4th of July

Wow, it’s noisy in our neighborhood. The neighbors next door are hosting a really big party. Really big. We were invited but I knew I wouldn’t be able to handle it so we’re enjoying it vicariously. The band is good and loud and I never get tired of “Hotel California.” Little girls are shrieking as only nine year olds do. Adults are laughing and clapping. Fireworks from Point Loma and Ocean Beach and Sea World. That sweet smoke smell is in the air. Sirens screaming, but none of the cop cars are headed up our hill. This is a usually quiet residential neighborhood full of nice people. Right around ten things will quiet down, and by eleven, I’ll be able to sleep.


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How do you feel?

This morning I listened to a Zen talk. The speaker’s question was “How do you feel?”

 

I start off answering that I feel sad but quickly it gets more complicated.


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Last Sunday’s News

So, last Sunday night, I’m sitting in urgent care for the second time in a week, waiting to see the doctor.

 

He walks in, holding some pictures, looks at me for one second too long for comfort and then sits down.

 

“I think you have cancer,” he said.


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Urgent Care

Pneumonia.

 

I’d been trying to ignore my symptoms for a couple of weeks: lack of energy, no creativity, a pain under my wing when I coughed. Then my teeth started to ache and I called the dentist, imagining abscesses and root canals. He proclaimed my teeth just fine but maybe my sinuses weren’t?

 

Who knew that we have sinuses in our gums?
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Endgame

About six weeks ago I announced on FB that our Doberman, Diva, has cancer. The doctor’s prognosis was grim and led us to expect that she would go downhill quickly. Diva has surprised us. I hear her outside my window now, barking at the FedEx truck. If she has a form of fast spreading melanoma, she doesn’t know it. Her energy and personality are blessedly unchanged since the grim day of her diagnosis. Tomorrow that may change and for today we are grateful.


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A Significant Anniversary

July last year our mother fell in the shower and broke her hip. Since then I haven’t “been myself” – whatever that loaded phrase means. Needless to say, Mother’s Day was fraught.
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The Goldfinch

E-Readers were made for books like The Goldfinch – in hardback, it’s simply too heavy to hold. By the time I reached page 550 or so, I had decided it was also too big to finish. Unless you are willing to read tens of thousands of tres, tres literary prose. Unless you want to learn how to fake a Duncan Fife chair. Unless you want to experience and re-experience and again experience what it’s like to get high on everything from glue through Percocet, Vicodin and cocaine….
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What I’m Watching

I’m wearing my TV critic’s hat this morning.

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I Think I’ve Fallen in Love with a Robot

I never thought I’d feel this way. My heart beats faster when I think of my Roomba.


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What I’ve been reading

My last post came from New York where I spent four wonderful days enjoying the city and the company of a number of new friends. I visited Sara Weiss, my editor at Grand Central, and came home loaded with books to read. When I finished those, I bought some more.
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