Counts can be scary

On Halloween, I enjoyed a treat: Wynton Marsalis and a big band playing arrangements of Sesame Street songs while The Muppets sang along.

Easy to get confused after four re-birthdays

It’s probably unusual for someone to wake up and wonder if it’s their birthday, but that’s what happened to me the other day.

A family business

You just got to keep showing up, going in every day, and doing the best you can.

See more smiles

Inspired by a student, a Holyoke Community College literacy specialist launches accessible face mask campaign

Stem cell transplant: just the basics

A friend who has a friend facing a stem cell transplant thought, with good reason, that I could pass on some useful information.

Some people just don’t get it

A friend made a comment that shows some people have no idea. No idea what, you might wonder. No idea what blood cancer patients go through during and after stem cell transplant.

Virtual theater keeps people engaged

Many are staying connected to live productions during the pandemic

Is it safe to take my dog to the groomer?

When I mentioned to a friend that I was thinking of taking my Labrador Retriever to the groomer, she suggested I shouldn’t do it, out of concern that the COVID-19 virus could pass through her fur if the groomer was infected, or get on the leash, or pass from the groomer to me when I dropped the dog off.

High school tradition with friends

We didn’t plan for the bench photo to symbolize long-term friendship when seven of us high school seniors sat on a bench in Stuyvesant Square Park in New York City, down the street from our school, and asked my then-boyfriend to take a photo of us on a breezy spring day before graduation.

Cancer and COVID

While individuals are at greater risk, treatment and screening must continue