3-1-20 Covid-19 and the Benefits of Hindsight

We don’t have any hindsight, yet, on the outbreak and management of the COVID-19 virus, the latest viral pathogen to cause a public hysteria which seems to be at the beginning of a dangerous, accelerating curve. Curves bring with them their own set of hazards, which include a lack of response coupled with a too-strident…

1/24/20 CLL Causes Confirmed

Yes. You heard it here, maybe not first, but you now have the facts. Of course, I have no facts to support my headline, but P.T. Barnum-esque headlines get more attention. I am a member of a wonderful Facebook group for those of us with CLL and their caregivers. Most of the members see CLL…

12/3/19 Return of Posts

I only posted a few times in the past year. I just had too many things occupying my attention. Few of them were good. I am not here, now, to rehash the struggles life dealt us in the past year. We all have struggles. We all have had bad times. When I think of this,…

11/23/19 Bad People, Bad Life Decisions

I reckon I have made a bait (an archaic Southern expression I am still fond of meaning a whole lot) of bad life decisions. Me and a lot of other people have had the same problem. To some, the bad life decision I have made is to continue living in the rural area that I…

10/13/19 So Many Changes

The past ten months have seen more changes in my life than any other period. I daresay few of the changes have been good. It has not been a pleasant time. In November 2018 my daughter’s husband, for some unfathomable reason, took his own life. My beloved stepfather passed away from pancreatic cancer in December,…

6/22/19 I Don’t Know

“I don’t know,” said Hemocastle as to the diagnosis of Myelo’s pain and other symptoms. After several CT scans and Ultrasounds, Surgeon Two Lips declared, “There are several things that I know that are not wrong with him, but I don’t know what is,” adding, “But I see nothing that requires surgery.” This was a…

4/23/19 The Part in Front of You

Just look at the part in front of you; the whole is overwhelming. That’s what I repeatedly tell myself, overwhelmed as I am. I survey the twelve acres of publicly accessible Timberview Lodge property, amid the hundreds of acres not observable from here: The roofless Guest House, the damaged Main Lodge, the holes in the…

2/1/19 Logic Thwarts Medical Experts, or Not

Several times, I have had doctors ask me, “Do you have any medical training?” Formerly, I was asked it in the manner of a rebuke, as if physicians were implying that it was not possible for me to have any valid opinion about the rabbit hole I could see them going down, that it was…

1/31/19 Obscure Marx Brothers and Blood Cancers

This is a long read. I do not apologize.  Did you know there were five Marx brothers? Everyone knows Groucho, Harpo, and Chico. There were two more: Gummo and Zeppo. They weren’t nearly as well known. Rumor has it that there may be two more, younger, perhaps illegitimate brothers, heretofore unheard of. When it comes…