Doctor’s Prescription

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Just recently saw my doctor for a follow-up and a referral to a specialist. All is fairly ideal and/or needing minor tweaks to optimal. Health is one of those things we kinda take for granted till some thing gnaws at us as acute or chronic. Then, it really does effect EVERYTHING: the day, the week, the month, the World we live in. So appreciative to have my health and limbs and sight and… I’ve known him for over 10 years and just now heard an in-depth personal history he shared. In our conversation about my book reading he casually shared how his mom had committed suicide when he was 10. His father was a never-around alcoholic womanizer so my doctor … Read More

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The Backside of History

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In the United States, in 1894, the Greenbackers, a party wanting to detach the dollar from gold entirely, to allow the government to spend freely on job creation campaigns, invented the idea of March on Washington.  L.Frank Baum’s book, The Wizard of Oz , appeared in 1900 and is said to be a parable for the Populist campaign of William Jennings Bryan, whom had run for president twice on the notion of replacing the gold standard with a bimetallic system, adding silver. As with the Greenbackers, one of the main constituencies for the movement was debtors: particularly, Midwestern farm families such as Dorothy’s, who’d been facing a massive wave of foreclosures since the recession of the 1890’s. According to the … Read More

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Four Feast and One Foodie

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In a compulsive desire to absorb as much as I can, I always stack my reading: magazines and books of varying degree and topic. Its easier to read a narrative and a non-fiction simultaneously as the themes never seem to over-lap. This past month proved a different fate. I found myself engrossed with one omnivore frenchman, a conscientious omnivore, a “frenchie” baker, and an alternative baker. The fast and delightful read was David Lebovitz’s “The Sweet Life in Paris.” I have taken his item-specific classes when he passed through Dallas on occasion, (i.e chocolate series and ice cream making) so i was excited to get ahold of a more personal scoop on the man. He is very whimsical with ideas … Read More

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