Archives: 2011

Wednesday was Canceled this Week due to Cancer

December 23rd, 2011, No Comments

I dispensed with Wednesday this week. It isn’t as if it is anyone’s favorite day so I doubt it was sorely missed. I’m recuperating from surgery for “ductal carcinoma in-situ” or DCIS, the most common form of breast cancer. That puts me among the one in eight women who can expect to be diagnosed with […]

Dear Congressman Waxman…

October 2nd, 2011, No Comments

Tonight I sent an email to Congressman Henry Waxman, who was instrumental in obtaining the passage of the “No Fear Act“, promising government employees that they cannot be subjected to reprisals when reporting legal and/or ethical violations by fellow employees and superiors in their workplaces. This was important landmark legislation since reprisals are a well […]

Android Killed in Car Crash, Services Held in NY

August 4th, 2011, No Comments

Modern life is filled with “hi-tech” objects about which we know relatively little. Take our “smart phones”, for example. I bought an ‘android’ phone during my year-long stay in California, which appeared to have a life of its own. I will refrain from mentioning the brand, having no concept of whether this problem crosses all […]

Labels: Who Decides the Wording?

July 3rd, 2011, No Comments

Having spent the past year in California, I just returned to the East coast to obtain medical care and re-experience life amidst the diversity and drive of my former neighbors, the inimitable population of New York State. Of course, these days are fraught with rapidly disappearing rights of access to such necessities as jobs, housing […]

Medicare Miracle

June 9th, 2011, No Comments

During my recent posting hiatus, I was in search of supplemental medicare policies. Due to the fact I became a Medicare recipient at an unusually young age, such policies were not available through private companies. Fortunately, there was an excellent policy available to me because my father is a World War II veteran. This was […]

Redefining Capitalism- No Need!

April 22nd, 2011, No Comments

Paul Krugman’s column today is precisely the answer to our dogmatic allegiance to the word, “Capitalism”. When George W. Bush referred to us all as consumers, rather than citizens, it communicated the concept that our status had changed as residents. In addition, every single product and service in existence was somehow a commodity for purchase […]

Apropos of S.F.’s ‘Millions Against Monsanto March’… Why We Can’t Win (Yet)

April 7th, 2011, No Comments

While looking at the announcement for this weekend’s demonstration in San Francisco regarding the ever-rising dissatisfaction of the public with unknown ‘tinkering’ in genetics and the food supply, I read a notice sent to me by the New York State Attorney General’s office. An appeal to them was made when it became apparent to me […]

Time for Activists to Unite – Protest Harassment for your Peaceful Work

April 6th, 2011, No Comments

When can you be certain that you are being targeted for your work? Well, verbal threats tell you when delivered in person (on several occasions) and the ones which come through the email are always entertaining. However, when Park Rangers tell you that they have never heard of any parked car in the lots of […]


April 3rd, 2011, No Comments

Nicholas Kristof always manages to raise our hopes for a future without oppression even as he details life at its worst for people (often women) around the world. In his latest column, he reminds us that the horrors of war are solely justifiable in the effort to preserve life. How can we condemn or ignore […]

EPA Under Attack

April 1st, 2011, No Comments

I’m not a big fan of mass petitions because most agencies will not count multiple signatories using a standard, suggested text. In many cases, identical letters are counted as a single submission but many disabled, ‘armchair activists’ can’t do more than press a few keys to express our wishes. To you, I commend even that […]

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