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Murder Most Unknowable

Murder Most Unknowable

Murder most unknowable is not a television series and it is not a drama of the stage. It is our current US production, played out in movie theaters, navy yards, schools and college campuses. In modern times, it typically casts young white males for the part of the murderer, although occasionally there is a diversity […]

The Art of Moving (Satire)

The Art of Moving (Satire)

The art of moving is not one easily achieved. You may naively think that it is only boxes, tape and blankets the first time you move, but after that it is you against government-grade tape and the dreaded book boxes. It is paper cuts and back aches, as well as the studying of the angles […]

Atticus Is a Dog Worth Knowing

Atticus Is a Dog Worth Knowing

Atticus is a dog worth knowing. I met him in the now usual way, on Facebook, five years ago. The circumstances were slightly serendipitous, however, since the woman I met shared the same name as myself, and had a Facebook group for all us Lisa Pickerings. When I got the invitation, I thought, “Why not?” […]

A Lymphedema Journey

A Lymphedema Journey

A lymphedema journey can be a very difficult one for it is a chronic, incurable, and only manageable condition. My particular path since recovering from breast cancer surgeries and treatments has challenged me in ways I never imagined.  Since being afflicted with lymphedema, well-meaning friends and relatives have inquired, “Do you really have to wear […]

St Patricks Day a Monday Full of Malarkey

St Patricks Day a Monday Full of Malarkey

  St Patricks Day is a Monday full of malarkey, which may distract us from our economic woes if just for a day. The National Retail Federation (NRF) is predicting that many will come out of their extended winter doldrums and spend money on costumes, food and entertainment in search of a way to shake […]

March Frozen Food Month Reigns

March Frozen Food Month Reigns

March Frozen Food Month reigns. For those who are not aware that March holds such a treasured day, clean out the freezers and get frozen! The National Frozen and Refrigerated Foods Association (NFRA) kicked off its 31st annual event by announcing a consumer $10,000 sweepstakes and a Facebook Freezer Giveaway. Every week, for four weeks, […]

Jane Goodall and the Courage of Her Convictions

Jane Goodall and the Courage of Her Convictions

Jane Goodall, speaking at the University of Iowa, had the courage of her convictions while studying primates in the wild. The 79-year-old scientist spoke to 5,000 university faculty, students, K-12 students, and members of the community. Her words were inspirational and timely, as she shared her experiences and encouraged more academics to believe in themselves […]

Candy Speaks to the Times

Candy Speaks to the Times

Candy speaks to the times in interesting ways. By looking at the confections enjoyed over America’s history, it is possible to see how people lived and what they aspired to in life. Whether it is candy canes in a glass jar, astronaut-centered snacks or sour candy, the tastes of the nation bespeak the fads and […]

Prescription Pill Poppers to Be Checked

Prescription Pill Poppers to Be Checked

Prescription pill poppers are to be checked by a new Oklahoma law that includes the carrying of prescription medicines for non-medical use as trafficking. The law will prevail as long as it is approved by the Oklahoma Senate.  The author of the bill, State Representative Pat Ownby, a Republican, received unanimous support in the House. […]

Diabetes Can Be Cured by Drugs That Mimic Gene Mutation

Diabetes Can Be Cured by Drugs That Mimic Gene Mutation

Diabetes Type 2 can be cured by drugs that mimic rare gene mutations. It is an amazing scientific discovery, which will lead to the development of drugs in ten to twenty years. The gene mutation, called SLC30A8, has been seen in different races of people and decreases the chances of developing Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 […]

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week began on Monday. Eating disorders reveal more about the person than the food that is or is not eaten. Whether a person is anorexic, bulimic or overcome by binge eating, the disorder often reveals an issue of control and fear in the sufferer. It shows up on a physical level […]

Azodicarbonamide in Yoga Mats and 500 Foods

Azodicarbonamide in Yoga Mats and 500 Foods

Azodicarbonamide (ADA) is a chemical that is found not only in yoga mats, but also in some 500 foods.  It is why Subway’s commitment to taking it out of their breads is not as reassuring as once thought. The Center for Consumer Freedom reports that ADA is simply an oxidizing agent that makes for easier dough […]

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