Tuesday, December 16, 2014

In the News 6

While I have not touched an actual newspaper in some time, I do skim through the online news headlines each day. There is always something that catches my attention, whether it
involves human conflict, a human interest piece, the sports wrap, or just the usual absurdities. In this series, I carve out a space for my opinions, reminiscences, or comments.

Brittany Maynard - A story that kicks up so many questions of why. A beautiful, charming, passionate, and lovely lady falls in love with the man of her dreams and begins to plan out her future path. Within a year after her marriage she begins having severe headaches that were diagnosed as advanced brain cancer. Though the doctors mapped out a treatment course for her, they agreed that she had months to live. Choosing instead to live our her remaining few months in dignity with full freedom, Brittany made the decision to take her own life using the freedoms granted by the state of Oregon. After her initial diagnosis, she made her bucket list and checked each and every item off this list. After celebrating one last special day, her husband's birthday, Brittany took the pills that ended her life while she still had her full faculties and was in full control. Brittany died at the age of 29 on November 1, 2014.

Tom Magliozzi - Back when I met the woman who was to become my wife, we used to enjoy listening to the NPR radio program Car Talk on Saturday mornings. This show featured Tom and his brother Ray fielding calls on all sorts of car-related questions, but it was the banter, the tangents, and the silliness that were so endearing. Their show has a special place in my heart because of its connection with that period of my courtship. The brothers definitely had a special chemistry that was a wonderful thing to be a part of on the other end of the radio. Tom died from complications of alzheimer's disease on November 3, 2014.