Archive for November 2016

Anxiety: the present moment is better than trying to live in the future

Anxiety: the present moment is better than trying to live in the future
Your life supposedly flashes before your eyes just before you die. I have no idea if that’s true, but we’ve seen it depicted in movies and fiction so often that it feels true. My experience of anxiety is like this, only backwards. What I mean is that anxiety, as I experience it, is the future... Read more »

Life is sometimes a surprise and a delight: thankful for a miniature murmuration of starlings

I don’t know what Leonard Cohen had in mind when he sang about a bird on a wire. I’ve always imagined it was a caged bird. But yesterday, I wondered if he was writing about Starlings. I was sitting at a stop light, behind a woman who was determined to drive six miles below the... Read more »

In tough times, art can make our communities better: cancer posters from the 1930s

This was created by Vera Bock. One of the agencies mentioned, The Women's Field Army of the American Society for the Control of Cancer, helped to more firmly establish the work of the American Cancer Society. Women have always been critical to the work of the cancer community.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt established the Works Project Administration in 1935 to get unemployed Americans back to work. This history is familiar to me. However, I’d never heard of the Federal Project Number One, which was a program committed to including art projects in the WPA. Writers and artists, musicians and actors were included, their work taken seriously and... Read more »
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Months have passed and Brian is still a survivor of pancreatic cancer, one day at a time

Months have passed and Brian is still a survivor of pancreatic cancer, one day at a time
November is Pancreatic Awareness Month. A friend and reader, Jennifer Bannan, told me about her husband’s experience with pancreatic cancer when I was doing some research. She is such a lovely writer, that I asked her to write a guest blog post. Please “like” her piece and share it. We’ve made woefully little improvement with pancreatic... Read more »

Trump's presidency will hurt the cancer community; that's bad for everyone

Trump's presidency will hurt the cancer community; that's bad for everyone
By all accounts, Donald Trump is going to have a busy first day as President. Among many other things he claims to do is to destroy the Affordable Care Act. According to his website: “On day one of the Trump Administration, we will ask Congress to immediately deliver a full repeal of Obamacare.” When people say... Read more »

Trump won, but "hope will never be silent"

Trump won, but "hope will never be silent"
It’s almost midnight, and I’m waiting for the announcement that Trump has won. As the guests at my election party left one by one, worried, heads down, distraught, I found myself calming down. I’m rarely the calm one in the room, rarely the strong one. But calm descended on me. I hear the word “hope”... Read more »
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Happy birthday from your favorite daughter, a few days late

Happy birthday from your favorite daughter, a few days late
When I was little, I used to think that everyone celebrated your birthday by dressing up in their favorite costumes. I was always a gypsy because I got to wear makeup and large hoop earrings, lots of mom’s jewelry. Michael and I once took Jinx out to Trick or Treat with us, the proverbial sheet... Read more »