I am sure, like me, you, too, have been inundated by the photos of Senator Bernie Sanders sitting on a chair (wearing funky mittens) at Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration. It is a meme to the nth power. But when does a meme die? “When a meme breaks the online threshold and starts cropping up on cable news—or when your parents start dropping them in the family text chain,” points out Lifehacker. The average life of a meme is about four months, though lately, the speed with which memes spread and die has revved higher. The Bernie Mittens meme is not going away anytime — I got two new variants while sleeping. 

Bernie’s Day

About eight years ago, I woke up from my surgery, groggy and hazy. The beeps from machines sounded distant. The voices from the corridor outside the small private section of the intensive care unit at the UCSF were muted. I could hear the heavy rain against the window. I was thirsty. And yet all I … Continue reading Bernie’s Day