Monthly Archives: July 2017

Rat in the Walls 6: Empathic Alchemy

Here I am again, reading and commenting on the sixth post from Rat in the Walls, the blog I wrote during the final year of my brother’s battle with ALS.  The post is titled “Empathic Alchemy,” and you can read it below the video.

Title: Empathic Alchemy

Blood is sometimes thicker than gold.

 

Rat in the Walls 5: Gravity on Jupiter

Here’s the fifth Rat in the Walls post that I wrote about my brother’s battle with ALS.  The post is titled “Gravity on Jupiter.” You can read the text of the post below the video.

Title: Gravity on Jupiter

Sisyphus had it easy.

He had control of his muscles.  And he only had to push his rock uphill on Earth.

People with ALS don’t have that.  It’s like Jupiterean gravity is squashing them flat.

Their rocks aren’t moving anywhere, up or down the gravity well.

 

Rat in the Walls 4: Paranoia

Long time, no posts, because June disappeared in a fog of caregiving for my Mom and Dad.  Now that it’s July, it’s time for another reading from Rat in the Walls, where I blogged about my brother’s battle with ALS during the last year of his life.  The actual post (from April 1, 2007), is printed below the video.

Title: Paranoia

Paranoia runs deep. But it doesn’t run well.

It gimps along, lurching from side to side, like Frankenstein’s monster.
Jaundiced skin. Beautiful eyes.