The Old People’s Friend
April 1, 2020

As she neared her 90th birthday, my mother began telling us that, in her youth, pneumonia had been called “the old people’s friend.” This friend took them, somewhat gently, over the hill. “I’ve lived long enough,” she’d say. “It’s time for me to go.” Though she had constant joint and nerve pain from a life […]

Body Care
Feeling for the ground beneath our feet
March 3, 2020

We are rocking in our body boats as we adapt to the realities (and unrealities) of COVID-19. In counterpoint, the natural world around us breaths more freely when we humans stop skittering about. Canals in Venice flow clear; the sky over Hunan clears; airplane and car noise decreases. Our hearts rush to those who are […]