7 Quick Takes: Esfuérzate y Sé Valiente

6 years ago with 17 comments
1—It’s my writing day, and that’s a good day, but frankly, I’m in a lot of pain. These road bumps come and go, and I know better than to try reinterpreting my whole life in the light of how I happen to feel today, but today I happen to feel really awful. It’s like those days when you lie in bed shaking with the flu and you just think, “Gosh, I’d like ...

Pills

7 years ago with 43 comments
I told you I wasn’t going to do this. I also told myself and a whole bunch of other people that I wasn’t going to do this. But I did it: I got myself a prescription for some happiness pills. They are small and white and oval and I take one every morning at nine o’clock. And I’m glad. They aren’t supposed to work right away. Doc said three weeks (and silently I ...

Chicken Soup for the Black Death

8 years ago with 9 comments
I caught a cold, or a flu, or THE BLACK DEATH or something last Friday. I noticed it at about 2PM, which meant by the time I got home I was ready for bed. I hate, hate, hate being sick, and I was determined to kick it by Monday, so bed is pretty much where I stayed all weekend. When I used to work in a Catholic bookstore, there was a book I always saw (but never picked up) called Why Squander ...