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:

July 2, 2019

Dinner Party Delight: Car Accidents & Tsunamis

At a dinner party the other night, there were three of us discussing life in general. The convo soon took a turn for the macabre when my brother stated that he had a bad flight to Chicago recently. “It didn’t help that I was looking at air flight mishaps on YouTube the night before.”

We agreed, it did not. From airplane disasters, we (un)naturally went to the topic of car accidents and deaths on this small New England island in which we were dining. It triggered a recollection from Person 2, on my left. “Did you hear about the car accident where the daughter fell off the sidewalk at the very moment a huge truck was behind her? She went down, and the truck ran over her head. It sounded like a watermelon squooshing. Plus, her mother was behind her watching it all happen.”

“Speaking of holding things down,” said Person 3, on my right. “We were on a boat delivery to Bermuda. It was a 50-foot sail. We left Menemsha on a blustery December 4 and made our first stop at Noman’s Land. Fat Tony was the chef and decided to make spaghetti. But he boiled the spaghetti in seawater. Fat Tony thought he was ‘conditioning’ us for the trip. I got so sick. Couldn’t keep anything down for days.”

“Which brings us to tsunamis and tidal waves,” I said, trying to change the subject to the YouTube rabbit hole I often find myself in. “I go from watching stupid people stand in rogue waves (CLICK HERE) to tsunamis (CLICK HERE). It fascinates me. Terrifies me. Gets my blood going. I literally can not stop watching them.”

After everyone at the table was equally horrified and/or grossed out, we were anxious to flip the page and bring on the next course.

Dessert, anyone?

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