Remembrance of Jenny Lind Porter on Bluebonnet Hill

I got to thinking of another spring wildflower called the Bluebonnet (Lupinus), which is common in Texas. Huston-Tillotson University was built on a place called Bluebonnet Hill in East Austin. I was a student there for a couple of years way back in my distant past and, every few years, I hear something about my … Continue reading Remembrance of Jenny Lind Porter on Bluebonnet Hill

Window Box Work in Progress

Yesterday, Sena started working on the window box. Remember that when Bill and Coo were checking it out for nesting? They have not returned except briefly to fix me with a withering stare, but now I wonder. This is about a work in progress, a term applicable to a great many projects, including people. I … Continue reading Window Box Work in Progress

Spring Has Sprung

Spring has sprung. That reminds me of my early college days in Texas when my English professors tried to teach us the basics of poetry. I really struggled with the sprung rhythm of Gerard Manley Hopkins. I can't tell you if he used it in his poem "Spring" or not. The definition of sprung rhythm, … Continue reading Spring Has Sprung

Mindfulness Will Make You a Jedi!

Now that I've got your attention, I can tell you frankly--mindfulness will not make you a Jedi. However, over the last 4 years, my mindfulness practice has helped me be more present in the moment, good, bad, or ugly--most of the time. I found out about a free on line Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Palouse … Continue reading Mindfulness Will Make You a Jedi!

Cannabis: My Two Cents

Dr. George Dawson’s April 18 and April 22, 2018 posts on cannabis for pain and other medical disorders is instructive for physicians, patients, residents, and medical students. I’m generally in agreement with George’s remarks and have little to add except the following very short opinion based on a very superficial scan of PubMed. For openers, … Continue reading Cannabis: My Two Cents

Can I Just Eat The Pizza?

Just about every day during the week is starting to feel like Saturday, although occasionally I still get pangs of guilt for not being at work. I used to focus on the psychiatric core competency pizza. Now I actually make the pizza and we just eat it. We sometimes talk about the “retirement home.” That … Continue reading Can I Just Eat The Pizza?

Flip Phones Are Back?

Sena mentioned she saw an article about the comeback of flip phones. I'm sure this was deliberate because I got a smartphone in late 2015. Until then we both had flip phones. However, this is not the first time there's been a buzz about the return of the "brick" phone as the author of a … Continue reading Flip Phones Are Back?