“My Heart is Not Any Age:” Random Thoughts on Growing Older

“My heart is not any age. It is a baby, an elder, a dog, a cat, divine.” — Anne Lamott, ‘This is the last Saturday of my fifties’ Two years ago, thanks to a friend, I stumbled on the fact that writer Anne Lamott and I were born on the same day. We were both […]

Fortune Teller Claims Psychic Powers Superior to Mammography

Not everyone has been pleased with the latest mammography screening recommendations, recently published by the American Cancer Society in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Proposed for women at average risk for breast cancer, they differ in certain details from the guidelines released in 2009 by the USPSTF. These differences have caused no end […]

Breast Cancer Awareness? Let’s Get Real

It’s only September, and already I’m sick of Pinktober. Already, there’s been ‘sexy’ pink fundraising idiocy, stupid Facebook ‘awareness’ games, and nine pages of newly execrable pink wearables and ceramic tchotchkes on the Bradford Exchange site. Who buys this crap? There was a #PinkOFF hashtag circulating on Twitter in the past few years. I say, […]

How to Exploit Breast Cancer, One Blogger at a Time

Flying Monkeys I got an email last evening from a woman who said she was from one of the more venerable online news sources, one that used to be in print. She said she was a senior editor who was “working on a piece about what you shouldn’t say to a breast cancer patient, and I […]