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Is it? It Isn’t … Not Yet, Anyway.

The dermatologist called me Friday to let me know that the biopsy results show  the brown spots re-appearing on my forearm are not necessarily true melanoma; he called them atypical nevi. He suggests two choices: return to his office in two weeks for a follow-up biopsy to see whether the new spots are still expanding …

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Heat Wave

I do not like the heat. When my younger sisters would invite me to go to the sunny beach on the coast of New Hampshire, I would decline, finding any excuse available to avoid the sun, the heat, the crowds and the traffic in the parking lots. They thought of the beach as Heaven, and …

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Boston Strong

Just a few weeks ago, I’d used a pressure cooker image to open my blog. My favorite television character, Gibbs (from NCIS) doesn’t believe in coincidences. And if I am to agree with him, and generally I do, then I have to wonder what made that choice of image so timely? I was reaching back …

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Happy Easter, Passover, and Spring~

The crocus that bloomed over a week ago and were immediately buried the next day in 12  inches of snow have emerged unscathed from their ordeal. It’s a nice metaphor for what can happen in a New England Spring. Courageous young plants that have wintered over for the better part of the year send up …

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Very Good News

This morning the dermatologist’s secretary called, reporting that the two biopsies I had earlier this week show no evidence of cancer.  Like the check-up three months ago, only typical age-related inflamed keratoses were found. I’m asked to watch for a return of pigmentation when the two sites clear, and if seen, come in for more …

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Veterans

I want to get this post right. It’s important to be accurate when talking about people of any status, of every status. And so I went to my trusty dictionary for the correct definition of veteran; here is what I found: an old soldier of long service  a former member of the armed forces  a …

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Global Ramifications: We are Just Us

I am a wordsmith. I enjoy reading and discovering vocabulary that invites me to pause and search through my old 1967 Webster’s Dictionary for its true meaning, and for its source, and its derivatives. Sometimes I’m surprised at what I find. Decades ago, I came across a word in a book I was reading, probably …

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