obituary of amy meselson and other news stories

i summarize news stories of interest to help you start your day on the right foot.

new york times, 8/8/18

  • page a21- obituary of amy meselson, written by sam roberts. tragic story of an immigrant defender who killed herself. her father was matthew meselson, a molecular biology professor at harvard whom I know personally. professor meselson is lovely, and this is so tragic.
  • c1- locked up in syria, an artist sketched: images became a mirror for women in a notorious detention system, by lina sinjab and anne barnard. a lovely story, and yet i wonder why we have to go to syria to have this story. certainly there are many (black and latina) female artists locked up in america’s prisons.
  • c1- book review by parul sehgal, in the thickets, studying biology. the book title is,  the tangled tree: a radical new history of life, by david quammen. i definitely want to read this book as soon as I can. the importance of play and curiosity– the noodling of serious creativity.
  • d1: soul food recipes by julia moskin. And even better, page d2, so long hummus, it’s been good to know you, by david tanis, a recipe of pita with an herb-packed omelet. delicious!
  • a23- an op-ed by barbara oakley, an engineering professor at oakland university in rochester, michigan, where my father was on the faculty from ~1989-1994. make your daughter practice math– the way we teach math may be hurting girls the most. help our daughters (and sons) do extra math practice every day. a wonderful message.
  • a1- front page article by tim arango and jennifer medina– “california battles a record fire, plus 16 more.” dreadful wildfires in mather, california, outside sacramento. the health effects of climate change continue to frighten many of us. i lived in san diego from 2008 to 2011 and can testify that fire due to climate change should be an enormous concern throughout the world. cascading effects of warming seas, melting glaciers, and dying forests could push the planet into a
    “hothouse state” in which efforts to reduce carbon emissions are futile.

boston globe, 8/8/18

  • g10 bird sightings from the massachsuetts audobon society included a brown pelican along the outer beaches of eastham and truro.
  • g6- seasonal recipes: spicy smashed cucumber salad, written by karoline boehm goodnick. also a recipe of injy farat lew’s mushroom adn tomato shakshuka by sally pasley vargas.
  • b9, obit by giovanni russonello, tomasz stanko, 76, ruminative jazz trumpeter. a wonderful life lived by a polish trumpeter.
  • a11- wonderful letter to the editor by kay t. jewels and donald a. davidoff from mclean hospital, belmont. it takes therapy, not a set of lovely boxes, to tackle clutter. agree completely. cognitive behavioral therapy is incredibly helpful and important.
  • c1 – jerry remy battling lung cancer. it seems like the former red sox second baseman and color analyst is getting treatment for metastatinc lung cancer. hard to say what the treatment might be, perhaps a checkpoint inhibitor. i’m not an oncologist but it does seem that the prognosis might not be great. but who knows. oncology is changing day by day and it’s hard for regular doctors like me to keep up.
  • a8 by marcia dunn from the associated press. 32 years later, mcauliffe’s lessons shown in space. i remember when the space shuttle challenger crashed in 1986. what a tragedy, and an important story.
  • a10 editorial: massachusetts needs ranked-choice voting. ranked choice ensures that whoever wins has the support of the majority of voters, not just an electoral plurality. of course, this is an important measure that needs to be adopted.
  • b16- president obama on martha’s vineyard. hope he is enjoying his vacation. we need his help starting in september.
  • a10 editorial by jeff jacoby, entitled, “at smith college: a misunderstanding; not an act of malice.” an arguably condescending op-ed, written by a powerful white male, criticizing a young black woman. mr. jacoby writes, “a minor misunderstanding by a cautious employee was quickly resolved and never escalated into anything dangerous.” perhaps jacoby is right, that this was only a “minor misunderstanding,” but i doubt it. racism is everywhere in america, especially in our bastions of rich white people like northampton, massachusetts. jacoby is likely naive or misinformed. just think about charlottesville, a year ago, mr. jacoby. what would he say about that? was charlottesville a “minor misunderstanding?” would he say that to heather heyer’s mother? or maybe charlottesville was a “major misunderstanding?” would he say that to heather heyer’s mother? if oumou kanoute had been a man, she might have been shot and killed by police. i support mr. jacoby’s freedom of speech, but i wish the boston globe editorial page would have given ms. kanoute the opportunity to write an op-ed on the same page as jacoby. it seems that jacoby ought to apologize to ms. kanoute over dinner at his home. if you agree, i suggest you write jacoby’s bosses at the boston globe asking for such a dinner to take place.
  • b1 nice stories about pools by j.d. capelouto, marek mazurek, thomas oide, and emily williams. we need more swimming pools, swimming holes and lakes in massachusetts. i’d like to see a map of the kettle ponds across the commonwealth as well in a future issue of the globe.
  • b1 nice story about blue bikes curing your commonwealth avenue construction blues, by j.d. capelouto. the issue here is commonwealth avenue, and virtually all the city streets of boston, are deadly. we need speed traps, speed bumps, and protected bike lanes so more bicyclists don’t die.
  • b10, b13 two stories by priyanka dayal mccluskey, about neighborhood health, and brown university, partners, and care new england. nice articles about the “business” of medicine, but in my opinion, folks need to spend some time engaging with the ideas of my friend dr. adam gaffney and physicians for a national health program. that is the way forward, a single payer.

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One thought on “obituary of amy meselson and other news stories

  1. It’s so sad when a young life is extinguished prematurely, especially via suicide, because it indicates the great pain that person has been suffering before the relief of death.

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