Commentaries & Essays

Caring For Mrs. J

May 8, 2018

Each year, the University of Virginia's School of Nursing sponsors a writing competition for its students -- a chance to reflect on the career they've chosen. 

This year's winner was graduate student Kit Barger, who recalled the case that taught her to speak up for her patients.

Pet to Table Dining

Apr 20, 2018

       Growing up, I desperately wanted a pet. We lived in a tenement bordered by an asphalt driveway in the back and a concrete sidewalk in the front. Our apartment was so tiny that we needed only a cook stove to heat the whole place. Clearly, I faced limited pet options. However, being an optimistic child, I decided to ignore the reality of my situation. Against all odds, I begged my parents for a horse.

Don't Grab The Stick

Apr 20, 2018

Once, as I waited for my husband, Bruce, outside the door of a Trader Joe’s in Manhattan, a blond-haired man walked up and stood uncomfortably close to me, definitely well within my personal space. He looked as if he’d stepped out of a Brooks Brothers catalogue—collar turned up, arms of a cashmere sweater wrapped around his shoulders, khaki pants, loafers, no socks.  He lit up a cigarette, then turned so he was mere inches from my face.  He smiled and blew smoke straight at me. I edged away, moving to the other side of the door.

From Charlottesville With Love

Feb 9, 2018

One morning, as I drove down a narrow country lane in Charlottesville, I spotted an African-American boy, about eleven, perched on a bike. He sat in the middle of the road, precisely at the center of a blind curve.

Ten Tips For Getting Well

Feb 9, 2018

When you are sick, don’t watch the nightly news. If you do, in addition to your current illness, you will wind up developing an ulcer. Also, don’t view Stranger Things when you’re feverish. You will regret it, unless you are the sort of person who dropped LSD during college years.

Pages