Thursday, February 22, 2018

"Singer, a veterinarian, told senators about her 92-year-old mother who died in a nursing facility and how her body sat in her room for days because no staff members performed the required check on her.”

From the Pioneer Press: 

Lawmakers on the Senate aging and long-term care committee got a startling and intimate look Wednesday at the abuse and maltreatment seniors and vulnerable adults have suffered at facilities that are supposed to be overseen by the state.

One after another, for nearly two hours, family members told their horrific, graphic stories to a group of lawmakers who listened, stunned.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Mr. Okra, aka Arthur J. Robinson, is dead at 74


I first learned about Mr. Okra from Chris Smither's great song, No Love Today (which you've got to hear if you don't know it.)  The obituary for Mr. Okra in the Times tells the story, but this 60-second documentary will give you a better sense of why he was so beloved.

Billy Graham dies, age 99

Nixon's "unofficial White House chaplain" has died. The New York Times obituary is here. 

"It may be best to think of this wave therefore not as a function of miserable people turning to drugs en masse but of people who didn’t realize how miserable they were until they found out what life without misery could be."

"To return to their previous lives became unthinkable. For so many, it still is."

Andrew Sullivan considers the opioid epidemic.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Greetings from Salvation Mountain

Living off the grid in Slab City, California. What it lacks in electricity, plumbing and a sewage system, it makes up for in art. 

Monday, February 12, 2018