For the last nine months I've been living in Bastrop, TX to reduce the costs of taking care of my older brother Bill in his descent into dementia.
Twice in the last six months, Bill has be admitted to the hospital with bronchitis/pneumonia because he's losing…Continue
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. When will our reasonable leaders, progressive and moderate ― even clearheaded conservatives ― come to grips with the reality that we have an unelected, dysfunctional president, selected by an archaic, outmoded Electoral College that must be abolished or circumvented?…
We Are The Borg
Those of you who are Star Trek fans will remember Jeri Ryan’s character, Seven of Nine. When captured Seven of Nine was a member of the Borg, a collective of humans who had been fitted with devices that made them androids, unquestioning subjects of the queen, and always a member of the collective, always in sync as a single great mind.…Continue
It’s been a sort of miserable day. After an overcast morning the rain started about noon, and it is pouring now. L showed me a place where there is a water problem with water coming down the outside wall onto the screen porch. It is at a place where the gutter does a 90 degree bend and a roof valley empties. Ugh.
Added to that is the fact that the House voted today to pass the abomination that has been substituted for the AHA (Obamacare). No one doubts, except the “Freedom…Continue
hi all. this is a bit triggered by the marines sexting photo sharing scandal.[s] it doesnt seem like its reverberating around the media much, but what a scandal. it has all the elements. its also a very 21st century angle with the social media angle. also, there are new actual laws against "revenge porn". am shocked it is not a bigger deal and wonder if the so-called "controlled mass media" is involved in low-profile suppression of it. one wouldnt want any bad stories about…Continue
by Tommi Avicolli Mecca
Yesterday, I was heading to the post office from my office via my usual short cut. I was in a rush to get there before it closed.
Suddenly, I noticed a shiny new black iron fence in front of me. There was no way around it. I had to walk two blocks out of my way to get to where I wanted to go.
It was obvious why that fence was there.
In recent years, that area has had a lot of homeless encampments. Someone in their infinite cluelessness…Continue
by Tommi Avicolli Mecca
Even though Ivanka Trump and hubbie Jared Kushner apparently convinced Daddy Dearest not to overturn the pro-LGBTQ executive order that was enacted by former president Barack Obama in 2014, I do not stand with Ivanka and Jared. I stand with them.
Even though in his statement, he, whom I call Not My President, said that he was “determined to protect the rights of all Americans, including the LGBTQ community,” I do not stand with him. I stand with…Continue
This song is just permanently stuck in my brain as the eternal question:
Where do we go from here now that all of the children have grown up
And how do we spend our time knowin' nobody gives us a…
And engulfs the spirit
Who knew the weight of nothingness
Could devour a person…
The Day Dream.
Source of Creativity and Escape
Thirty years or so ago a psychiatrist came to address our service club about Alzheimer’s disease. Jokingly, he said, “Forgetting where you left your keys is not dementia. Forgetting what they are for is.”
I don’t think I have impending dementia, but I…Continue
Caring House Great Room
Tomorrow is my last radiation treatment. That will make 25 “regular” treatments in which an area of my body was bombarded with x-rays, and 8 focused treatments with “electron beam”. I will have been at Caring…Continue
by Tommi Avicolli Mecca
Simeon, at 16 you helped desegregate lunch counters in your hometown of Kinston, North Carolina. You taught me so much about nonviolent struggle. You were my hero.
Saj, I'll never forget how you outsmarted that NJ state trooper who was so eager to bust us. Your words to me that final time I saw you will remain with me forever.
Steven, thanks for the flower in my hair at Philly pride 1972 and for the good times at La Maison…Continue
Hippocrates in 400 or so BC wrote about a study of patients who had what he called…Continue
Like most of my past efforts to maintain a journal of events my best efforts are intermittent at best. Part of becoming a geezer is an increased focus on healthcare, so a couple of weeks ago Brother Bill and I went to see Doctor Yount, who is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and family practitioner. He also is an adjunct professor at the University of North Texas and on the day of our appointment one of his students, a pleasant young man, was observing his practice. With our permission he…Continue
With Trump consistently shooting himself in the foot with his randomly uttered lunacies, Faux News and Tea Party Republicans are resorting to the vast right wing conspiracy strategy to sew doubt about HRC: In prime time, Sean Hannity carries out a Clinton medical ‘investigation’.…Continue