political

Don’t you want a doctor who cares about all of you?

Don’t you want a doctor who cares about all of you?

A rather backwards and whiny WSJ OpEd titled “Take Two Aspirin and Call Me By My Pronouns” has sparked an explosive backlash from the larger medical community, and with good reason. Physician Stanley Goldfarb, retired dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, laments […]

Real Veterans on Veteran’s Day

Real Veterans on Veteran’s Day

It’s the middle of the day on Veteran’s Day 2018, and not too late, I hope, to share a few words from some real veterans, and heroes. There is little need to comment any further on any of these words, impressive reflections of wisdom, and […]

Voting Is Contagious

Voting Is Contagious

I believe every vote matters. If you don’t believe that, then let me tell you why you’re wrong:  Because voting is, in fact, contagious. The behavior of one individual can widely impact the behavior of their social circle, and  this particularly applies to political behavior. […]

Can’t Blog Without a Free Press

Can’t Blog Without a Free Press

When I was a kid, we would go to Guatemala to visit family. During that time, various and sundry military dictatorships wrangled for power, and we witnessed the Army searching people, bombing homes. Family members were murdered. The press was censored at best, controlled at […]

Physicians Are Standing Up and Speaking Out

Physicians Are Standing Up and Speaking Out

If any physician suspects that a child (or an elder) is being abused, they are legally required to call the appropriate authorities. When Washington D.C. pediatrician Sanjiv Sriram saw that children were being abused, he did just that. He called Child Protective Services… on the […]

Memorial Day, Explained Better Than I Could

Memorial Day, Explained Better Than I Could

“Memorial day quotes” is a thing. People are seriously seeking inspiration and meaning on this holiday. I thought it would be difficult to find a few good, powerful, slightly subversive and yet unarguably patriotic quotes from respectable famous people. But no: this was easy, and […]

Science vs. Bullshit: Dr. Jen Gunter battles falsehood with facts, again

Science vs. Bullshit: Dr. Jen Gunter battles falsehood with facts, again

I hesitated  for about a millisecond before placing that swear word in the title. But it’s the least I can do to honor my favorite F-bomb-tossing social-media-savvy OB/GYN. Dr. Gunter has enjoyed some solidly positive news coverage for her lively Twitter takedown of GOOP, Gwyneth […]

I’m at a loss here. 

I’m at a loss here. 

It’s August. I did have a few summery, lighthearted posts lined up.  But then we had serious threats of nuclear warfare with North Korea, and I made the mistake of reading this potentially useful article about how to survive after an atomic bomb detonates near […]

Real Heroes

Real Heroes

Memorial Day is a holiday for honoring those who died for our country, and traditionally, we remember all the men and women who gave their lives while serving in the United States military: real heroes.  Then, this weekend: the Oregon MAX train attack. A promising […]

Quality American Civics Lesson

Quality American Civics Lesson

“Mama, this is a very pretty march! So many people are wearing pink, and so many signs are pink, and even have kitties on them!” So observed my five-year-old girlie-girl daughter yesterday, Saturday, January 21st. There were marches in support of women’s rights (and everyone’s […]