Unexpected Hiatus

On April 10th, I had routine surgery to remove a growth in my neck.  My last blog, written almost two months ago, told about how hard it was being for me to eat soup with my right hand, given the nerve damage to my left shoulder that prevents me from being able to use...

Anticipation

For years, I’ve recommend acupuncture to friends because I believe it helps many things that can befall us.  Because everyone has talked about “needles,” however, I’ve never used this ancient Chinese healing method.   I am coping with serious...

Stasis

The OED (Oxford English Dictionary) tells us stasis means equilibrium, coming from a Latin word meaning “stopping circulation or movement.”  When this word comes into my mind, I picture two people on an old-fashioned see-saw when they are eye-to-eye and...

Academic Colonialism

When I began my career teaching literature at the University of Minnesota in 1964, I lectured.  That’s how I’d been taught as an undergraduate and graduate student, occasionally by brilliant lecturers who gave me hoards of facts and concepts, some of which...