Category Archives: Health

Allergy to Silence

2004 Pattaya It’s the start of the Songkran festival and the temple across the our house on Moo 9 in Pattaya has set up loudspeakers to harangue the city dwellers into not drinking too much during the holidays. Debicel level 110. 24 hours a day. Thankfully I can’t understand a word they are saying and […]


In 1995 I traveled with a lapsed Catholic nun from Lhasa to Shigatse. After several days Dorothy returned to Lhasa. We woke at dawn and breakfasted on Momos or dumpling and butter tea. I wanted to get an early start and Dorothy accompanied me to the southern edge of town. The Asia Friendship Highway ran […]

English Health – 2008

From Pattaya Rag After an exhaustive review of the research literature, here’s the final word on nutrition and health: Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than the English. Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than the English. Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer […]

60 Minus 1 – 2011

Friends, family, and strangers constantly say that I don’t look my age. I’ve stopped looking in the mirror in favor of regarding my shadow against a wall, so the innate narcissistic nature guillibly believes the complements and lies. This weekend was my birthday. One short of the next big one. Andrea from across the aisle […]

Merry Yulemas December 23, 2022

In August 2021 I woke from sleep and vomited several liters of blood. The next day NYU ER doctors diagnosed my situation as life-threatening. An operation to staunch the bleeding was my only option other than death. The staff wheeled me immediatly to the Operating Room. I was knocked out with Profopol. Michael Jackson had […]