Lamech, who Cautioned me to be Careful

Lamech, who Cautioned me to be Careful

A Map of Kenya, where Lamech was From Reading time: 2 minutes One of the nursing assistants who took care of me after one of my surgeries was named Lamech. He was mid 30s, dark-complected, tall and sturdily built, with an accent that I couldn’t place but that I...
The Tallest Guy from India I’d Ever Seen

The Tallest Guy from India I’d Ever Seen

Reading time: 2 minutes Four years ago, I had two surgeries about five months apart. (Everything came out just fine, don’t worry.) While I was making my way through encounters with all kinds of medical personnel, I was observing the different people around me....
Some of the Nurses who Helped Me

Some of the Nurses who Helped Me

Nurses’ notes on the board in my room. Reading time: 2 minutes Four years ago, I had two surgeries about five months apart. (Everything came out just fine, don’t worry.) While I was making my way through encounters with all kinds of medical personnel, I...
Talking Black on White NPR

Talking Black on White NPR

Reading time: 3 minutes Have you ever heard the show “It’s Been a Minute” on NPR? It plays on KUOW here in Seattle at 5:00 on Saturday afternoons. One of the things I like about it is that it’s got a different voice and tone than most of NPR....
Why did this White Guy Include “White” in his Insult?

Why did this White Guy Include “White” in his Insult?

The Burned Recycling Bin Reading time: 3 minutes This white guy insulted me and called me “white,” and I never could figure out why he called me white when he was white himself. It was a warm spring evening, a couple of years ago. I was at Cal Anderson Park, this...

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