beginnerMy dear (dear) readers,

I began this blog to tell stories of the things – both beautiful and base – that I see around me here in eclectic Boston.  It is meant to engage us in the everydays of our fellows with a kind of subtlety, without directly acknowledging the reader.  It was (and is) not meant to be a public diary of my very personal adventures.  And yet, here I am, breaking form, speaking to you directly, and about myself.

I’ve seen plenty worthy, calling out for sharing in the last month since I’ve posted.  But I’ve also been struggling mightily with medical problems – illness that has now necessitated a leave of absence from my work as a physician – and which at the moment calls out much more insistently than the words and images that saturate.

I am sorry to be sick.  I am sorry to be away from my work, my normal, and from this place and the blogging community at large.  But what is life but peaks and furrows, an endless undulation of season and emotion and existence?  I have every expectation of a coming peak.  I thank you for reading, and for your patience as I squeak in the stories that call to me between treatments and paperwork and rest.  And I wish you all the very best in the New Year.

See you soon.



About Gold Standard Test

Sometimes I work, and sometimes I play. Sometimes I eat, sometimes I've no time. Sometimes I know, most times I'm learning. Sometimes I laugh, at times it's through tears. Sometimes I love, amidst trying and tolerating. I strive to make a mark, but this worlds substance can be hard. And all the while, I do hope it's normal and extraordinary and, above all, enough.


  1. I’m so sorry to hear that you’ve been ill. I hope things are resolved quickly and painlessly and that you’ll be back to your ways very soon.

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    • Many thanks for your kind thoughts, Molly. I’m hopefully awaiting at least shades of normal – I’ll take the lightest of hues! And I’m SO looking forward to catching up on your adventures with the little one AND the drooly ones. All the best to you and your pack in 2016. ♡


  2. Dear Goldie, I will keep you and your family in my prayers. You are such a courageous person and have written many things that have inspired me. Take care of yourself and let us know how you are doing. We care. –Margaret

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  3. Sorry to hear about the challenges you have been facing. But I am glad to hear you describe such a healthy attitude to all this and that you will persist in writing. You have a unique, rich (and humorous) voice that should be heard . . . so with that said, you are not off the hook from writing unless your GCS score dips below 5 . . . even then, your incoherent babblings can be assembled into an absurdist poem!

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    • Thanks so much, Jonathon. I’ll endeavour to keep my GCS – and my GAF 😉 – well above 5. I’ve a few stories up my sleeve that I’m looking forward to spilling – and I’m looking forward to catching up on your posts as well. I hope 2016 is fabulous for you and yours. Cheers!

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  4. Oh, I hate it that you are on the wrong end of the ‘scope! I know all too well that helpless feeling of being sidelined, role reversal, identity crisis…I hope this proves to be a short episode, quick recovery, lessons learned that will enrich your practice.

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  5. I’m so sorry you are being hindered from your normal routine. Hope you soon find the problem and the solution. Give us reports on occasion. I’ll watch for you.

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  6. I am so sorry you are dealing with illness right now. Wishing you much strength, light and resilience.

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    • Thanks so very much, your kind words and warm thoughts are greatly appreciated. Looking forward to catching up with and sharing in your journey – which I do hope is wonderful and healing and refreshing and everything you need it to be in the new year. Best to you. ♡

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