Incomplete Beings [short story group]

This week my short story group assignment was to write about a “real life” incident, so I re-edited a previous reflection from when I was beginning treatment for what would later be diagnosed as CIPD. Enjoy(?) April 13, 2012 8PM – Waiting for my MRI for a possible pinched nerve that’s interrupted my life and my sleep for over the past six weeks. The girlfriend … Continue reading Incomplete Beings [short story group]

“What If” Is All About the F-Word

It’s been a while since I’ve bothered with a film review, especially something that isn’t Sci-Fi… I’m not fond of the title, that was changed for American audiences from “The F-Word” to the limp, meaningless, “What If.” That said, I loved the chemistry, the awkward energy and conversations between all of the characters. And this isn’t because I can identify with this worse case scenario/best … Continue reading “What If” Is All About the F-Word

Her: “It’s Not You, It’s Me” In the Age of AI

Sometimes when our technology gets out of hand the result isn’t the violent demise of humankind, but that’s not to say that it might not result in something worse. There are those who saw Spike Jonze’s “Love in a digital age” fairy tale, Her, during it’s theatrical run and all they saw was weird high-waisted pants and disembodied phone-sex. I saw something very different. But … Continue reading Her: “It’s Not You, It’s Me” In the Age of AI

Unplug or Just Another Form of FOMO?

This video has been making the rounds this past week. One of my groups actually set aside this week as a week to unplug from our technology and reconnect with those around us. I certainly understand the struggle to find some balance between one’s work life and personal life and because so many of us work with technology, it can all seem to blend … Continue reading Unplug or Just Another Form of FOMO?

Trying to Remember What’s My Mission?

I’ve been back from California for a few weeks, dove right back into work, getting out of the house and keeping tabs on my health. Today actually marked the first time since my illness that I did what I said I would do when I began treatment in September of 2012, that in a year’s time I’d do a 5K. I’m a few month overdue … Continue reading Trying to Remember What’s My Mission?

Easier Living in the Slipstream of Others

I was trying and failing to get up the energy to dive into another session grading student work. I muted the TV during the commercial break and looked over at my computer workstation and thought for a second that I felt bored. But with too much to do both personal and with my job, how could I be bored? Something reminded me that only a … Continue reading Easier Living in the Slipstream of Others

Pacing Myself

I’m a lot better than I was even just a couple months ago. I’ve retired the walker to storage in the garage and I’m focusing on not leaning on the cane when I walk. When I wake in the morning I take a quick pain inventory and except for the bottom of my feet still suffering from neuropathy my legs feel really close to normal. … Continue reading Pacing Myself

Treatments Begin

Day One Done The IV has been unplugged, a little sock put on my hand to protect it over-night and the nurse has left for the day. Well, I survived that one with a lot of hand holding by Tricia and support from her family (and all my friends reading this and sending your well-wishes). So far no side effects, no additional discomfort and not … Continue reading Treatments Begin