Letters to the editor of the Globe Magazine
Readers share their thoughts on music at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and our most recent Your Home issue.
Thanks to the Globe Magazine for the piece and much thanks to Len Lyons for volunteering his time at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute playing the piano (Connections, June 17). I am one of those patients he talks about, with a port bringing those cell-killing chemicals to the disease in my body. I have heard Lyons’s music drifting through the building. Cancer is a horrid disease but it does not come without bringing gifts, if you only look for them. One of the greatest gifts is the intense appreciation for things that bring peace, calm, and comfort.
Wendy Worell / Gloucester
Lyons’s piece moved me to tears. It was a sensitive, thoughtful vignette of real life that I have personally experienced. Thank you for touching my heart.
Evelyn K. Blumberg / Westwood
I never had the pleasure of hearing Lyons play . However, over the course of my now-deceased husband’s treatment at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a wonderful harpist was often in the lobby or on patient floors. Her soothing, beautiful music was a welcome respite from difficult times. Keep on playing!
Rosemary Gatti / Norfolk
My first visit to Dana-Farber. Admissions [on the] second floor, fear, uncertainty, insurance, work, family, treatment, appointments. All swirling in my head. Music — for a few minutes it’s all I hear and think about. Peaceful at least for a while.
Frank L’Heureux / Salem
The minute I started reading this piece, I was reminded of my uncle, Sol Levenson, an artist, who, in the early 1990s, was volunteering at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Cancer Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, when he noticed how bare the walls were. He offered to paint murals. For the next 20 years, he painted stories of early Americana and interacted with cancer patients. They were able to lose themselves in the narratives unfolding throughout the murals, at least for a short while.
Maxine Dolle / Brookline
The home section (“Your Home,” June 17) appears to be for well-to-do white people with second homes. I’m sure you intend the section to be inspirational, but most people are not in the position to hire architects and interior designers to redo vacation homes. How about featuring average people with limited budgets?
Marion Moebus / Norwich, Connecticut
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