COVID-19

As COVID-19 cases begin to surge across the country, again, questions surrounding when life will truly return to normal rise along with it. And yet, our current plight is anything but a mystery. Did we really think we had this thing beat in less than four months? Was reopening such a good idea?  As New York State’s numbers, once the epicenter of the pandemic, continue to decline the only thing that everyone (well,...

Something’s been bothering me. It’s been festering since Memorial Day Weekend. It was crystallized for me the other day when I turned the corner after walking just a few blocks from my home on my way to the neighborhood grocery store. As I turned the corner, I spotted some activity in front of the new lunch spot that had just opened the day before. The menu looks appetizing: cheese steaks, burgers, salads,...

As I write this on the morning of May 25, 2020, I’m struck by what a different Memorial Day this is compared to what we have become so accustomed to. For the most part, there are no large gatherings on the beach; no parades led by high school bands; no throngs of people lining the streets, standing shoulder to shoulder and cheering on our war veterans; no big blowout shopping...

I celebrated my birthday on May 14 in the year of COVID-19. My wife Dale and I usually go out with friends for our birthdays. Obviously, that wasn’t happening this year. So, we ordered in from one of our favorite Italian restaurants. I had baked ziti and Dale had seafood over pasta. We had a seven-layer cake for dessert. It was a beautiful day all day, sunny and in the fifties. Some...

LIBN Column April 15, 2020, By Jenna Kern-Rugile Rumor has it that Shakespeare wrote King Lear during the plague. So, how’s working at home during our modern day plague going for you? Social media and other sources are replete with articles about how you can use your time during the pandemic to be more productive. Not only are you supposed to be working remotely at full capacity – or even harder, because,...

As a child growing up in New Jersey in the 1950's and 60's, one of my favorite things to do when school let out for the year was to get up, ride my bike to the candy store, meet up with friends, pick up a newspaper and check out the baseball box scores from the previous night’s games. I liked reading about my favorite players. I’d check their batting averages, earned...

In my February column, I wrote about the fact that I had a stem cell transplant in early December 2019, about a month before I heard for the first time about the coronavirus. The transplant entailed getting an unrelated donor’s stem cells to replace mine; then, if all went according to plan, these cells would grow into a new immune system to seek and destroy my cancer cells. As a result of...

In my August 2019 column titled “Thank You,” I expressed my gratitude for the cancer researchers and practitioners who have been instrumental in getting me through the last 10 years of my life. As I explained, my cancer was responsive to treatment, but it was persistent and kept reemerging. Since that piece was published, it was determined by my “team” that I was eligible for an allogeneic stem cell transplant, which...