April 08, 2013 12:00 PM


“Valerie’s positive strength and her refusal to dwell on the negative make her a true hero”

Sandy Webster San Francisco

My heart broke as I read your cover story on iconic TV actress Valerie Harper facing terminal cancer. As soon as I finished reading, I gave my children a giant bear hug. Thank you, Valerie, for reminding us how precious life truly is. Your hope, dignity and wisdom are inspirational.

Amy Miller Los Angeles

Thank you for your compassionate interview with Valerie Harper. As a cancer patient myself, I can identify with Ms. Harper and what she’s going through. I want to say she has meant so much to me. Rhoda was a positive role model for women, and Valerie played her to perfection. She brought her own special magic to the character. She is much loved.

Jean Chalk Elizabethtown, Pa.


Your story on The Big Bang Theory’s Mayim Bialik bouncing back after a painful divorce and a traumatic car accident was enjoyable. She is a beautiful person inside and out and appears to have a wise outlook on life. Although her parenting style of breast-feeding her youngest son until age 4 and sharing the parental bed with her two boys may be controversial, it’s her business and nobody else’s. We should not judge. I’m happy she and her ex-husband still have an amiable relationship for the sake of the kids.

Floy Bodden Anchorage


I was so touched reading your article on former women’s college basketball coach Pat Summitt and her 22-year-old son Tyler. The courage they both exhibit as she faces Alzheimer’s is inspirational. Tyler’s selfless devotion to his mom warmed my heart. What a loving son. My thoughts and prayers are with them as they deal with this terrible disease.

Sheila Starks Phillips Sugar Land, Texas


The photos of Justin Bieber wearing his pants around his knees and showing off his underwear while visiting London were appalling. He should be ashamed of himself. He’s a role model for many teens and sending out the wrong message. He must make smarter choices.

Christine Myers Atlanta


I am so happy that The Bachelor’s Sean Lowe chose Catherine Giudici. I absolutely adore her. His romantic proposal brought tears to my eyes. Their natural silliness is a recipe for lasting happiness.

Dawn McCaslin via e-mail

Sean and Catherine make an amazing couple! It’s refreshing to hear they are honoring and respecting traditional values by having no sex before marriage. I couldn’t be more proud of them.

Carolyn Knipfer Cross Plains, Wis.


Thank you to writer-actress Carrie Fisher for speaking candidly about her recent manic episode on a cruise that landed her in a psychiatric hospital. Her story shows that bipolar disorder isn’t a sign of weakness or a character flaw; it’s a serious medical condition that requires treatment and attention.

Paula Russo via e-mail


The deeply affecting article on author Susan Spencer-Wendel, who was diagnosed with terminal ALS and has been taking life-affirming trips around the world, touched me to the core. I found especially poignant her visiting a bridal boutique with her only daughter to try on wedding dresses. Susan reminds us of the fragility of life. Let’s make each and every moment count.

Carol Silverman-Kurtz Tenafly, N.J.

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