Risk Assessment

A twitter headline from UK paper The Independent caught my eye.  “Breastfeeding ‘can cut cancer by up to one fifth.’” I tried to tweet back 140 characters about assessing risk but like most topics in life, it’s much too complicated for such a limited platform. This is the part where the writer tries to explain […]

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Invisible Kids

I’m often asked to help promote something on this blog. As a general rule, I say no. But as that nonsensical adage goes, the exception proves the rule. Holly Schlaack is a force of nature. She and I attended the same high school, although I am a little older. We met through mutual local friends […]

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Pinkwashing Made Funny

Thank you to The Daily Show and Samantha Bee for taking this on, and way to go Breast Cancer Action and Karuna Jaggar! The Daily Show Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,The Daily Show on Facebook,Daily Show Video Archive Like this:Like Loading…

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…but I play one on tv.

I watched enough ER to be a doctor; enough Law and Order to be a lawyer. Enough NYPD Blue to be a detective. Enough of The Wire to be an expert in several areas including journalism, teaching, policing, union management, and running an empire in the shadow economy. I think we’ve all watched enough CSI to […]

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Birds and Rabbits, etc.

I have a lot more to say about what’s going on in our country, but I ran across an article that I feel compelled to share. I’m a big fan of numbers geek Nate Silver. I learned about him like most everyone else did, in the run-up to the 2012 election. He had it right, […]

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Powder Keg Nation

There’s a mess in Missouri. This nation has no shortage of armchair generals; I have no intention of enlisting. The only thing I know for sure about the events in Ferguson, MO on August 9th is that an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, was killed by police officer Darren Wilson. There are conflicting stories surrounding […]

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Happy Halloween

From the 1970s.  Early 1970s. (Matt – have a guess on the year?)  My brothers and I kind of look like extras for this season American Horror Story, no? Whenever revisit my past, I spend a second or two wondering, “Is THAT how I got cancer?”  (Yes, I understand why that line of thinking is […]

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Poetry Saturday

Sometimes when I stray from my own best path, I pile on the problems by avoiding coming back because I don’t want to answer the question, “OMG!!! WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU???” Sometimes there is no answer to that question.  Sometimes I just don’t want to share it. Today, I’ll let Marge Piercy do the talking. […]

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Special poetry

For the last year or so, it seems everywhere I look I find this poem. Not the poem itself, of course, but its meaning. I’ve been thinking a lot about how the key to life is acceptance. Maybe more importantly, how the key to suffering is dwelling upon all the ways that life isn’t what […]

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OMG. DRILL BITS?

I’ve been told that I’m missing that filter which stops a person from saying anything and everything which is on one’s mind.  Restraint, I think they call it. The Susan G Komen® Foundation (no longer for the cure, I suppose) seems to have that problem on a corporate level. Buckets of friend chicken slathered with pink […]

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