Coronavirus / Family / Friendship / Happiness / Joy / Pandemic / Turning point

Coronovirus times: At last, no training wheels!

An extended family I befriended in my neighborhood includes a 5-year-old girl just learning to ride her bicycle. I have become acquainted with her parents, grandparents and uncle, but have had no success striking up a conversation with her – until yesterday. Yesterday came the horrific news that 100,000 to 200,000 Americans could die of … Continue reading

Coronavirus / Family / Humor / Satire / Social distancing

How I came to spray my wife with Lysol (Sorry, honey!)

Okay, okay, before you start judging me, let me explain. We are husband and wife, sure, but we live in entirely different worlds. It’s riskier for me. I’m in self-isolation, 71, a cancer survivor with radiation and hormone therapy in my treatment history. Immune system?  Compromised, naturally. So, I spend my days searching the web … Continue reading

Cancer / Cancer Survivor / Caregiving / Family / Kindness / Love

Team up for a cancer survivor

No one wants to hear the dreaded word cancer, yet everyone should want a group of supporters to help them go through the ordeal. Friends, if you know someone with cancer, please don’t let their principal caregiver carry the burden alone. Caregivers often feel alone, isolated, neglected. You may have the makings for a special … Continue reading

Family / Kindness & Compassion / Love / Matters of the Heart / Nostalgia

Easter egg baskets: It’s never too late!

  By Ron Cooper Easter Day. A middle-aged man carries an armful of wrapped sweets to the checkout counter at a drugstore. Two of them slip from his grasp and tumble to the floor. I stop to retrieve them and casually remark: “Wow, I guess your kids are going to be happy receiving these today!” … Continue reading