Category Archives: Essays

Six Pictures on an Avocado-colored Wall: Their Stories

The Wall and the Pictures The color of the walls was chosen and applied by Leo, Eva’s son, when this was his room. I thought it too bold but, by the time he moved away to university, I had grown … Continue reading

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Solitude

I cherished the solitude of the occasional walk on the beach between Anchor Point and Homer—nineteen miles of vertical cliffs overhanging the mysterious rocks, tide pools, beached seaweed, and sixteen-foot tides. I had to time the ten-hour walk carefully to … Continue reading

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The Beauty of Numbers: A Memoir

08-08-08 August 8, 2008 was a special day in Stockholm. The telephone area code for Stockholm, within Sweden, is “08-”. There was organized and spontaneous fun and foolishness, such as water pistol fights between Stockholmers and groups of people from … Continue reading

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Clothes Mark the Man

When I was managing hospitals and medical centers, I became conscious of styles of dress worn by young male accountants from what were then the “big eight” (now the huge four) auditing firms, and by other outside consultants. These styles … Continue reading

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Thinking about Memories

26 April 2009 I thought of my father as Eva and I walked along the wooded path beside the lake. He’s dead nine years now, but he and his stories, his life story, are still with me. He seemed to … Continue reading

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Where are you on the Autism Disorder Spectrum?

On 6 December I bought a book at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) for my 15-hour flight to Arlanda International Airport (ARN) in Stockholm: I devoured Born On a Blue Day quickly. I recommend it unreservedly. The author is a … Continue reading

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I Met a Man with No Legs

I wept because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet —thought to be an old Persian proverb. It was at the local fitness center where I saw him. He was around six feet tall, … Continue reading

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