Archive for March, 2012

Legalized gambling (aka the lottery)

March 31, 2012

The fever this evening in Georgia and 47 other states has people dreaming more than ever.  There could be worse ways to spend a dollar.

Fungus inspection

March 30, 2012

It’s been almost 2 months since my first laser treatment for toe nail fungus.  Today (Thursday) I went back for a checkup.  Podiatrist Dr. William Stoll tells me the laser treatment is doing its job..   The fungus-infected nails are growing out and being replaced by the fungus-free variety.   Dr. Stoll doubts it’ll allow me to run any faster, but the toe nails should look be looking much better before the end of the year.  That’ll be good!

Conversations about news coverage…

March 29, 2012

This is a group of “seniors” assembling for a class at Mercer University in Atlanta.  It’s a non-credit course attended by people who already have succeeded in their careers.  They’re here to learn for the sake of learning.  They invited me to lead this once–a-week 8-week course.  Today (Wednesday) was our first session.  We got acquainted and learned a few things about each other.   Their credentials are impressive.    We spent several minutes talking about their impressions of the news media.  For the most part, they are not favorably impressed.  Admittedly, they are an atypical group contrasted with the “focus” groups the media question to help detrmine their direction.  Nevertheless, with these seniors’ permission, we’ll hear from some of them as the Mercer Senior University course continues.

Erectile dysfunction…

March 28, 2012

Commercials in the media talking about treatent for erectile dysfunction have become common-place….almost as much as lawyers seeking clients who may have personal injuries or illnesses.  I don’t like either, but recognize that if the ads didn’t produce results, they wouldn’t be spending the money on them.  Those who object can turn down the sound, not read the newspaper, or smile and believe that this too shall pass.

Mistaking Murine (cont’d)

March 27, 2012

In a little blue couch, I carry the prescription eyedrops for my right eye recovering from cataract surgery.  Also in the bag were what I thought were over-the-counter drops for dry eyes to be used in my already recovered left eye.  The left had the cataract surgery more than a month ago..  After putting the prescription drops in my right eye, I reached for the murine drops for my left.  No sooner had I squeezed the container over my left eye than it began to burn intensely.   I screamed aloud and rushed to the sink to wash out the Murine drops.  After the pain eased, I read the label on the Murine container again.  In big bold letters was the word MURINE   Underneath in smaller letters, it tells us it’s for the ears.  I now know that all Murine is not for the eyes…..despite the advertising phrase I first heard many years ago:  “Murine for the eyes”.    If my eyes and I are going to survive, I’ll have to a better job of keeping up with the changes.

Mistaking Murine..

March 26, 2012

Since I was a boy, I’ve heard and read the commercial that says, “Murine For The Eyes.”  Over the weekend I learned the hard way  that all murine is NOT for the eyes.  I’ll explain in my next posting.



March 25, 2012

The Fox network’sl series called “Touch”  with a supernatural theme played on my TV this evening.  I recorded the pilot and first episode Thursday.  It stars Donald Sutherland’s son, Kiefer.  The first two episodes of “Touch” did not touch me. I’ll be surprised if it survives.   If “Touch” makes it into a second season, it won’t be the first time I was surprised.

Commenting on the health of a friend battling cancer

March 24, 2012

A person that I assume is an agnotic writes, “….if there is a God, he’s(sic) going to  have a lot to answer for….”

Not to us He isn’t.    Don

It’s miraculous!

March 23, 2012

This was the third day after cataract surgery and implanting a multi-focus lens in my right eye.  I’m wearing a pair of non-prescription sun glasses.   Both eyes now have the multi-focus lens.   I’m seeing clearly at all distances.  I’m able to read the fine print and am told by the doctors that it’s going to get even better.  God performed this miracle thru Opthalmologist Dr. Jason Brody, Optometrist Mel Weiss and their excellent teams.  Hallelujah!!

“The Right Stuff”

March 22, 2012

This evening, I watched the 1983 movie, “The Right Stuff” based on Tom Wolfe’s book about our Mercury Astronauts,  the first group of 7.   Ed Harris plays the part of John Glenn, later a Senator from Ohio and candidate for his party’s nomination for President.   It occurred to me that based on Harris’ portrayal of Glenn, we may have missed a grand opportunity.    It’s too bad a man like Glenn is not around for us to choose today.  He had the right stuff.