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Posted on August 30 at 11:25 p.m.

What I "love" about mammograms is that my wife's aggressive breast cancer, too small for the doctor to palpate at this early stage, was discovered in a routine mammogram. Following seemingly endless rounds of radiation and chemotherapy, she survived the crisis, and now we both are serious advocates for mammograms. There will always be jokes about the device for x-raying women's breasts and the discomfort involved. But that is minor when one considers losing one or both breasts to cancer or the pain involved in the treatments or even an untimely death. Early detection is the "key", so do not "fear" the exam because of a momentary uncomfortable feeling.

On She’s a Bad Mammograma

Posted on December 27 at 9:55 p.m.

My, my, it appears you are experiencing the superficiality of the season based on spending and getting and not the true spirit steeped in loving and giving. Really, if for you all the activities surrounding this holiday are so tiring and time-consuming, why celebrate it at all? You could try Kwanza or one of several other holidays out there from which to choose.

On Dear Santa

Posted on September 23 at 10:13 a.m.

Really disappointed to hear "sex", esp. in marriage, used as a bargaining tool. Where is the love? Thank goodness this incredible "gift" has not been abused in my marriage.

On Sex Strikes

Posted on August 25 at 11:37 p.m.

If you are truly serious about "dirt flirting", then it would be wise to instruct your son(s) on how to recognize the difference between mischievous playfulness and being "had" - important distinction.

On The Dirt on Flirting

Posted on July 15 at 10:49 a.m.

How superficial can you get? From a column one week about male circumcision to this week's about turning 40 and being absorbed with the natural ageing process. Just be thankful you have only wrinkles and sagging breasts over which to be concerned and no incisions from mastectomies as a result of breast cancer. Why do I get the distinct impression that those of you who live in and around the Hollywood complex are consumed by or are entitled to a more perfect or ideal body and lifestyle than the rest of us "common folk"?
And just for the record, female circumcision involves removal of the clitoris completely whereas male circumcision is removal of the foreskin of the penis. Enough has been stated about the pros and cons of both practices. Just be aware that there are places around the world (and yes, even in our own USA) where water is at a premium and personal hygiene and cleanliness is relatively unknown or recognized as measures to ward off germs and infections.

On In Praise of My Eyebrows

Posted on June 13 at 7:57 p.m.

At least we are all consistent. Those of you who are quick to criticize others, and I who comes to the defense of the defenseless and voiceless. While I think it is inappropriate and in poor taste to use this form of media to air one's personal life, I continue to believe that there are far better ways to resolve issues. Perhaps the writer and stepdad will discover that possibility without any help from us readers.

On Lost: One Father

Posted on June 9 at 11:43 p.m.

Binky, I did read and comprehended the article. The sentence to which you refer was a summary of the writer's bio in which there was no mention of a stepdad - only parents.

Now who has poor reading comprehension?

On Lost: One Father

Posted on June 9 at 10:39 p.m.

In all fairness, I want to make some observations about this article. In the writer's bio reference is made about "parents" who obviously are divorced, but there are no positive statements about or appreciative comments for the stepdad who loved and supported the writer through those 30 years of marriage to her mom. In fact, in her columns over the past few years, the writer has villified publicly her stepdad at least two or three times and always near Father's Day. Indeed humans make mistakes that hurt others as well as themselves, because we are just not perfect. Cases of infidelities are rampant these days, and the media enjoys stirring the pot. This does not justify such behaviors, however. The writer indicates there had been a loving relationship between her and her stepdad. Where there is true "love", there can be forgiveness offered and accepted. After all, who are we to chastise, criticize, and judge the actions of someone we do not know. Fortunately stepdad does not have to answer to any of us and our speculations.

On Lost: One Father

Posted on June 1 at 9:56 p.m.

At last you have revealed your "spunk" as a writer of substantive material and done it well. I applaud you for stepping out of the box to deal with a subject that has been closeted too long as another form of discrimination.

On Don't Say ‘Gay’

Posted on May 29 at 9:37 p.m.

I am stunned by the apparent insensitivity toward families in the mid-west whose lives have been devastated by the recent deadly tornadoes that have changed their lives forever. They are trying to find missing loved ones, bury the dead, and care for the injured, taking one day at a time as they sort out their immediate needs. Selecting a camp from a myriad of brochures and sending children off to camp are luxuries they cannot contemplate under these circumstances or even financially provide. I suppose if one has never experienced a disaster personally, then perhaps empathy is too much to expect from those of privilege. But does the phrase "noblese oblige" have any meaning at all?

On I Want Camp

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