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Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Death Scares Me for a Different Reason

The same medication that I take every day, in doses that would leave most of you passed out cold or hospitalized or dead, directly led to Hoffman being discovered in his apartment with a needle in his arm.

You Have NO Excuse for Parking in a Handicapped Spot without a Legit Tag. Really. None.

Every summer for the past five years, I have taken my kids to swim lessons at a local outdoor pool. The main parking lot is at the bottom of a steep, long hill, with the pool and locker rooms at the top of the hill. Signs clearly indicate that the only...

[Me & My Naturopath] When Nothing Works

This is the third post in which I discuss my efforts to deal with chronic arthritis pain through naturopathy. Read the first and second posts here and here.  So. I went to a naturopath in March hoping—believing—that something would help. Knowing t...

Everyday Resurrections (& a New Bench)

This post is very slightly edited from its original version published last August. You’ll note that I now have a new, much more attractive and comfortable bench to sit on as I work and keep an eye on the dog and soak up the sun.  I spend several...

[Me & My Naturopath] Why I’m a Hopeful Skeptic

Fed up with my increasing impairment due to chronic pain, I went to see a naturopath last week. I left her office with plans and recommendations for a five-pronged approach to lessening my pain, and increasing my strength and function: 1. Weekly acupun...

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