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Grasping at Straws

The modern phrase “grasping at straws” actually dates back to the 1500s and is mostly attributed to Thomas More and his “Dialogue of Comfort Against Tribulation.” He that in tribulation turneth himself unto worldly vanities, to get help and comfort by them, fareth like a man that in peril of drowning catcheth whatsoever cometh next …

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Photos

I used to be an avid photographer. I took classes. I traveled with my SLR and worked in a darkroom. Over the years, as photography became easier with digital cameras, I slowly dropped the habit from taking “serious” photos to catching snapshots…to…sadly…group selfies. Recently I bought a new DSLR, which I’ve only managed to get out …

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Healthy aging

We went to a lecture last night by a science journalist who has written a few books for Scientific America on brain health. There are many myths out there about the brain, and some interesting areas of research on the elements of healthy brains later in life. Here were my takeaways in terms of what …

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Unplugging

From sundown on Friday, March 1 to sundown on March 2 is National Day of Unplugging. This is how it’s described: Do you have multiple cell phones? Take your ipad to the beach on vacation? Ever find it hard to get through a conversation without posting an update to Facebook? Is your computer always on? …

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The new schedule

No chemo tomorrow. Instead, mom starts next Tuesday with a drug called Alimta. Apparently, it is quite well tolerated. She’ll take that once and then again three weeks later. Then we’ll see. Perhaps another CT scan?

A compelling image

I was struck by this image of children in PAKISTAN mourning for our lost children. The phrase  “v feel ur pain as u would feel our pain” is particularly poignant given the suffering that children in that country feel on a regular basis.    

Weighing In

My Facebook friends are likely sick of my gun control posts, so I’m turning here instead. The NRA today held their much-anticipated news conference, just one week after the slaughter of innocents in Connecticut (almost to the hour). Aside from the weird, paranoid, stream-of-consciousness rant (“..Add another hurricane, terrorist attack, or some other natural of …

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