“Dr. Margaret Lawrence, 105, Dies; Pioneering Black Female Psychoanalyst,” was the headline on the Times obit for a magnificent woman.

We struggle against lookism, but Rosie said “She looked like a queen.”

There is an English Fred Sinatra impersonator named Fred Gardner. I’m not him, but I tried to croon, “And if you should survive till a hundred and five, think of all you’ll derive out of being alive…” For some reason I doubt Dr. Lawrence considered herself young at heart. Although she did go to extremes with impossible dreams…



Dr. Fitzhugh Mullan was indeed a “foe of healthcare disparities,” as the Times obit described him December 10. And he was my friend.   “…Always thought I’d see you again.”

What a way to start the day. —FG