Armed for life

Standing at a safe distance, I watched this little woman, armed only with a napkin, fearlessly walk up close to a spider large enough to cover the center of an adult’s palm, and pick it off of her curtain. Seriously? Only two minutes before I, a woman who stands a full four inches taller, stood…

No, I’m not a Christian

I’m always amused at the expressions I get when I allow the words in that sentence to fall unapologetically out of my mouth. I’m even more amused at the sideline glances, the stares, and the total rejection from those who claim that they actually are Christians. This scenario actually played out on a hospital unit…

A Lyft for a lazy bus rider

I couldn’t believe it. Did my Lyft driver just call me lazy? Let me add that this particular Lyft driver was actually driving me to work at the time as I sat in the back seat wondering whether gifting him with a low star rating at the end of this ride might improve his “friendliness”…

The pimple through the veil

The first time I ever felt behavior that I could clearly define as prejudiced because it directly involved my brown skin color, I was working as a staff writer at a newspaper in my home town in 1994 when I was 32 years old. I was the only black writer in the community and general…

Good Manners

The definition of good manners at the dinner table is not rocket science and one doesn’t need to reference Emily Post in dogged pursuit of the concept. Basically it goes like this: Chew with your mouth closed; No talking while you’re chewing; Elbows off the table; and clean your plate. With my grandchildren I realize…

5 Likely Reasons You Picked Up That Snack

For the first year as a private duty caregiver – in an Orthodox Jewish home – my sense of nutritional control completely disappeared. I was a vegan when I started – no dairy, eggs, or anything made with dairy or eggs, which included nearly everything my new client offered me. I ate whatever she offered…

Living with My Fears

I hate being afraid. Off to the left of me, in his room sound asleep, my patient is snoring, oblivious to his caregiver – me – sitting just outside his room frantically checking the floor around her every couple of seconds for movement. Not just any movement – I can handle the centipedes that zoom…