Annus Horribilis

On November 24, 1992, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II attended a banquet at Guildhall to mark the 40th anniversary of her accession. The Queen gave a speech and she famously said, “1992 is not a year on which I shall look back with undiluted pleasure. In the words of one of my more sympathetic correspondents, […]

The Vampire Cometh

Today is the day. The vampire (aka phlebotomist) will be here at the house in just over two hours to draw my blood and ship it to Maryland for genetic testing. In four or five months, we should know the results. The neurologist explained that even a negative result does not mean I do not […]

What’s Wrong With You?

It’s the question I dread the most. It’s the question that I really don’t know how to answer. It’s the question that can get a bit nosey. It’s the question that can be a little embarrassing. It’s the question I really wish people wouldn’t ask. The question? “What’s wrong with you?” I never know how […]

It’s in My DNA

Every day has the possibility of changing our lives forever. A drunk man’s decision to get behind the wheel of an automobile can take the dearest person in all the world away from us. An employer’s asking to meet with us might mean the end of a promising position. A heated argument can bring an […]