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$71? You’ve Got to be Kidding.


It is 7:25 a.m. and the sun is peering bleakly through a haze. The temperature is eight but feels like -12. It is predicted to go up to a blazing 11 degrees this afternoon. “Niagara Falls freezes over” is today’s … Continue reading

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A Day in the Life of an Activist


It is 7:23 a.m. and the sun is rising over Syracuse; the temperature is zero. I always find zero a particularly dispiriting temperature, rather like a flat line on an EKG: everything has come to a halt; life is over. … Continue reading

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Government Employees–Beyond Improvement?


It is 7:27 a.m. and the sun is rising over Syracuse. Chimney smoke flows flat across the city: the temperature is -4. Why does the smoke flow flat when it’s icy cold? I’ve been watching it for years and when … Continue reading

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Recovery, Chronic Fatigue and Depression (Part II)


Healthy diet I have diabetes mellitus, type 2, and am overweight.  My glucose was too high so I worked with a dietician to get on a proper healthy diet.  For people with diabetes, the hemoglobin A1C test results should be … Continue reading

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From There to Here


As an advocate/activist, one of the things I’ve learned to do when I’m stuck is go back and follow up on all previous contacts.  On Wednesday, July 24, I was stuck.  I’d been sitting in an isolation room at Crouse for … Continue reading

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Power: The Cure for Depression


I was a formerly depressed person.  Sometime after I stopped taking antidepressants—but was still frequently depressed—Mary Lou Rubenstein, a friend, told me that the trigger for depression is the perception of powerlessness.  Everybody in her family was depressed—parents, siblings and children—but she … Continue reading

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The Call


In church, they preached from the lectionary.  (“A lectionary is a book or listing that contains a collection of scripture readings appointed for Christian or Judaic worship on a given day or occasion.”  Wikipedia)  The lectionary presents the same scripture readings … Continue reading

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