PALLIATIVE CARE: relieving pain or alleviating a problem without dealing with the underlying cause.

I started this posting yesterday, only to discover that I was off the mark in my explanation of what we mean when we talk about palliative care for patients.  It is important to stress that palliative care is a medical program offered to patients at various levels of the seriousness of their illness.  The program is […]

GLOBAL: a way of thinking that goes beyond one’s local issues


There was a time when it seemed as if one’s thinking about such issues as conservation, farming, industrial development, and similar statistics could be restricted to what happened within the region in which one lived or worked.   After all, how I plowed my fields, planted my products, or fertilized the earth  was something that went […]

Burglar in the House : a short-short story by Jed Waverly


It was a dark and stormy night. Rick and Sarah were comfortably asleep in their second floor master bedroom.  It had been a long day, and sleep came easily to them. They had arrived home just before midnight, having driven through the storm, avoiding tree limbs falling, flooded streets, and live wires every place.  The […]

SESSIONABLE: a beer with lower alcohol content designed to be drunk in “sessions”


  WARNING:  THIS IS NOT A POLITICAL POST.  IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF YOUR DAILY ‘FIX” ON THE LATEST ON THE ELECTIONS, THIS IS NOT FOR YOU.  BUT IT MIGHT BE A NICE DIVERSION! _________________________________________ My friend, Rich, posted a message on Facebook saying that he had been hearing the term “sessionable” lately and […]

ALTRUISTIC [al-troo-IS-tik] :unselfishly concerned for or devoted to the welfare of others


  Altruism is either highly respected or scorned as being unrealistic.  After all, it is an altruistic person who, in the language of the ages, “will give you the shirt off his back.”  Even in the face of self-deprivation and suffering, the altruistic person will seek to make you comfortable, even if it means that […]

LOGISTICS [loh-JIS-tiks]: the planning, implementation, and coordination of the details of a business or other operation


When traveling throughout the United States we continually come across moving vans on the road.  Having moved as many times as we have, we are attracted to the image. It is then that I discover the word on the truck about which I’m curious.  Logistics.  Now, from my perspective, logistics is a word associated with […]