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Month: November 2014

Drudgery

I want to complain about the cost of healthcare in Germany, the isolation, the irritation, but I don’t have the energy. I’ll try to tell the truth. Today I met a group of my students who’ve been preparing to take a big test. We gathered at the city center to talk before they had to sit down with interviewers and launch into heavy discussions on the merit…

Tuesday

My uncle died on Tuesday. About a month ago, so I’ve been told, he went deaf, and finding this a curious state, he found a doctor to see what the matter was. Turns out he had tumors in his brain, and they were threatening to squeeze grey matter through his ears like toothpaste from a tube. He had an operation. They pulled a mass from his brain…

Something to be said

There’s something to be said for staying quiet. I once tried to speak and spook instead, and let me tell you, that was an embarrassment, yes the proverbial egg had cracked and dribbled down its partner chin that day. In high school I tried to take a vow of silence, would write out standard comments on flimsy flash cards, refuse to answer questions, though…