A bitter pill indeed

By: Stuart Rosenthal
Posted on: January 25, 2018

A seemingly innocuous request recently led me to a bout of righteous indignation and a passionate battle. At the end of an appointment with my orthopedist, I asked him to refill my prescription for an NSAID pain reliever. Though it happens to be available over-the-counter at a reasonable price, the prescription is a 12-hour version, and its cost (to me and to my insurance company) is... READ MORE

Reasonable risks

By: Stuart Rosenthal
Posted on: January 04, 2018

When I was growing up, I remember looking in my parents’ medicine cabinet, or on high garage shelves, and seeing cans and bottles with various warnings printed all over them. Indoors there was rubbing alcohol, something called “witch hazel” (which always piqued my interest), peroxide and other intriguing substances. Some said DANGER/POISON (usually with a skull and crossbones),... READ MORE

How the world works

By: Stuart Rosenthal
Posted on: November 22, 2017

When I was six years old, my father took our family to New York City (where he had a business trip) for a vacation. Among many other firsts for me on that eye-opening trip were my first visit to a World’s Fair and my first musical on Broadway: Oliver! I was instantly taken with the idea of the theatre. I already played piano and liked to sing, and there I saw a child about my age... READ MORE

Kudos to our writers

By: Stuart Rosenthal
Posted on: October 26, 2017

Each year, we enter a selection of our writers’ original stories in the journalism competitions of the National Mature Media Awards and the North American Mature Publishers Association (NAMPA). We do this for two reasons: One, as a way to be sure we are keeping up the quality of our writing compared with other publications throughout the country. Two, because we’re pretty... READ MORE

Finding a new passion

By: Stuart Rosenthal
Posted on: September 29, 2017

Long-time readers will note something odd about this issue. Well, maybe several things. But what I have in mind is that our cover story was written by me. I don’t do that very often, you may have noticed. So what moved me to do so this month? My personal story, in brief: I played piano throughout my school years, but pretty much put it aside once I got to college, and certainly... READ MORE

Free press survival

By: Stuart Rosenthal
Posted on: August 23, 2017

Do we have a sound, independent, even fierce press corps that digs out the truth at any cost and spares no one? Or are we surrounded by faux news outlets, “bot” reporters, and marketing pieces masquerading as legitimate reviews? Do we look to the press to inform us and enlighten us? Or do we read only those outlets that confirm our preconceived notions? These questions go to the... READ MORE