500 Dates by Mark Miller (A book review)


Let me say from the start that 500 Dates by Mark Miller has nothing to do with cancer. Its 55 essays explore the dating world of single adults with heart, humor and insight. But stay with me and I’m betting you’ll laugh. Out loud. And hard. That’s because Mark is a funny man. And I should know. I […]

Dad, Chemo and Me

January 7 was the anniversary of my father’s death 24 years ago. I suppose his death certificate cited cancer, lymphoma specifically, as the cause of death, but it seemed clear chemo was the real culprit. The doctors were optimistic they had successfully blasted the renegade cancer cells in his body. Two more chemos to go and he’d […]

Happy New Year 2015

SF New Year 2012

Out with the old and in with the new. May whatever didn’t work in 2014 find the transformation that makes it function better in the new year. May the rough edges be smooth. And if there’s fireworks, may they be the kind that’s pretty. Happy new year everyone. I wish you peace within and all good things. Love, Eileen Like […]

Strange Gifts Wrapped in Love

Pink Gift Box

Happy holidays and wishes for a healthy new year to everyone, however you choose to celebrate. This time of year is always a little strange for me because Christmas is not my custom or the religion into which I was born. Some say, “Oh, it’s just part of the overall culture.” Okay, but it’s not my […]

My Vacation from Cancer

White pizza with broccoli

I just got back from vacation to New York City and Philadelphia to visit family. I prefer to pack light when I travel, so I left cancer behind. I hardly gave cancer a thought. I barely thought of friends dying. And I definitely suffered amnesia when it came to an anti-cancer diet. I’ve been advised that my body is happiest without gluten […]

When Friends Die

Maxwell Ho

Cancer brought Maxwell and I together. It also tore us apart. Maxwell died today. Peacefully, I’m told. He is now free, and freedom meant everything to Maxwell. He was as free a spirit as I’d ever met. Certainly unconventional in many respects.  The Rolling Stones song, Ruby Tuesday, makes me think of him, especially the lines (with a […]

Melissa Etheridge AARP Interview

AARP Magazine’s interview of Sheryl Crow and Melissa Etheridge kicked up quite a stir, especially concerning Melissa Etheridge. Lots of reaction, passion and vitriol. While I’m in agreement with some of it, I forewarn you that mine may be the unpopular stance. I’ll begin with what bothered me to get it out of the way. Let’s start with AARP’s […]

For My Friend Maxwell


This is for my friend Maxwell, who has Stage 4 lung cancer (never a smoker). He was very ill, but went into remission. Now he’s had a recurrence. Without going into all the details, I’ll just say he’s seen better days. He will likely read this and I hope it will buoy his spirits. Maxwell, I […]

The Blame Game


I blame a lot on cancer. Sure, cancer earned my heckling and what could be more fun than poking jabs at the Big C? It started organically, for good reasons, such as: My head pounds with another headache. Stupid cancer, and that goes for your sidekick chemo, too! I’m overwhelmingly fatigued. Thanks, Cancer. Go right ahead and do […]

Remission Blues: A Song of Crazy

Maybe I’m not officially insane, but I’ve been hanging around Crazy Town. It’s addictive, but I’m managing to claw my way out. I finished treatment in January 2011. You’d think I would’ve been paranoid all this time about a recurrence. I’d been okay for the most part, but lately, not so good. Part of it […]

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