Can One Smile Make a Difference?

I go to work in one of the largest cities in the country. Sometimes, I think it’s one of the craziest decisions I’ve made. I remember how hard it was when I first moved here. How foreign … everything seemed. In my old way of life, I drove to work, singing songs or listening to audio books….

Vitamins, Valium, and Sciatica

I have a pinched sciatic nerve. Some days the pain is so bad my teeth chatter, as though I’m freezing – but it’s merely an expression of intense pain. At night, I cover my right side in a chain of analgesic patches from hip to ankle. It’s the only way I sleep. I wake and smell of camphor and…