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I truly believe that we will all live in peace and brotherhood someday. And so that I don't lose my faith in humanity, I will live my life as if that day had already happened.

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I lost a patient today.

She was a sweet lady that I had been visiting with for about a year and a half. She had poorly-controlled asthma, and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. The thing is, she had never smoked in her life. At least, not directly. Both of her parents were heavy smokers (and if you're reading this and you smoke, STOP SMOKING AROUND YOUR KIDS! )

The last couple of visits were difficult for her. She was always having difficulty breathing. In addition to her pulmonary problems, she also had severe anxiety, which didn't help her much when it came time to try and take a deep breath.

Anyway, she came in last week very dyspneic, sweating, and on-edge. I listened to her lungs, and instead of the usual wheezing, I heard a coarse rale in her left lower lobe. Her oxygen saturation was within normal limits, but between her respiratory distress, and that rale, I sent her to the ED for an emergency chest x-ray.

I found out this morning that they had admitted her, and then she coded: pulmonary embolism. They weren't able to get her back.

I'm going through the usual "What-more-could-I-have-done-for-her?" phase. She was only 60.

What's everybody drinking tonight?

I'm on my second pint of Mack & Jack's.

Dinner & drinks with Will Shakespeare.

Ask us anything...

Having some dinner and drinks with Will Shakespeare.

Ask us anything...

Any anti-Obama Democrats still out there?

Still upset that President Obama didn't take the whole country out for ice cream?

Wake up and look around, will you?

President Obama is the leader we should have had twenty years ago. Bill Clinton (whom I still admire greatly), but without the messy personal issues. A leader with amazing grace.

In honor of President Obama singing 'Amazing Grace', I offer another breathtakingly beautiful


Ladysmith Black Mombazo. It's a mashup with "Nearer My God To Thee" in the middle...

Like most of their music, it is unspeakably lovely..

Saturday, June 27th. The Weekend Edition of William Shakespeare's Thought For The Day.

"Now is the winter of our discontent...

...made glorious summer..."

Richard III, Act I, Scene 1, Lines 1-2.

What's everybody drinking tonight?

Having some pizza and drinking with Will Shakespeare. Ask us anything.

I gave will a nice imported Scottish ginger beer to try.

"Nice, that, lad. Sweet and yet tart. Like a gingery slap o' th'tongue".

Could someone help me pick a variety?

I'm thinking about trying pot again for the first time in about twenty years. I'll have an evening to myself, and I have work the next day. I'm looking for a fairly strong, pleasant high that won't affect me too badly the next day. I'm looking for an edible or drinkable strain. I don't smoke.

I live in Washington State where it is legal and over-the-counter. I expect the person behind the counter will be knowledgeable and helpful. But I'd like some pointers going in...


I found a fun way to shave and support local businesses at the same time: artisanal shaving soap.

I got a disc of shaving soap as a gift, even though I haven't used shaving soap in over twenty years. I dug out my old shaving mug and starting doing an old-fashioned brush-and-razor shave on the weekends and otherwise when I have time. (During the week, I only have time for a cream-shave before work.

Well, that gift soap started running out, so I found the local place that makes it and ordered a bunch more. They are local, family-owned, and make their soap from all-organic ingredients.

It smells great, and makes a prosaic task like shaving fun.
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