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December 2017

Holiday Letter 2017

Dear Friends,

This year has again been reasonably good to all of us in the Frankel Family. We did lose two of the remaining beloved older relatives on my mother’s side so I guess I am now the oldest of the Frenkel elatives. I am not sure if this is good or bad! JoAnn continues to struggle with her Parkinson’s disease but in spite of her frustrations she continues to be loving most of the time. Fortunately she enjoys guests, visits by neighbors, TV and catalogues and dreams about buying things for everybody. Jason and Lory are helpful to their mother. Maritza, her caregiver, is a godsend. Lory has a new job in NY City as editorial director of the College Board. The long days at work and the hour long commute each way, her free time is limited. She was able to take one international trip this past summer to England to see the Wimbledon tennis matches and visit friends. My Activities continue to pleasantly occupy my time and keep my brain from deteriorating too quickly. JoAnn and Lory tell me my hearing is going but I hear everything that I want to, just fine. I know that my vision is going and I decided to give up driving at night about a year ago. It is a pain at times especially when I have evening Pediatric Academy meetings or other commitments. My arthritis has slowed me down quite a bit and my diabetic renal disease is a concern. Hay, I am not complaining: I never expected to make it to 74!

Honestly inspite of my infirmities, I am able to continue teaching at the medical school in Rockford a couple of weeks each year and attend infectious disease rounds at the hospital in New Brunswick once a week. I was able to present a keynote talk at the First International Zika Virus Conference in Washington DC in February of this year. Last month the European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases published our review article entitled:” The Pathogenesis of Microcephaly Associated with Zika Virus and other Pathogens”. Writing it was a fascinating learning experience for me however, I would not recommend the article to you except for bedtime reading when you do not want to take a sleeping pill.

We continue to relish our good friends and loving relatives. Since JoAnn can no longer travel, we hope that you will come and visit. We have a dedicated guest room and good help. Have a very Merry Christmas, a fine Hanukkah and a Happy New Year!

Love, JoAnn, Lory, Jason and Larry

October 2017

California Get Together

September 2017

Paradise Found


The sea lions, pelicans, iguanas, sea turtles, giant tortoises, and many other creatures on the Galapagos Islands live in peace together with "most" human beings. My wife and I were fortunate to take a tour of the islands to see places and wildlife unlike anywhere else on earth. The most amazing thing was how those birds and animals have evolved to adapt to the harsh conditions and the arrival of humans. Ships carrying pirates and other seamen searching for fresh water and food were the first to discover the Galapagos archipelago, created from volcanoes and spanning the equator 600 miles west of Ecuador. The giant tortoises are almost the size of a small car and live to be 180 - 200+ years old. The seamen took them for food and almost led them to extinction. Since then, the "new humans" who now inhabit the islands have saved them and they now flourish.


Having grown up on the Seneca Indian Reservation adjacent to the Alleghany National Forest, River and Mountains, I was exposed to the animals, birds and fish. Animals have an outstanding ability to adapt to their environment. Wild turkeys have great eyesight, but not hearing; white tail deer have exceptional hearing and sense of smell, but not good vision. During the last 60+ years of hunting, I've noticed the deer and turkeys foraging together, each taking advantage of their strengths for mutual safety.


In the opening of this editorial, I mentioned "most" humans. During our trip, there was a couple that time after time infringed on the "space" of the animals to pose for photo opportunities. I mentioned to the couple that animals and birds are not afraid of humans and to treat them with respect - to no avail. For thousands, and perhaps millions of years these animals, birds and fish have lived in harmony - maybe we should learn from them.


Editorial by Luis R. Lee, Seneca name: Guin Yah Geyh, Co-editor of the month