Tag Archives: Health

Photo 101, Final Day: Triumph, best shared

Today’s Photo 101 assignment asked us to capture an image of triumph. I went to the files for one of my favorite vicarious triumphs — one of my sons completing his first half-marathon, in 2011. I snagged the above shot … Continue reading

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A 67-year-old man in a wheelchair dies, then gets smeared by internet trolls

The recent passing of Syracuse icon Gertis McDowell is instructive for two very different reasons. One, we can all learn from his upbeat attitude and the happiness he spread to strangers even when he was in pain. Two, we can try to … Continue reading

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On vacation in California, the camera goes to the dogs

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — It takes about a week in Northern California to give up trying to capture the beautiful scenery with a phone camera, so you do the next best thing — take pictures of dogs. That’s easy to … Continue reading

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‘Silent Witnesses’ to domestic violence no more

Dani was in an abusive relationship for two years. One time she awoke on the floor and heard her abuser ask someone else in the room what he should do with the body. When Dani stirred, he told her, “Baby, … Continue reading

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You only live once, give or take … so let’s give a little

In my more cynical moments as a parent, I remind my three boys that the handy American societal axiom of “the haves and have-nots” is too quaint, too weak. Replace that with “givers and takers,” I tell them, and you … Continue reading

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At what age are we ‘senior citizens’? Time will tell

When I was 49, the constant letters from AARP were bad enough. Eight years later, it’s Time magazine’s turn to take a cheap shot. Time’s special offer arrived in the mail the other day, a discount subscription “for senior citizen … Continue reading

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Balloons sent to heaven for ‘Ms. Toots’ on her 2nd birthday

“Ms. Toots” would have smiled and blown kisses to everybody who came to honor her on her second birthday Wednesday. Arie Baugh lost her fight with kidney cancer in July, two months shy of turning 2 years old. Arie’s mom … Continue reading

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On the outside looking in … on a hospitalized old friend

We all lose touch with old friends, former co-workers, neighbors, acquaintances. Life happens to us and to them, and we drift apart. Sometimes circumstances, not necessarily good ones, bring us back together. Even if it’s just for 10 minutes in a hospital … Continue reading

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No need to wait until Thanksgiving to express gratitude

It might be said that it’s too early for this, a Thanksgiving piece. Not so. Every day is pretty much Thanksgiving for me. I’m one of the lucky ones. Five things I am thankful for: I have three healthy sons … Continue reading

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Why Tiffany hasn’t been writing.

Originally posted on Loving Cancer:
Hi, all.  So, why hasn’t Tiffany posted any updates?  Is everything OK? Frankly, she’s been too busy!  Inpatient life is a busy life.  Catching sleep when she can, listening to beeping IV pumps, being woken…

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