Monthly Archives: August 2010

Under a Waning Moon


Around 1982, Dr. Jenifer Rich prescribed lithium for my bipolar depression.  She failed to monitor it.  She should have checked lithium levels every two months, kidney function every six months, and cardiac function once a year.  I didn’t know; I … Continue reading

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Comes the Exterminator


It took a year for my sister’s to divvy up my mom’s personal effects and send some things on to me.  Included were the “Memoirs of Elizabeth Hope Copeland Woodlen,” which are two volumes of essays my mother wrote and … Continue reading

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Fly Now


            Yesterday I was reading an old book, one of Gordon Baxter’s.  Bax was a pilot who flew everything he could get his hands on, and he was a writer.  He wrote the love stories of flying.  His column, Bax … Continue reading

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Annie’s Kickin’ Beef Stew


Spray crock pot with non-stick stuff. Mix the following on the bottom: 1 cup potatoes with skin on, cut in 1-inch cubes 1½ cups carrots cut in 1-inch pieces 1½ cups onions cut in 1-inch cubes On top of that, … Continue reading

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The Spirit without Drugs


I took drugs every day for twenty-six years.  They were all prescribed by physicians, but I make no distinction between the drugs you prescribe for yourself and the drugs your doctor prescribes you:  they’re all chemical cocktails to alter your … Continue reading

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The $5.2 Million Man: When Is It Time To Die?


Five-point-two million dollars were spent to keep one 69-year-old retired prison guard alive in the Duke University Hospital ICU for 34 days; he was then discharged to death.  His wife said, “I was just hoping it would save my husband’s … Continue reading

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Wallenda on the Wire


Karl Wallenda created his crowning achievement — the seven-person chair pyramid.  Four men stood on a wire 35 feet in the air [without a net], two pairs yoked together by shoulder bars.  On top of them on the second level … Continue reading

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