Kristin Gustafson started marketing even before she launched the website that keeps chemotherapy patients, nurses, doctors and caregivers abreast of the latest information available about life in the Chemo Room.
We ought to ask ourselves what society owes to the workers with whom we entrust the health and comfort of loved ones. Your grandmother's home caregiver, who may be just like family, has a family of her own to take care of when she goes home.
Our message, which parallels the voices ringing out this year in the streets of Madison, Lansing, Columbus, and other embattled cities, is America's workers built this country, and we're going to take it back.
We are fragile corporal fragments. We bleed, we breathe. When we are pulled into the theater of illness we suddenly, simultaneously, feel our ephemeral immortal pulse. One we measure, the other we sense.
If today's labor movement is going to reverse decades of decline, union leaders are going to need to forget the habits of the last 30 years and learn something new from the rank and file: You don't win a fight by not fighting.
Recall the pledge made by candidate Obama in 2007: "If American workers are being denied their right to organize and collectively bargain when I'm in the White House ... I'll walk on that picket line with you."
Another day, another concession to Wall Street, its trade lobby the Chamber of Commerce, and the rejectionists in Congress. The result: an extension of tax cuts for the rich and gutting of the estate tax.
In the aftermath of a tax deal that will accelerate the shift of wealth to the richest Americans, it's worth calling attention to a new report about how far the U.S. is sinking below other major nations in how we take care of our children.