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Vacation For An Operation

A traveler, or US resident willing to take a junket to a 5-star hotel plus quality hospital care in an exotic land, need not have American medical insurance, and he'll get quality treatment at a fraction the cost. Third World countries charge cheap rates, the same for locals and visitors, for diagnosis, treatment, operations, and [...]

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Lucid Dreamer

Life is one big road with lots of changes, and the other evening in Iquitos, Peru I witnessed three-in-one. I stopped by an ex-patriot’s home who was grudgingly entertaining a lone figure propped on a hard chair in in front of the living room television. To his credit, the screen was blank with no volume. [...]

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My Retirement Crate (2009)

At six months Ma and Pa whisked me in a laundry basket on the back seat of a ´ 40 Mercury from New York to California. Before preschool they whistled me to supper from under the porch or out a cardboard table draped by blanket walls where I spent long hours thinking about what to [...]

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Pecking Order

Pecking order is a hierarchical system of social organization that originally referred to the dominance in chickens, like those that run the yards at my Sand Valley neighbors. Power in chickens is asserted by various behaviors, including pecking, but in other animals by tooth and claw, while humans use lingo, gloves, shivs, and money. The [...]

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The Walking Cure: For Most Ailments

Force yourself to start slow and finish sooner than you like. Tell yourself you deserve the punishment for getting out of shape. The first week is the only hurdle. Tack a note on the fridge: it will get better. GE guarantees it does. There are four paths to advance in walking called resistances: distance, frequency, [...]

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The Eight Count

As a vet, I saw many animals who appeared to be healthy and suddenly 'kicked the bucket', and could only think that they were unaware of their illnesses which abetted the immune response… until it was too late. Having put dozens of animals down by injection, and held them caringly through the last gasp, the [...]

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Global Anemia and Me: Almost Heaven

I feel like a Spanish conquistador on a small scale. My past vanquishes from seven trips to Peru include malaria, elephantitis, amoebic dysentery, hepatitis, and last year three fly larva with sprouting wings crawled beneath the skin looking for a way out. Once any disease is identified, the treatment is straightforward and efficacious, as with [...]

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A Short History of Food

I've never met anyone with more diet experience than I, simply stating the fact. On the American skid rows I sup elbow to elbow with the bums with little indigestion, and dine among smiling peers on the back streets of Calcutta. This is a short history of why. In the first twenty years of my [...]

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The World’s Largest Flower and Cat Poop Coffee

One month ago in Indonesia, a guide hiked me up a jungle canyon for an hour to search and find a rare Rafflesia, the world's largest flower, in bloom. The plant though large with up to a one-meter flower and weighing forty pounds with no stem or leaves is difficult to find as it blooms [...]

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Warts and Sleight of Hand

A wart is a wishful cancer, benign, often persistent and caused by a virus, they say.  Mine carried me around by the right knuckle for ten years defying every treatment and wish, until I went to India. A thin guide led me down a cobblestone street jammed with shanties in a Bombay shipyard to a [...]

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