Friday, January 30, 2015


Can you get through this winter without getting a cold?

(I'm talking about a plain ordinary cold, not  not anything major -- not any of the scary diseases.)  

I Googled and found a half dozen articles. All  contain similar suggestions.

Here are the essentials in 10-ways to avoid getting colds during the winter.

Keep warm. (Wear a hat)
Wash your hands.
Watch the weather.(Viruses attach to water droplets)
Avoid huddling in a crowd, avoid central heating. (subways, stores, parties)
Take Echinacea, Zinc, and Garlic.
Drink eight glasses of water a day.
Sleep soundly.
Stay in a good mood. (avoid  stress)
Keep moving (exercise)
Take vitamins, and supplements (Vitamin D 1,500 to 2000 daily; also supplements containing live bacteria that restore beneficial bacteria
If you travel get yourself some of the latest "Protect Yourself" gadgets. For plane travel there's a washable antimicrobial cover for the tray tables that uses copper and silver ions. (They're used in hospitals to help burn victims, combat germs on catheters, wipe out resistant superbugs.) You can clean armrests with Lysol that you can buy in a handy travel size. You can defend your nasal passages with Magellan Flight Spray -- it's a natural antiseptic.(Turmeric and spearmint)

Reality: You can avoid getting colds if you sort of hibernate -- keep away from your gym, parties, movies, theaters, restaurants, subways, and shopping.

Or buy yourself a Hazmet suit and wear it when you join the world.

And of course, use a nose protector.

Hey, this is not just Dr. Em's opinion; it's what these major health organizations now recommend:

Take comfort in wise words from wise men:
When from our better selves we have too long,
Been parted by the hurrying world, and droop, 
Sick of its business, of its pleasures tired, 
How gracious, how benign is solitude.
William Wordsworth

There is one consolation in being sick, and that is the possibility that you may recover to a better state than you were ever in before.
Henry David Thoreau

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


Emily Frankel wonders how John Cullum's friend, Barry Corbin, ("Maurice" in the TV series "Northern Exposure") is doing. They've kept in close touch over the years.

Remembering the days when John played Holling Vincoeur, the bartender of the bar in Cicely, Alaska , the Cullums gossip about the shows leading man, Rob Morrow, John Corbett, Janine Turner, as well as other members of the cast.

"If the series were revived, would you play Holling again?" Em asks. You'll hear how Cullum answers her question as the Cullums finish this video.

Saturday, January 24, 2015


Warning -- beware of  DELIGHT!

Yes, delight.

We are heading into delight -- yes -- we are going to be told, over and over, in catchy, interesting, seductive ways, to buy clothes, music, trips, foods, all kinds of drinks -- just about anything you buy -- will delight you.

And of course, DELIGHT will be echoed in our social media relationships.

I learned this from New York Magazine. The magazine is a prognosticator. They see where we are heading. Dealing with ad agencies, advertisers, and subscribers, they grab onto a possible trend, and feed it, fan it. With more ads, they turn a flicker into a spark that ignites, illuminates, and creates a tepid sort of excitement; a tepid curiosity that attracts people, products, and their promoters, and promulgates a full-blooming trend.

Why am I complaining? Why does any of this matter?

Because it makes me intensely aware that moneymakers are turning me into an angry, complaining, non-conformist, who dislikes hundreds of normal things that other people have learned to like or love.

Am I a misanthrope? No. I am just NOT delighted when I notice delight moving in on me.

I don't want anybody in the TV or media or business world selling me, telling me what to think and feel.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


Mark (Facebook) Zuckerberg's latest plans are a very big deal. He wants to put everyone in the world on the Internet.



Philosopher, philanthropist, Zuckerberg is putting his mind, money, staff, and seer-like focus on getting the Internet to every place in the world that doesn't have it yet.

That it is a gigantic task has been thoroughly examined by a major Time Magazine critic, who has a not sweet attitude toward Zuckerberg as a brilliant, super-powerful, money-making guy. "Look out, everyone" warns Lev Grossman, who has published books and essays that establish him as an authority on technology as well as American culture.

Zuckerberg has been helicoptering in and out of Third World towns, meeting local VIP's, enchanting them with online goodies -- films, games, tech help, cell phones, computers, and financial support for the ignorant poor folks who are going to flock into the classroom spaces that Zuckerberg has been buying, borrowing, renting -- he's creating schools that will be connecting to communication sources that he's digging up, creating, investing in.

Why do I cringe? It's what the author Grossman describes -- Zuckerberg has broken down the needy poor into categories, and is prepared to help them in many various ways, with his newly created organization -- --  a global partnership of big name technology leaders, nonprofits, and local communities.

Name-dropping money sources, and social studies statistics, Mark Z. sells his conviction -- that communication connectivity makes people's lives better, improves health, creates jobs, reduces extreme poverty -- even reduces infant mortality. The bottom line, according to M.Z, isn't about money -- it's about creating wealth and saving lives.

Hey, Facebook already has more than a billion users. The population of the earth is currently about 7.2 billion. There are about 2.9 billion people on the Internet. That leaves roughly 4.3 billion people who are offline and will be put online.  states that it can bring the Internet to the two-thirds of the world’s population that doesn’t have it.

Here's the link -- browse the Time Magazine cover story --
praise it, hate it, love it, applaud him, cheer or boo him -- whatever. I find myself thinking that sooner or later Mark Zuckerberg will be nominated for a Pulitzer or a Nobel prize for gifting the world with his farseeing vision of what people think, do, want to do, and be.

Yii!! connectivity? friends, followers, quick comments, photos, adorable pets, birthday greetings, instagramed sunsets, sunrises, the latest poop on celebs ...likes?

Oh dear, more, MORE, M  O R E of what Mark Zuckerberg loves and believes in IS NOT what I love and believe in.  But I'm a facebooker -- eek, oy vey, $%#@\# --  I live in his world.