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The Writer’s Almanac for December 30, 2014

December 30th, 2014

Episode 70 of 994 episodes

When the doctor called at 3am to tell me that only a ventilator could keep my aunt alive at that point, I stood shivering in the dark kitchen, thinking about that word, ventilator. I envisioned a dark shaft of some sort in an old office building from the fifties, when my aunt was a young... Read more »

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