Monday Reading


On the morning of Saturday, November 19, 2016, I found myself driving up to Val-Kill, the home of Eleanor Roosevelt. The week before, Trump had stunned the country by winning the election, and I was still reeling. The country’s reaction to his victory was swift and hideous: The bigots in America took it as a legitimization of their hatred of others, and acts of hate were ubiquitous. Trump had ratcheted up his criticism of free speech, tweeting insults that morning at Saturday Night Live, the New York Times — even the cast of Hamilton. This isn’t normal, I found myself thinking. We are in great danger.

I needed to take a break from the steady stream of e-mails flooding my inbox. This is the worst day since 9/11…. What do we do now? How could I assure others that we were going to be okay when I wasn’t sure myself? I needed the steadying influence of my personal heroine. I found myself wondering, What would Eleanor do today?

That Saturday was a crisp, sunny day, and Val-Kill a familiar vision of peace in what already felt like a country in chaos. I first started by reading Eleanor’s quotes on government and democracy and courage, walked by the old typewriter she used to write her weekly newspaper column, My Day, then took my dogs along the trails she had walked each morning with her Scottish terriers. My heart felt heavy, but somehow, in Eleanor’s presence, I felt less scared playing her words in my mind again and again, “Courage is easier than fear.”


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14 Responses to Monday Reading

  1. Micki says:

    Over diagnosis as a public health concern….?



    • Den says:

      I can relate to that, at the VA they sent me to a Pharmacist who has been obsessing over my blood pressure, prescribing a litany of meds, most with side effects galore. Then after all that gets angry at me because I refuse to take the side effect laden drugs against his orders. Just how long do you expect me to tolerate the severe squirts Mr. Pharmacist just so you can claim your BP numbers? Cholesterol is another favorite picking point for them, Statins, gotta take Statins or you will die, your cholesterol is too high! Never mind that Stains are responsible for severe muscle cramping basically leaving you in a chair during the day and writhing in pain in bed at night. Then they thank you for your service when you leave the office, wow. I should thank them for not killing me yet. Right now Nurse Goodbody is pouring over my last nasty-gram telling them to stop poisoning me! My latest BP meds were a bust, extending the squirts, causing neck pain and back pain and who knows what it is causing where I cannot see, liver, kidneys, etc. No More Poison! I’m sure I will be labeled as difficult for bucking their perfect little system. The thing with side effects is you might not know your issue is caused by a side effect leading to more tests, more pills and more misery. UGH!


    • jimhitchcock says:

      Absolutely should be required reading for all physicians. Maybe the can make the time while on a flight to some industry sponsored medical convention.


    • David B. Benson says:

      She has a good argument.


  2. David B. Benson says:

    A slow 16 minutes to the Hillside Cafe during sprinkling of graupel. Few people here again.


  3. David B. Benson says:

    I guess Amazon is going to pass on pharmaceuticals?


    • Micki says:

      I am not a “market watcher” but I’d be surprised if AMAZON is no longer interested in disrupting the pharmacy business. It still has multiple teams working on health care, including the Grand Challenge Team. When a company spokesperson says, “we don’t comment on rumor…” it usually means they’re playing it close to the vest. If they were backing away from pharmacy acquisitions or plunking them into their network of Whole Foods’ brick and mortar stores, why not just say, “we’re not doing that.”

      They’re probably figuring out a better way to deliver temperature-sensitive drugs, for one thing.


      • David B. Benson says:

        Bezos the Octopus wants it all; One Company to Bind Them.


        • Micki says:

          There is a Whole Foods’ store in Bellingham. As you may know, WF has the sarcastic moniker, “Whole Paycheck.”

          On the occasions when I shop there (because I DO like their fresh products!), you could shoot a cannon down the aisles and not hit anyone! I seldom show the interior aisles of ANY grocery store…I shop the perimeter…fresh produce, meat, fish, chicken, eggs, refrigerated almond milk, wine, cheese…and I find BARGAINS there ALL the time!

          I’m not going to stiff Bezos because he wants it all…so do all the rest of the gazillionaires! I wish I was 100% self-sufficient, but I’m not. I wish I could live off the grid, but frankly it doesn’t appeal to me.

          I grow lots of my own veggies…usually have enough to share (deer included, the little bastards!) . I buy much at the Farmers’ Market but they are EXPENSIVE!!! Really expensive!

          Whole Foods gives a percentage of daily sales to the Food Bank, or Lydia House, or Youth Services…they buy from local growers, dairies….I can buy produce at WF that orginates from some of the same farmers that sell on the Saturday Farmers’ Market and it’s twice the amount at WF. Go figure!

          Peace in justice….good health to all…laugh, love, enjoy the ride…I can’t spend my time being pissed off at what I have no control over.

          End of rant.

          Oh…and Whole Foods has started selling pretty decent merlot, shiraz, cabernet for $2.99 a bottle! Probably a competitive move against Trader Joe’s.

          Now, this is the ned of rant….


        • David B. Benson says:

          I like that “ned of the rant”.

          Did he fight against Harald Bluetooth? 🙂


  4. Den says:

    Odd art:


  5. Micki says:

    David B. Benson says:
    April 16, 2018 at 9:55 PM
    I like that “ned of the rant”.

    Did he fight against Harald Bluetooth? 🙂



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