Archive for March, 2018


Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

NYC 'March For Our Lives' Takes To Manhattan's Streets March 24

New York City school children are protesting gun violence in schools.

I was just out walking up Central Park West and saw several groups of children with teachers on the street.  Many held signs and some groups were chanting.  Others were completely quiet.  All of the groups I saw were inspiring.

I join those children in demanding that there be no guns in New York City schools and that our children be protected from any and all kinds of violence.


Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

I just read an article on the Common Dreams website that compares the US health care system to those of other developed countries. I have personal experience of the French system that substantiates what the article reports.

It was my great good fortune to be in France when I suffered a colon perforation. I was hospitalized in the University Hospital of the city of Tours where I had two surgical procedures and was kept in the hospital for two months. The best doctor on the planet for that condition did the operations.

My sister came down from Brussels where she lived at the time; they fed her three meals a day for the duration.

The total cost for all of that was $6,000.00 That would have been the cost of a weekend in the hospital in Dallas where I lived at the time.

There was a whole team of doctors who cared for me, one of whom was a sort of “scribe”; he wrote all the reports and records. When I was released, he gave me a report for my doctor back here in the US. I translated it for my doctor when I got back, and his response was that he was “going to have to be a doctor” and reply. He did write a very fine response that reported on how I was.  I translated it into French. I sent both his original and my translation to the doctors in France.  Indeed, the US healthcare system is vastly inferior to the French one (and probably to most of the European systems, though I only have personal experience of the French one).

Here is the link to the article:


Friday, March 2nd, 2018

As I was walking down 10th Avenue a few minutes ago, it was raining and snowing at the same time.  I can’t remember seeing that before, though I may have and just don’t remember.

It is now snowing hard.  I tried to take a photograph with my cell phone, but was not, alas, able to capture the snow falling.

As I write this, it has now stopped snowing and is raining!  What crazy weather.

About an hour later, it is snowing hard!