A column about history, culture, policy, and things in between.
In October I ran an announcement on men's health regarding free prostate cancer screenings and PSA testing that the Medical College was sponsoring. This time it's an announcement related to women's health.
My mother is eighty-three. She has osteoporosis and is currently recovering from three compression fractures sustained in her lower vertebrae. She was not in an accident and she did not fall. Because they are so weak and fragile, her bones just broke from normal daily events, like getting out of her shower.
There are any number of red flags that tell us we are getting old. One of the most tried and true is when you find yourself thinking or saying, "Man - the music kids listen to today is nothing but noise".
Well I'll admit it. I frequently find myself thinking this about much of the contemporary music I hear. Sometime I will blog on what I believe constitutes good music, why I believe much of today's music is junk, and what I think our youth are missing out on because of it.
I have been thinking about some of the news stories from Southeastern Wisconsin since the New Year, and while doing so I suddenly thought back to words I will never forget:
"You ought to be ashamed of yourself".
Last October and November (about seven feet of snow ago), I wrote a two-part series on the coming war over Lake Michigan and the water of the Great Lakes. Part One dealt with my life-long love affair with Lake Michigan, and tried to put into context the qualitative value it has in our lives. Part Two dealt with the issue of policy.
This matter has been and will continue to be more and more in the news. What has been missing in the debate so far is a rational discussion of conservation. In my view, this dialogue cannot reasonably take place without a sober evaluation of and hopefully, a change to our wanton ways.
An American icon died today. William F. Buckley passed in his Stamford, CT. home at the age of eighty-two.
Love him or hate him, and millions did both, he was an unadulterated American classic and the founding father of the modern American conservative movement. High-minded and haughty, he lived a life of staggering pace and achievment, cramming several lives into one lifetime.