appreciation


Think Outside the Box

Tis the season to give and receive presents. What to give? How to choose? There’s intention and talent behind those who are the Jordan Spieths of gift giving. Those for whom every gift delivered is a hole-in-one and brings the appreciative roar of the crowd. My brother Josh is one […]


The Inside Moves The Outside

In the golf instruction I took years ago The Inside Moves The Outside referred to the – ping! – success which resulted from allowing the power and torque of your core muscles to radiate out through your limbs and connect to the ball with force and accuracy. Yesterday in a free workshop by Dementia Care Advocate Teepa […]


Taking Inventory 2

November 20, 2015, is the ninth anniversary of my liver transplant. Almost a decade into Act 2. That’s almost as long as my first career in public education on Long Island, half as many years as I worked in corporate settings, and longer than my tenure in economic development at […]


Thank you, Thank you, Thank you

Eight years ago today my life was saved through the generosity of an organ donor. A stranger gifted me these past eight years. I was very, very lucky! If you rely on what you see and hear in the media, you may feel that people spend most of their time cheating, hurting, […]


National Donor Day

National Donor day honors those who have chosen to give one or more of the five points of life: organs, tissues, marrow, platelets, and blood. Last year alone, organ donors made more than 28,000 transplants possible. Another one million people received cornea and other tissue transplants that helped them recover […]


Sunrise over Chestnut Ridge

Monday Morning Gratitude

So much to be thankful for: A rose and lavender sunrise that called me out of the house in my bathrobe. Well worth the stroll. The spectacular sight reminded me of the morning I awoke from transplant surgery at the Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation at New York Presbyterian […]


Michael: Willen and Able

    During those pre and post transplant years, whenever I’d express concern about the stress my illness was putting my husband Michael through, friends and family always said, “You’d do the same for him if the tables were turned.” It’s undoubtedly true, but that in no way diminishes the […]