Archives for the Month of February, 2016


Beach / Library of Congress

Beach / Library of Congress

Most grammar schools in the Boston area shut down for a week in February. That’s because it is frigid; two weeks ago, it was -9 degrees F (-23 C)! So the whole city leaves for somewhere warm.

Our little family went to sunny Los Angeles, where my parents live. We are thawing.

Where would you go?


Eye / Library of Congress

Eye / Library of Congress

I have vision loss because of my stroke. There is a narrow strip that I cannot see around 6 o’clock of my sight.

Once a year I visit my eye doctor. He has me sit in a machine that measures my sight and periphery. I just went. My brain is still improving. Each year the missing piece gets smaller.



Nicholas McCarthy was born with one hand. He is now a professional pianist. His story: