Aging / Coronavirus / COVID-19 / Friendship / Kindness / Pandemic

Phone chats take us out of isolation — if only for 24 minutes

I had just spent 24 minutes on the phone with my friend, a fellow baby boomer, when I saw the New York Times article on April 9. Americans are phoning in record numbers during this terrible pandemic. My friend had suffered numerous bouts with pneumonia and was cut off from her children and grandchildren to … Continue reading

Author / Cancer / Cancer Survivor / Caregiving / Friendship / Happiness / Healing / Kindness / Remission / Unity

National Cancer Survivors Day: Time to pause, time to celebrate!

My wife/caregiver and I (that’s me under the mask) were part of a caravan of survivors in Louisville, Ky., on National Cancer Survivors Day, June 7, 2020. The Lady Birds cheerleaders greeted us and the mood was festive and fun, with bags of swag and musical entertainment. Cars were festooned with balloons and streamers, and … Continue reading

Aging / Building Harmony / Cancer Survivor / Coronavirus / COVID-19 / Friendship / Generosity / Kindness & Compassion / Social distancing

Thriving with coronavirus: My 7-step purpose plan

Others have returned to work, and I’m still self-isolating during the coronavirus outbreak. No complaints, mind you, because I’ve found ways to stay sane and to stay connected with others. I have a seven-point action plan that has brought fresh purpose to my life, and maybe it will yours. Here goes: Lift others’ spirits. Call … Continue reading

Cancer / Cancer Survivor / Friendship / Healing / Kindness / Survivor

Thumbs up for Norton Cancer Institute!

Every cancer survivor can recall turning points in their journey, times when others smoothed the way, ironed out the wrinkles and were extremely supportive during a stressful time. I fondly remember receiving a packet in the mail between my diagnosis and surgery in the fall of 2014. It was from Norton Cancer Institute, Louisville, Kentucky. … Continue reading

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

Cancer / Cancer Survivor / Friendship / Gilda's Club / Healing / Kindness & Compassion / Survivor

My cancer journey: Blossoming at Gilda’s Club

After my cancer diagnosis in 2014, I mostly maintained radio silence. Close friends and family knew about my condition, but I didn’t utter a word on social media. I did attend prostate support group meetings where I received valuable practical advice. But I what really needed was for someone to throw me an emotional lifeline. … Continue reading

Building Harmony / Friendship / Kindness / Kindness & Compassion / Love / Matters of the Heart

Random Acts of Kindness report

My wife and I decided to get a head start on Random Acts of Kindness Week in mid-February. It was fulfilling for us to step outside our immediate cares and concerns to extend a hand to others. Our Kindness Journal was a daily reminder to be considerate of neighbors, assist strangers in need and to … Continue reading