John Donne (1572-1631), wrote the line ‘for whom the bell tolls’ in Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions, Meditation XVII:

“Perchance he for whom this bell tolls may be so ill, as that he knows not it tolls for him; and perchance I may think myself so much better than I am, as that they who are about me, and see my state, may have caused it to toll for me, and I know not that . . .  never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.”



Soul Healing


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Eczema Treatment and its Discontents

Days in the Life of an Eczematic English Professor

One of the issues I had to face in drafting this is the ways eczema has affected me. I couldn’t speak for everyone because not everyone experiences anxiety as a result of their eczema. In this case, writing a memoir was helpful because I wasn’t speaking for everyone, just myself, but, memoir was also difficult because I had to address all of the other factors combined with eczema that caused it to become so devastating to me.

One of those factors is Iatrogenesis, medically-induced trauma. Treatments for eczema are often worse than the disease itself. For example, “immunotherapy.” Allergy shots are like vaccines. In order to become immune to allergens, you have to be exposed to them through needles, after the process of being poked with them to see which ones you’re allergic to, an awful experience for any adult, much less a child. Additionally, severely broken-out skin is painful…

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