Double pneumonia
On vent for 20 days
Femoral artery blew
At least 6 units of blood
Hemoglobin and blood pressure tanked
In hospital for a month and a half
Huge wound to pack and heal.
Delusions really scary and confusing.
No voice
Asthma kicked up
Glasses lost, adding to disorientation.
Shots, needles pic line, feeding tube, blood sugar monitored, high protein diet now for wound healing. Changing packing hurts and stings.
Smell of bleach, lots of tears, but has to be done to heal....

Being a member of CMC for just about 3 years now, I have really enjoyed reading the stories that everyone has been sharing on the ‘Daily Connector.’  I have felt like I have gotten to know many of you so much better and in a more intimate way than is typical.  My previous ‘Connector’ entry was in mid-March as the stay-at-home orders and the global pandemic was beginning to hit home.  We had been self-quarantining then after my wife Sally got back from a trip visiting her sister in South Carolina.  I mentioned puzzles and am happy to report that the 1,000 piece Italian...

This picture is of a piece of art that has always moved me. It is a statue commissioned by Henry Adams for his wife Clover's grave. Augustus St. Gaudens created it. I recently learned that Adams advised Saint-Gaudens to contemplate iconic images from Buddhist devotional art. One such subject, Guan Yin, the Bodhisattva of compassion, is frequently depicted as a seated figure draped in cloth. 

Compassion, as the...

Not long ago I had the occasion to write the Editor’s Notes for River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative, the creative nonfiction journal a colleague and I have edited since 1999. I wrote on April 22, but knew the production and printing typical for these sorts of journals would mean my notes would not appear for some six months. I found myself consumed by the Covid-19 crisis that April morning. It seemed impossible to ignore it. After all, we writers want to write about what matters, and this matters very, very much. But I could hardly imagine what to write. What...

Last Thursday I attended a webinar organized by Faith in Public Life Ohio called “Counteracting Anti-Semitism and Dangerous Narratives in the Time of COVID-19.” The call included several rabbi friends from the Columbus area with whom we partner in BREAD.  After the call I had an email exchange with Rabbi Rick Kellner.  His congregation, Beth Tikvah, is just up the road from where we live.  I asked him how rising antisemitism has impacted the congregation.  With his permission, I share...