KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Nine-year-old Alexander Goodwin, a nature lover from England, considers the bone cancer inside him a parasite. He’s the unwilling host who can’t shake the organism by himself. After finishing chemotherapy this week at Children’s Mercy Hospital, he headed to the University of Kansas Hospital on Thursday to learn how doctors, and perhaps surgeons, here in America plan to attack it.
Patients with early breast cancer who are socially isolated have a higher risk of dying from their disease, a new study suggests. Women with fewer social ties – to friends, family, community and religious groups, as well as spouses or romantic partners – were 43 percent more likely to see their breast cancer return, 64 percent more likely to die from breast cancer and 69 percent more likely to die from any cause, according to a study recently published in the journal Cancer.
Fit and trim, 69-year-old Ned McNamara is the epitome of active retiree — teaching yoga and fitness at the Spokane Valley YMCA and for ACT 2 classes. McNamara also stays busy as a Spokane County Search and Rescue volunteer, teaches rescue skills, and operates a home-based fitness business.
A while back we published a column in which I talked about my delight in the many names of kinds of apples, and mentioned Louise Bogan’s marvelous midcentury poem “The Crossed Apple.” Here’s yet another fine apple-name poem for my collection, by Susan Rothbard, who lives in New Jersey.
DEAR TIM: Yesterday I stopped by my new house that’s under construction. I go there at the end of each day to take photos. I saw a strange board nailed across the wall studs that surely is a mistake. It ran diagonally from the bottom wall plate up the wall to one corner of the wall. I don’t see how the builder is going to install drywall over this. What’s it for, and is it important? I was tempted to remove it thinking that the carpenters made a mistake. Would you install this board as you build a new home? – Dan V., Austin, Texas DEAR DAN: I want to congratulate you on checking on the progress of your new home each day. That’s a smart idea. By doing this you can catch errors and omissions in the construction process. Taking photos, thousands of them, is also very smart. Even if you have no idea what you’re taking a photo of, do it nonetheless. These photos can be very handy down the road if someone needs to look at how your home was put together.
Dear Carolyn: My husband and I just received a package that’s likely to be a Christmas gift from my brother and sister-in-law. They have been harshly critical of me over the past two years when I was doing the lion’s share of long-distance care for Mom. Very little assistance from them, but scathing insults and criticism. I don’t want their gift and don’t plan to send them one. Should I put it back in the mail marked “Return to sender”? I don’t really feel like pretending to be friendly. – Bridge Burned
The bachelor’s degree didn’t just fall in Darlene Pitts’ lap. After The Virginian-Pilot chronicled the Norfolk grandmother’s pursuit of a college education in 2011, she had plenty of work to do. And the work almost got the best of her.
As you bustle about from place to place, catching up with loved ones, there’s one errand you can avoid – a visit to the Social Security office. Why take time out of your busy holiday schedule to visit an office when you can conduct most of your business online?
After writing and talking repeatedly about the problems facing the kind of people he grew up with, best-selling author J.D. Vance is coming back to his home state to try to do something to make things better.
After announcing his intentions to create an environmentally friendly Puerto Rican superhero as a part of this summer’s Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York, Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, with the collaborative efforts of several Puerto Rican artists, inkers, colorists and editors, introduced his flag-wearing heroine, La Borinqueqa, to comic-book fans Thursday.
Our culture has been obsessed with nostalgia for a while now, but it may have hit its peak in 2016, with a slew of remakes, reboots, revivals, sequels and homages. Which ones were the best? Nostalgia, at its core, is deeply personal – the reason it’s so powerful is that it reminds you of a meaningful time in your life. But a few of us at the Washington Post managed to agree enough to rank 10 nostalgia projects that really struck a chord with us this year.
Idaho’s state Department of Agriculture and Utah’s Division of Wildlife Resources have announced a cooperative agreement with the Bear Lake Regional Commission through which all three will work together to ...