Last month we experienced yet another basement flood. “How could this possibly happen?” we asked ourselves after we got the call while traveling. We had taken enormous steps after the last flood just a few years ago. That flood was caused by sewer overflow (thankfully clean water) from inadequate town sewers. A huge rain overwhelmed [...]
Category Archives: Flashbacks
Juxtapose: I woke up this morning and NPR did not even mention that today was Equal Pay Day–the day when US women finally have earned the same amount as men in 2011–they had to work 3.5 months longer to do it. WITH: Dancing with Gloria Steinem on Saturday night.
Last Saturday night the legendary [...]
It is hard to live 103 years and still have so many people come to a memorial service celebrating your life, especially when you haven’t had kids or grandkids of your own. But if you knew Dr. Erika Bruck, a pediatrician at Children’s Hospital of Buffalo for 50 years, you would know why the [...]
Sometimes inspiration comes from the most unexpected people. I have to admit that being open to receiving such a gift, even from someone I would rather avoid, is not a practice I am particularly good at. But this week I let down my guard and listened intently to someone I could never imagine [...]
Kennedy was shot? Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon? Nixon resigned? You first heard the Beatles? The second tower was hit on 9/11? A little boy was violated by a sick football coach?
Whoa! Where did that come from? Do I really believe that pivotal moments in history can be equated to one small but [...]
If you are a regular reader, you know that I am writing a book: The Buffalo Bitch Trials. I am, of course, the Buffalo “Bitch”. And proudly so. Just in case you didn’t know, the word “bitch” has been transformed from one of degradation to one of pride. In 1968, [...]
Bend, Oregon is 175 miles south of Portland. Surrounded by the beauty of the pines and the silence of the desert, I am tapping out this post. If you read “On Being a Trophy Wife,” you would know why I am in Oregon at this past weekend. Yes, I am still enjoying the spoils of [...]
It was 1985. An 18 month infant was brought into my office. Her mother was concerned because her previously speaking daughter had ceased talking. (Today we might first think of autism, but 23 years ago that was quite unusual.) I had already placed tubes in her ears at age 12 months [...]
Medical meetings have a structure, usually unique to the group. SENTAC’s is a long first day of scientific presentations, lectures and panels, followed by the annual banquet. Most of the time the banquet food is boring and tasteless, the company can be boring but usually not tasteless, and the speeches are definitely boring and [...]
Can one live in the past, present and future all at once? What in my past will help to shape my future?
These are not questions pondered in a vacuum. No, events of this past week have given me enough fodder to fuel the fire of my passions. Alas, in either direction.