Beating the Beast


Why You Should Like the Weather Channel and Classical Music

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When I was going through treatment, I took an especial liking to the Weather Channel. My future was so uncertain. Live or die? In or out of the hospital? Sickness or health? It was a toss up. But no matter my situation, there was always tomorrow, and I was fairly certain I’d make it to…



The New Year’s Resolution

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It’s a perennial favorite. The New Year’s resolution. Not only do you hear about them, but you hear about how fruitless they are for most people. When asked if I have a New Year’s resolution, I usually respond, yes, to give up New Year’s resolutions. This year is different, I swear. Change can be difficult,…



“All I Want for Christmas” or “Am I Bad Person?”

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I was a greedy little urchin when it came to Christmas. When I was a kid, the main purpose of Christmas was to expand my growing G. I. Joe empire. I didn’t have just one G.I. Joe, but a whole platoon of them, including a kung fu grip G.I. Joe. The training tower, the Jeep,…



Would You Want to be in the Box?

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Is there anything worse than death? Well, maybe. Is a “bad” death is worse than a “good” death? This week I watched an episode of the PBS Frontline series, Facing Death, which is about how patients, families and the medical system deal with “end of life” treatment. If you missed it, you can watch it…







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