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It mysteriously leaps into your mouth. The ice cream is a lone spoonful left in an empty container. The chocolate chip cookies are gone – even though the grandkids haven’t visited for a week. Where did they go? Could it be you? Denial. It can be a good thing. Psychologists consider denial a way to handle reality – if it doesn’t exist then it doesn’...Read More
It was February in New England, and the Blizzard of ’78 had immobilized the entire region. Highways were shut down. Too many cars had been abandoned in helter-skelter fashion as the unsuspecting fought snow-drifts on foot in the quest for safety. Yes, this was way before weather.com.
There is nothing funny about breast cancer, but I love humor and I spend my life trying not to take myself too seriously. My friends who have experienced breast cancer have told me how a smattering of humor has made even their worst days a little better. I hope you'll read my story and know that it is my attempt to make you smile today.
Here in the city where I live everyone is very busy. I'm not sure what they are busy doing so I can only hazard to guess: working, eating, sleeping, running around from place to place, going to parties, making love, watching television and movies, surfing the Internet, and looking at their Smartphones. That is what people here do.
When I was a little kid, my heroes were the astronauts that flew in NASA's Gemini and Apollo capsules. I watched, fascinated, as Edward White opened the hatch of his Gemini capsule and floated, attached only by a slender umbilical cord, the first American to walk in space. I also watched, horrified, a few years later, when the news reported the fla...Read More