Louisville, Virginia still in. Kentucky and Michigan State loom large. Wisconsin stands. As March Madness ends, April’s begins. MadMen7 and Game of Thrones.

Spring 2014 edition of MSKCC Bridges Newsletter is here. Helping cancer survivors longer than ever. Congrats to E. Gould and her inspired storytellers.

Obama continues his Thoughtful Inaction foreign policy. Is it better than Thoughtless Action? I think so. His weak justification for the Iraq War notwithstanding. Quote of the week from a Russian spokesman: “We don’t threaten. We just explain the situation.” Airplane still missing.

Flash Boys, by Michael Lewis. Split-second trading no one can regulate around. 60 Minutes should be good. Old story. New light. SideBizness. Bon weekend.

Arrested Development

Never a show fan, its reprise seems apt. Everyone in government is infected with the disease. Including the White House. IRS chief, Lois Lerner, pleaded the 5th on our local law school commencement speech the day before. Whatta mess.

Weiner’s name a deal-breaker. If that’s your moniker, pick a different deviant behavior than package tweets. Can’t even say he played stick ball.  Jodi jury deadlocked. How are they going to seat a new one that hasn’t seen her on every television outlet? And, how do you say ‘fried chicken’ in Spanish, Sergio?

Good arrested development. Cancer patients’ survivor longevity and improvements in post-treatment care. Congrats to E. Gould on 5 years as patient editor of MSKCC’s award-winning Bridges newsletter.

Spring Board

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.

Walls Bridges

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 Bridgesespecially 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.

Tower Bridges

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 FallsTurns out author Joyce Maynard was the young woman who had the affair with J.D. Salinger and has an “interesting” tale of her own.

Waldorf Salad

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.

Leapin’ Blizzard

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.