HOME REMEDIES: simple (sometimes simplistic) “cures” for illness originating from a household kitchen


I suspect that there are some of you reading this who will remember this scene: I was a kid, and I had chronic bronchitis. (I still have it.)  Every January I would start coughing and it would last for a month.  In the early stages, however, my grandmother would go to the kitchen, lightly toast […]

DEATH : the act of dying; the end of life; the total and permanent cessation of all the vital functions of an organism. the act of dying; the end of life; the total and permanent cessation of all the vital functions of an organism.

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I spent part of this morning watching portions of the Mass of Christian Burial for Vincent (Buddy) Cianci, former Mayor of the City of Providence.  It was held in the Roman Catholic Cathedral with the Bishop of Providence Presiding.   I was not a real fan of Buddy Cianci, but his death has caused a great […]

UNFILIAL: not observing the obligations of a child to a parent

Jackie Kay column

My wife’s professional life surrounds the situation of people and families experiencing the diseases of dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease.   Consequently, she meets all kinds of situations, including those in which adult children have rejected or ignored the needs of their elderly parents. It isn’t always as horrible and negative as it may seem when you first read […]

CARIBBEAN: the ocean and islands southeast of the United States


There has been a several-decades old argument over the pronunciation of the magnificent islands and waters to the southeast of Florida and just above South America.  Bounded by the Caribbean Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean, it is a fantasy-land of serene, idyllic islands, palm trees, sandy beaches and warm breezes. Some call it [ka-rih-BEE’-uhn] and […]

HATE: intense dislike; extreme aversion or hostility.


Over the past week I have encountered any number of people who said to me, “I hate Tom Brady.” As a fan of the New England Patriots I found these comments to be particularly painful.  I understand that the comment is probably not meant to be taken literally, but how can I hear it any […]

PHARMACY: a drugstore


I’ve just made the decision to leave my “mail order” pharmacy and return to purchasing my prescriptions at my local pharmacy.  I like my local drugstore and I like the idea of knowing the person on the other end of my prescriptions.  It’s just up the street, and it’s just as easy for me to […]