Tommy Ramone: Last of the Punk-Rock Pioneers

Boomers growing up in the mid- to late 1970s may have felt bored and alienated by the classic rock that their older brothers and sisters listened to. That’s why so many of us were especially excited about a band called the Ramones, who were pretty much the opposite of the handsome stadium-rock gods who dominated the airwaves with their synthesizer bombast and 10-minute guitar solos. With their misshapen hair, torn jeans, cheap sneakers and biker jackets, the Ramones looked like …

Hoy te propongo que seas compasivo

Jamás olvidaré la mañana en que me encontré con Tomás* a la salida del colegio. Hací­a tiempo que no lo veí­a y me dio gusto cruzarme con él, aunque reconozco que también noté que su fí­sico habí­a atravesado una dramática transformación. Habí­a perdido mucho cabello y su vientre estaba más prominente que en ocasiones anteriores. No habí­an pasado 5 minutos de nuestra conversación, cuando se nos acercó un caballero a saludar a Tomás. “Oye, ¡pero tú si estás gordo, mi …

Wisdom From a ‘Mother of the Year’

When Louise Battle’s husband died, their son was 7 and their daughter, 12. The grief was deep, but through her leadership and abiding faith, her family has not only maintained, but soared. Twenty-four years later, Dr. Battle, an ordained elder at Greater Mount Calvary Holy Church in Washington, D.C., is witnessing the fruit of her faith and diligence as she was named the D.C. region 2014 “State Mother of the Year” by American Mothers Inc., a D.C.-based national organization that …

Valerie Harper Pushes for More Cancer-Research Funding

“Seventy-five percent of all lung cancers are found too late,” actress and cancer survivor Valerie Harper told a Senate committee hearing on cancer on Wednesday, saying funding is desperately needed for early detection in “people like me” who didn’t think they were at risk. The hearing by the Senate Special Committee on Aging focused on federal funding for cancer research and the challenges facing aging survivors. Harold Varmus, M.D., director of the National Cancer Institute, who also testified, noted that …

Multiple Myeloma: ‘Incurable, But Highly Treatable’

Former NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the bone marrow that has seen remarkable progress in its treatment in the last 15 years. The veteran news anchor, 74, stepped down in 2004, but has remained with the network as a special correspondent. He said in a statement that his doctors were very encouraged with his progress and he remains “very optimistic about the future and look forward to continuing my life, my …