In an excellent four part series writers at Boston University document a disturbing trend in research in the United States.
For decades privately funded research of a more goal oriented design has outstripped publicly funded basic research in dollars spent. In recent years there has been a decline in private funding, as well. The result is that the landmark…Continue
Our necks are very important to our general welfare. If you've ever had a crick in your neck you know this to be true, a sore spot in that area can ruin an entire day and nothing except time makes it subside. Believe me, I've tried many times and I just have to bear it.
I went to two doctors today, one for the…Continue
Which will I choose: A back brace, or a broom?
I’ve always had a strong sense of self. But like many women, when I became a mom, I lost a lot of it.
It’s not because I give my son unconditional love and as much of my attention as I can (and as seems…Continue
I just purchased the Supreme Toning Tower. It has good reviews on Amazon and was about the price of a year at the gym without the travel and the locker rooms, so I'm giving it a go. It will be here Friday. This summer is…Continue
The handful of measles cases reported in Memphis during April has re-ignited the never-ending online debate about whether to vaccinate or not. Pro-vaccine and anti-vaccine folks keep recycling the same arguments about whether vaccines cause autism or not, whether they’re to thank…Continue
by Tommi Avicolli Mecca
While his fellow journalists were stirring up anti-Moslem sentiments with their inflammatory comments about the Orlando mass murderer’s possible connection to ISIS, CNN’s Cooper Anderson, who is openly gay, cut to the chase in his interview with Pam Bondi, Florida Attorney General.
He told her that many LGBT folks in the state saw her as a hypocrite for fighting for years against gay marriage and then trying to portray…Continue
I am afraid
I live in fear
Last Tuesday, May 18 at 7 PM I participated in the Ride of Silence. Hundreds of cities all over the world hold these rides to remember and honor bicyclists who have survived and those who have died in car crashes. The rides begin with a reading of the names of those who have been killed in the previous year. In Philadelphia, where I live, these include a young man who just graduated college, and a young woman who was celebrating her 7th wedding anniversary. The reading of…Continue
When Open Salon started messing with how they were doing things I slowly quit writing and reading. It also coincided with a change in what I was doing for a living. I have been teaching for the last 5 years. The first four I was teaching special education in High School. Then this year I moved to teaching English in a middle…Continue
Over the years I've read about limited experimentation with various psychedelics as a treatment for mental illness and addiction therapy. In the afterword to one edition of Naked Lunch William Burroughs wrote about how he kicked his 15 year heroin addiction using Ibogaine.
Here's some of the…Continue
Not funny this time - but soon...…Continue
I have a basically sane General Practitioner. She understands why I refuse meds to lower my cholesterol or reduce the chance of getting cancer in my other breast by 2%.
But she sent me for a Dexa Scan.
At the Outpatient Imaging center, the technician felt obliged to give me a sell job on the wonderfulness of the dexa scan. She insisted that the doctors who looked at the scan could tell me the likelihood of my breaking a bone within the next 10 years. They could even tell which…Continue
Before you read further I would just like to clarify that I have not run off to join the circus with my new GF.
I’m doing this thing that I typically do every so often. His Majesty says I do impressive 180 degree turns on a subject when he least expects it, yet he says I’m predictable. This, my lovely readers, is life with my Asian. In this case, I finally got fed up with having a double chin and a bit of a gut, so I started power walking again 9 days ago. I used to do it when dad was still alive, but after he started getting worse, I just didn’t have it in me. And now that I’ve apparently had food in…Continue
.Hello dear friends,
How are you?
I am fine! I had a good day today, I only had to kill four people and hid three. The fourth I cried out, "Self defense!! She snarled at me!! Bad human!!"
I got texted by a friend from the L-Mart. She was worried about me when I disappeared back in October and had her own medical stuff (car accident, neck injury, out for a few months herself) and was like, "No text from you!"
Now she has my number.
I told her I write long…Continue
As some of you may remember, I recently got an unwelcome diagnosis. An innocent appearing lump on my leg turned out to be a rare and potentially lethal form of skin cancer.
There is something absolutely life-changing about a diagnosis of cancer. While you may not be about to die, that is where your mind goes first. Where it goes next seems to be about the individual and their belief…Continue
How ‘bout that Holiday (rimshot!)!
Why the signing matters: only rock-solid stone would be a stronger (known) medium for this purpose than mere paper.
By the affixing of one's signature, the mere paper signifies guarantee in perpetuity of…Continue
No, please, not the hair~~~~
And now comes the hard part. Chemo! The PetScans revealed a mass of cancer in my lungs and chest with some around my heart and lesions in other spots. There is even a small spot in my liver, which is…Continue