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Bob New Heart 2015-01-20 12:53:00

Jan 20, 2015
Bob New Heart 2015-01-20 12:53:00

January 20, 2015


Catching Up



I have been remiss posting on this blog lately. I am catching up the last few months.


New year and new tests at UCSF.  January 7th I was at UCSF-Mt Zion campus to meet with the radiation doc, Dr. Alexander Gottschalk and my Oncologist, Dr. Matthew Cooperberg. I was there for my...

Consciousness and Health
Confronting the Terror of Failing Health

Confronting the Terror of Failing Health

In the midst of all the horror, outrage and despair surrounding the brutal attack at the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, one image stands out above them all: A crowd gathered at the Place de la République holding up an illuminated sign declaring, “NOT AFRAID.”

 
Not a demand for justice, as important as...

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Game to 100
The joy of calling Macy’s about a phishing scam

Jan 19, 2015

Perhaps Macy’s executives are more annoyed than I am. Phishing con artists have been using the same 800 telephone number to impersonate Macy’s credit department staff for at least seven years, my modest probe discovered.  I’ve been trying to figure … Continue reading

Game to 100
Sacramento’s heritage tree ordinance complicates pruning process

Jan 15, 2015
Sacramento’s heritage tree ordinance complicates pruning process

I try to be a good neighbor and maintain the positive feelings that generally prevail in my Land Park neighborhood in Sacramento. Most folks are friendly and cooperative. I view the hit-and-run incident I described last week as an aberration, … Continue reading

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Sacramento’s a great place for questions with no answers

Jan 12, 2015

“How could anyone with a shred of fiscal responsibility agree to hand out city pay hikes of up to 12 percent over the next two years in the face of our coming budget nightmare?” That’s a question posed by Craig … Continue reading

Consciousness and Health
Is There Such A Thing As Psychedelic-Induced Spirituality?

Is There Such A Thing As Psychedelic-Induced Spirituality?

Asked if they could envision a day when psychedelic drugs could or should be used to heighten an individual’s tendency toward empathy and compassion, both men sitting on a stage in front of a packed auditorium at Stanford University – one a research scientist, the other an accomplished neurosurgeon – responded with a convincing...

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Breast Cancer? But Doctor....I hate pink!
Time Passes…

When my son was home from college, we watched the "Up" series - 7 Up to 56 Up, one per night. It's a fantastic documentary series, but it made me realize how impossible it would be to capture what has happened to any individual in 7 years. If I'd been in this series,...

Game to 100
Basketball, peanut butter and hard choices

Jan 8, 2015

I was eating a peanut butter sandwich on sourdough bread the other day and feeling mildly guilty. I knew full well that whole wheat bread would have been a better choice if I truly wanted to keep my new-year resolution … Continue reading

Consciousness and Health
New Year Revelation: Father Time Is A Liar

New Year Revelation: Father Time Is A Liar

Well-known bioethicist, author and former Obama administration advisor Ezekiel Emanuel rocked the Twittersphere recently, saying he’d rather not stick around until he reaches what most consider to be a ripe old age. “Seventy-five years is all I want to live,” he wrote in a widely discussed essay in The Atlantic.  “I want to...

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My wife tracks down hit-and-run driver

Jan 5, 2015
My wife tracks down hit-and-run driver

  When my wife heard the phone message from neighbor Bill, she decided not to wake me up from my nap. I was sleeping off the effects of three games of pickup basketball at my athletic club. She would go … Continue reading

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