Making a Difference

His afternoon bus approaches…. I can see him through the window; he’s rocking backwards and forwards… he’s biting his left hand angrily… something is upsetting his balance. I slide open the door of the mini bus and he’s looking at me, talking with his eyes. I undo his seat belt and he’s angry … I […]

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Matriculation

I learn you again, after long separation. Time, space — matrices that germinate knowing. My loss becomes gain after patient gestation.   Home study – is it work, or vacation? Unwanted confinement, or respite from going? You reclaim me after long separation .   Since your bar mitzvah I’ve been a way-station, A hot meal bolted, a quick […]

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Why can’t it be the little ‘c’ instead?

My shock diagnosis of bowel cancer got me thinking about the language around cancer. It really annoyed me. It is all-pervasive — ‘she has cancer’, ‘he has cancer’, as opposed to being contained and specific, for example, she has a cancer in her breast, he has a cancer in his prostate. Saying a person has […]

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Why I Don’t Go to Synagogue

Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Chabad, I’ve been to them all, some I even joined, despite being an independent thinker, a non-joiner.  I made allowances, tried to fit in, but my history with synagogues is fraught with dismay and disappointment. I grew up in a Bronx neighborhood where there was a synagogue on every street.  The Yiddish […]

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