Caregivers - true saints
Someone wrote to say she became a caregiver during the final stages of a friend's life. That friend of my friend had a terminal brain tumor. My friend didn't say how long this final stage lasted but I surmised it wasn't all that long - typically they never are once they reach that stage. But whether it was a month, six months or even a year, we all acknowledge that it is most difficult on...
Bob Rafkin: Songs of a Lifetime
Guitarist Bob Rafkin's rich, musical life has taken him from the Greenwich Village folk scene of the 1960s to working with Joni Mitchell and Arlo Guthrie in LA. Now, in his 60s, he's overcome illness to emerge more prolific than ever.
Dr. Hyla Cass
Prescription drugs may help with illness, but Dr. Hyla Cass is here to tell us what our doctors won't say about the most commonly prescribed drugs.
Man Behind Bozo Dies
Larry Harmon, the man who made Bozo the Clown a household name, has died of congestive heart failure at the age of 83.
The Music of Bob Rafkin
He learned his craft in the Greenwich Village scene of the '60s and like a fine wine has perfected with age. Introduce yourself to the music of this amazing songwriter/guitarist.
Getting a clear perspective on life
A few weeks ago I started to feel ill. The symptoms, which included weight loss, really slowed me down. I made an appointment with my doctor. While waiting for the day to arrive, I went searching on the internet to see if I could get a clue as to what was going on. What I found was quite a jolt. The symptoms could, among other things, indicate stomach cancer. That really set me back on my...
An unwelcomed, unavoidable ending
To the reader - beware. The following deals with a morbid topic.
We sometimes gently brush against the fact of our own demise. The subject most often seems to arise within the context of someone who is close to us dying. We usually express it by wishing that when our time comes we will pass on unexpectedly and quietly while sleeping. When that happens we want it to be a...
Some insights about getting older
I think you who
are older will understand the following musing.
Those of you who are younger should consider this a heads up about what
background. If you are a steady reader
of my musings, then you know that I join about 12 – 15 of my high school
classmates (Class of 1954) and their spouses for an annual gathering – a kind
of mini-reunion. For those who...
Beating a Death Sentence
Kim Hill Tsamoutales was 5 when she was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. Then, the life expectancy of a person with CF was 16. Today, Kim is 37. Come along as Growing Bolder relives one of the happiest days in her life.