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Ambiguous Loss

Ambiguous Loss

My counselor recommended that I read Ambiguous Loss because she saw themes of unresolved anxiety and sorrow from my aunt’s terminal cancer and my father’s declining physical health. I didn’t get around to reading the book until after my aunt had already died, but the author, Pauline Boss, covers grieving the inevitable loss of a loved one from cancer, so maybe it would have been helpful. I don’t know how I’m supposed to help myself with self-help books. I’m not…

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Bicycle License in Memphis, TN

Bicycle License in Memphis, TN

Once upon a time, Memphis, Tennessee, required bicycle licenses. This was my aunt’s, issued in 1949, when she was ten years old. She rode a J. C. Higgins. The license cost 50 cents. They used the wrong name. My aunt’s name was Claire, not Claira. For the record, I am very against requiring any sort of licenses or fees for cycling. Cycling is a public good because it relieves congestion and damage to the roads. There shouldn’t be any barriers…

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