The Soft Animal of the Body

Let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. — Mary Oliver Bessel van der Kolk’s 2014 book, The Body Keeps the Score, reminds me of how strongly both my physical and mental condition have been shaped by … Continue reading

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Opening, Revisited

For years I’ve suffered abdominal pain and fatigue, which in recent months have been getting worse. The pain, at least, is traceable to a vascular anomaly near my pancreas. Surgery could correct this faulty pattern of blood flow. Since the … Continue reading

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