First World Problems

I’m having another one of those days where I can’t seem to write anything worth reading. This time, however, it’s not writer’s block or lack of ideas. This morning, I’m having a hell of time thinking about anything other than the fact that my head hurts like a mother…, well, you know. I’m not sure […]

Food and Poverty

Last night, my brother, who is a fresh food Nazi hippy advocate posted a Slate article titled Food Deserts Aren’t the Problem which made the (not so) startling declaration that access to better food didn’t necessarily translate to improved health for people experiencing poverty. He expressed incredulity at that, saying: “Having access to fresh food doesn’t make people healthier? I […]

A Few Thought About Dying…, And Living

As is the family custom, I went to my mother’s for New Year’s. There was a little work to do around the place, but the real reason I went was for the black-eyed peas and collard greens; another family custom. Actually, it’s an old southern tradition that’s supposed to bring good luck and money throughout […]

I Hope…

After spending over twenty years on the streets of Raleigh, NC as a firefighter, I know a little about the  homeless and poor population of our fair city. There are addicts, alcoholics, the abused and the used. And, many of them have one thing in common: no hope. You can see in their eyes if you […]

This is a Luxury?

In the last 5 years, I’ve experienced much that our health-care system has to offer and, I can tell, it’s not good. It’s expensive, it’s unresponsive (at times) and it’s rigged against you  unless you have excellent insurance and plenty of money. Fortunately, I’ve had good insurance (standard health care and supplemental), so the cost […]