Steven in The New York Times


What Surfing With My Niece Taught Me About Life 

Turns out that in surfing, as in life, fear of falling can lead to more falls. 

Do You Believe in Magic? I Do

Talismans and amulets — objects believed to have magical powers — were once part of any self-respecting doctor’s medicine bag. 

The Gift of a Box Full of Darkness

At the bottom of my box — after two deaths and a divorce — I found the gift of gratitude. 

Why Signatures Matter

Your name, written in your hand, is part of your identity.

Learning to Accept (if Not Love) My Scar

More than three decades after my cancer surgery, I still hesitate when someone asks, “What’s up with your scar?”

Things I'll Do Differently When I'm Old

Soon after my 50th birthday, I started keeping a list of “Things I will do/things I won’t do when I get old.” Ten years on, I’m still adding to it.


Drinking on Antidepressants

Is it risky to have a drink or two if you’re taking drugs for depression? Doctors don’t really know.


After a Cancer Diagnosis, Reversing Roles With My Mother

I’d become my mother’s travel guide in this new country of illness.


Opening Up About Depression

As much as I understand that illness is illness, whether mental or physical, and that there’s a greater openness about depression now than a generation ago, I still feel shame about my depression.

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