Sunday, April 21, 2013

UPDATE: cats, quilts, and healing - an update on Leaves on the Current Daily Kos: Fears of a new generation

Daily Kos: Fears of a new generation:

cats, quilts, and healing - an update on Leaves on the Current

As we come to the end of another week free from chemotherapy, we now know the pattern. The beginning of the week was rough - Monday night the last of the chemo cycle, Tuesday and Wednesday morning were difficult.  But as the week went on Leaves felt stronger.  During the week we got sandwiches from our favorite The Italian Store in Lyon Village.  We also stopped by District Taco since one evening she had a craving for their products.  Given her health she is not strictly abiding by fast regulations to ensure she gets enough nutrition.
There are ups and downs, as is true in any week.  But Saturday represented a major milestone:  she went out completely on her own in her car to Nordstrom's at Tyson's Corner and to Bedazzled in Falls Church to look at things she might want to get. In the latter case, one of our dear cats had run off with one of her makeup brushes which she had to replace. She was out for several hours and while a bit tired when she came home, felt good about the day.
So when she lay down, we decided it was time to bring out the quilt given her by the Daily Kos community, and guess what happened . . .

Fears of a new generation

IT’S PERSONAL. It’s random.It can happen to anyone, and it can happen anywhere — on an airplane or a city street, in a second grade classroom or at a midnight movie screening, on a college campus or in the middle of a shopping center parking lot.
That is the beginning of Fears of a new generation, a column in today's Boston Globe (paywall still down) by Joan Vennochi.The intent of the column is to explore how different the fears are of today's younger people compared to those of us who, say grew up in the 1950s and 1960s with the ever-present threat of nuclear war as a dominant fear.
If you are 18-23 today, you have certain dates/events that are burned into your memory the way November 22, 1963 is for those of us around those ages on that date.  The searing memory of 9/11/2001 is now joined by the events of last Monday in Boston.
That is important.
But it is not why I choose to share this column by Vennochi.

Video from MA State Police Helicopter

was posted on Youtube by the Lowell Sun.
It is a bit over 3 minutes, and includes the thermal imaging