Author Archives: laurie

 Atheist Humor for the Holidays

I once wanted to become an atheist, but I gave it up – they have no holidays. Henny Youngman To you I’m an atheist; to God, I’m the Loyal Opposition. Woody Allen I’m an atheist and I thank God for it. George Bernard Shaw A priest, a rabbi and an atheist walk into a bar. […]

 How to Beat the Holiday Blues

(from HealthinAging.org) Tips for Beating the Holiday Blues It’s a time of celebration, parties, and get-togethers, but sometimes the holiday season can also be a source of the blues, especially for older people. Older adults may think about how quickly time has passed, or miss loved ones more during this time of year. Health conditions […]

 Another Christmas Story

NAACP President Issues Statement on Ferguson Grand Jury Decision From Cornell William Brooks, NAACP President and CEO: “The NAACP stands with citizens and communities who are deeply disappointed that the grand jury did not indict Darren Wilson for the tragic death of Michael Brown, Jr. We stand committed to continue our fight against racial profiling, […]

 A Christmas Story

(from godsgreatoutdoors.org) Welcome to God’s Great Outdoors God’s Great Outdoors is an adventurous twenty-five minute weekly syndicated radio program hosted by producer and outdoorsman Gerry Caillouet. Join us on a journey to meet with well-known pro sportsmen. “Lindners’ Angling Edge’s” Ron and Al Lindner, Chuck Buck of Buck Knives, Joni Eareckson Tada of “Joni and […]

 Notes from Underground: Life as a Bipolar Bear

This particular cub has something called Mixed Bipolar Rapid Cycling. Simply put it means both moods exist simultaneously and the manic piece escalates very quickly. A common misconception is that manic equals happy. Often while manic the bear is told how content she appears to be. What is not understood is that when the cub […]

 Remembering Newtown

As the second anniversary of Newtown approaches here in my home state of Connecticut I offer this article: Sister of Newtown Victim Makes Gun Control Plea in Letter to President Obama By Mike Krumboltz, Yahoo News, December 20, 2012 The tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, have increased the calls for […]

 Thoughts on the Election

(from the New York Times, Nov. 5, 2014) EDITORIAL Negativity Wins the Senate By the Editorial Board, Nov. 5, 2014 Republicans would like the country to believe that they took control of the Senate on Tuesday by advocating a strong, appealing agenda of job creation, tax reform and spending cuts. But, in reality, they did […]

 On Women and Aging

(from the New York Times, Oct. 28, 2014) How We Misread Renée’s Face Renée Zellweger and an Ugly Brawl About Beauty Oct. 28, 2014 By Julia Baird SYDNEY, Australia — Some physical flaws are apparent from birth. Others are pointed out to you. I never realized that I had a reasonably big nose, for example, […]

 A Glimpse into Our World

Yesterday I had a traumatic experience in the ER of a local hospital. I will tell the story briefly and omit graphic details. I went to the ER for a minor medical emergency. The two doctors who attended me were of the opinion that because of my psychiatric diagnoses I must be imagining the problem […]