Of Cadillacs and Throwing Stars

Once upon a time, in the mid-eighties, luxury automobiles sported fancy hood ornaments at the crown of their long front ends. (I’ll leave the interpretation of that custom to my psychology friends.) Here’s an example from the hood of a 1983-ish Cadillac: These ornaments were not fixed to the hood, but attached via a wire thingy that allowed them to flop flat when needed, for instance in an automated car wash. Sometimes they suffered damage from general use or vandalism: …

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“Time Is Life”

Eight hours into a hectic 12-hour solo-coverage day shift in our community hospital ER, I finally got the chance for a lunch break. I hustled to the hospital’s food court, bought two slices of pepperoni pizza to go, and hurried back to the ER lounge where I popped open a Diet Coke, took a big swig, then dove into the pizza. The head nurse appeared at the door just as I finished the first slice. “Chest pain in One.” I …

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