Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The places I write

Tomorrow's treatment day for Jilda, so I'll be in the cafeteria at the hospital for most of the day. I take my laptop and claim a table near the back, close to a wall outlet.
I take my headphones and shove them knuckle deep into my ears, which allows me to sink into silence.
I then select music that I think the muse will enjoy. Some of the best columns I've written over the last two years were written at that table.
I've become accustomed to the ebb and flow of hospital life. Some times when my fingers type too fast and it takes my mind a moment to catch up, I'll look up into the faces of the people around me. Most take no notice of me, but I often get a sense of how their story is playing out by the looks on their faces.
Some people get good reports and it seems they're almost glowing. For others, when the news is not so good, it's written on their faces.
At any rate, I have an idea for this weeks column and that's half the battle. I'll share it with you after it runs next Monday.
Here's a photo of late summer grass.


  1. Very beautiful shot 101
    Hope Jilda is doing well with her treatments.

  2. Anonymous11:00 PM

    I'd love to sit at that table with you. I'll try not to disturb the muse!!

  3. Hope Jilda's treatment went well!! Take care

  4. I hope Jilda's treatment goes well Rick. Sending positive thoughts yall's way

  5. Thinking of you and your wife as she is getting her treatment....

  6. Beautiful photo. I'm sure the column will be great..


  7. The picture is beautiful...

    When I spent a lot of time in the hospital as a child I used to watch the faces of people and I could guess their outcomes too..

  8. Great picture of grasses, Rick. I used to work in a hospital and I was very accustomed to reading faces and responding in kind- xo Diana

  9. What a lovely image of the grass. I hope all goes well for Jilda tomorrow. I went to many of my Dad's treatments in the last year, and I know exactly what you're talking about when you read the faces of others. Luckily for my dad, his reports were all good, and for that we're all very grateful.

  10. Rick,
    Hope treatment day went well for Jilda (and for you). Great shot of the grasses - very cheerful.


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