The Parakeet Handbook, by Anette Wolter & Immanuel Birmelin

My Copy: 0764110187 (image from bn.com) One thing I've learned about wanting to learn new things--and using books as a major resource--is that when it's a Barron's publication, you've got few worries. The same goes for The Parakeet Handbook. I like this book. It could use a few more illustrations, perhaps, but it's not overly … Continue reading The Parakeet Handbook, by Anette Wolter & Immanuel Birmelin

Q #129: Another COVID-19 question: They keep saying “make ventilators”. Okay, but who’s making gloves, gowns, & other PPE right now?

A comment from someone that I read today prompted this question. I get the need for ventilators for all the people who are coming down with the worst bits of this coronavirus. Obviously, there's a need. However, the longer this goes on, the more it feels like it's just tackling a small part of the … Continue reading Q #129: Another COVID-19 question: They keep saying “make ventilators”. Okay, but who’s making gloves, gowns, & other PPE right now?

This Michigan craziness reminds me why I am shutting down work while I’m ahead…

image from citizentruth.org Granted, the situation in Texas is VERY different than the one in Michigan. Michigan has more stringent measures put into place regarding business closures (which might make sense, considering the numbers dying up there right now). Of course, since state governments are trying to do the best they can--or at least some … Continue reading This Michigan craziness reminds me why I am shutting down work while I’m ahead…

Fatphobia in eating disorder recovery exists. And now my friend might die because of it.

I read this late last night and just couldn't believe the callous behavior from so-called health professionals. It's an awful story of prejudice, shaming, and cold disregard of someone who is calling for help...someone who I would like to meet because they seem to be a ray of sunshine in the world, even while struggling … Continue reading Fatphobia in eating disorder recovery exists. And now my friend might die because of it.

#019–What would it take to go from our current hodgepodge of public & private “healthcare” to universal healthcare in the U.S.?

Because healthcare is hard. More specifically, paying for the sonofabitch is what's so hard. We don't have the economy we used to have, and the insurance system we used to have, and the system in place that made it work because the jobs are gone that fed the beast well. And I don't mean the damned Obamacare/ACA thing everybody wants to bitch about.

#017–Who is really in charge of a patient’s health: the doctor, insurance, or Big Pharma?

Photo credit: Bill Brooks/Creative Commons I remember the first time I saw a prescription medication advertised on the t.v. It was either for Celebrex or Claritin, and at first I didn't pay much attention--I just thought it was a new drug to see in the store. Then they said the magic words: "Ask your doctor." … Continue reading #017–Who is really in charge of a patient’s health: the doctor, insurance, or Big Pharma?