What Do They Know?

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For years, my most unforgettable moments were ones where I made errors — blunders, screw-ups, super embarrassing moments. Actions that provoked major shame attacks, either then or later. Sort of like going out in public with my fly open, or getting into a particularly stupid argument with someone I really …

Aha’s and Oh-oh’s

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There are moments and there are Moments: someone called them “Aha Moments.” These, for me, are usually sudden and not necessarily rational. They happen like somebody—Somebody or Something—smacking me upside the head. If they’re important enough, they’re physical experiences as well as emotional. As usual, the problem in writing about …

Happy Medicine

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Somehow they slipped us Happy Medicine. It’s like Beth and I—along with everyone else on board—have taken happy pills. People are friendly and eager to talk with each other. Good medicine. Many kinds of people: retirees just traveling; younger people out to pioneer something-or-other in Alaska; tugboat hands; retired school …