White People: How to TAKE ACTION NOW against Racism

Yesterday I finished my 11th cycle of chemotherapy. During the past week, my mind felt full of gravel rather than thoughts. I was aware of the news, watched it with sad eyes, but didn’t have the energy to engage in a meaningful way. But now the chemo haze has lifted and I’m back to my …

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How to care about something (else) in the time of COVID-19

Clearly there have been several drastic changes we have all had to make in the past 2 months so that life now feels upside down in many ways. Quarantine, homeschooling, mask fashion— not to mention decreased or absent income, fear of illness and hospitalization, etc etc. We are all in this together, although our personal …

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Public speaking tips for people who would rather not…

I’ve done a range of public speaking, all as part of my job. I’ve given lectures before, and taught classes to rooms full of adults that required me to stand next to a slide deck and talk. This is not my most favorite activity, but it’s something that I do about once every month or …

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Ripples of Hope Award and Speech

I wrote here about being chosen as the recipient of the 2020 Ripples of Hope Award. Man, what an honor! Did I mention that TOM BROKAW won last year? Yes.. yes I did mention that-- I still can't believe it! How does someone follow Tom Brokaw? Well, I'm not entirely sure, so I just ignored …

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Joining Team Consano

Some of you may have seen me announce on social media recently that I have joined the board of a local non-profit organization called Consano. When I first started talking to people about my intention to raise money to fund Oligodendroglioma research, to find new treatments and hopefully a cure-- my colleagues and friends in …

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