When I saw the headline this morning about higher rates of cancer among children in the Northeast, I immediately thought of two things: (1) my son and (2) A Civil Action, the book (and later a movie starring John Travolta) about the community of Woburn, MA and the unnaturally high numbers of people – especially children – who developed leukemia. If you’ve never read the book, I highly recommend it with one caveat: it may make you angry, appalled and very, very frustrated.
The study from the CDC is based on data representing 90 percent of the US population. While the initial headline is scary, there is some “good” news here, mainly the fact that cancer does remain relatively rare in children (if only it was extinct!). As for the high rates in my area of the country, one reason could be because of more reporting and better care.
I admit I am not a fashion plate when I fly, but I do try to look respectable and to avoid looking disheveled. I go for easy on-off shoes (flats, usually…plus I feel a little more put-together in shoes as opposed to sneakers), and clothes that wear well and can stand-up to the demands of an 18 month old. I’m not a fan of flying in p.j.s, even for my son. Call me old-fashioned, but I believe that you should look nice when you fly, not like you (a) just rolled out of bed or (b) just came from the gym. Apparently, some people feel so strongly about the lack of appropriate attire on board and in the terminals they’ve put together some rules for us.
The man who designed the Pringles can – c’mon, you know that cylinder of chips all too well! – has been buried in his creation.
Filed under: Erica Hill
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