Doomed

I am, by nature, a sunny side up kind of gal. I believe there is a basic benevolence to the universe and that the true nature of all its components is goodness. A go-to explanation of mine paraphrases Sharon Salzberg – all beings want to be happy and that urge is righteous. However, ignorance is a […]

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Moving On, Not Forgetting

It’s tempting to reduce life to a meme, to a slogan. The process shrinks a big scary world into something small enough to be folded, put away, stored until you need it. On their best days, memes point you in the direction of truth. On their worst, they are jingoistic rallying cries, desert mirages, a fence […]

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Melt The Guns

“We do not have to accept this carnage as the price of freedom.” ~ President Barack Obama, 1/5/16 “I reject the notion that this is an acceptable price of freedom.” ~ Me, 12/4/15 “Second Amendment rights are important, but there are other rights that we care about as well. And we have to be able […]

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Not one little bit.

“So do something fast,” said the fish. “Do you hear? I saw her. Your mother! Your mother is near! As fast as you can, think of something to do! You will have to get rid of Thing One and Thing Two!” Dr Seuss This guy, the Fish in the Pot, is the buzzkill of one […]

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More Medical Reporting

I woke up to the news today that the WHO is releasing a report saying that processed meats cause cancer and red meat probably does too. I haven’t read the WHO release yet, but here’s what I gleaned from the WaPo reporting. We’re talking about colorectal cancer. If you eat an “additional” 100 grams of […]

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ACS Screening Guidelines

The American Cancer Society released new guidelines this week for breast cancer screening. We live in a headline driven world, so despite the complexity of the guidelines, I think most people saw only this sort of thing: Cancer group’s mammogram advice: Start later and get fewer. My heart sank a bit when I heard that […]

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The Awareness Trap

Pink ribbon culture is like any other cultural system. It has both intended and unintended consequences. If both are identified, then people can determine how to maximize the benefits and minimize the costs. (Gayle Sulik, Pink Ribbon Blues: How Breast Cancer Culture Undermines Women’s Health, 2011, p 19) Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) did not spring […]

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Have You Heard About That Pope Guy?

(dear email subscribers – sorry for the double ding) If you haven’t, you should see your doctor immediately. You’ve likely just awakened from a coma. Like millions of others, I find this man intriguing. He has the attention of the world and speaks of mercy, peace, unity, and compassion. Early in his papacy, he criticized […]

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Binx, 9/27/02-10/02/15

It’s with an extreme weight of sadness that I announce our family pet died this morning. I know he wasn’t a person, but he was a vital member of our family. Some people think that you can’t bond with cats like you can with dogs, but those people never met Binx. I can’t say more […]

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October Eve

Cancer exacted a heavy toll from me in almost every imaginable way, including co-opting my favorite month. It ends here. I’m depinking October. I firmly believe the days of dominance for pink ribbon Doritos are over and while I fully expect to see a wall of pink ribbon Mike’s Hard Lemonade at my local Kroger […]

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