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STORIES OF HOPE

Loneliness

Walking into the low-lit room I noticed, as always, the cushy couch, the beautiful bedframe, the family photos strewn on cabinets. Everything was familiar....

Original post made by Aldis Petriceks on Jan. 15, 2019
Last comment by 192.168.1.1, on Mar 18, 2019 at 2:45 am | 32 comments | 3570 Views

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Hospice, Palliative Care, and the Healing of a Life

==B With the recent holiday season, I've been taking a much-needed break from my research and writing work. To recharge my energy and ideas, I'll be off from writing...

Original post made by Aldis Petriceks on Jan. 2, 2019
Last comment by 192.168.1.1, on Mar 18, 2019 at 2:43 am | 18 comments | 4583 Views

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What is a Life?

My grandmother’s second stroke continues, hauntingly, to occupy my thoughts and imagination; with every passing week I am further reminded of her diminished...

Original post made by Aldis Petriceks on Dec. 17, 2018
Last comment by yrohogae, on Mar 15, 2019 at 7:05 am | 27 comments | 4184 Views

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Selfishness, Poverty, and Lunch

I was late to lunch in a new city, chipped and chilled by biting winds. A man entered my gaze as I hurried forward; he was facing what looked like the city...

Original post made by Aldis Petriceks on Nov. 26, 2018
Last comment by Removalist Newcastle, on Feb 24, 2019 at 2:46 am | 19 comments | 5070 Views

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The Case for Advanced Directives

Five minutes. That is all I had to make my case: to convince this 80-year-old man to fill out an advanced care directive. John, as I’ll call him, had served in...

Original post made by Aldis Petriceks on Jan. 29, 2019
Last comment by Lucille F. Parham, on Feb 17, 2019 at 9:28 pm | 2 comments | 2343 Views

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Eyes and the End of Life: Why Spend Time With the Dying?

You notice strange things, staring into the eyes of another human being for minutes at a time. First your heart beats faster, you grip your hands into empty...

Original post made by Aldis Petriceks on Feb. 11, 2019
Last comment by JLN, on Feb 13, 2019 at 12:25 pm | 2 comments | 3625 Views

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Trials of My Grandmother

There was no single change which confirmed, to my mind, that my grandmother had suffered a stroke. She had, of course, but I had been trying to see things...

Original post made by Aldis Petriceks on Nov. 12, 2018
Last comment by Aaron, on Feb 9, 2019 at 3:56 pm | 3 comments | 3935 Views

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Love, Justice, and Ada's Cafe

Few things are truly indispensable in life. Or even important, for that matter. True, I often act with the opposite perspective—placing status or looks on...

Original post made by Aldis Petriceks on Oct. 29, 2018
Last comment by free scary games, on Jan 17, 2019 at 11:04 pm | 2 comments | 3076 Views

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Guest Post: Youth, Illness, and Advance Care Directives

==I This piece is a guest-written essay by Leilani Graham, a Palo Alto native and graduate of Henry M. Gunn High School. Leilani is now a San Francisco-based writer,...

Original post made by Aldis Petriceks on Sep. 25, 2018
Last comment by albert, on Dec 23, 2018 at 3:31 am | 5 comments | 6346 Views

STORIES OF HOPE

The Death Conversation

==I In this post, we'll be taking a break from our continuing series on Ada's Cafe, and returning to a particularly important theme in my own life, and in the life...

Original post made by Aldis Petriceks on Aug. 27, 2018
Last comment by Art Star, on Nov 12, 2018 at 1:49 am | 2 comments | 3333 Views

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The Oft-Unseen Fruits of End-of-Life Care

==I The following essay is a modified version of a piece titled, "Compassion and the Uncertain Caregiver," which was recently accepted by the medical journal, Palliative...

