Governor Jerry Brown

Should Jerry Brown Just Ignore His Cancer?

As California’s oldest governor, Jerry Brown has gone out of his way to demonstrate his vigorous good health, jogging around the Capitol and even challenging reporters to pull-up contests—which he …


Strawberry ice cream

How About Ice Cream Without the Tonsillectomy?

In 1981, I was 7, in love with Rick Springfield’s “Jessie’s Girl,” and so sick and sweaty and miserable that I woke myself from sleep in tears. When my mom …


When We Die, Who Is Kind?

When We Die, Who Is Kind?

I am writing this piece as a middle-aged woman who recently lost her younger brother. We were “Catholic twins,” born 18 months apart in Kansas City. As kids, we fought. …