"Hal Ashby and the Making of Harold and Maude" by James A. Davidson

Quick Book Review: “Hal Ashby and the Making of Harold and Maude” by James A. Davidson

I go through phases where I don’t think about the movie Harold and Maude very much, and then I become obsessed with it again.  It’s my favorite movie; I find the humorous bits hilarious and the philosophical bits poignant and uplifting, and whenever there’s some kind of crisis (like 9-11 or the current corona pandemic), I find myself immersed in…

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Thoughts on the Coronavirus Pandemic – Part 3 (Finances)

Amongst the many news stories about the Coronavirus and how it has changed and affected everyone’s lives, there is no shortage of financial news.  The economy is effectively shut down. Most white collar workers have comfortably shifted to working from home. Blue collar workers and gig workers, however, are feeling the financial strain.  They’re waiting for their government checks while…

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Mission Rabies Ghana – Chapter 6: Visit to Adagya, and Fishing on the Lake

Today we went out to a very remote area today, a village called Adagya, and set up a static point clinic at another community maternity center.  Our team was me and Adusei, Charlotte, and a new Community Health Officer (CHO) named Naomi. And our driver, Moses, of course. We all met up at the base, loaded our bags, and headed…

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"Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Fariña, and Richard Fariña" by David Hajdu

Quick Book Review: “Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Fariña, and Richard Fariña” by David Hajdu

A well-written and detailed account of the intertwined lives of four prominent, larger-than-life fixtures of the folk music scene of the early 60s.  The book very effectively transports you back to those heady, exciting days of the Greenwich Village music clubs and cafes.  I really knew nothing about Joan Baez’s sister Mimi, nor anything about her enigmatic, fascinating husband, Richard…

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Kenya and Ethiopia – Part 14: Nai Nami: Nairobi Storytelling Tour with Street Children

Today was our last day in Africa, and it was a long one.   It started out with a very interesting tour.  This tour was called Nai Nami: Nairobi Storytelling Tour with Street Children.  It’s a tour conducted by five residents of Nairobi who have had very difficult lives as street kids.  They share their story of their former lives, and…

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fever in cats

Fever in Cats

When Peggy Lee sang “Fever isn’t such a new thing, fever started long time ago”, she wasn’t kidding.  Since the beginning of recorded history, fever has been a hallmark of disease.  Body temperature is regulated by a structure in the brain called the hypothalamus.  It controls the body’s “thermal set point” in very similar fashion to a thermostat. When body…

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