Original post made by Aldis Petriceks on Sep. 11, 2018
Last comment by Smith, on Sep 30, 2018 at 9:31 am | 3 comments | 4401 Views

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The Elevating Embrace of a Man with Down Syndrome

==I This piece is the third in a multi-part series, telling stories about employees of Ada's Cafe -- the 501c3 nonprofit cafe in the Mitchell Park community center,...

Original post made by Aldis Petriceks on Jul. 2, 2018
Last comment by Susan, on Sep 27, 2018 at 8:50 pm | 1 comment | 3025 Views

STORIES OF HOPE

Thought and Matter: A Young Man's Search for Interest and Meaning

==I This piece is the fourth in a multi-part series, telling stories about employees of Ada's Cafe -- a 501c3 nonprofit cafe in the Mitchell Park community center,...

Original post made by Aldis Petriceks on Jul. 16, 2018
Last comment by trivani, on Sep 27, 2018 at 2:08 am | 11 comments | 4468 Views

STORIES OF HOPE

A Concrete Joy: The Life and Love of Charlie Foley-Hughes

==I This piece is the sixth in a multi-part series, telling stories about employees of Ada's Cafe -- a 501c3 nonprofit cafe in the Mitchell Park community center,...

Original post made by Aldis Petriceks on Aug. 13, 2018
Last comment by Yvonne, on Aug 18, 2018 at 9:42 am | 1 comment | 3567 Views

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What Am I Striving For?

==I Recently, my work life and professional aspirations have been getting the better of me. In turn, I’ve felt myself getting worse: tension, unease, and discontent...

Original post made by Aldis Petriceks on Apr. 2, 2018
Last comment by pooja, on Jun 25, 2018 at 10:44 pm | 8 comments | 10852 Views

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Alcohol, Opioids, the Loss of a Son: One Couple's Journey Through Pain and Redemption

On a Monday afternoon in October of 2017, Rick and Bev Dyer received the call. Their son, Brian, was in the hospital with a “serious but not life-threatening”...

Original post made by Aldis Petriceks on May. 1, 2018
Last comment by mjjones33, on Jun 22, 2018 at 10:26 pm | 8 comments | 12924 Views

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Modern Hospice Care and The Death of Ivan Ilyich

Readers: Apologies for my recent delay in posts! I've been awaiting approval for pieces on a couple individuals in the Ada's employee series. In the meantime,...

Original post made by Aldis Petriceks on Jun. 19, 2018
Last comment by KJH, on Jun 21, 2018 at 7:13 pm | 4 comments | 5734 Views

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Always Moving: Jazmin Toca's Tale of Joy, Disability, and Purpose

==I This piece is the first in a multi-part series, telling stories about employees of Ada's Cafe -- the 501c3 nonprofit cafe in the Mitchell Park community center,...

Original post made by Aldis Petriceks on May. 14, 2018
Last comment by Ashwin kumar, on Jun 20, 2018 at 6:03 pm | 1 comment | 9432 Views

STORIES OF HOPE

At Home with John Collins, Wherever You Are

==I This piece is the second in a multi-part series, telling stories about employees of Ada's Cafe -- the 501c3 nonprofit cafe in the Mitchell Park community center,...

Original post made by Aldis Petriceks on May. 29, 2018
Last comment by Pkp, on May 29, 2018 at 12:31 pm | 1 comment | 4000 Views

STORIES OF HOPE

Data and Compassion: Radical Tools in the Fight for Gun Control

Students in Washington D.C. during National Walkout Day, March 14, 2018. During last week’s National Walkout Day, a nationwide demonstration...

Original post made by Aldis Petriceks on Mar. 19, 2018
Last comment by mohit2931, on May 23, 2018 at 1:34 am | 13 comments | 9909 Views
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Short story writers wanted!

The 33rd Annual Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest is now accepting entries for Adult, Young Adult (15-17) and Teen (12-14) categories. Send us your short story (2,500 words or less) and entry form by March 29. First, Second and Third Place prizes awarded in each category.

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