Tuesday, November 29, 2016

ACCORDING TO THE Economist


There are more  marijuana dispensaries in Colorado than there are Starbucks coffee shops.

What would you suggest as a headline?

Mine would be "Pot Overtakes the Coffee Pot!"

Bye for Now,

Bill

Monday, November 21, 2016

I HOPE EVERYONE

has a pleasant T weekend according to their needs.

Not everyone needs to eat Turkey, but everyone needs to be thankful for all the positives that have entered their lives, no matter how strong the negatives.

Bye for Now,

bill

Sunday, November 13, 2016

JUST NOT FAIR!


It has taken me a while to try my best to absorb the Wednesday morning shock and I still haven’t succeeded. No, it wasn’t as you might think, about Mr. D becoming President–elect though that was surely a shocker. He needed to pull an inside straight according to the pundits and pollsters and he pulled an inside Royal Straight Flush in spades. It was a definite inkblot about our less than happy times and super-frustrated to the max citizens. Time will tell, though the mealy mouthed moth starts looking more butterfly-ish by the day. Well, perhaps not all that colorful, but a little less gray.

But what shocked me to my core on Wednesday morning was learning that young Jake, the heroic centerpiece of my cancer-related books, was back at the New York City Headquarters of the place I call Cancerville—Memorial Sloan Kettering—as his leukemia returned after 5+ years of healthy healing.

OMG how could this have happened to an almost 15-year-old boy who was taken to the edge of his life to save his life at age 8 ½? How cruel to take him and his wonderful family back into the muddy and murky waters of this awful place. There are just times when fairness feels like a nonexistent ideal, and tears flow like raindrops in South Florida in August.

So, we need prayers for Jake and his fraternal twin brother and best friend Chase, who courageously provided the bone marrow that saved Jake’s life once before. We need prayers for this battle-tested family, who once again must face off and stare down the slippery slopes of Cancerville. We need prayers for the children, ranging in age from infancy to adolescence and their families, who are on the 9th floor of MSK and all over the Cville world battling for their young lives. And we need prayers for the dedicated doctors who walk the tightrope between these slippery slopes every single day.

Please ask your friends to keep the prayers coming. We know prayers help. They did before and they will again, God willing. Jake needs and deserves an inside Royal Straight Flush in spades too. Far more than Mr. D did.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Friday, November 4, 2016

I AWOKE THIS MORNING

wondering if most Donald supporters realized just how dangerous a Trump Presidency would be. The words that have been repeatedly ascribed to him are strong and scary(i.e., racist, misogynistic, xenophobic, sexual assaulter, etc.). And there is enough data coming out of his polluted mouth to validate that those words have merit.

But, that is not the scariest part of The Donald. The scariest part are his temperament, his nature, and his personality. Bluster aside, he is one of the most thin skinned people I have ever observed. His needs to avenge his enemies, defend any criticism, deny every wrong doing, and glorify himself are so far over the top of his enlarged ego that there are no visible boundaries to his actions or those of his cronies. Sociopathy lies amid a bushel of lies so far fetched that they stretch even a simple-minded person's trust.

So for the alienated and disaffected his bravado has appeal as does his "dredge the swamp" mantra. But what if he is the swamp—a swamp far worse than any polished politician's rhetoric? What if this one-man band marches us over the abyss by listening to no one other than his own delusional mindset.

Likely he will suppress the press, cozy up the the villainous leaders of the world, appoint people like Rudy, Chris, Ben and a whole cast of characters who have swallowed the cool-aid because it serves their purpose and who share his delusional space. He will also figure out scheming ways to funnel untold wealth to his companies so he will finally become the billionaire he claims to be.

At the end of the day democracy is a beautiful thing. It allows each of us to form, voice and vote based upon our perceptions and opinions of reality without fear of punishment or retribution. But, for me, reality says I'd rather have an email bungler in the highest office in the land than a total bungler, who, except in his own enchanted eyes, has had a toxic and self-serving influence on just about everything he has touched.

Win, lose, or draw The Donald will not be stopped given his new found power and his latest audience hungry for someone to listen and care about them. He will do neither and I believe she and her first man, despite their warts and pimples, at the very least won't so us any harm, and at best might just do some good. Truth be told, their are many very important and high-ranking Republicans who would say, "I approve this message!"

Bye for Now,

Bill