I absolutely loved reading about each of those inspiring gardens in the April 15 Globe Magazine, especially that of Judy Bucklen in West Roxbury (“An Urban Makeover”). I’ve been reading the Boston Globe for 60 years, and you just keep making the paper better and better.
Denise Maguire / Hyde Park
“Garden Glories” indeed! Your issue of one gorgeous garden after another was a kind of porn for garden lovers. Thankfully, I don’t think any harm can come from it, except maybe a gnawing envy. My only negative comment is why no mention of gardening with native plants? I am a member of Grow Native Massachusetts, based in Cambridge, and have learned how important it is for all of us to give room to our native species. They support the insect life that evolved with them, and thus our birds that eat the insects.
Linda M. Clark / Arlington
Thanks for Erin Blakeley’s piece “The Choice for Our Bambino” (Connections, April 15). It was well written, charming, funny and brought back memories for me. I grew up in a blended family: one brother a Yankees fan and me a diehard Red Sox one, and we were fighting for the soul of my younger brother — I won. He is a Red Sox fan, too.
Jonathan Graf / Brazil, Indiana
I just read the piece on raising a child in a Yankee/ Red Sox household. I don’t think I ever laughed so hard on a Sunday morning.
John Bodenmann / Marshfield
I understand what Blakeley is going through. My former wife was a Mets fan and I a Red Sox fan. For the years between 1997 and 2007, living on a main street in Maplewood, I was known as the guy with the Red Sox flag (which, by the way, was stolen five times). Could the bambino become a Mets fan?
Mark Slade / Maplewood, New Jersey
My wife and I are in a “blended” marriage as well. I grew up in Massachusetts, she in New York, and she’s Yankee to the core. We will be struggling with the same dilemma soon — our little one is 2 now, so in a couple more years she’ll start to figure some of this out. It’s good to read stories like this that hit close to home.
John Connelly / Pearl River, New York
A LAUGHING MATTER
I am a member of Survivors by the Sea, a group of 135 cancer survivors in Greater Boston, so my opinion is valid. D.M. from Westwood is absolutely right in using humor to cope with cancer (Miss Conduct, April 15). The friend should be sensitive to the fact that the letter writer is handling his or her situation in a healthy, positive way. Humor does not diminish the severity, it just helps one to cope and move on. No matter how loving and supportive friends and family are, they do not fully understand what we are dealing with. They mean well and we appreciate it. But we have to deal with it alone, in a manner of speaking. Our members joke about cancer all the time. It empowers us.
Linda Calla / Winthrop
I, too, am a cancer survivor and agree with D.M. Laughter definitely is the best medicine. We also need to grieve for the person we once knew and had been, then set out to make changes in our lives. Unless people have been told they have cancer, they don’t truly understand what it feels like or what goes through our minds.
Robin G. Coles / WinthropCOMMENTS? Write to firstname.lastname@example.org or The Boston Globe Magazine/Letters, PO Box 55819, Boston, MA 02205-5819. Letters are subject to editing.