WELLNESS

Early in the first episode of season 14 of Silent Witness, a hospital doctor completely loses it as he observes patients in an outdoor lounge smoking dope and cigarettes and drinking beer and soda. He knocks smokes and cans out of their hands, shrieking: "What is the point?!" They will not regain health if they [...]

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BETTER

We were up on the balcony at the Schnitz in Portland the other evening. A woman sitting behind us dropped her cane and it hit my husband right on the top of his head. "Oh! I am sorry!" "It's okay." "No, really, I am so sorry." "It's fine." "But are you sure you're okay? I [...]

THE GRIEF EXCEPTION

First, a confession. I am moody. I sometimes suffer from sadness and depression and anxiety. I have, as an example, seriously worried about overpopulation as if it were my personal problem to solve. I can recall lying awake at night, stewing about starvation and disease and the loss of wild places. I can recall standing [...]