Sincerest wishes for health and contentment to all readers of this humble blog.
One of my year’s-end traditions is topping off my charitable contributions. I focus my giving on two charities of great importance to me, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (home of the “Jimmy Fund“) and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
This site doesn’t generate enough traffic to merit an Amazon portal, so I can’t ask my dozens of readers to show some love by having Jeff Bezos kick back some of his profits to me. What would be worth far more to me in any event would be for you to take a few minutes to send whatever donation you’re comfortable making to either of these charities–or to another that suits you better.
More than cash contributions, though, I’d be thrilled and grateful beyond expression if you were to sign up to be a bone marrow donor. If you can even begin to imagine the horror of a child struck by a blood cancer who has no siblings to rely on for a transplant, then you can also imagine the gratitude that the family of such a child would feel toward anyone willing to enroll as a potential donor of life-saving bone marrow. You can literally save a life, and earn a lifetime of gratitude.
I hope you’ll forgive me for starting the new year on a serious note. I promise to return you to the delights of mid-century modernism and idiosyncratic policy wonkery directly.
Thanks for reading.