Month: June 2021

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Nothing For Us Without Us

I started this series to counterweight how my brain tends to work, ruminating over failures and forgetting successes. Because last week’s post reminded me of an important lesson learned in that role, I’d like to go there. ‘Susan’ and I were the two secretaries in the OMSSA department of the financial aid office. The office …

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In the Shadow of His Mother

Let’s go back to the clinic, back to the Accutane study, back to that sixteen-year-old standing in his mother’s shadow. Let’s call him Keith. (I do not remember his real name.) At Keith’s first appointment, it was his mother, solidly built, who spoke on his behalf and tendered his clinic card. When it was time …

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