Not so long ago, I was catching up with girlfriends over plates of cebiche and glasses of wine at La Mar when one of them turned to me and said: “I’m amazed by your resilience.”
At the time, I was probably sharing some recent tale of woe—I think I was describing how being rear-ended by a 14-passenger van had almost put me in traction—and I blithely disregarded the compliment. It seemed like a word more suited for cancer survivors, war veterans, or mothers of small children…
At the very least, the word surely had to be reserved for people who had survived T-R-A-G-E-D-Y with a capital T, and not for someone like me. Because even though I sometimes like to joke that “my life is a shambles” and that it is, as Hobbes said, indeed “nasty, brutish and short,” I’m sure that the everyday indignities that seem par for the course for me and everyone else in the general population surely don’t count. Months later, I’m beginning to wonder. Maybe everyone could do with cultivating a little resilience…
In honor of 2013, I feel duty-bound to present you with a blisteringly honest review of the past year—or more accurately, of the time since my last real post. I am not (yet) in therapy and I did not then feel like “writing my way through” all of this, but I think I can say, with truth and good cheer, that it’s been a wild ride. I’ll let you be the judge…
5. I moved. For a moment I considered, albeit not seriously, changing the name of this blog to more accurately reflect my new geographic location. However, since I can see Russia, I mean San Francisco, from my house, and still spend approximately 85% of my time in The City, I think I’m still legit. Too legit to quit. Read the rest of this entry »
March 18th, 2012Reflections
Every Sunday night should end with a little poetry. My gift to you…Tags: Matthew Macfadyen
March 17th, 2012Reflections
I’ve been away.
May 20th, 2011Heroes
Sad news today. The guy who made the phrase “Snap into a Slim Jim” the stuff of my childhood memories (yes, my mom was inexplicably really into watching wrestling when I was little), Randy “Macho Man” Savage has passed away.
Tags: Randy Savage, Slim Jim commercials, World Wide Wrestling Federation
R.I.P. Macho Man.
May 15th, 2011Reflections
Death is nothing at all.Tags: Mary Elizabeth Beckman
I have only slipped away to the next room.
I am I and you are you.
Whatever we were to each other,
That, we still are.
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May 14th, 2011FriendsTags: Mary Elizabeth Beckman
May 10th, 2011Local Spotlight
A new friend of mine– an underachieving cancer doctor who stopped practicing and gave up paid employment in order to co-found a non-profit that is really making a difference in the lives of sick children in Uganda and Ethiopia– has invited me to a fundraiser that she is hosting this Thursday.
(This video explains the work that they do and is really great. Watching it made me want to just hand over my wallet.)Tags: Bike to Work Day 2011, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, Wrap Up Africa
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