Seth Rogan was on the Hill today testifying before the Appropriations Committee about supporting Alzheimer’s research. He tweeted a pretty powerful photo of the empty seats (only two Senators showed up) demonstrating how much Congress ignores the needs of individuals with Alzheimer’s and their families.
I so appreciate his effort and his statement:
I came here today for a few reasons:
1) I’m a huge House of Cards fan.
2) People need more help. I’ve personally seen the massive amount of financial strain this disease causes. If the American people ever decide to reject general is driven comedy, I will never be able to afford it. Therefore, I can’t begin to imagine how people with more limited incomes are dealing with this. As you’ve also heard, AD and dementia is the most costly disease in the US…Americans whisper the word Alzheimer’s because their government whispers the word Alzheimer’s.”
Well said, Mr. Rogan.
Thank you, Instagram
Five years ago (!) when David moved to Baltimore, one evening we packed a simple picnic and had an early dinner in Fed Hill park overlooking the Harbor. I wish I could say we made it a weekly tradition, but school and work soon picked up, and Sunday evenings were packed with other pressing demands.
I remember at the time, sitting on the grass of the Hill, looking out at the water, thinking, wow, what a perfect night. After two years of long-distance, a rough initial adjustment to school and living on the East Coast, it was truly sublime to finally feel quiet and comfortable in this beautiful city.
Yesterday, David and I had lunch at the Abbey Burger Bistro and spent the afternoon walking around Federal Hill and Harbor East. The park was packed-it was the first sunny, warm Sunday in a while-kids, tourists, bike groups, runners, everyone wanted to be outside. We sat on a bench, overlooking the water, and took in the breathtaking view of the remarkable, frustrating, charming, salt-of-the-earth city.
I started blabbering about the city, and why I love it, but I think David summed up Baltimore’s importance perfectly-“we grew up here.”
The arrival of Travel & Leisure in my mailbox is a happy moment. Flipping through the magazine and imagining vacations in my mind is a total treat.
This month’s issue features an interview with Baz Luhrmann (yes, Moulin Rouge) about his plans to transform the historic Faena Saxony Hotel in Miami Beach into a new property evoking old-world glamor while preserving the “flash and trash and smash” at the heart of the “DNA of Miami.”
Mr. Luhrmann’s description of the the transformative impact of travel, from tense anticipation at arrival to relaxation is spot on: “You get there and you’re uptight, but then you sit by the pool, have a drink,
smoke a cigar.. And then it’s six in the morning, the sun’s coming out, and you ask yourself, ‘What has I worried about?'”
This afternoon, on a walk back to my office after a briefing, I was struck by the most interesting sensation-warmth. I know I’m dramatic, but as I took off my jacket, and let my bare (and pathetically pale) arms feel sunshine for the first time in months, I found myself staring up at the sky, truly marveling at the sunshine. I looked around, and I swear, everyone looked calmer, cheered by the fake spring day.
It reminded me of the Ray Bradbury short story everyone reads in middle school, All Summer in a Day. Poor Margot gets locked in a locker and misses the one hour of sun her planet experiences every 7 years. I burst into my coworkers’ office and asked if they’d had a chance to get outside-I didn’t want them to miss it like Margot!
In other cheery news, I read today that Gap is raising the minimum wage for employees to $10/hour by 2015. As this article points out, the company is far from perfect, but the recognition of the need to pay workers a living wage is an important step forward. The private sector has an opportunity to lead the way here and I hope other companies follow this leadership.