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Thursday, July 28, 2016 – Still Quoting Tom Petty

By |July 28th, 2016|Tags: , |

"The waiting is the hardest part" -- Tom Petty I just emerged from the MRI machine where my brain was scanned to determine if the cancer in my lung spread to my brain. At this point, I'm trying to remember to count my blessings whenever possible, so I was happy to see an open MRI machine like the one pictured above instead of the claustrophobia-inducing regular tunnel type. I'm killing some time in The Heart Healthy Cafe at the hospital, waiting for my 10:15 appointment with the surgeon who just might be removing the lower left lung lobe, and maybe [...]

7-27-16 Nicole Sandler Show – Black and White World

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  Yesterday, I talked about working out the conflicts of our inner voices, though some people thought I "went too far." Others thanked me for being "spot on." All I know is all I know. Today, it's that the world continues down its pathway of madness. People hear what they want to hear instead of actually listening to what's being said. We talk past one another instead of with each other. Until we learn to shut up and listen, we're bound to continue making the same mistakes. Today, I talked a bit about that disconnect. I praised the celebration of [...]

7-27-16 Morning News Roundup

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FROM PHILADELPHIA Morning Jumpstart Hillary Clinton cracks glass ceiling Bill <3 Hillary Focus on gun safety reform at convention Sanders loyalists warn of party split Report: Guccifer 2.0 is Russian agent "Hillary Clinton" goes effing off... Hillary Clinton Cracks Glass Ceiling (NYT, AP, WaPo, HuffPo, TMN, TMN, me) • The Democratic convention formally nominated Hillary Clinton for president on Tuesday, making history by choosing a woman to be the first standard-bearer of a major political party, a breakthrough underscored by a deeply personal speech by Bill Clinton calling her "the best darn change-maker I have ever known." • At 6:39 [...]

7-26-16 Nicole Sandler Show – Conflict Resolution… or Not

By |July 26th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , |

  I know I'm not alone this week. I'm conflicted. There's as much conflict going on in my mind as there is in the Wells Fargo Arena, the ironic name of the arena where the Democrats are nominating Hillary Clinton as their nominee to run against the Republican Donald Trump. I feel like I'm writing this in the middle of a bad dystopian novel in which the two most hated people in the nation are vying for the presidency. Oh, wait. Anyway, today, I let the conflict play out. I offended some people, and probably confused many more. Welcome to [...]

7-26-16 Non Small Cell Lung Cancer

By |July 26th, 2016|Tags: , , , |

  I had my first consultation with the oncologist yesterday. The entire experience was a bit surreal. Although I'm impressed with the cancer center at Holy Cross Hospital in Ft. Lauderdale, I was immediately put off by the women who greeted me at the reception desk. From the one young woman who, in her very chipper voice with a big smile on her face asked, "How are you doing today?" to the other one who, without bothering to check, said "You have a $40 co-pay today," I was ready to turn and run out of there. Instead, I told anyone [...]

7-26-16 Morning News Roundup

By |July 26th, 2016|Tags: , |

FROM PHILADELPHIA Morning Jumpstart Democrats scramble towards unity Bernie's on board Michelle mesmerizes FBI probing DNC cyber hack / Russia Protests: 55 detained - "Nominate Sanders!" Clinton hammers Trump: National security   Democrats Scramble Towards Unity (NYT, AP, Reuters, WaPo, TMN, TMN, TMN, me)   • Democratic Party leaders scrambled on Monday night to rescue their Philadelphia convention from political bedlam as supporters of Sen Bernie Sanders (I-Vt) erupted in boos, jeers and protests against Hillary Clinton after an email leak showed that party officials had sought to undermine Sanders in their race for the nomination (i'm in Philadelphia with [...]

7-25-16 Nicole Sandler Show – Soothing Savages

By |July 25th, 2016|

There's too much savagery everywhere, so I thought we'd soothe some breasts (and lungs?) today. I had my first appointment with the oncologist today at the time I'm usually on the air. So I decided to pull some of my old music artist interviews from the archives and play them back today. So, h this is today's playlist:  Aug 29, 2009 · Air America Radio · Nicole Sandler Show  · Billy Bragg joined me to discuss his new project - Beethoven/ Bragg, in which he helped arrange and record an updated version of Beethoven's "Ode to Joy."  He embarks on a US tour in [...]

Need a laugh? Time for Another Stand-Up Political Comedy Blog

By |July 25th, 2016|Tags: |

Yes, it’s time to steal a few more jokes from my father-in-law (F.I.L.). His blog posts range from political comedy to humorous commentary on pop culture. For those of you who might be new here, he used to write for Alan King, Milton Berle and Jonathan Winters, just to name a few. And all those Dean Martin Roasts,  too: Don Rickles, Red Buttons, Phyllis Diller, Sammy Davis, Jr., etc. A tiny respite from all the frustrating events of the day: MELANIA'S convention speech was plagiarized from MICHELLE OBAMA'S 2008 speech, To which DONALD TRUMP said, "She's a great plagiarizer. No [...]

7-25-16 First Oncologist Meeting; First Denial of Benefits

By |July 25th, 2016|Tags: , |

  The crooks at UHC have now officially denied my first claim. Following the Angiogram, I was ordered to not move for six hours, making the time I was able to get off the bed 11:30PM Friday night, at which time there was no doctor around to discharge me. But UHC decided that was not "medically necessary." This is going to be a long, long treatment period ahead. I will not be on the air today, but will let you know later what the oncologist says when I have my first consult this afternoon. Watch this space...

7-13-16 Seeing the Pulmonologist

By |July 25th, 2016|Tags: , |

I've had sleep issues for a long time. In 1997, I was living in San Diego, co-hosting the 91X "Brand X" Morning Show with my friend Chris Cantore, when he noticed that I was more tired and irritable than usual. I explained that I had this weird sensation in my legs that not only kept me awake each night, but prevented me from even lying down! I described the sensation as feeling like thousands of ants were crawling around inside my legs, not allowing me a moment's rest. When I did sit or lie still, the "ants" would start crawling, [...]