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The pressure to say you're OK Republican American

rep-am.com — "There's no need to insist that 'everything will return to normal,' whether you're a patient or a member of a patient's support system," writes Adam Baer. "Chronic illness is normal." (Photo courtesy Fotolia/TNS) A colleague recently announced that he'd been diagnosed with a life-threatening cancer. Don't worry, he wrote.

The pressure to say you’re OK needs to stop soon

columbiadailyherald.com — A colleague recently announced that he'd been diagnosed with a life-threatening cancer. Don't worry, he wrote. He promised to fight. He promised to recover. As a survivor of multiple cancers and rare diseases, I've had to write my fair share of group emails alerting friends and family to medical news.

Desire to deny health problems robs us of the support we need

heraldnet.com — By Adam BaerLos Angeles Times A colleague recently announced that he'd been diagnosed with a life-threatening cancer. Don't worry, he wrote. He would fight. He promised to recover.As a survivor of multiple cancers and rare diseases, I've had to write my fair share of group emails alerting friends and family to medical news.

The pressure to say you're OK

latimes.com — A colleague recently announced that he'd been diagnosed with a life-threatening cancer. Don't worry, he wrote. He promised to fight. He promised to recover. As a survivor of multiple cancers and rare diseases, I've had to write my fair share of group emails alerting friends and family to medical...

Rethinking Itzhak Perlman on the eve of his 70th birthday

latimes.com — Honey-toned. Velvety. A golden sound. These are just some of the terms that generations of music lovers have used to compliment the violin playing of Itzhak Perlman. For nearly five decades, the marquee virtuoso, one of concert music's most charming emissaries, has infused his playing with sweetness and ease that can smooth out the most unruly passages, infusing masterworks with rich life.
Jul 10, 2015

RT @culturemonster: Rethinking Itzhak Perlman on the eve of his 70th birthday lat.ms/1NUJjgB

Beyond the Boundary Principle

opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com — It was a murky winter morning; I could tell that much from my hospital window. I carefully shifted my neck, trying to keep my head straight so that my newly bald scalp wouldn't burn as it brushed against the pillowcase. A small sea rock rested in my right palm.
Apr 21, 2015

RT @bonnietsui: a startling, moving essay on the boundary between your therapist and you, by adam baer: nyti.ms/1PbHjCc @glassshallot

Apr 21, 2015

Exploring therapist-patient boundaries as a 20-something with stage 4 cancer. A moving essay by @glassshallot. nyti.ms/1G2S6I2

Apr 21, 2015

RT @bonnietsui: a startling, moving essay on the boundary between your therapist and you, by adam baer: nyti.ms/1PbHjCc @glassshallot

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On Not Toasting Kim Jong-Un

roadsandkingdoms.com — Let me get this out of the way right now: I didn't have to toast to Kim Jong-un. I didn't have to toast to the downfall of American capitalist pigs, either. Or apologize for Team America: World Police, or the whole "axis of evil" thing. No one asked me if I knew Dennis Rodman.

Johnnie Wadie Red Tabel

roadsandkingdoms.com — I might never have learned about Johnnie Wadie Red Tabel had it not been for Mustafa, a chubby-faced guy in his mid-twenties who worked as a tourist hustler in the various backpacker hotels near Cairo's Orabi Square. Mustafa's career hinged on the refined tastes of middle-class Cairenes, who were willing to pay him inflated prices ...

Seize the Chacha

roadsandkingdoms.com — When Beso, the bearlike owner of Café Niko, a no-frills Georgian café seemingly built on stilts above the Caucasus-bound-bus station in Istanbul, delivered another round to the men huddled around tables on the terrace, the whole structure squeaked and shook. Per-haps accustomed to drinking on the long bumpy ride from Tbilisi, they carried on, un-fazed ...

A Tecate in Hidalgo County

roadsandkingdoms.com — One of the skinniest, best-dressed drug dealers in Hidalgo County was throwing himself a birthday party, and I was drinking his beer. It wasn't really my intention. First we were just trying to interview him. Photographer Shaul Schwarz and I were roaming outside of McAllen, Texas, in between flights with a drug interdiction unit of ...
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