Harrison Gallery 825 White Street We began with this small gallery tucked away from the Duval Street madding crowd on quiet White Street. My companion, Rowland Bennett, longtime friend and librarian from Maplewood, New Jersey, and I had walked by it the day before and enjoyed peering in the window.
The First Simulation
I was dreading the first simulation–one of two, the second scheduled five days after the first–because I understood that my arm would be positioned over my head for 45 minutes while a ‘cradle” was made to keep me in the same position every time. I’d also read a scary description of the machine in Good Harbor, (See Previous News Feb 07, 05). Well, not only is the long session the second session, making it unnecessary for me to have drugged myself with ibuprofen and vicodin, but the machine wasn’t scary at all. I thought it was pretty interesting, the way it moved around me, like a sicophant.
I used Dr. Martin’s liquid watercolors for this, and I’m not used to these..they didn’t dry quickly on my thick glossy paper but they sure did stain fast. There was no correcting anything. But this is just what I like about them–fast and loose.
I did two watercolor postcards while in Florida but send them off before I could scan them for my column. So here is one view inspired by a photograph I did while there, taken on a morning walk. Fort Lauderdale shocked me by its wall-to-wall concrete with only the tiniest patches of grass and a couple of saved natural parks to walk in. I began to appreciate the richness of our Great Lakes…so much outdoors left. But the long beaches were fun to walk, either on the beach or on the brick walk that snaked along the white waist-high wall.
Only toward the end of this novel was my credibility challenged. Karen Joy Fowler has a penchant for the incredible, both in reality and imagination. She combines them irresistibly in this fabulous novel, which I’d use in my Developmental English class next fall if the language wasn’t so challenging. This aspect of the book–the fabulously descriptive vocabulary–enhanced my own reading experience but I’m not sure my students could handle it.
Diamant has clearly interviewed women who’ve been through the most common type of breast cancer diagnosis–DCIS, a noninvasive cancer that is contained within a milk duct and has not reached the nodes–which commonly involves a lumpectomy and radiation. Although the diagnosis is not exactly the same as mine–I had invasive ductal cancer that did not reach the nodes–the treatment is the same. Diamant has done her research.
To complicate matters further, I read quite a few books while flying in planes, sitting in airports, and lying on couches in both Fort Lauderdale (thanks to the kindness of friends) and Key West (more thanks to more kindness from more friends). In the next week, I shall attempt to review reading and experiences, with some nice links thrown in.