In the Public Eye

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Monday, June 23, 2014 - 1:06pm

If you read way too much, like I do, you find both nuggets of wisdom and pure nuttiness in the day’s news. Here are some gleanings from the three daily newspapers I get delivered in print each day, five paid online news subscriptions and free scratchings from the Web.


In the Public Eye

Friday, May 31, 2013 - 9:40am

No television. Scant cell signal. Mystical, nature-sculpted rock formations called hoodoos. The Lodge at Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah. Rustic. Tranquil. Elevation, about 8,000 feet.  Breath taking. Literally. Take five breaths where you’d take three at lower elevations. And what happens if….. or when…


Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 2:51pm

The frozen burgers rage against the propane grille. Our faces grow oily in afternoon sun there at the smog line, at my son’s home on the pathway to Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park.


Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 2:02pm

Mike and I would jawbone as the sun was setting outside the Fresno Bee’s E Street cafeteria, ignoring the indigestion from eating Friday’s fried fish in a Monday sandwich. He worked in production. I edited copy and churned out headlines. The real work he was doing, in his off hours, was handing out sandwiches to the homeless folks a few blocks away.


Monday, April 22, 2013 - 9:30am

Hyperbole is the aorta of politics, but I believe there wasn’t all that much exaggeration the other day when Sen. Max Baucus warned that “a huge train wreck” was in the offing when federal healthcare reform more fully unfolds next January.


Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 3:13pm

In my section of New York City in the “Mad Men” 1960s era, both my primary care doc and my dentist smoked cigarettes in their offices as they treated me. OK, the dentist would wash his hands, but his breath reeked. When I was hospitalized for an appendectomy, I kept a diary in my bedside drawer – until some nosy intern found it, called in his friends and read it aloud. And my surgery was delayed because the doc was out Christmas shopping – he had his hands full of presents as he waltzed by me in my pre-surgery anesthetic haze.