in Thoughts for Actions | Leave a comment

Just a little slip (of attention)

And at times, I do not pay attention. Perhaps I am distracted, daydreaming, a little more tired at the end of the day or I have the slightest fever which weakens me just enough. I am transferring “in my sleep.” … Continue reading

Posted in Thoughts for Actions | 2 Comments

Two friends pause…

It is both poignant and curious that Bodhi, my 9 year old Tibetan Terrier, friend and companion, has symptoms and a diagnosis so similar to my own. During the past year we noticed his increasingly ataxic (or drunken) gait and … Continue reading

Posted in Thoughts for Actions | 1 Comment

The ship of Theseus

A desk, a disease, a disability, a life is a framing of a brief moment, nothing permanent. To what passage in time do I become attached and with what consequence? Imagine a diagnosis as the pinning and labeling of a … Continue reading

Posted in Thoughts for Actions | Leave a comment

Some days, oy….

Mindful practice can break up on the smallest things. For illness, as with life, is not a concept but stuff–clouds, pebbles, thoughts, and frustrations. And some days there are so many bits and pieces that have to be put together, … Continue reading

Posted in Thoughts for Actions | Leave a comment

No guarantees…

If there is anything universally characteristic of chronic illness it is uncertainty. Simply within the parameters of medicine, this is less the case for the most of our prior encounters with physicians. Most colds, fevers, and “flus” will pass in … Continue reading

Posted in Thoughts for Actions | 1 Comment

A “crisis of consciousness”

It seems to me that the experience of chronic illness is remarkably similar to the conditions for spiritual teaching developed in various traditions. In many wisdom tales, a disciple is given very specific instructions. When she completes her task, the … Continue reading

Posted in Thoughts for Actions | Leave a comment

A prescription…

One of my favorite minds is James Hillman’s, perhaps because he shares and illuminates several interests of mine–psychology and psychotherapy, mythology and art, the normality of pathology and the sickness of much that is normal, the value of talk as … Continue reading

Posted in Thoughts for Actions | 3 Comments