Having had to come to Japan specifically to care for a feisty mother-in-law diagnosed with A.L.S. last August, it has been quite an experience. My wife had to come first, back in October, leaving me to place everything we owned into storage to prepare for coming here in February. I was originally thinking that I’d be coming in and out for lack of a visa, but we pulled off a
Our original plan was for Mrs S to simply return to Japan to handle all of her mother’s legal and financial dealings, because there was a house at issue, then return to Los Angeles. She left on the 16th of October and the intention was to return on January 7th, so that her mother could have one final New Year’s with her before she passes on into the next realm.
Frank Zappa allegedly once said, “Hollywood is just the entertainment arm of the Pentagon.” This is absolutely true, and what started as a joke often wasted on Facebook on numerous comment threads has ended up becoming an entire dissertation for me. Zappa also said once that “government is the entertainment division of the military industrial complex,” which is also true. Personally, I don’t like the term, Military Industrial Complex (M.I.C.),
Some people think I’m crazy for saying this, but being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis was the best thing ever to happen to me. It was without a doubt, the single worst news I had ever received in the entirety of not only the 38 years before I was diagnosed, but the 9 years that passed since then. I’ve had people that I loved dearly suddenly befall an untimely tragic death,
We’ve all heard that old school phrase before, “you are what you eat.” Surely somebody’s mother if not your own or a teacher or television character somewhere on down the line in your life must’ve uttered the phrase, “you are what you eat” in your presence , no? But let me ask you something. What in the hell have you been eating? Ya know, I’d actually always known that I
Do you remember the taste of the baby food that you were fed when you were a baby or toddler? I know that I surely do not. But if there is one thing that puts a smile on almost everyone’s face, my best guess would be the sweet taste of sugar. Salt might come in an uncomfortably close second place. I had always known, maybe not perhaps always, but since
One of the first observations about the United States that Mrs S., had mentioned to me many years ago was that it seemed like there was a donut shop on every corner. Interestingly enough, I’d lived in Los Angeles for 25 years and it had never actually occurred to me until she pointed it out. Then again, truth be told she’s a tad bit more visually observant than I am.
Surely by now if you’ve already read more than one of these “health” category blog posts, you would’ve seen the question by now. Have you asked yourself yet? If not, I’ll ask again. How do you control 300,000,000+ people with access to firearms? Well, in the spirit of intellectual honesty, allow me to concede that by no means are there 300,000,000 gun owners. Only 3% of the population own 1/2
It is now the my 20th day in Japan, and I just realized how remiss I have been in my blog-posting duties. I told myself that I would be blogging more often, but so much had happened since I last posted that I feel there is a tremendous need to fully catch everyone up on what’s been going on since I last posted. Firstly, let me apologize to those of
An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Remember that? I grew up believing that statement and it ended up costing me dearly. I was juicing apples everyday thinking that it was good for me. You know, it’s “all natural”, right? “Milk, it does a body good.” Remember that little doozy? Maybe not, you might not be that old. Back when I was a kid, Health Education was always a