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KA-BAR TO THE RESCUE AGAINST BEARS AND OTHERS

  One of the benefits of being an Armed Forces veteran from the mid-70’s is the ability to relate to other veterans, to show respect for their service today.   History is full of great moments of grace and dignity, pomp and circumstance, but veteran to veteran isn’t about a parade, or acknowledgement.   Getting […]

WORLD CANCER DAY DIFFERENCE FOR EVERY CANCER TREATMENT

Everyone is different. How different is the question. And the answer?   World Cancer Day is one of the differences. Some embrace it, some ignore it, while still others share.   Call this a share.  

MAKE NEW NORMAL BETTER THAN OLD NORMAL? THAT’S THE NEW JOB

    I’ll never to get used to hearing about the ‘new normal,’ which is a pretty common topic after cancer treatment. “How is your new normal?” I’ve heard. “Do you miss the things you can’t do anymore?” I’ve heard. What’s the right answer? There is no right answer, but the questions ought to serve […]

PORTLAND STORY THEATER TELLS THE TALE AT WILLAMETTE WRITERS

  Lawrence Howard and Lynne Duddy ran the first Willamette Writers meeting of 2018. For all the wishes for a Happy New Year still echoing, their presentation confirmed the idea.   I came in right as they started and found a seat in the back, the last seat open. I start every meeting with high […]

CANCER TREATMENT: 5 THINGS I KNEW BEFORE STARTING

    I will submit to the cancer treatment sequence of events that may or may not do what is predicted. Like a lamb to slaughter, I would submit to whatever it took to kill the shit out of hpv16 throat cancer.   In the writing world we all dream of that one ‘YES’ that […]

MICHAEL BECKER WALKS WITH PURPOSE

I like people who channel their problems constructively. They’re effective in making me feel like the whiner I’ve always taken pride in.   Michael Becker channels his problems constructively, and he’s a big boost. I found him in a search of cancer memoirs. We’ve exchanged pleasant emails. Have I told him I’m scouting for my […]

CANCER MEMOIR FROM SMART GUY WITH HPV CANCER, AND IT’S NOT ME

  Michael D. Becker wrote his cancer memoir titled ‘A Walk With Purpose.’   By all accounts he’s lived a life with purpose, so the walking with purpose stuff is expected. He walks with purpose, so do you.   So do I. We all walk with purpose. If not we’re just wandering around aimless, without […]

CANCER STORIES: FEEDING PUBLIC FEAR AND PRIVATE WOE

Things you’ll never know until you get cancer, any cancer:   You’ll either be an object of sympathy, or an antenna of sympathy. Or both.   “Keep up the fight,” or, “You’re a fighter,” or “You look like you’ve got this thing whipped.”   That’s what I heard after running Hood To Coast at 49 […]

TO MEN, FOR MEN, FROM MEN

  I’m posting this to men in the Toughen Up section because all the groping news seems like a medical issue, or mental health dilemma.   What goes through a man’s head in the heat of the moment, when the secret button locks the door, when you finally ask, “How much do want this part?” […]

CANCER VIEW: WEED FROM THE OTHER SIDE

My cancer view had more weed hope later than sooner with DAG approved brownies. It started with a look for an alternate route for a cure instead of chemo road.   What I found was a log of death in men who’d gone the alternate route instead of chemo, then switched to the hard stuff […]