Just Say No

So they want you to go back to work. They tell you that the safeguards are basically up to you, although they will sanitize your work area and space out employee desks and provide you with hand sanitizer. You must wear a mask. Bring one from home. Don’t do it unless you are really up … Continue reading Just Say No

A Selection from my upcoming* book about Northampton in the Eighties

  (author’s note: The footnotes look they might be clickable, but they are not.  You can find them by scrolling to the end of the document) The Swedish opera singer Jenny Lind visited Northampton in the nineteenth century, newly married and full of herself.  She marveled at the views around town and pronounced Northampton, “A Paradise.”  Much … Continue reading A Selection from my upcoming* book about Northampton in the Eighties


I like to sit in back next to the window during report so I can space out when I need to.  There’s usually a lot of chatter about regular meetings, new regulations, and patients I don’t have any responsibility for.   That day I was looking down into the courtyard where three threadbare alkies were … Continue reading Martinelli


“So what happened? “ said the doctor, leaning over me, “Tell me once or twice from the top. Were you unconscious? ”  It was two thirty in the morning, and Doctor Vivian Westphal had been called in to provide a second opinion. How can you sparkle this much this late at night, I wondered. She … Continue reading Diary