Monthly Archives: December 2014

Taking the Stares

It was a summer evening a few years back. The days were long and green outside and a new caregiver was still green around the ears. ┬áHe had just started the process of learning the ropes. The sun was setting … Continue reading

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Just A Touch

I know the story only in the retelling. In the predawn hours of an early fall day, the chill in the air was both outside and inside the walls of that stark, barren hospital. The medical team had been assembled … Continue reading

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They Took My Picture

In 1974, at six years old, I saw myself as pretty typical. However, much of the world saw me as “Tiny Tim.” I was a scrawny kid with skinny arms and legs, pigtails in my hair and a smile that … Continue reading

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