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A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about being stricken with pneumonia and my reflections on what it must be like for people who live continually with chronic illnesses. I was surprised by the response from many readers, quite a few of whom I’ve never seen comment here, who voiced understanding and even relief…

Tsuken gets his Ash Customworks guitar

The Australian psychiatrist, musician, amateur astronomer, daddy, and blogger Tsuken just sent out word that his custom electric guitar has arrived from New Zealand luthier, Adrian Hamilton, at Ash Custom Works in Auckland. At his blog, Music, Medicine, and the Mind, our giddy colleague writes: Oh. Baby. Yeah. I’m here today to tell you: there…

More of The Knack

Following this weekend’s loss of musician Doug Fieger, I’m going through some YouTube vids and found two of my favorites from the less-appreciated 2nd album by The Knack, “But the Little Girls Understand.” “I Want Ya” was the second cut – just a bunch of simple chords but Bruce Gary’s drumming is even better than…

I was an angry 14- or 15-year-old in late 1978 or early 1979 – can’t recall which year, but definitely angry – walking home on a Sunday night after a dishwasher shift at Grandma’s Saucy Apron, a now-defunct Italian restaurant in my hometown where I was working to make money for a Spanish National Honor…

LungMutiny2010 – Still Life

I started strong this morning, lots of e-mail interaction with the lab and even a few hundred words on a blog post, but then had another setback. Hence I offer you a photographic (iPhone cam) composition entitled, “Still Life.” I am too young to feel this old. (Special note to PalMD: No vomiting from the…

I’m always pleasantly surprised when a topic generates enthusiastic reader feedback, particularly when comments come from long-time readers who share experiences I never knew they had or, in some cases, comment for the first time. The topic this time was a simple reflection on my current bout of pneumonia and my being taken aback by…

I have just a couple of thoughts today that I offer to the reader not for sympathy but, rather, for scientific observation and reflection. I’ve been dealing with a case of bronchitis that became pneumonia. I tried to teach through it, do grant reviews, finish a book chapter, etc. but was finally ordered by my…

Please forgive me for the cranky. I am still confined to bed and am only writing between fits of coughing that still occasionally drive me near unconsciousness due to hypoxia. I’m stuck at home trying to read some research literature across the VPN and proxy servers from my three faculty appointments that give me access…

Haiti

I’ve tried to get about three different posts started today. But they all seem meaningless and trite in light of the devastation and suffering being experienced in Haiti since yesterday. We’ve done some work with anticancer compounds from plants in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Ethnobotanists continue to work today to try and document and…

To launch our 2010 blogging, here’s a cultural take on our core theme of folk medicines and prescription drugs derived from natural sources (plants, fungi, marine creatures, and microorganisms terrestrial and aquatic). I’ve lived in the southern United States for a combined 15 years but it was only when I married into a southern family…