Spring is putting on airs, choosing to arrive fashionably late. Each year our community celebrates its agricultural roots with Blossom Weekend. Normally, pear and apple trees, festooned with an array of white and pink blossoms, attract thousands of visitors. They arrive like bees, pollinating local merchants with disposable income. This year, nary a blossom presented […]
Soon after the New Year I resumed my six-mile walks. Wet weather interrupted some outings; others surprised me with unexpected mid-winter sunshine. I work fulltime but my job is not physically demanding. Accordingly, these walks provide the best barometer of my health. This is especially so now that I have restarted drug treatment for cancer. […]
This is from the AP. Other reports mentioned only “complications,” which we now know to be pneumonia. It’s very common for myeloma patients to develop pneumonia. Ferraro died at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she had gone Monday for a procedure to relieve back pain caused by a fracture. Such fractures are common in people with […]
In January, I met with Dr. M. Once again, my cancer showed signs of awakening. I feel good. I am not overtly symptomatic. Nevertheless, the myeloma stretched and yawned. After a nearly 2 1/2-year nap, my drug-free remission was about to end. Since last October, we’ve discussed a course of action. I digested statistics from clinical trial […]
This winter, my wife and I, along with our two sons and daughter-in-law went to see the re-make of the classic western, True Grit. I liked this version of the movie more than the original. I think the Coen brothers better captured the coarseness of an era when one’s self-respect found moral value in vengeance. […]
Recently, the cat who keeps me company at the Post Office, Curly, disappeared. She adopted our office as her home seven years ago. She spends her day sleeping in a chair atop a red, white, and blue blanket knitted for her by one of our customers. At night and when the office is closed, we […]
Trees “Keep a green tree in your heart and a singing bird will come.” Chinese Proverb In November, the deciduous trees on our property cover the lawn with a radiant multi-colored blanket of leaves. Each fall, I spend several hours raking them into piles. Then, I haul them to my flowerbeds where they act as […]
As Summer fades and the air is filled with signs of Autumn.As the leaves start their change in colour and their sprinkling fall;the rhythm and flow of life continues its clever path.This in-between state that suspends betwixt the seasons, is all my hea…
mostly living. This is the first time since the transplant back on March 29 that I have felt energetic enough to post something. Since the transplant I have been a bit sick, mostly nauseous, thanks to all of the drugs I’m taking. I have mostly been jus…
I’ve been blessed with a near-continuous parade of friends and relatives the last few weeks. My brothers, in particular, were very helpful and I have to single out Bro 2 for tackling a lengthy “Honey-Do” list of chores. (The price for having skills and aptitude.) Although she’s busy with full-time work and full-time single parenting, Sis has been just great, always ready to help with errands or whatever I need.
All my Hoodies have been amazing, with Chris, Mary Ann and Kerry topping the list. I truly, truly could not have come this far without their help. They are my angels here on earth. Others have helped lighten my load, just providing comfort, compan- ionship, and most importantly, lots of laughs. I’m not sure what I did to deserve such an incredible network of helpers, but I’m grateful for every one of them.
We’re giddy with Spring Fever — several consecutive days of 80º+ weather — and Final Four Fever. By coincidence, my hometown is hosting the Final Four this year, and a local team is “going to the dance.” It’s been a long time since we’ve been this excited about the NCAA championship.
I’m not sure the Rake-o-rama is going to happen. I’ve managed to select two rainy days; the first rain date now needs a second rain date. Perhaps one of them will select another date/time and declare a Flash Rake. I can’t bring myself to pester these wonderful people again.