Category Archives: Health

Big Fires Everywhere…

“Extremely dense & tall smoke plumes from numerous large wildfires, some of which have been generating nocturnal pyrocumulonimbus clouds (fire thunderstorms), are almost completely blocking out the sun across some portions of Northern California this morning.” –Climate Scientist Daniel Swain … Continue reading

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Coronavirus Dispatch #2: Andrew Cuomo Is Awesome

It helps to watch New York Governor Andrew Cuomo‘s measured, eloquent press conferences in the mornings. I watch them on CNN; I think MSNBC carries them as well. Here he is today, asked about what he would tell people who … Continue reading

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Coronavirus Dispatch #1

Here’s how it started, at least the official story, from a site called CIDRAP (Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy) that I just happened upon today on the web: “As suspected, a novel coronavirus has been identified in some … Continue reading

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Review: Between Heaven and Hell by David Talbot

Between Heaven and Hell: The Story of My Stroke (Chronicle Prism, 176 pp, $22.95, January 2020) David Talbot—journalist, popular historian, longtime San Francisco resident, and author of Season of the Witch—has written a surprisingly vulnerable, intimate, often funny and engaging … Continue reading

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Beto and Pete: A Tale of Two Articles

In this election season, good journalism is important. But what happens when “good journalism” comes up against people’s uncritical adoration of a candidate? We all know the stereotype of the “hit piece.” In Janet Malcolm‘s 1990 book The Journalist and … Continue reading

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‘ADD & Romance’ Author Gives Intimacy Tips for Valentine’s Day

As promised, here is a little article that I dug up from my files about Valentine’s Day and keeping intimacy alive in your relationship. Although it was originally written with AD/HD in mind, in this world of screens and hyper-busyness … Continue reading

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Ebola…Now a Global Crisis

I’ve been following the course of the Ebola outbreak with increasing dread. The Ebola virus was discovered in 1976 but never spread outside remote African villages till the latest outbreak in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, where the disease is … Continue reading

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Please, Mr. Postette

The East Bay Express ran an interesting story last month about a Berkeley (or Oakland) man who leaves colorful Post-it notes—expressing various positive sentiments—all over town (on bikes, bus windows, cafe tables). The man prefers to remain anonymous; the article … Continue reading

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…and Happy New Year 2014

Twenty-fourteen has started with a nice little burst of energy. I got the flu in late December (it may very well have been swine flu, since H1N1 is a predominant strain this year) and was knocked flat on my back … Continue reading

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Fukushima: Pacific Ocean poisoned, millions at risk!

Fukushima: Pacific Ocean poisoned, millions at risk!. An important issue, which I decided to reblog. Click the above link for more info… And here’s an excellent article from the Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/09/fukushima-fallout-threatens-fishermens-livelihoods It reminds me of the Chernobyl disaster, which happened … Continue reading

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