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Sunday, April 8, 2018

Running for My Life . . .

Posted By on Sun, Apr 8, 2018 at 12:21 PM

“We’ll see if we can get you an extra couple of years,” the doctor said, and my mind unaccountably went to Ben Gazzara. I have written about Gazzara before, and his TV series “Run for Your Life,” in which he played a terminally ill man who had a series of adventures in which he made love to numerous women, fought various men, and never threw up, even once.

I’m pretty sure my road ahead isn’t going to be quite as thrilling, though,  like  Gazzara’s Paul Bryan,  I’ll still be dancing on the edge, every day. Then again, he got promised 18 months of life, and the show ran for three years. So you never know, do you?

If this makes me seem shallow, well, when was the last time I cared about that? I’m a child of TV shows, movies, music and literature; I’ll gladly draw inspiration and reference points from them all.

It wasn’t as though I wasn’t paying attention, as the doctor ran down each procedure in turn, and then explaining why each one wouldn’t work in my case. Finally we got to an option which may give me more days in this realm of existence.

We get to go back next Thursday, to talk about setting things in motion.

In the meantime, I have been looking at the many books I have in my collection, thinking about which ones I really want to read, and which I can go ahead and give now to Goodwill and the used bookstore at the Fayetteville Public Library.

The days I have ahead with Tracy.

The exhaustion I have been feeling will increase, as other symptoms may also manifest themselves.

Unlike Ben Gazzara, I won’t be making love to beautiful women around the world (not the sort of thing one can explain to one’s wife at the best of times) nor will I be going mano a mano with ruffians of any sort. Just as well, I suppose.

But as long as I can write, about the things that matter to me, and events in my life (both past and present) I will continue to do so.

And as I say, “Run for Your Life” lasted for three years, so who knows what may happen?


The Usual Disclaimer

I don’t write pieces like this for pity, prayers or pats on the back. How you respond is entirely up to you, which is as it should be.

Tracy is on Facebook - Tracy Reeves-Cutaia - and it would be nice if you could spare a moment or two and send her a message of encouragement.  That would mean a lot to me.


Today’s Soundtrack

Listening to John Barry’s soundtrack to “Somewhere in Time” today. Not only is this one of my favourite scores, but also one of my favourite movies, based on the novel by the great Richard Matheson.


Now on YouTube: Catherine Reed: The Music of the Spheres

A collection of music pieces by my friend, Ms. Catherine Reed, taped in the studios of Fayetteville Public Television and the NWA Women’s Conference and Festival, at the University of Arkansas.

Catherine Reed: The Music of the Spheres


Quote of the Day

The public which reads, in any sense of the word worth considering, is very, very small; the public which would feel no lack if all book publishing ceased tomorrow, is enormous. - George Gissing



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