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Bound for the University of King’s College

EDITOR’S NOTE: I was recently accepted to the Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction program at King’s. This is the essay I submitted with my application. If the fates are kind, I’ll have another degree and a nonfiction book in two years. In 1990, King’s College President Dr. Marion Fry presented me with the […]

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Gratitude

Independence is easy. Anyone can walk through this world alone, without a care, unconcerned with the suffering of others, only looking out for number one. In a world where no one matters, it’s so easy to be selfish, so easy to be callous. So easy to ignore the obvious. So easy to turn away from […]

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Expecto Patronum!

I’m a Drama Queen. An Academy Award-winning Drama Queen. When something is bothering me, and I can’t figure out what that something might be, I just throw everything into a pot and stir it all up. I deliberately make everything as bad as it possibly can be. I call forth the Dementors from Azkaban. I […]

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You Win Some, You Lose Some

My mother delighted in telling everyone that I was a know-it-all — a highly-educated pain in the ass. In the complicated way that families are, she seemed so gleeful when circumstances knocked me on my keester. I wonder what she would say to me now that I’ve learned that I was right, and a legion […]

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Top 10 Reasons to Think You Might Have Diabetes Insipidus

10. You don’t bother putting the toilet seat down after peeing because you’re certain you’ll be the next person using it. 9. You fill up a blue bag with recyclables from the backseat of your car. 8. You plan every trip by noting the destination’s access to clean public washrooms. If there isn’t a place […]

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21 Days in April

It’s frightfully amusing to watch people checking me out — and by that, I mean the folks who know that I’ve just had major neurosurgery to remove a huge pituitary tumor. They invariably search my face for scars, for swollen bits, for black eyes. Anything that might suggest trauma. Yet I look just the same […]

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Blessedness

A few hours after my operation, I wept. Yes, I was a simmering kettle of emotion. My neurosurgeon had recently informed me that my pituitary adenoma was massive, much bigger than expected, but he quickly added that the operation had gone well, so I was relieved. A few minutes later, I looked upon the faces […]

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Writers For Richard

Three lovely friends — Wendy Russ, Stephen Parrish, and J.A. Zobair — have been running a wonderful fundraiser to help me manage the next two months of my recovery without having to worry about making rent or purchasing costly medications. Their efforts have touched me more than I can say, and I’m usually quite good […]

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Show Time

Keep a good thought for me as I head to surgery today. Kristina and a few friends might provide updates on social media when there’s something to say. I’ll be fine. I’ll see you on the other side. Slainte!

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The Nick Pick Solution

One of my young work colleagues, Nick Pick, has discovered the beauty of martial arts. In between calls, he’s full of questions and brimming with enthusiasm, so I occasionally teach him a few moves from Shotokan karate to help focus his mind, and drain some excess energy. Since I’m not likely to see him — […]

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