Category Archives: Health

Hassidic Magic Past Prime

I believe in magic. Not many other people do. Most are squares and who can tell squares what to think about anything other than potato chips? The other day I ran into a Hassidic mystic from 47th Street. He looked not so much down on his luck as hurting in health. I approached the shuffling […]

Slow Tongue

I have a stutter. I have it since childhood. My teacher at Pine Grove Elementary School feared that I might be retarded and strongly suggested to my parents that I visit a speech expert in Portland, which was the biggest city in Maine. My father and mother drove me to Maine Medical. A doctor gave […]

Brown Mixture

800 kilometers north of SriRacha is the Golden Triangle. Tourists identify this fabled name with the confluence of the Mekong and Ruak Rivers. The term more accurately referred to the opium-growing regions in Burma, Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand, where once most of the world’s opium was grown by the tribesmen living beyond the law. Back […]

WORLD AIDS DAY

My baby brother Michael Charles Smith. Gone sixteen years. Forever with us. World AIDS Day. It’s for all of us and all of them

Thai Cat Scratch Fever

Several villages in Thailand’s Ang Thong province have reported a plague striking household cats dead. The cats basically starved to death and locals are now scared that this ‘cat fever’ or ‘kai-wat me-ow’ could spread to the human population. Medical authorities have found no threat, but cannot explain the fatal phenomena affecting over 300 cats. […]