Monthly Archives: June 2013

The Morons at DOH


I don’t know when it went bad.  I turned out my light at 10:00 p.m. but didn’t go to sleep.  Not upset or anything—no idea why I wasn’t sleepy—so I got up and went out to the nurses’ station where … Continue reading

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“Main Women of the Leagues”


President Lyndon Johnson launched the Great Society in the 1960’s, which included dividing the country into nineteen areas and setting up federal educational research laboratories in each one.  The area that included New York State got ERIE—the Eastern Regional Institute … Continue reading

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How to Move (and Survive)


First, you need to understand that moving is the third most stressful event that will occur in your life.  According to stress-test rankings, the worst thing is death of a loved one and the second-worst is divorce.  After that:  MOVING. … Continue reading

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“So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish”*


Bob, I’m having trouble using the computer today; will you please forward to all the usual suspects? I’m moving to the Iroquois nursing home today.  That’s pretty scary.  Huh!  The rest of my life . . . I have acquired … Continue reading

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Rich White Guys


In 1972, Lt. Robert Dobrow, USMC, told me that I think like a man and feel like a woman.  It was the year Rep. Shirley Chisholm (D-NY) ran for president. “Chisholm’s campaign slogan, ‘unbought and unbossed,’ was more than a … Continue reading

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Body from Soul


At 2:00 a.m. I am suddenly wide awake, needing to get to the bathroom to poop.  There isn’t time to press the call bell.  I struggle to the bathroom—and it is a struggle—and then back to bed.  I press the … Continue reading

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Silly Me


Monday mornings in a hospital are sort of like the day after a 5-year-old’s birthday party:  there’s a lot of stuff to be cleaned up, explanations are needed, insurance claims have to be filed, and so forth. My day started … Continue reading

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