Day 670: Disguised

Yesterday was Halloween in these parts,  so I saw many people and things disguised,  throughout the day and evening.

Actually, the evening before, at a therapy group, somebody responded to the mindfulness exercise — looking at a fallen leaf — by saying this:

I noticed that the leaf had two sides. One was shiny — like the face we present to people. The other side was duller and dirtier.

There are at least two sides — and disguises — to everything, aren’t there?

I shall not disguise my eagerness to share some photos I took yesterday, starting with some that show, undisguised, a challenging side of commuting in Boston:

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Yes, major and familiar routes can suddenly close down while you’re trying to get to work on time, with disguised, incomplete, and confusing signals.

After I parked my car near Fenway Park (and feel free to disguise the sound of those last eight words with a Boston accent*), I saw this on my walk to work:

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Eeeek!  A mouse!

After I got to work, I saw these people, disguised:

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Jan (disguised as a witch) offered me a couple of disguises, too:

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I appreciated the choice of being a dog or a cat person. Here’s Jan, undisguised


… telling me all sorts of interesting things, including how:

  • she scared a patient on a previous Halloween when she responded to a distress call forgetting about the frightening disguise she was wearing,
  • she grew up in Syracuse, New York,
  • fellow undisguised blogger (and Serial Syracusian) Mark Bialczak sounds very familiar to her, and
  • she worked — before she came to the hospital where we both work now (whose name I disguise in my blog) — at Boston Children’s Hospital, starting (as my luck would have it) one year AFTER my 27 years there as a patient. (For posts about my disguise as Congenital Cardiac Condition Girl, start here.)

When Jan and I were talking about such things, I didn’t disguise any of my feelings, including how I feel about Jan (who has appeared in previous posts, including here).

Speaking of undisguised, here’s Jackie (who has also appeared previously in this blog, including here and here).


Jackie told me she decided spontaneously, before coming to work, not to put on all the make-up required to be Cruella Deville.


(image found here)

I think Jackie, with or without makeup, always comes through, undisguised.

I’m wondering, now, why I’m writing so much about “undisguised,” considering the title of today’s post. I hope you don’t disguise any ideas you might have about that or anything else. (In case I’m disguising my intentions here: I’m asking you to leave a comment.)

Here’s more “disguised” from yesterday:

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Is there anything else disguised for me, here and now?

Well, I won’t disguise my love for this Who song — with a title that was disguised from me for a long time, because I couldn’t understand what Pete Townsend was singing — which I might be hearing at an 80’s Dance party tonight:

(YouTube video of “Eminence Front” performed by The Who, found here)

There’s just one more thing I don’t want to disguise, before I end this post and work on my disguise for tonight’s party. Yesterday, I got an email from an attendee of my Sold Out presentation about the therapy groups I do. She did not disguise her enthusiasm about the work I’m doing, as evidenced by this blog post she’s writing about it:

Can patients of a large primary care practice have immediate, regular, and frequent access to behavioral health care? The answer, according to Ann Koplow, LICSW, is a resounding yes. Ann, a social worker working in a primary care practice located in a major Boston teaching hospital, has developed an open access group therapy program that goes a long way towards removing barriers to mental health treatment.

I shall not disguise my reaction to all this (it’s joy).

Here’s hoping that my gratitude to all who contributed to this post and to those who read my undisguised writings (including you — of course!)  is NOT disguised.

* In this previous post, I did not disguise my impatience about attempting to communicate with Siri. Here’s a video I just found, when I googled “Boston Accent”:

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21 thoughts on “Day 670: Disguised

  1. I love the comment by a client about the two sides of the leaf. It is so true! We all have (at least) two faces that we present to the world.
    I live near a town that seems to believe Halloween is the best holiday of the year. The celebrations used to include parades through the streets, and well-travelled people said our parades rivaled Mardi Gras. I was not out and about last night so I have no photos to blog with, but today is Día del los Muertos, and because we’re right on the border, we celebrate that almost as heartily as Halloween.

  2. yeoldefoole

    where’s YOUR picture?!?!

    • My picture is around, here and there (even if it’s not in this particular post). It’s often disguised, in some way, though. It’s good to see your undisguised face here today!

  3. spartacus2030

    Since you’re all non-judgmental and all, I can say whatever the !$%* I want. Well you forced me to post! LOL! You’re making me drink too much tea! I’ve had 31 cups now using the same tea bag. Now it just tastes like hot water with condensed pony milk and honey. I see through the disguise! I’m allergic to something nobody can find, in dairy products. Come to think of it, I’m allergic to food! Computer parts with a little salt is nice. I suffer from server depression. Don’t stop me, it’s fun! Nerve racking but fun. Am I talking too much? YOU’RE INTERRUPTING ME AGAIN!

    When imagining a Boston accent, I can only think of you as Mark Walburger. Thank you for a very entertaining post with real disguises! I caught your sense of humor after nine hours of studying this very carefully. OK! I’m a slow learner but I make sure I’m a know it all by the time I’m done. I loved your dirty leaf joke! But then, I love everything… That’s why I’m an overly trusting sap! Care for me? I’m homeless and typing this with my mind. I’m lazy, so you’d better get back to me after all this free nonsense, or I’ll dress up as a clown and scare myself to breath! Thank you. Get lost! And happy November 1st ;O)

    • Where do you get condensed pony milk? Do you need to be in disguise to buy that? And, sorry to interrupt you again, but thanks for making my November 1st happier, you non-slow-learner, you.

  4. An enjoyable read! By the way, Onstar doesn’t recognize a Southern accent either. When I called them to complain because I couldn’t use my hands free minutes, the operator told me to speak much faster. Lol

    So far, Siri understands me most of the time. 🙂

    • I’m glad Siri understands you, Anna. She doesn’t seem to understand me, even though people tell me my Boston accent is very slight. Thank you, very much, for this enjoyable comment, which seemed to be the exact right speed.

  5. Thank you for posting the Who clip – one of their songs I’ve never heard before. I’ve always loved their hypnotic keyboards.
    Hope you enjoyed the party and your head isn’t too sore today! :/

    • You’re welcome, Annabelle. So great to see you! I believe I would recognize you anywhere, with or without the disguise of that hat in your photo.

      And the party isn’t until tonight. I’m still putting together the pieces of my disguise, right now.

  6. I’m very impressed by the immediate, frequent and regular access to behavioural health care.

    • I am so glad, Hilary! But I have to ask: were you impressed by my son’s disguise involving shrimp (or prawns)? (I, personally, was unable to disguise my mixed feelings about it.)

  7. I cannot disguise my disappointment in saying I do not recognize Jan, not even from a possible brush-by in a Syracuse store, not even after taking an extra day to think about it before commenting, Ann. Actually, sorry for the day-late. Busy Saturday in life, PLUS hosting day one of team Nano Poblano for November writing month on the team page …

    I have undisguised delight in the praise for your seminar. And in the fact that your place of work has the atmosphere where folks feel comfortable enough to dress for Halloween. I never did that where I worked. Ever.

    • I think when you work with people who are dealing with illnesses, Mark, some employees tend to dress for Halloween. That’s what I’ve seen, over the years. And your name was familiar to Jan, I assume, because of your previous workplace.

      As always, I cannot disguise my appreciation for your visits here.

  8. You’re doing such good, meaningful and interesting work.

  9. Jim McKeever

    Great post, Ann … complete with references to Fenway, Syracuse, the very recognizable Mark Bialczak and Halloween costumes at a children’s hospital!

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