“Purple” by Alexis Rotella In the first grade Mrs. Lohrsaid my purple teepeewasn’t realistic enough,that purple was no colorfor a tent,that purple was a colorfor people who died,that my drawing wasn’tgood enoughto hang with the others.    I walked back…

“How long will it take before I’m my old self?” a new patient asks. “How long will it take this remedy to work?” a new patient asks. “As long as it takes,” I answer. Most people who come to my…

A patient who first came to me seven years ago arrived this morning for an appointment wearing a beautiful colorful dress. When I complimented her, she asked, “Don’t you remember when I first came to you all I wore was…