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
Yesterday was my husbands 68th, a reminder to me mine is next month. For the next month I will get to be his "younger woman". He will be my "older man".
Given the social and economic justUS culture I live in, if I have been cursed in life it is that my sense of purpose and meaning in my life, my soul, is so dependent on and directed toward the extent to which my waking moments, my thoughts, my actions are to me cognitively contributive to the well-being of others in a…Continue
SBA sent this to me in a PM and asked me to post it as a favor. All politicians shape the truth and depending who she's addressing, Hillary is certainly no exception:
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