King Abdullah of Jordan gives a controversially candid interview to Jeffrey Goldberg in April’s the Atlantic. As he trashes his neighbors’ response to the Arab Spring, Abdullah pines for his days at Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts. He has even built a school in Jordan modeled on his happy boarding phase.
Spring edition of MSKCC’s Bridges newsletter compares cancer survivors’ resiliency and the long journey of recovery to the plight of Sandy victims.
New York Magazine’s cover RetroWife captures the current phenomenon. Women choosing to be the modern version of a 50′s wife. I get it. They were brought up by absent moms, the feminists who tried to have it all. It’s a nostalgic nod to June Cleaver and Donna Reed. The ideal misses the reality of women who stay home all day. Mother’s “little helpers” are also back in vogue.
I’ll say it again. Richard Engel’s spellbinding account of his kidnapping in Syria is a must read. VanityFair, April 2013.
Il Papa Francesco will celebrate Holy Thursday at a juvenile prison in Rome. He may be the real deal. Zeffirelli’s Brother Sun, Sister Moon comes to mind.
John Lennon’s fifth album. 1974. Whatever Gets You Through the Night. It’s all right. Gray autumn so far. Darker mornings. When do clocks go back?
Check out the Fall Edition of MSKCC Bridges, especially relevant in October.
Mitt the Massachusetts moderate has climbed over the right wing wall. Obama better learn to leap soon. Enthusiasm poll is the only one that will count on election day. He has to convince us why he wants to stay.
Cliché of the day. Friend jumper.
Summer edition of MSKCC Bridges Newsletter is here, starting its 5th year of cancer survivors and families sharing and caring for each other. Art Expressions program thrives as well. Great work by Gould & dedicated volunteers.
Have to admit, no interest in Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee. Love London, bridges, buildings, big hats. Royalty of today not so much. I’m more riveted by debauched monarchies of the 16th century. That’s why I was looking forward to Hilary Mantel’s sequel to her Thomas Cromwell masterpiece, Wolf Hall.
The Tower of London is the vortex of Bring Up the Bodies. As good as Wolf Hall was, this isn’t. Philippa Gregory’s lesser novels were better told Boleyn stories. If great writing sets Mantel apart from the riffraff, this doesn’t rise to that standard. How can you make the story of Anne Boleyn boring? Seeing it through Cromwell’s eyes had so much potential. Too bad.
Got a copy of the novel Labor Day, subject of the movie being filmed in Shelburne Falls. Turns out author Joyce Maynard was the young woman who had the affair with J.D. Salinger and has an “interesting” tale of her own.
Should have kept our Apple stock. Dr.Husband got his iPad3. Between that and Siri, I’m a couple manzanas short. An apple a day keeps… you get the point.
Congrats to GemQueen on being honored at the Waldorf in New York on Friday for her work at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. No one is more deserving of Astorical accolades. Eileen Gould’s Bridges newsletter and popular new Art Expressions program for cancer survivors and their families, highlight her stellar contributions. A-Man and MazeHome were there to cheer her on.
Sightings…JeanJean treating BlogisQueen to a sumptuous Louisiana lunch at Big Mamou. Thank you. Savage Stacey Richman in the real Page Six…Mackenzie’s off to Boston. Happy St. Paddy’s Day to all who care about green beer and Irish fare.
LeapDay’s leftover Halloween trick. March Lion cliche stays alive. Say it ain’t so! Taking shovels back out. Hope blizz is a fizz. Longer daylight softens the blow. Vermont gains. Maine loses. Snow. Snowe.
Keeping inspiration alive, don’t skip MSKCC Bridges’ Spring 2012 edition. Read it here. Editor’s note and more triumphant tales invigorate hope.
Ignore those flakes. Not dreaming of a white Christmas this year. October blast enough. See broken oak tree. Stay away snow! Midnights clear.
When Kranky Kristmas thoughts intrude, read the new winter edition of MSKCCBridges newsletter. Inspiring stories that make the season bright. GemQueen’s wonderful patient support and leadership has extended to an Art Expressions Program this past year to be celebrated Thursday night.
K9Queen has been reading a lot out in sunny Monterey, CA. She likes murder mysteries and particularly loves the Harry Bosch detective series by Michael Connelly. She gives his latest The Drop 5 stars: Connelly…”again hits the high mark with a complex, twisting plot and a detective full of flaws… In this apparent suicide probe, Bosch deals with ‘high jingo’, the derisive phrase he uses to describe the machinations of corrupt local politicians in LA…”
Ten years ago my main concern was finding my sister Cindy who worked at World Trade #7. Finally found her in mid-town thank goodness and told her to get to Alicat and Joey3. Then it was time for Ben to come home from middle school. He wouldn’t fly out to friend’s bat mitzvah that October, didn’t want me to fly either. Life did change that day.
Life changes for lots of people every day. Fall edition of Bridges is a good one with some funny poignant stories of surviving cancer. It’s amazing how self-absorbed people are. One woman told her friend about her diagnosis, pain. Friend was upset because it ruined her day! Happens a lot I’m sure.
Transition day. New career, back to work, school. For some. Yay.
The Summer Edition of MSKCC’s “Bridges” Newsletter is available here. It’s a great one. A young teacher tells how she helped students struggling when parents or grandparents have cancer. Editor, Eileen Gould discusses the connotation of ‘cancer survivor’. Lots of inspiring stories and a recipe for Vichyssoise.
Where’s Waldo? Can you spot a famous graduate in this video from BBC about 2011 grads’ prospects? Hints: It’s a little after 1 minute; it’s not Bill Clinton.
The Children’s Book, by A.S. Byatt, was a compelling sojourn on sultry nights under the porch light- see TrekBooks.
The Spring edition of MSKCC’s Bridges Newsletter for cancer survivors and their loved ones is available here. An inspirational friend of TheSideTrek describes how he’s thrived from an exercise and diet program that both changed perspective and improved his health. After reading these stories, I’m always blown away by how much people have gone through with such dignity, grace and quiet courage. Editor Eileen Gould provides an invaluable resource.
In keeping with healthier diet choices, I’ve been craving spaghetti. Trying not to eat pasta. So? Created Zucchinetti. See Recipe Detours.
So many ways we make a difference, the past few weeks have taught me that. Men and women make a difference by going to work every day to care for the sick, teach, provide services for disadvantaged. One young man is looking to create new ways of doing business with a view to helping the world. Being a loyal child, sibling, parent, partner, friend- that makes a vital difference. Here’s to all of our successes this September.
Eileen Gould provides a special support vehicle quarterly, the Fall Edition of “Bridges” is available online here. Everyone knows someone who could benefit from reading stories from cancer survivors, their families, caregivers.
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