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Cheri’s Books

Mom Drifts Away

As my mother, Ardis Register, slipped deeper into Alzheimer’s, I sketched out some prose portraits of her and put them away in a file folder. I was not ready to “do” anything literary with her illness, nor am I now. This one turned up again, nearly fourteen years after her death, and I thought [...]

My Absence

To the three or four of you who might have come this way looking for an update or a new blog post, my apologies for neglecting this site nearly all summer. Here’s the short version of the story:  At the end of May, I headed down to the University of Chicago for my class [...]

The Guardian Angel (part 2 of Shock and Awe)

Once I was discharged from St. Eriks Sjukhus, I continued my journey through the Swedish women’s movement. Karin Westman Berg, who might be called the Mother of Women’s Studies in Scandinavia, welcomed me into her labyrinthine Uppsala apartment, where I would stay many times throughout the 1970s, and invited me to a symposium on [...]

Shock and Awe

I have been sick with a respiratory virus for the last week or so, and as a result, I had to postpone a trip to San Francisco. Lying in bed with a headache, as well, has given me pause to recall other times when illness coincided with, or impeded, travel. The time I have [...]

Perpetual Winter

Here in Minnesota we expect another winter storm tomorrow, past the midway point of April, before the snow from our early April storm has even finished melting away. The 50 degree day promised at the end of every week’s weather calendar keeps moving ahead, luring us day by day through a cold and dreary [...]

Humanities Education and a Life of Good Will

Education in the humanities is under siege again . . . or still.  In a period of joblessness, training people in the barely lucrative fields of art, music, literature, language, social and cultural history may seem like an indulgence, as Florida’s governor Rick Scott recently proclaimed and as Mitt Romney apparently believes, having said [...]

The Aleatory Garden

I first learned the word “aleatory” in reference to music.  The first FM radio station of my life, WFMT in Chicago, would occasionally introduce a piece as “aleatory music,” sounds arranged randomly or by some pattern other than the usual rules of harmonics.  My college dorm social circle included a composer of aleatory music, [...]

Long Friendships Save Lives

Anyone who has read my writing about chronic illness knows that I live with a congenital liver disease.  Every now and then it makes its presence known via severe abdominal pain or shaky chills and a fever that spikes to 103 or higher.  When these warning signs hit, I head for the hospital.  It’s [...]