8/14/17 Moral Preening

PREEN…….verb (of a bird) tidy and clean its feathers with its beak. “reed buntings preened at the pool’s edge.” with object “the pigeon preened her feathers” also preen oneself (of a person) devote effort to making oneself look attractive and then admire one’s appearance.‘adolescents preening in their bedroom mirrors’ also preen oneself Congratulate or pride…

8/2/17 The Real Deal

Born to a sharecropper in Texas, whose father abandoned him, his mother, and his eleven brothers and sisters when he was a teenager, whose mother died just a short year after his father left, Audie Murphy did not have an easy childhood. Because of his small size and age, he was denied entrance into the…

7/26/17 Nearly All of Western Civilization Captured in One Photo

First, thanks to Sharon Collie Northern for the writing prompt. The seemingly uninteresting photograph bears a closer look. It has just about the most important things we posses that allows us modern civilization as we know it. The ancient Greeks gave us philosophy, drama, sculpture, art, and architecture devoted to their pantheon that was inspiring,…

7/25/17 A Good Trip

Any trip to BATCC where you get good news is a good trip. My good news is that, in spite of my apprehensions, I am pretty stable and doing well after 15 months on the Ruxolitinib. My White Blood Cell count is high, of course, but less than the last trip as last time I…

7/24/17 Restless Apprehension

Sleepless in Houston is much less romantic than Sleepless in Seattle. But my having to type this on my phone will relieve you of some restlessness due to its brevity, and likely amuse you with egregious typographic errors. They always pop up when I try this. Editing one’s own writing is hard enough as it…

7/23/13 One Year in on the Ruxolitinib Trial

I am in Houston for a checkup. A couple of changes in my RLS medicine has me sleeping much better. The Ruxolitinib seems to be doing its job well. All in all, I am pleased. At least I am pleased tonight…I may be less so after my checkup tomorrow, but I expect good things. I…

7/18/17 Defending Borders

I defend borders all the time. So do you, every time you lock your door, every time you go out into your fenced in back yard and later complain to your neighbor that his dog has done its business there, leaving it for you to clean up, but only after you have stepped in the…