Monthly Archives: December 2015

“Bye Bodhi Out There”

This week we mourn the passing of our beloved Bodhi. He spent his last day with us gnawing a great bone. As he left, 20 month old Caito called out, “Bye Bodhi out there!”. He walked or rode with us, … Continue reading

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Helpless Unhelpfulness

One of the most frustrating things about being disabled, whether by accident, illness, or aging is the limited ability to help. I am restricted in what I can do to assist in simple household tasks or, in my case, for … Continue reading

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My Angels

As we approach that time of year when every culture marks the coming of light into a world of darkness, when faith is renewed after the slaughter of innocence or the near extinction of the eternal flame, when nature reminds us … Continue reading

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Is Love Just a Four Letter Word?

To grasp how our individuals selves and families respond to loss is crucial to creating a constructive engagement with us during experiences of illness. Within any home, social, or medical settings certain voices are less likely to be raised or … Continue reading

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Living in the Archetypes of Loss-1) The Exile

It is through imagery that we and our families can often begin to tackle the range of pain and suffering that afflictions such as illness or disability may bring. Metaphors express common ways we live through illness. We capture psychic … Continue reading

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Chronic Illness & Clerical Terror

Today we went to the movies. We saw “Spotlight,” a film about the uncovering of a network of religious believers who committed crimes of abuse against children, often leading to death by suicide or addictions, and used the promise of … Continue reading

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The Fear of Fear of the Facts of Life

The story goes that the young prince, Siddhartha Gautama, was kept within the palace walls by his father, the king. One day, satiated by his comfortable life and with the youthful spirit of curiosity and risk, the prince slipped out … Continue reading

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December 8, “Bodhi Day,” Celebrated as the day that the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautauma, experienced enlightenment

This weekend Bodhi was an especially good reminder that sometimes the willing spirit can overcome the weak flesh. As I’ve written, Bodhi has a neurological condition that causes vertigo, difficulty with proprioception (knowing where his limbs are-a symptom I share), … Continue reading

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The Assault on Our World

Illness assaults the world of our everyday life, a world we inhabit without much conscious thought. The largely unexamined presumptions of what our world “is” and how it “works” enable us to get on with our business in that world. … Continue reading

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My Body Onstage…and Off

Prior to illness, my body usually stays out of my consciousness unless I choose to bring it “onstage” for acts of pleasure or mastering new skills. In the background, it stays quietly at the ready, like a servant in a … Continue reading

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