November 2, 2019

"Med-School Rotations & Positive Reinforcement"

Perfectly organized, she even left time for the dog.

By 11:00 p.m., my daughter Lucy was still surrounded by so much stuff she still had to pack for her upcoming rotation in Florida. 

Why did she wait so long when she could have started packing days ago? My nerves were on the third rail.

The question was: Can I be upbeat and let her know that I believe in her? After all, my daughter is 28, responsible, successful, going to be a doctor, and plain and simple: she gets sh*t done. 

Suddenly, angels were swimming over and around me. I was hit with enlightenment and a feeling of zen. I felt my third eye-opening ...

                                                                                            Read more ...

October 3, 2019

On MEDIUM: "My Alarming, Big, Heavy Pocketbook"

                                                                                                             Photo: Lucia Giacani

    ... The blaring questions are, “Why do I carry such a huge pocketbook; and why does it weigh as much as a third grader?

     Read more in "My Alarming, Big, Heavy Pocketbook."
(This is a true story.)

September 16, 2019

TINY LOVE STORiES: "Hindered Canoodling" (100 words or less)

After my stroke, I couldn’t go to bed without an orthosis, also known as a forearm splint and finger separator. It was recommended by my occupational therapist to help with right-hand function and clenching. The only burden was when trying to canoodle with my husband of 33 years. One night, I was on my side of the bed. I reached across with the bulky brace and tickled his back. I was awkward and feeling stroke-y. He turned over and kissed my arm gently. I don’t think I could have loved Andrew any more than I did at that moment. 

August 22, 2019

Sending Your College Kid to Off-Campus Housing? Think FIRE SAFETY

My piece in HuffPost is a must-read for parents sending their college kids to live in housing on- or off-campus. A FIRE DETECTOR, FIRE EXTINGUISHER, and CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTOR could save the lives of your child and their roommates. 

Click here: 
"Fired Up About Safety"

July 13, 2019

My New York Times Commentary on Strokes

In Jane Brody's column, "Reversing the Damage of a Stroke",  she talks about how one patient's recovery takes persistence, determination, and courage to help him weather the setbacks.

Following is my commentary:

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