Beating the Beast


My Bike

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I just can’t get rid of it. It rested in my garage for months, unused. It’s hopelessly outdated. It’s ten years old. It’s a little bit on the dirty side. It’s not comfortable on long rides. Though I’m a big guy, it’s actually a little too big for me. I’ve blown through about a half…



How Many Lives Did She Save Just By Opening Her Mouth?

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Betty Ford, former First Lady, has passed away. She died at the age of 93. Mrs. Ford lead a remarkable life, most notably for her courage, speaking her mind and telling the truth. In 1974, shortly after her husband became President, Mrs. Ford was treated for breast cancer. It was made public, as was her…



Denial

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She was desperate. I remember she was a middle aged woman with dark hair. I think she was still wearing a coat long after the rest of us took ours off. I was attending a blood cancer support group at Gilda’s Club Delaware Valley. We had an unusually good turn out that night. I can…



Party Time

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Tonight I was at a very nice party. Kids (my daughter included) were bouncing on the trampoline, going from the hot tub to the in ground pool (this didn’t take place at my house, the closest we have to a pool is a garden hose). I hung out with my fellow parents, drinking cocktails and…