Off the Dial


My 1993 Oscar Interview with Leonardo DiCaprio

I tweeted this out the night of the Golden Globes.  Got a few questions, so I thought I’d explain a bit more. Here’s the story:




This Boy’s Life is an adaptation of a memoir by author Tobias Wolff.  The movie feaures Robert De Niro, Ellen Barkin and DiCaprio, in one of his first big-screen roles. Wolff was teaching at Syracuse University when the movie came out, which is why one of the premieres was held at a Central New York movie theater.

As I remember, DiCaprio’s dad was the person who pointed him out to me. Could have been a PR flack. The event was over and I must have looked pretty pathetic with my bulky tape recorder slung over my shoulder, running late and trying desperately to give off the aura of  a professional reporter. I was a senior at SU, working weekends at the NewsTalk station in town.


I first looked through my stuff for this story after Titanic came out and I realized it might be nice to have. But no luck. WSYR certainly has no record of it (right, guys? we looked, didn’t we?). This was way before digital – I may have edited it on reel-to-reel – and we didn’t keep quite as much.

I hope DiCaprio wins the Oscar this weekend. I have a fun little story here and that’ll be a cherry on top. Maybe someone will ask him if he dreamed of winning way back when. And if they’re really good, when they put the story together, they’ll use that Lovitz drop.




Happy New Year!

I’m not much for New Year celebrations. We had a quiet night with the kids, making s’mores in the fire pit and toasting with some quality sparkling cider:

Ringing in the New Year

Instead of big resolutions, just a few goals for 2015:


Writing, water, veggies, laughing


Guilt, caffeine, junk food, staying up late for no good reason

Wishing you a happy and healthy 2015!


Hanukkah with Diabetes (a response)

We’re right in the middle of Hanukkah, lighting four candles tonight. This will be our 8th since Benny’s diagnosis,  but I can’t say I’ve thought a lot about diabetes and the Festival of Lights.

Interesting then, to read a post on Diabetesmine about Hanukkah in Israel and T1D.  The author, Jessica Apple, is the founder and editor of the terrific website ASweetLife and she recently founded the Diabetes Media Foundation. I was surprised to read her words; she spells out the exact opposite of how I treat holidays and food:

“Dr. Tal began to list foods I should no longer eat, which—of course—included not just anything with sugar, but most carbohydrates, including all of my favorites: pasta, pizza, pita, burekas, and cereal.  To make it even more depressing, it was Hanukkah season, so Dr. Tal said potato latkes, jelly doughnuts, and the traditional chocolate coins wrapped in gold foil were all out of the question too.”

“Dr. Tal’s words ran through my mind. “Be afraid of sugar,” he’d said.”

This is a very interesting and well written post (link here). Apple weaves her T1D diagnosis through a remembrance of her families challenge of trying to keep kosher during her upbringing in  Texas. She was diagnosed with T1D while pregnant with her third child. I have a lot of respect for the strength she must have shown to keep her family going and come through with a healthy pregnancy. But I think her doctor’s advice in general is way off.

I posted this comment on the blog:

I’m Jewish and you can bet your dreidel my T1D son will be eating his share of latkes, gelt and sufganiyot (jelly donuts) during Hanukkah. Of course, in moderation, but with enjoyment and without fear. I love this article, but it saddens me to think that a doctor would tell a newly diagnosed T1D to be afraid of sugar or any food. My son was dx’d before he was 2, he’ll be ten in a few days and he is allowed to eat anything. Measure, bolus and be smart (his A1cs are great). People in general have enough food issues. People with diabetes should not be taught to add fear to the mix. Have a happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, wonderful New Year and enjoy your family foods and traditions!

What do you think? Should more doctors tell us to be afraid of sugar? Would that help us achieve better health?

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My front lawn right now. Really. I’m not a fan, but my kids and neighbors love it!



Diabetes Connections #WDDchat14

Last week I was thrilled to host one hour of the 24 Hour Twitter Marathon for World Diabetes Day. It was a bit of a blur, but it was a lot of fun.

I wanted to share some highlights. If this looks like fun, and you’re on Twitter, consider following the hashtag #DSMA. It stands for diabetes social media advocacy and every Wednesday from 9-10am (ET) there’s a chat with a different diabetes focus.

My topic was “Diabetes Connections:”



These are just a few answers and part of the conversation. You can check out the entire day on Twitter by searching the hashtag #WDDchat14. It may take a while to read them all, though. Remember, it was 24 hours!

Looking forward to doing this again next year. Especially because I got some great feedback: