The Back Room

With respect to Socrates, my unexamined life is not worth living. The front room is the face we show everyone but we hide our true self in the back room.


I’ve been chewing on how to broach this issue for a couple of days.  I thought I had a pretty good read on the issue, even employing my back and … Continue reading

September 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Finding a Voice

It was 2001.  I had written a short story two years before and considered good enough to share with others.  In that time, as now, there weren’t many “others” to … Continue reading

September 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

My Powerlessness

When I was in grad school, my teacher from my Psychopathology course, the awesome Jackie Phillips from Rutgers, told us that everybody has a got a little somethin’ in them, … Continue reading

September 27, 2014 · Leave a comment


He used to be intelligent. I have heard family members, friends and nursing staff utter this phrase, while shaking their head slowly.  At different facilities, patients of mine are referred … Continue reading

September 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Good vs. Art

On the diving board, looking down… Before we begin, it will be helpful to know what is involved.  There are two types of writers, categorized in simplicity.  Look at Me … Continue reading

September 24, 2014 · 2 Comments

The Challenge and the Threat

We share the intimate details of our past for others than ever before.  The sea change of privacy and celebrity perhaps.  Whatever the reason, keep this maxim in mind: Just … Continue reading

September 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Here and Now

The population I serve is mostly in their 80’s or 90’s.  And most have been given a diagnosis of Senile Dementia, indicating late onset, with a possible add-on of Complications … Continue reading

September 20, 2014 · Leave a comment


“It’s great that African-Americans have their club and get together and feel good about being black, and they should… but what about white people, why isn’t there a club for … Continue reading

September 18, 2014 · 2 Comments

The Gift

Early in the first season of Twin Peaks Agent Dale Cooper tells the sheriff to give himself a gift every day.  Doesn’t matter what it is.  Just acknowledge you are … Continue reading

September 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Snapshot of an SNF (skilled nursing facility)

“I was going to sit with my sister and eat my lunch but I can’t.  Because of the smell.” The administrator attempted to reassure her that the mess was being … Continue reading

September 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

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