Monthly Archives: January 2018

Pills & Pain

There have been some scary times lately. I’ve developed a couple of physical conditions that cause enough pain to keep me up at night or waken me if I’m asleep. I have tried over-the-counter pain meds and they’ve had no … Continue reading

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Teeth

I got a tooth pulled today. I don’t remember that last time that happened, but I do recall with alarming clarity the hours spent in dentists’ chairs when I was a kid in Paris. Post-war France—and Europe in general—was impoverished … Continue reading

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Cancer Death Rates Continue to Drop.

This is an interesting story published recently by The Washington Post. “The nation’s overall cancer death rate declined 1.7 percent in 2015, the latest indication of steady, long-term progress against the disease, according to a new report by the American … Continue reading

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J’Accuse

On January 13, 1898, the noted French writer Émile Zola used the front page of L’Aurore, one of France’s leading newspaper, to publish an open letter to the French President. He accused the military and the government of framing Alfred … Continue reading

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A Small and Secret War

The woman was dressed in too many layers of black for a spring-like winter day. Her dreadlocks were soaked from the misting rain and her possessions were stacked on the sidewalk next to a bench. Three large Target bags, two … Continue reading

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