Posts Tagged "University of Michigan Hospital"

My Wobbly Bicycle, 53

Posted by on Dec 11, 2013 in Archive | 7 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 53

 “Many years later I understood that because of the privations and the poverty of their lives, Russians in general liked to entertain themselves with misery: they played with it like children, and they were rarely ashamed to be wretched.” That’s from Maksim Gorky’s Childhood, that has just come out in a new translation. This is from the end of Chapter X.  He goes on: “In the endless tedium of daily life, grief becomes a holiday; a fire’s an entertaining show. On a blank face, even a scratch is a beauty mark.” Gorky’s childhood was full of yelling, abandonment, drunkenness,...

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My Wobbly Bicycle, 52

Posted by on Dec 4, 2013 in Archive | 12 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 52

This is the 52nd Wobbly Bicycle.  One year of Wobblies.  On the week a year ago that I decided to write about my cancer diagnosis, I gave the post that name, and kept using it. I’d thought to stop it after a year, and then I thought, well, when are we ever NOT wobbly bicycles? And certainly after a serious diagnosis,  one is evermore aware of the beauty of flying along in perfect balance.  Balance contains tentativeness, a little to this side, a little to the other.  Nothing stable. Jerry and I are in Ann Arbor, at the University of Michigan Hospital, where he just had back surgery....

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