Eye of the needle

I have a needle in the crown of my head, at least four in my neck, three on each calf and two in each foot. I am a little afraid of needles — though these are quite slender and barely pinch going in — and I have a strong belief that a 70-year-old Chinese doctor with at least 50 years of acupuncture study and practice under his belt is the only guy qualified to stick 13 needles in my body. But in this moment, I am more relaxed than I have been all year, a lifetime of stress washed away . . .

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