Archive for the 'Stanford' Category


The Meaning of the Word Hospice

(If the blog has been quiet recently, it is not because I stopped writing. It’s because I was working on my first assignment for my “Narrative Journalism” course. This is my first course in pursuit of a Master of Fine Arts in writing. How’s it going you ask? I’m getting crushed by people who really know how to write, and
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Decisions, decisions

Stanford University, in their best and most critically honest judgment, decided that I do not make a suitable a candidate for their online writing certificate. For the record, there are three types of emails sent out to potential candidates. The first is “congratulations, you’re in!”. The second is “congratulations, you’re on the waiting list!”. Then there’s the email I received,
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Speechless, But Not Without A Prayer

I have to admit that the news from Stanford shocked us.  From our experiences in 2003, 2006, 2010, and 2011 we have always been told that this is a slow growing cancer. It had only been a mere sixteen weeks since her last scans and we did not expect to learn that nine masses now replaced the three that were
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Twice Bitten By the Same Snake

Baseball games played in August are often referred to as the ‘Dog Days’ of the season. Typically this is a point where a fatigue sets in from having already played so many games, and that fatigue is compounded by the hottest days of the summer. I’m not sure how dogs got the blame for this. Maybe the outfielders shouldn’t stand
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  A few years ago I was sent on a photo assignment by the newspaper to shoot a police dog competition. I was impressed by the sudden, on-command lethality of these otherwise harmless, goofy dogs. I was also impressed by the man who volunteered to be the ‘bad guy in the bite suit’ for the competition. His plan was that
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A Trip Outside the Castle Walls

  We, she and I collectively, are the proud owners of a castle with a deep moat and no drawbridge. We, she and I, live inside this castle as we’ve been forced into doing most of 2011. Inside these monumental walls is where we survived attack after attack of a savage  enemy, an enemy that never revealed its purpose except
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