Narrative

The Metaphorical Virus

Metaphor is a strong tool in discourse. Linking seemingly unrelated concepts, it weaves a net of knowledge that facilitates understanding and sparks up insights at its nodes. However, in a context that requires objectivity, the net can lead us astray. It distracts us from the simplest facts and fogs our perception and judgments. As early…

Chronic Pain: The True Costs

“If they don’t see an injury, or x-ray an injury, or anything like that, they said send you to the psych ward to do a psych evaluation. I don’t know that there was any cause, I just got to the point where I didn’t like being touched on my legs … It was like charcoals…

Father to Son

Ken Nwachukwa stands atop a grey metal fold-up chair and clangs his champagne glass with a metal spoon. The crowd of family and friends, each engaged in separate conversations, congregate around Ken and his step-son, David Ayeke. The occasion is David’s high school post-graduation party. “David, I pass the torch to you,” laughing in a…

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