Medical marijuana: use it or lose it

Originally published in the Journal Inquirer Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 By Kristen J. Tsetsi A few years ago, someone very close to me was in ICU in an induced coma so he could heal after having his insides pulled from his body, cleansed of lethal toxins and bacteria, and returned to the cavity following a perforation of his lower intestines. …

Branford Marsalis: Keepin’ it real

Originally published in the Journal Inquirer Jan. 31, 2013 By Kristen J. Tsetsi There are many typically-asked questions that won’t elicit typical responses from three-time Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis. In a 2010 interview posted on YouTube, for example, Marsalis recalls being asked by a reporter in Holland what he’d like to say to his fans. “Nothing,” he said. And …

The emotional experience of organ donation

Originally published in the Journal Inquirer Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013 By Kristen J. Tsetsi After Lauren Maston, 33, received her heart transplant at 29, a letter from the donor’s mother helped send her into a deep depression. She was already in a vulnerable state. She’d learned years before, after a heart valve operation to repair damage caused by chemotherapy she’d …

Q&A: Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood

Originally published in the Journal Inquirer By Kristen J. Tsetsi Improvisational comedians Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood are probably best known for their split-second reactions to unexpected prompts in the recently renewed show now airing on CW, “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” The two have also performed as a two-man group for the last 10 years. On their website, Mochrie …

The tender side of donating your body to science

Originally published in June, 2013, in the Journal Inquirer By Kristen J. Tsetsi Online, the curious can easily find images of students studying or standing beside bodies that have been donated to university medical programs. But none of them will be from the University of Connecticut, where no one but first-year medical students and their instructors are allowed into the …

The Katharine Gibbs Secretarial School changed the face of the business world, says former Gibbs dean

Originally published in the Journal Inquirer Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 By Kristen J. Tsetsi A New York Times obituary for former People magazine editor Patricia Ryan, who died late last year, sums up her education thus: “Ms. Ryan, whose only post-secondary education [prior to a job at Sports Illustrated] had been secretarial school, earned a bachelor’s degree in history from …