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"State Mandated Migraines"

The following piece was sent to the Governor of Maryland, and other key figures who manage Medicaid, including a Congressional Representative – since the money does come from the Federal Government.  Those here who are familiar with my writing know the temptation to satirize is embedded deeply in my soul, and difficult to resist, as demonstrated […]

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Up, Up and Away!

Had a really good time with my buddies, George and Sarah, yesterday in Rockville. He’s going to take me to Ocean City so we can just walk along the shoreline. We haven’t managed to work that out yet. We’ve been talking about it for a while, but now he understands it’s urgent to get me […]

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Dexter The Great Meets Buddha

Earlier this year three friends of mine and I spent an afternoon at a Buddhist retreat in High View, West Virginia. How appropriately named because it was a peak where you could see miles and miles ahead of you. We wandered through the lush forest and as we were preparing to leave, two monks from […]

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Gender Roles

Thoughts and Conflict Resolution

(I realized I hadn’t quite wrapped up this piece – I even forgot to put up a title.) So here is my conclusion: Sometimes thoughts can help resolve feelings and ensure a wiser decision than one based on raw emotion. And that’s what happened in this instance. It was a new experience for me to […]

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Fate takes a sharp, left-turn …

… while I’m in this 1950s beauty. Murky shade of green. And big. And I’m going … “Whoa!” I can hear the tires screeching. Who’s that, I’m wondering. Alone out there in the darkness. But all I hear is my echo. And the constant buzz of skillful navigation. So I keep going. Up to the […]