Posts Tagged ‘AIDS’

Leave the Windows Open

March 31, 2011




The Last Song by Elton John is one of the most hauntingly sad but beautiful songs I’ve ever heard. The first verse is profoundly evocative and heartbreaking, and never fails to (more…)

Life, Death and Chocolate Cake

December 18, 2008

In the early 1990s, I read the following commentary on the Opinion page of the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

TONICS FOR THE SOUL WHEN YOU’RE LIVING WITH AIDS
by James Batson

path-in-woodsWhen I was 12 years old, sitting in Mrs. Larson’s math class one afternoon, a thought came to me about the purpose of life: that we live life for the experience it gives us. Maybe that should be Experience with a capital E. My next thoughts probably returned to finding the square root of x. So much for the purpose of life.

At any rate, that thought, insipid as it may be, has stood me well for a few years now. Not without a little elaboration, mind you. Just the same, that thought, along with courage, steadfastness and a good recipe for chocolate cake, has helped me slog through a few messes.

Si what have I experienced? I’m 33 now, having spent a half-dozen of the ensuing years smoking dope and another dozen years recovering from my misspent youth. (more…)