Mostly Positive

vic fortezza
3 min readJun 7, 2022

Let’s start with good news. Ringo Star received an honorary degree from the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Photo from Google Images:

And let’s continue, headline from “Every cancer patient enters remission after drug trial, study reveals.” From the accompanying article by Joe Tacopina: “The drug, dostarlimab, was administered to each patient every 3 weeks for 6 months.” All 18 had rectal cancer. It wouldn’t be surprising if the drug has damaging side effects over time, but at least people would have a quality-of-life choice.

And more, NYP headline: “In sync: We’re four BFFs who got pregnant at the same time — twice.” Photo from GI:

And on the grim side of good news, from NYP: “Two Russian generals dead in one day of Donbas fighting: report.”

Ah, the digital age. As reported by many news sites, a woman unintentionally posted a nude shot of herself in an air-fryer ad she uploaded to Ebay, and someone had fun with it. Photo from GI:

Eye opening headline from “Walmart drops milk brand facing allegations of forced monkey labor.” According to the accompanying article by Timothy Nerozzi, Chaokoh, a company based in Thailand, uses chained monkey slave laborers to harvest coconuts. Spurred by PETA, 26,000 stores, including Wegmans, Costco, Food Lion, Stop & Shop and Target, have agreed to cut ties with the brand.

Good news from the eye doctor. Status quo on vision, good as it gets in terms of glaucoma. The office has moved. It’s now a five-minute walk instead of 20.

My thanks to the gentleman who double-parked his SUV and bought six books in Russian; and to the one who purchased Stalin: The First In-depth Biography Based on Explosive New Documents from Russia’s Secret Archives by Edvard Radzinsky; and to The Quiet Man, who took home a pictorial from Time-Life: Time of Transition: The 70s (Our American Century); and to Alice, who selected My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew by Abigail Pogrebin and A.J. Jacobs (isn’t that two?); and to Crazy Joe, scourge of talk radio hosts, who overcompensated me for six works of non-fiction including a Pictionary and The Highly Sensitive Person in Love: Understanding and Managing Relationships When the World Overwhelms You by Elaine N. Aron Phd. He’s worried that the continued arming of Ukraine will anger Putin and incite WWIII. Unfortunately, it’s a possibility. Still, I favor arming Ukraine to the teeth.

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I was born in Brooklyn in 1950 to Sicilian immigrants. I’ve had more than 50 short stories published world wide. I have 13 books in print.