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At Last, Something We All Have in Common!

Cheer up! We’ve always got death to look forward to. Sometimes we get so caught up in the mean spiritedness of politics and man’s inhumanity to man, which is one male chauvinistic expression feminists don’t seem to mind, that we lose our grasp on humanity and the shared assets and liabilities that make us more similar than different. We cringe through morning updates on the slaughter of innocents in the Ukraine as we brave the tirade of [...]

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By |2022-05-05T14:35:02+00:00May 5, 2022|Bad News, death, Fear, Funeral, Mortality|

Still Feeling Fortunate After All These Years

Once you get to the top, the only way to go is down. There’s really no need to sprint to the bottom. Baby Boomers in their sixties and seventies were taught by our parents and grandparents to work hard and be loyal. Loyalty is a two-way street, or so we were told, and employers supposedly recognized and respected this asset as exemplified by our hard work and willingness to go the extra mile. Our parents were better [...]

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By |2022-01-24T09:09:29+00:00January 11, 2022|Aging, Baby Boomers, Newspapers, Old Age, Paychecks, Retirement, Writing|

Taking a Giant Step Backward for Optimal Health

Potato alert: Get off the couch to enjoy better health. Aging seems to be the only available way to live a long life.— Daniel Francois Esprit Auber (1782-18710 I crossed the line on Tuesday of this week. Furthermore, I shamelessly confess that I took a giant step backward at a crucial time in my life. But it’s all good. Sometimes, when it comes to protecting, even regaining, your health against the tide of aging, going back is [...]

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By |2022-01-24T09:09:35+00:00November 3, 2021|Aging, Blood Sugar, Diet, Health, Healthy Weight Loss, Nutrition, Old Age, Overweight|

Facing Up to the Monster Within Us

Sometimes the simplest demands can turn a man into a monster. Because the mask has become so polarizing, the extreme reactions aren’t really about being asked to wear one for an hour. It’s about communicating what side you’re on. — ProPublica, October 7, 2021, “We’re Losing Our Humanity and the Pandemic Is to Blame” In a well-researched October 7 article for ProPublica, Sarah Smith takes a fascinating look at how COVID-19 has turned Americans against each other, [...]

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By |2022-01-24T09:09:35+00:00October 27, 2021|1918, Constitution Rights, COVID-19, Masks, Pandemics, Public Health|

Escape from Curse of the Maskless Servers

Mask: For some the most obscene four-letter word. My wife, Mary, and I met with a long-time friend and his wife at a familiar meeting place roughly halfway between our home and theirs just outside of Harrisburg. That was in late August. My friend, both of whom Mary and I have known since we were kids, is immunocompromised due to several health issues and his advanced age. He is among the more highly susceptible to COVID, and [...]

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By |2022-01-24T09:09:37+00:00October 13, 2021|Constitution, Coronavirus, Masks, Smallpox, Vaccinations|

Big Pharm Cranks Up TV Ads to Bypass Doctors

Choosing your medication: Who do you trust? I still watch the traditional television networks where they include advertising in the programming. Not only do they include commercials, but they claim a huge chunk of an hour-long program. I understand that there are between 15 and 20 minutes of advertising in a typical television hour. You can calculate the percentage on that, but you no longer need to rush to the kitchen to grab that snack during a [...]

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By |2022-01-24T09:09:45+00:00August 5, 2021|Advertising, Commercials, Prescription Drugs, Public Health, Television|

Unrealistic Promises Bring Unrealistic Expectations

Speaking up for fellow codgers trying to track down Covid-19 vaccinations. I’ve finally figured out why everything is so screwed up getting the Covid-19 vaccinations into the arms of the most vulnerable among us to the worst effects of this crazy virus. There was apparently a Trekkie at the bottom of what has turned out to be another false promise— Operation Warp Speed. You may know that warp speed is a term from “Star Wars” and is [...]

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By |2022-01-24T09:09:55+00:00February 3, 2021|COVID-19, Democracy, Vaccinations, Warp Speed|

Wildcats and Panthers and Wolves, Oh My!

“I told you we shouldn’t be out here after dark!” We seem to have entered a weird time of make-believe where stuff is made up by people who I’m not going to mention, because they wish things hadn’t turned out the way they did. That’s the way it is today. If we don’t like the way things are, we just pretend they aren’t and move on believing what we want to believe. I mean who would have [...]

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By |2022-01-24T09:09:56+00:00December 30, 2020|2020, COVID-19, History, Mortality, Public Health, Uncategorized|

Tale of Two Pandemics: Beware of Slackers

Some slackers faced death sentences during the 1918 pandemic. I guess we are all familiar with the idea that history repeats itself, and, accordingly, if we don’t learn from the mistakes of the past, we’ll keep on making the same blunders. The Philosopher George Santayana gets the credit for best expressing this theorem with this assessment: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." He was looking at this from a historical perspective, a world view, [...]

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Pants, Masks and Coughing Freedom Fighters

America’s pandemic war zone: grocery stores. Adult content warning: There is explicit content in this article, generally avoided in mixed company describing an act best conducted behind closed doors, that may be offensive to some readers.  If you require more specificity before venturing into the following text, the offending word mentioned multiple times is comprised of four letters and starts with the letter “f.”   I was watching one of those “Talk Back” programs on a local TV [...]

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By |2022-01-24T09:09:59+00:00July 8, 2020|Coughing, COVID-19, Essential Workers, Masks, Mortality, Pandemics, Uncategorized|
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