• My ER Visit, Back Pain, and The People You Can Count On

      Well, dear readers, it’s been a while. I’m offering my apologies and an explanation. Had I not been flat on my back and/or writhing in pain for the last 11 days (although each day did get a little better), I may have been able to concentrate and write a blog post. Being immobile for a period of time gives a person a lot of time to contemplate things—lots of things, even if they were fuzzy at times due to the drugs. My troubles began when an intense pain took over my lower back mid-week, a week and a half ago. Over two days, it intensified. On Thursday, I never…

  • Fictography #20—Red Light Doctor

    * * * * * * /FICTOGRAPHY/ def. — The intersection of photography (submitted by readers) and fiction (written by me!). The above photograph was submitted to me by one of my former students, Katie Wagner Vogel. This lovely shot is of the Red Light District in Amsterdam. Katie likes to travel, and has been to some very cool places. She was always a great addition to the classroom and was a member of our public relations club. Now, grown up and married, she is working as the Creative Director for Agora Financial in Baltimore. I appreciate her willingness to submit a photograph, and I can honestly say, I’ve never…