Animals, Farming, Healthcare, Rural Living

Reflections On a Childhood Hymn

Two things got me thinking of this "oldie but goodie" post, first published on Ricochet in 2014: First, I inspected the nether regions of a few of my ewes the other day, in order to adjudge the imminence of any blessed events.  (Another couple of weeks, I think; things generally start popping around here in… Continue reading Reflections On a Childhood Hymn

Animals, Farming, Healthcare, Pets and Livestock, Rural Living

How To Bring Down The High Cost of Healthcare: RWKJ’s Medical Plan!

It seems that it's about time for the regular pre-election "Let's Fix the High Cost of Healthcare Once And For All!" national political posturing extravaganza, so I thought I'd throw in my two cents, and present what I'm pretty sure is a unique and extraordinarily effective solution. I’ve alluded to this subject in a few… Continue reading How To Bring Down The High Cost of Healthcare: RWKJ’s Medical Plan!

Family, Healthcare

Being ‘In the Moment’ With Our Loved Ones As They Age

As some of you know, Mr. Right isn’t very well, and he suffers from numerous comorbidities (one of the terms of 2020, along with “social distancing” and “an abundance of caution” that I’ll be glad to see the back of, hopefully soon) that make him especially vulnerable to infection and which have made it difficult… Continue reading Being ‘In the Moment’ With Our Loved Ones As They Age

Healthcare, Politics

A Tale of Two News Stories

News story #1: New York City auctioned off extra ventilators due to cost of maintenance. Yes, they did. Hundreds of them. Ventilators acquired by “Mini Mike” Bloomberg in 2006, in response to a new far-eastern flu strain. As part of that response, and in anticipation of an epidemic, New York City stockpiled ventilators and facemasks.… Continue reading A Tale of Two News Stories

Healthcare, Rural Living

Remember When ‘Fresh Air’ Was A Good Thing? I Do.

Journal of Public Health, written in 2015, and titled “The Open-Air Treatment of PANDEMIC INFLUENZA.” (No, I’m not shouting, the term is capitalized in the article title.) The authors seem competent, literate, rational and sane, and the details presented are many and compelling. Sources are painstakingly referenced and footnoted. It recapitulates the history, and efforts… Continue reading Remember When ‘Fresh Air’ Was A Good Thing? I Do.