Cancer / Cancer Survivor / Humor / Remission / Survivor

Chatting with cancer (It all started with chocolate)

Once I called cancer “chocolate,” but he laughed in my face. Later, I got sweet revenge. Here’s my story: I was diagnosed with Stage III prostate cancer in December 2014. I didn’t feel much differently and my health was consistently good. My PSA numbers were excellent. I felt a little cocky and double-dared cancer to … Continue reading

Coronavirus / COVID-19 / Mask-wearing / Pandemic

Coronavirus and the crazy sheriff

Nutty as it sounds, the sheriff in Ocala, Florida, has banned facemasks for his deputies in some on-duty circumstances. This comes at a time when his county had by the end of August 2020 recorded more than 8,400 confirmed cases and 170-plus deaths due to the coronavirus. Moreover, approximately 40 of the sheriff’s employees, including … Continue reading

Aging / Coronavirus / COVID-19 / Humor / Mask-wearing / Pandemic / Public Health

Coronavirus: I’m paranoid, but not paralyzed!

I’ve been on lockdown for over five months, so I’m entitled to a little paranoia. In fact, paranoia has become the norm. Stay home, public health officials say. Your age and underlying health conditions put you at high risk of contracting the deadly virus. If you do go out, they say, avoid closed-in spaces with … Continue reading

Aging / Coronavirus / COVID-19 / Elderly / Kindness & Compassion / Mask-wearing / Pandemic / Public Health

Coronavirus: Do old lives really matter?

Old lives matter if we cherish and protect them. But do we really cherish and protect them when there is a shortage of personal protective equipment and tests at nursing homes? Many have already died, but must even more die? Do old lives truly matter if our community doesn’t have a mask mandate or enforce … Continue reading

Coronavirus / COVID-19 / Family / Generosity / Happiness / Healing / Love

Looking for the silver linings during the coronavirus

The pandemic raging out of control, with 5 million-plus infections and more than 160,000 deaths. Unrest in major cities still reeling from the death of George Floyd. And millions of Americans worried about the looming loss of unemployment benefits and the prospect of not paying their rent or mortgage or putting bread on the table. … Continue reading