May 9, 2009
My daughter and I joke, coming up with all sorts of reasons as to why a cousin who just turned 25, also has cancer. Humor helps us.
But we also have questions: Second opinions? Tests to see if it has spread? How many cases of people your age has the doctor handled? Some we share, but some we hold on to, knowing it is too overwhelming to hear everything at once.
We remember the newly diagnosed woman being amazed that my daughter got out of bed every day, found things to laugh about and carried on. "I could never do that, she said. Now, she will.
I watch my daughter log onto the Internet, heading to her favorite cancer sites. That's how I learn she's been answering questions on a forum. She says her experiences now can help others necause so many of the others with camcer had it long ago. As she shares some of her current answers, I learn about some early fears and worries that escaped my mother radar.
Finally, I have to ask her to stop. No more questions. No more guesses. No more fears. I need space to breathe, I need sleep to rewire my brain. I need to pretend life is wonderful for just a little while.
She lets the three yelpers out for the last dog run of the night, turns and asks me why.
May 7, 2009
will no longer review movies for $$.
What I like best is the list that ends the post. The names, with what publication, the date and why, helps me recall the people behind the stark numbers.
Is anyone building a list of Michigan journalists who have been bought out, laid off, leaving or left? I remember when writers publically said goodbye to the community. Or an editor would do a roundup of farewells.
Over on Romenesko's share of Poynter Online, he shares a photo of the coffee stain that looks like the Virgin Mary to him as well as his tale of traveling from news organization to news organization to .... Now this! New career? Or is someone pulling my leg again.
And oh, how folks are talking about this one in Oh Good God ... and Vision of Mary saves journalist can start you off.
...and who is that patron saint of journalism anyways? And do buyouts, layoffs and kickouts include compenstation for depression counseling?
Search uncovers danger
May 6, 2009
Actually, the latest Sunday funnies had quite a field day with newspapers. Besides Pearls before Swine, newspapers popped up in Garfeld, and Crankshaft. Do you think cartoonists are worried about a shrinking number of smaller newspapers on fewer days.
One last thing on swine flu. We are armed with a prescription just in case the flu symptoms strike and we can't get into a doctor. We got it the day we watched how quickly a sore toe became infected. (Oh, MRSA how I hate you.) Within two hours of thinking her toe hurt, my daughter was able to see a doctor and get started on a treatment that brought her fever down enough that Tuesday's chemo was done.
There even was a bonus - one of the nurses on the toe visit recently had a masectomy so that visit became part support group meeting.
My first reaction was that it seemed odd that a place that benefitted so much from the family would choose now when the family business is in turmoil to yank Si Newhouse's name off its School of Communication.
I know that journalism schools are trying to signal that they are with the times and being named after a non-print person certainly could help.
But since naming honors usually involve donations I wanted to know how much the new honoree donated. That's when I confirmed the whole entry was only clever writing.
Oh well, the searches gave me a chance to really explore the Syracuse site.
May 5, 2009
The statement came during a discussion of changes coming to The Bay City Times, The Flint Journal (where I once worked) and The Saginaw News.
Hiner, who serves as executive editor of the three Booth (Advance Publications) newspapers tells readers to watch for an upcoming announcement in comments under a video recently posted
(One of the last things I did for The Journal was shut down a service that delivered local weather, lottery numbers, music of local bands, breaking news and other information by phone.
Still working when I left was Newsline, a service through the National Federation of the Blind that converted all editorial newspaper content and paid obituaries to audio files on demand. Those files also were retrieved via a touchtone phone. Earlier, The Journal had worked with a Flint non-profit that first organized volunteers who read the news.
and replacement staff at three newspapers in comments attached to a post explaining upcoming changes at The Flint Journal (where I once worked), The Saginaw News and The Bay City Times.
An April 24 post here started the conversation.
freefromeditors: Pension is frozen, not terminated
Seibt explained he was told that the plan stands, will be funded but is frozen. The paperwork employees and retirees received is required b the government and explains "what COULD happen, not what WILL happen."
Head to Pension is frozen, not terminated for the rest of the explanation, including an explanation of the sources.
The Flint Journal is part of the Advance Publications chain of newspapers.