In Memoriam

The doctor is not in. He is no longer accepting new patients. He is gone. There will be no referrals. You're on your own. It's just as well. No one could fill his shoes anyway. His title was honorary. He wasn't really a doctor. He was a pipe-fitter, master mechanic, automotive hobbyist. He was known…

The Doctor is In

I've known him all my life. And after my dad, he's the "adult male" that I would turn to for car maintenance advice, a kind word, a belly laugh in the form of some hilarious anecdote that had  happened that week. Uncle Tracy has been a comfortable constant in my life no matter where the…

Being Used

I have a "friend" who only calls when she needs something. She never calls to just say hello or to check up on me or the family. I have known her for about a year and a half. I offered to help her fill out some paperwork for immigration because her English is not very…

Driving Privilege vs Driving Right

Driving in America has turned into a sort of right of passage. It's not a new one or anything. Kids in all 48 contiguous continental, as well as Alaska and Hawaii, have for decades been jumping up in front of the issuing offices of their states' Department of Motor Vehicles in excitement, holding proof of…