Derailed

My birthday list has been derailed because my life has been derailed. On December 11, I found out that my dad died. No warning whatsoever. He had a heart attack in bed. I’m thankful that he passed quickly and painlessly (I hope anyway) but sometimes I think the magnitude of shock and grief might kill […]

A Better Ending

A few months ago, I was waiting for the subway and ad caught my eye. It was an invitation to free lectures as part of a “Harvard Mini-Med School.” I had never been to a free medical lecture before. Hence, an addition to the birthday list. All four of the lectures sounded interesting, but my […]

Give Me a Child until He Is Seven

…and I will give you the man. This is the premise of the British documentary series known as the “Up Series.” In 1964, an English television director chose fourteen 7-year-olds from different socioeconomic groups and different geographical areas of England and filmed them, intending to introduce people to the future laborers and executives of the […]

Another Year, Another List

Since I’ve plunged feetfirst into a new decade, I decided that I should give myself more time to complete my birthday list. So the clock starts ticking TODAY. I’m giving myself six months to complete 41 items. This is all I know so far: I’m attending a lecture by Deepak Chopra in a few days. […]

Putting Pen to Paper

This happened a couple of weeks ago.                 I finally broke down and bought a smartphone. I hemmed and hawed because I was perfectly happy without one. My family wooed me to join their family plan, which meant I had to switch carriers. And it was a good […]