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33 random minor frustrations

March 25, 2024

As war and antisemitism continue to rage around us, I thought we could all use a break from the big, life-threatening issues.

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I never want to get sick…ever again

January 2, 2022

Covid, the flu, the common cold…I never want to get sick ever again. Which is completely unrealistic. It goes against what it means to be human

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When anti-vaxxers get Covid

August 15, 2021

Is it OK to have schadenfreude (the German expression for “pleasure derived from someone else’s misfortune”) when an anti-vaxxer contracts Covid-19? The Internet seems to think so.

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“It’s so nice to see your face again”

May 23, 2021

“I almost didn’t recognize you without your mask,” Shifra said at the park while we were walking our dogs. Post-pandemic socializing returns!

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Adventures in medical cannabis

February 27, 2021

When my chronic insomnia took a turn for the worse, I began searching for an alternative to pills. I found the answer in medical cannabis.

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Writing as a commitment device

January 3, 2021

Writing about health challenges can be a means of turning a bad break into something more positive. You just need a “commitment device.”

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Covid, cancer and self-image

December 19, 2020

Healthy and young. Productive member of society. The sexual single. The pious one. The adventurer. What do COVID and cancer have in common? Both can strip away chunks of one’s self-image. What speaks to you?

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Punctured on the way to a flu shot

November 8, 2020

It wasn’t just the needle that left a puncture when I went to my doctor to get a flu shot.  Until last week, I’d never gotten the vaccine for annual influenza before, mostly because, over the course of my 60 years, I’ve sailed through winters without getting particularly sick. But with Covid-19 literally in the […]

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7 mantras to cope with challenging times

October 11, 2020

Seven mantras that can help cope with challenging times. Repeat and rinse, just like the dishes.

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Our coronavirus gap year

July 19, 2020

To cope with the ping pong of good news followed by harrowing aftermath, I’ve started thinking of this time as our “coronavirus gap year.” How Emily Perl Kingsley’s essay “Welcome to Holland” applies to the current pandemi

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