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December 2019


It does not seem possible that I will be 76 this month and that I am still able to function, although things are beginning to show the ware and tear of the passing years, particularly my memory and hearing! My loved ones demand that I get a hearing aid; Lory has informed me that that will be my Christmas gift. Regretfully, brain aids are not yet available.  This past year has been a tough one for JoAnn’s and Jason’s health. JoAnn had cancer of the uterus diagnosed in early Spring, followed by a hysterectomy. A month later she was hospitalized for a stroke like episode diagnosed as a manifestation of her progressive Parkinson’s disease.  She is now pretty much bed-ridden. My beloved daughter Lory  and our care giver Maritza are worth their weight in gold and I could not function withour them. Two months later our son had a hypertensive stroke with right-sided paralysis. He had refused to avail himself of medical care for the previous many years. Can you imagine, the son of a physician! Fortunately, he had wonderful care and rehabilitation at a great facility close to home. Then to top things off he had a major heart attack one month ago requiring emergency catheterization and the insertion of two stents! This was ascribed to his previous years on neglected health care, poor diet, and smoking more than a pack of cigarettes a day. Hopefully, he has now decided to mend his ways and is on the road to recovery. But, enough about all of this. 

We are still living in our big home in central New Jersey, about an hour from NY City by train or car. My daughter Lory, commutes into NYC for her job as an editorial director of the College Board. We miss having grandchildren so if you have any to spare, please let us know. We have an empty guest suite and still  love visits, just give us a call! (908-616-8650 or 732-27104648) In spite of my infirmities, I am able to keep busy and productive with student and resident teaching and as a somewhat rusty clinical advisor to my pediatric infectious disease partners, as well as activities with the NJ Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the New Jersey Immunization Network.  The two organizations were kind enough to recognize me this year at the annual meeting as I begin to slow down on my children’s advocacy activities. Still devoting some time for scientific and political writing to keep my brain from deteriorating too quicly; if you want to see some of my articles please email me at: We continue to relish our good friends and loving relatives. Have a wonderful holiday season.

  Love, JoAnn, Lory, Jason, and Larry


September 2018

A Gift from the Creator


When the French Jesuit priests first saw the native people (in the area now Canada and upstate New York) playing a game using a stick with netting, they called it Lacrosse because it looked like the staff a Bishop carries in religious ceremonies. The game, "Dewae:o" in Seneca (meaning "netting on it"), and "Tewaa:raton" in Mohawk (meaning "little brother of war") is considered a gift to the Haudenosaunee

(Iroquois people) from the Creator. The game has been played for thousands of years by the Haudenosaunee. Lacrosse is played in the summer and was originally used for training and conditioning of players to prepare for the fall season of war.


There are now two styles of the game: one is played with nine players and a goalie per team and is called "field lacrosse." The second style is "box lacrosse" played by Canadian hockey players who wanted to keep in condition; they borrowed lacrosse from the natives as a five person and a goalie team to play in a hockey rink.


For many years the Ivy League colleges and service academies (Army, Navy etc.) were the only players of the game beside the Native Americans. The game now is the fastest growing of any sport. There are now teams from around the world; during a recent international tournament, the U.S. team was first, Canada second, and the Iroquois Nationals third. Other participating teams were from Israel, England, Australia; and many other countries fielded outstanding teams.


The gift from the Creator has taught me many things for which I am thankful:  team work, discipline and athletic skills. I am from the Seneca Nation and played many years of box lacrosse on the teams of the Haudenosaunee territories of the U.S. and Canada. I also played field lacrosse at Syracuse University and the New York City and New Jersey Lacrosse Clubs.


Respect for the game and most importantly, respect to the Creator, are what as a coach, I have asked my players to understand. Foul language and improper behavior are not to be tolerated. The language of the Haudenosaunee has no "swear" words. The people of the world should take a lesson from Dewae:o and respect one of the many gifts the Creator has given us.


Luis R. Lee

Co-editor of the month

MAY 2018

 Larry and his daughter Lory participating in March for Life

in Princeton NJ

By the way, Lory is Editorial Director of College Board


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