Category: David C

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Changing Tires

I strained a little, twisting the car jack with my hands to crank the wheel higher. A few mosquitoes had already landed on me and I swatted at them, trying to thin out this particularly vicious breed that lurked around the parking lot. I flicked at one as it landed nearby on…

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From There to Here

One month ago, I went ahead and made one of the biggest, strangest, and uncharacteristically bold changes of my life. People asked me if I was crazy, warned me about being dramatic or unstable, and expressed skepticism, curiosity, and general bewilderment about my decision. In retrospect, it was one of…

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Reasons [Reprise]

Note: Originally written several years ago. My mom looks for Reasons the way some people look for spare change on the ground. She always has an eye out for them, an ear cocked to hear the faintest whisper of a consequence or a lesson. Most were simple illustrations of basic character: an…

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A Shift In Perspective

I was getting frustrated, watching his attention zip away from the homework sheet in front of him. “Yah, yah?!” he said, imitating some stupid character from some stupid movie I didn’t have time to watch because I was in medical school, dammit, and barely had time to study and eat and…

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I didn’t think about that

People wonder why I have such an unhealthy obsession with human suffering and frailty, as if there were some other mystery, some other unfathomable principle in the universe more puzzling, infuriating, and crucial to the human experience. “Tell me,” I ask, with some trace of smugness, “What drives the human…

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Roasting Pan

In the middle of Target is not the sort of place I would expect to receive bad news. The extra twenty dollars I saved by finding my coveted piece of cookware there instead of at Macy’s thirty minutes ago seemed somewhat trite by comparison, and I did what I could…

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Born Again

Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where…

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Rituals of Annotation

I am not exactly sure of what prompted me to do it, but I began keeping a tally of all the pronouncements I have done. I never really knew this before, but pronouncements are done in a remarkably simple and impersonal way. Most patients who die in the hospital do not go…