Roads We've Traveled


  • New Resource:

    April 2, 2019

    Once again, I am pleased to welcome another organzationto our growing list of resources. What is Mesothelioma? According to, Mmesothelioma is a deadly but rare cancer that usually affects the lining of the lungs. It is caused, primarily, by exposure to asbestos, a flame retardant material that was banned in the early ’80s […]

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  • The New Me

    March 6, 2019

    I miss my son. I miss his face. I miss his bright blue eyes. I miss his gentle manner. I miss the way he would crawl around the house. I miss his smile. And I miss his laugh. God, I miss his laugh. And, I must say, I miss me. Carrying more weight Before Aidan […]

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  • New Resource: The Recovery Village

    February 26, 2019

    Not too long ago, I did a piece on the New England Center and Home for Veterans. In my research, I studied a lot of statistics on homelessness among our veterans, and they were, to say the very least, disheartening. The word I would prefer to use is “tragic.” According to the National Coalition for […]

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  • A Newborn and a New Hope

    April 24, 2018

    Arianna Frances Mallio wasn’t even a day old, and so very small. A tiny newborn child, I could hold in the crook of my arm with room to spare. I could cradle her head in the palm of my hand. She was swaddled in blankets, with a little pink hat on her head. Her eyes, […]

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  • Ordinary Heroes: New England Center and Home for Veterans

    May 6, 2017


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  • Ordinary Heroes: Boston Cancer Support

    April 12, 2017

    BOSTON – Imagine that you’re sitting in your doctor’s office. You’re not sure what exactly what’s happening but you do know something is very wrong. Maybe you’re constantly weak or exhausted, maybe you’re in severe pain, or maybe you’re covered in bruises that you don’t remember getting. And then, your doctor comes in and he’s […]

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  • Notes from the Road: Chemo Mix

    March 9, 2017

    Fight Songs I was, again, going through the journal that I kept while being treated for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and I found notes I had made on what songs I wanted to put on a Chemo Mix. These were songs to keep me in an “fight-like-hell” frame of mind while I endured drugs, radiation, and […]

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  • Notes from the Road: Leukemia Journal

    March 5, 2017

    The Journal While undergoing treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), I kept a “leukemia journal” for a few months. I wish I had been more diligent and detailed about writing in it, but at the time, it wasn’t just ALL I was dealing with. About two weeks after my diagnosis, my younger son would die […]

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  • Notes From the Road: Getting Sick After Nearly Dying

    February 16, 2017

    “Roads We’ve Traveled” won’t always be long feature stories. Starting today, we have the first of series of shorter blog posts based on what’s current – the news, seasonal events, or relevant book or music releases, and so on. The new series will be called “Notes from the Road” and today’s post is about being […]

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  • Back to School, Part 2: Jeanne’s Story

    February 2, 2017

    CHELMSFORD, MA — Jeanne Marie Engels, the mother of a lifelong friend, sits in a Starbuck’s in Chelmsford, Massachusetts and explains how, many years ago, she found herself thinking about going back to school. At the age of 37, her marriage had ended. She and her four children left Germany where they had lived on […]

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