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Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Gospel According to Thomas

Today's Times Leader has an insert that supplanted my need for caffeine this morning.

I really enjoyed the Guest Commentary by Tom Shepstone. Among his pearls of wisdom:

"...natural gas development is improving the environment."

Really, Thomas? 

How are the folks along Rte. 414 in Bradford County doing? How much cleaner is their air and their water since drilling began? 
Mr. Shepstone's GC is cockamamie poppycock, pure and simple.
Happy Easter, everyone. 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Arlington Circa 1946

As many travel and/or prepare for gatherings this Easter weekend, I'm sure those of us who have passed the half-century mark remember holidays spent with family and friends during simpler times.
For my regular visitors, you know of my two other blogs that focus on family history.
Directly below is a recent find, and what I consider to be a very powerful pic from Arlington National Cemetery circa December 1946. My mother's brother Raymond M. Raykovitz, a 1941 graduate of GAR Memorial High School in Wilkes-Barre, was buried that day. Three carloads of family and his fellow Grenadier classmates made the trip to Washington to pay their final respects. 
Many heroes from WWII were buried that day, and yes - for a variety of reasons - there was a significant delay in returning their bodies home.

Below: Ray on the South Street Bridge in happier times - July 1941.

More in a few. Happy Easter!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Global Warming and...Bad Beer?

I have today off...the first time in probably 25 years that I worked for an employer that chose Good Friday as a company holiday.
Anyway, I was driving around making multiple pick-ups when I heard a news snippet on the radio about global warming having an effect on the flavor of beer...something about the barley crop.
I had to check it out online as soon as I got home.
Details here.
Hey...it's only beer. Who's gonna care?
Happy Good Friday!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Fracking: Nobody Listening?

For those that live in southeastern PA and are planning to attend Thursday night's fracking forum...check this out.
" Let's leave the synagogue that evening with a better grasp of the moving parts of this vital issue."

Time will tell. It always does.
More in a few.
Farewell to snow (?)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Rantus Interruptus

As I work toward my remaining recovery goals, I continue to read articles about my quad tendon injuries and case studies, etc.
From one of them:
Complications. The most common complications of quadriceps tendon repair include weakness and loss of motion. In addition, the position of your kneecap may be different after surgery.
Well...they got that last part right.
As my legs get stronger, I continue to press them harder in each subsequent workout. My kneecaps are currently a little higher - on both legs - than what I seem to recall prior to my injuries. There is no pain or negative impact on anything I try to do (except scrubbing the kitchen floor on my hands and knees)...but it still takes a little getting used to.
Back to my WBGH experience in my next post.
Enjoy your weekend.
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Friday, April 11, 2014

WBGH: Off we (I) go...

Well, no return phone calls or emails yesterday...so here we go.
I will set the stage for my next few offerings with an exact copy of a letter I sent to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. If you know anyone that works there...you might want to send them a link to this post. They should find what I have to say of interest.


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07 March, 2013

Mr. Robert Hoffman, CNO
Wilkes-Barre General Hospital
575 North River Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18764

Dear Mr. Hoffman:
I am writing in response to the attached letter dated 31 January 2013.

From my perspective as the patient in this matter and someone with 30+ years working in a corporate environment, your correspondence is nothing more than a modified form letter. It may bring some measure of closure for your purposes, but from mine, it addresses and resolves nothing.
My overall experience at your facility - from the ER to my eventual discharge – fell far short of the “quality care with a personal touch” you profess to strive for. For the record, I consider the care provided by Dr. William Charlton, nurse Isabella Elliott ( sp? ) and several members of the P/T staff  to be the only bright spots during my recent stay at WBGH.

I would ask that you review the attached/minimally redacted copy of an email I sent to my supervisor within ~25 minutes or so after my fall, and well before the ambulance arrived to transport me to WBGH. How is it that I, with no medical expertise and without being able to see my legs, was able to more accurately assess my injuries than your medically-trained ER staff - who were not only able to visually inspect my exposed thighs - but also had the benefit of x-rays to review?  Yet, they attempted to discharge me against my protestations and those of my wife, an RN with 30+ years’ experience. It is truly fortunate for everyone that I fell backward into the bed when I attempted to take my first step.
Your attached letter is unacceptable to me. Therefore, I am requesting that you once again revisit the reports/documentation you have regarding my stay at WBGH - from my arrival to my discharge - and escalate it to a level beyond that which may have been involved in any review performed prior to issuing your letter dated 31 January 2013. 

I will await your findings & response.

Donald J. Williams
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A copy of the email I sent to my supervisor as I was going into shock:

Stay tuned.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

WBGH: All the Wrong Moves

I deliberately chose not to post about my experiences at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital in January 2013. That was my choice and mine alone.
They've now made a very bad decision, which if not corrected in 24 hours, will result in quite a few posts & pictures about my time there; from the ER to discharge.
I'll be making a call or two today. It's now their choice.
Stay tuned.


Sunday, April 6, 2014

Conspiracies in the Clouds

I established a Facebook page several years ago at the suggestion of a Wilkes classmate ( who now happens to head PA's DCNR ) as a way to keep in touch with fellow classmates who were interested in organizing a class reunion of Wilkes College EnviSci graduates from the 70's. 
I spend very little time on FB, but when I do, I find the offerings of a few folks somewhere between exceptionally humorous and - at times - downright unsound with no basis in fact. Zero...Zip.
To one fairly active FB'er in particular: 
Not every overcast sky is caused by human activity, and many unique cloud formations - e.g. "straight line clouds" - have a very simple explanation. If you want to learn more and climb a little higher on the credibility scale, I'd recommend taking a meteorology course or two ( or more ) and perhaps a few physics classes like I did many years ago.

Pics above were taken in the Wyoming Valley in NEPA.
All pics were taken by me.
Pics below were taken in SEPTA on the R5 train facing east.

Neither of the formations shown above were caused by human activities.
Then again...
Enjoy the rest of your weekend...and Carpe Diem, Baby!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Retrospectives and Henceforth

In February 2013, I spent ~95% of my day & night in and within a few feet of my hospital bed in our family room. And I really made use of those mini porta-potty thingies.

Little by little, I increased my range.
Above: My first solo trip to the basement - 28 March 2013
Below: Another first - crossing my legs on 14 April 2013
And now...I don't think twice about most things.
To all who continue to ask how I'm doing...
Just fine, thank you, and the best is yet to come.
Have a good weekend.

Friday, April 4, 2014

04/04/14: Article I, Section 27

If you've followed the environmental movement for the past ~4 decades, or if you grew up in the heart of the anthracite coal mining region like I did...you might want to take a few minutes to read this article.

We breathe the dust of a thousand+ generations every time we inhale.
That is our fate, as well.

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The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvania's public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. As trustee of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the people.

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 Happy Friday...and thank you, Mr. Kury.

P.S.: Ten years ago today, on 04/04/04, I was on the 444 mile long Susquehanna River with some fellow paddling enthusiasts.

Happy Anniversary.