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!#$%&*! by Leah C. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I like cursing fine. The satisfaction of uttering a good old Anglo Saxon epithet, that blunt instrument shot from the lips. It occurs to me that if no one has already underta ... Read on »
A Compulsion by Leah C. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer A still from Wings of Desire. The man on the left is Homer, the aged poet; the man on the right is the angel Cassiel. They are in the Staatsbibliothek, Berlin's vast pub ... Read on »
A Foolish Woman by Leah C. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer When I was eleven, our family moved from one house in Nyack, New York to another. The old house was large and elegantly dilapidated. It stood at the end of a quiet dead-end ... Read on »
A Foot in the Door by Leah C. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer When I was thirteen, maybe fourteen, there were several shops around town that began selling toy mice. These stood about two inches high and were covered in silky gray 'fur ... Read on »
A Glass Float by Leah C. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I was lying in bed with my first child, then not quite two days old, ensconced in a state of joy so round it was like being inside a glass fishing float, when the knowledge ... Read on »
A Goodly Wish by Leah C. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer My mother is on a holiday this week. She and my aunt have gone to Key West, for several days, just the two of them. It is the first holiday the two sisters have ever taken ... Read on »
A Greek Island, Low and Away by Leah C. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer This book put its spell on me fourteen years ago. I wrote about it for All Things Considered today. (Why oh why, though, did they swap out the splendid design of the h ... Read on »
A Letter by Leah C. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer On Tuesday my mother sent out this letter. She said it was okay to reprint it here: Dear Family and Friends, Last week we celebrated our first year of living wit ... Read on »
A Meta Post by Leah C. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer A few housekeeping items [DO NOT READ THIS POST IF THAT SOUNDS BORING TO YOU; YOU WILL IN FACT PROBABLY BE BORED]1. I confess to being somewhat inept at navigating comme ... Read on »
A Paucity of Poets by Leah C. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer You've heard of a gaggle of geese, a murder of crows, a flight of angels, a parliament of owls... Well here's a droll line from the poet Gail Mazur, delivered in a ... Read on »
A Really Good Audience by Leah C. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer The other morning I woke to the sound of someone sawing wood. It went on and on, back and forth, zzzh-zzzzh, zzzh-zzzzh. "Why is someone sawing wood?" I asked my boyfri ... Read on »
A Reopening by Leah C. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Remember riding in the back seat at night. Your brother says, "I just saw a UFO." You study the sky where he's pointing. A milky light sweeps the blackness. Followed b ... Read on »
A Sense of Usefulness by Leah C. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer This just in: Hi Le, The nicest bug moved into the upstairs bathroom a few days ago. It's not a roach and it's not a cricket and I don't know what it ... Read on »
A Short Interview with Echoes & Visions: by Leah C. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer  From The Elements of Style.  Illustration by Maira Kalman, naturally. Click here for a few brief musings on knowing, bullying, softness and tragedy.  Also on Strunk ... Read on »
A Stove In the Woods by Leah C. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer It's a Wednesday night in January, 1979. I'm eleven, eating leftover homemade pizza for supper at the kitchen table, while my mother reads aloud to me an article from tha ... Read on »
A Trip to the Museum by Leah C. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Yesterday I served as parent chaperone on a fourth grade field trip - a sentence that strikes me as having a quaint, even archaic ring. Perhaps this is partly because th ... Read on »
Against Hope by Leah C. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer My mother and I were talking about hope a couple of days ago. She spoke of it, rather critically, as being a typically American fixation. This made me laugh a little - the ... Read on »
Against Indifference by Leah C. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Like all great questions, he said, it has no answer. This was Elie Wiesel, last night, at Boston University. A lecture titled, "Reflections on Good and Evil." He beg ... Read on »
Allspice by Leah C. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer My oldest child is going to be the grim reaper for Halloween. I don't know where he got the idea, or why it appeals to him, except he is ten, if that explains anything. ... Read on »
An Antipathy Toward Sales by Leah C. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer No man but a fool ever wrote except for money.- Samuel Johnson Not long ago a colleague and I were talking about the world of publishing. He is a Keats scholar, a profe ... Read on »