Jaden’s smile

Jaden’s smile

If you want to measure the impact of one radiant smile, consider the story of Jaden Ann Scrivener. A 16-year old so brightly lit from within that she lifted the mood of entire classrooms just by walking into them, Jaden died in a car accident on the last day of June this year. Three days [...]

And when my time is up, have I done enough?

And when my time is up, have I done enough?

Our friend Joe once spent a small fortune to buy tickets to see Lin-Manuel Miranda's final performance in Hamilton on July 9, 2016. The success of his spur-of-the-moment plan, which included surprising his wife Patty, who was out of town, depended on a couple of fickle factors and one not so worrisome one (because he [...]

Here’s to my friend Jan on the 10th anniversary of her stroke

Here’s to my friend Jan on the 10th anniversary of her stroke

My friend Jan has always been one of our neighborhoods' more impressive residents. A cheerful whirling dervish, Jan worked as a school nurse, mothered two boys and greeted every weird medical question I had with a confident smile and a ready solution. In a general phone conversation with her once, I casually mentioned that I [...]