Momma and the Meaning of Life: Tales of Psychotherapy

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Momma and the Meaning of Life

Dusk. Perhaps I am dying. Sinister shapes surround my bed: cardiac monitors, oxygen canisters, dripping intravenous bottles, coils of plastic tubing—the entrails of death. Closing my lids, I glide into darkness.

But then, springing from my bed, I dart out of the hospital room smack into the bright, sunlit Glen Echo Amusement Park, where, in decades past, I spent many summer Sundays. I hear carousel music. I breathe in the moist, caramelized fragrance of sticky popcorn and apples. And I walk straight ahead—not hesitating at the Polar Bear Frozen Custard stand or the double-dip roller coaster or the Ferris wheel—to take my place in the ticket line for the House of Horrors. My fare paid, I wait as the next cart swivels around the corner and clanks to a halt in front of me. After stepping in and pulling down the guard rail to lock myself

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  • Momma and the Meaning of Life - Tales of Psychotherapy *
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgments vii
  • 1 - Momma and the Meaning of Life 1
  • 2 - Travels with Paula 15
  • 3 - Southern Comfort 53
  • 4 - Seven Advanced Lessons in Tile Therapy of Grief 83
  • 5 - Double Exposure 155
  • 6 - The Hungarian Cat Curse 201
  • Author's Note 247
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