Monthly Archives: December, 2015

A Different Kind of Advent Calendar a.k.a. The Countdown to My PET Scan

I never had that cool Advent calendar with chocolates behind each paper window as a kid. I just watched the dates change to double digits, then blend into the twenties, until finally Christmas descended like a soft pine smelling cloud full of excitement, lit up candles, pastries, and mysterious boxes under the tree which mostly …

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UZBEKISTAN: Let There Be No Oxygen, a.k.a. the Russian Workout

“Raise your step today”, said my Russian gym teacher and pointed to the stepper we used at the beginning of each leg class. I hesitantly turned my stepper over and slowly pried away the grey risers. My gym teacher lost her patience, marched over and quickly attached them to a position that was even higher …

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