Tuesday, June 9, 2020

The Covid 19 Pandemic seems to be hanging around even though much of the population is choosing to act as though they are immune.

Likewise the protest over the George Floyd killing are still active but mostly non-violent.

Tomorrow I hope to be able to post some of the page updates on the website.


Performed This Spectacular Display on June 9, 1973

With a spectacular victory at the Belmont Stakes, Secretariat becomes the first horse since Citation in 1948 to win America’s coveted Triple Crown: the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes. In one of the finest performances in racing history, Secretariat, ridden by Ron Turcotte, completed the 1.5-mile race in 2 minutes and 24 seconds, a dirt-track record for that distance.

On June 9, 1973, almost 100,000 people came to Belmont Park near New York City to see if “Big Red” would become the first horse in 25 years to win the Triple Crown. Secretariat gave the finest performance of his career in the Belmont Stakes, completing the 1.5-mile race in a record 2 minutes and 24 seconds, knocking nearly three seconds off the track record set by Gallant Man in 1957. He also won by a record 31 lengths.

Ron Turcotte, who jockeyed Secretariat in all but three of his races, claimed that at Belmont he lost control of Secretariat and that the horse sprinted into history on his own accord.

Secretariat would race six more times, winning four and finishing second twice. In November 1973, the “horse of the century” was retired and put to stud at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Kentucky. Among his notable offspring is the 1988 Preakness and Belmont winner, Risen Star. Secretariat was euthanized in 1989 after falling ill. An autopsy showed that his heart was two and a half times larger than that of the average horse, which may have contributed to his extraordinary racing abilities. In 1999, ESPN ranked Secretariat No. 35 in its list of the Top 50 North American athletes of the 20th century, the only non-human on the list.

Monday, June 8, 2020:

I have been experiencing a breakdown in the machines in my office and consquently failed to get an update posted since June 1, 2020. I do think and hope that the situation is now resolved and perhaps we will make some progress going forward.

Thankfully, the unrest that has been taking place across the nation seems to be settling down to a civil likeness.

Sometimes I place a little notation here about some events current or historic. It is not my desire to engage in political manuevring in any fashion but historical events should not be viewed as political manuevring in my view and I do like to mention some historic events from time to time and I do also support a page on the website that has some more detailed historical events supported. While it is true, in my belief, that history itself is or certainly can be political, I make an effort to take the political issue out as much as I am able to recognize.

Sound Familiar

Great Plague of London In 1665 and 1666, the last great outbreak of bubonic plague to hit England swept through the capital, London. The outbreak was much smaller in scale than the Black Death of the 14th century, but was still notable for having killed as many as 100,000 people - about a quarter of the city's population - in eighteen months.

By July 1665 the plague was spreading rapidly in London. Many fled, including the King Charles II, if they were wealthy enough to afford it. Parliament was moved to Oxford University from Westminster Palace. Many of the city's businesses closed. Diarist Samuel Pepys wrote much about life in the city during the plague, and of empty streets.

By September, as many as 7,000 people a week were dying, and many were thrown into mass graves. The true toll was likely to be much higher, since the deaths of poor were not recorded.

The University of Cambridge closed down during the outbreak, forcing a young Isaac Newton to continue his studies from home - during this time he expanded significantly on his new idea about the laws of gravity, among other things.

By November the outbreak started to taper off, and the King returned in February the next year when it was considered to be safe enough. Disaster would strike London again in 1666, with much of it being destroyed in the Great Fire of London that September.

Monday June 1, 2020

Sadly, the "murder" of George Floyd on Monday has sparked nationwide protests—more sadly, these protests are nearly always accompained by those who crave violence. It is our fervent hope that these protests can be ended soon and peacfully.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Tragically, the United States of America has now catapulted beyond the 100,000 mark of human lives that we have surrendered to the coronavirus. A terrible and sad event that could have been and should have been heavily mitigated.

Sadly, it appears that the states are rushing a bit to reopen and I see no way that these actions can avoid the price tag of an awesomely heavy toll!

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Lyceum movement

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (Redirected from Lyceum Movement)

By The Lyceum Magazine(Life time: unknown) - Original publication: The Lyceum Magazine, Chicago, Illinois, Volume 28, number 1, June 1918Immediate source: https://books.google.com/books?id=rmjlAAAAMAAJ&dq=editions%3AaMF3iFKbRw8C&pg=PA1#v=onepage&q&f=false, PD-US-expired, Link

The lyceum movement in the United States was a series of organizations which sponsored a variety of public education programs and entertainments. They flourished in the mid-19th century, particularly in the Northeast and Midwest. Some of these organisations lasted until the early 20th century.

The rest of a good story is here on Wikipedia

There are many interesting stories about and concerning the Lyceum movement and this is another.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

COVID-19 Coronavirus is still here following the Memorial Day Holiday where, in my opinion, celebration should not have been attempted this year. My opinion, however, and fortunate I think it may be, is not widely listened to or practiced. I just hope that the anxiety released by many is not costly to them. Of course, traditionally, many are killed and injured in traffic accidents during this holiday--so possibly the virus may have curtailed enough traffic to save a whole bunch of traffic accidents... That is my hope, along with the sincere wish that the failure to wear masks and practice physical distancing does not also have a devastating effect upon us.

I suppose there will be some reporting on all that happened in the days to come and If I can I will mention it here.

Monday, May 25, 2020:



UPDATED: MAY 24, 2019 10:15 AM ET | ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: MAY 24, 2015 7:00 AM EDT

It’s easy to forget what Memorial Day actually means while you’re sitting by the pool and looking ahead at summer vacation—but the historical reason for the holiday signifies much more than just a three-day weekend.

Memorial Day is a solemn day of remembrance for everyone who has died serving in the American armed forces. The holiday, originally known as Decoration Day, started after the Civil War to honor the Union and Confederate dead.

God Bless and Keep our troops home and abroad, active and inactive and PLEASE remember all our Veterans.

Sunday,May 24, 2020

Covid 19: States Re-Opening: Most states have or are reopening at least partially for the Memorial Day Weekend and the President has declared that churches are Essential  and that they may be opened.

Cases in the U.S.: 1,622,114 & 26,229 New Cases* Overnight;

Total Deaths; 97,049; & 1,047 New Deaths* Overnight;

The paper lists the names and lives of nearly 1,000 victims.


So terribly sad! We absolutely know that many of these people should still be with us!

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Just getting started. Still trying to get a grip on Dreamweaver 2020. Tried to install "Git" but it is not working for me yet.


May 23

High-ranking Nazi official Adolf Eichmann captured

On May 23, 1960, Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion announces to the world that Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann has been captured and will stand trial in Israel. Eichmann, the Nazi SS officer who organized Adolf Hitler’s “final solution of the Jewish question,” was seized by Israeli agents in Argentina on May 11 and smuggled to Israel nine days later.

For the full story go to "This Day in History"

Friday, May 22, 2020


May 22

A Thousand Pioneers Head West as Part of the Great Emigration

The first major wagon train to the northwest departs from Elm Grove, Missouri, on the Oregon Trail.

Although U.S. sovereignty over the Oregon Territory was not clearly established until 1846, American fur trappers and missionary groups had been living in the region for decades. Dozens of books and lectures proclaimed Oregon’s agricultural potential, tweaking the interest of American farmers. The first overland immigrants to Oregon, intending primarily to farm, came in 1841 when a small band of 70 pioneers left Independence, Missouri. They followed a route blazed by fur traders, which took them west along the Platte River through the Rocky Mountains via the easy South Pass in Wyoming and then northwest to the Columbia River. In the years to come, pioneers came to call the route the Oregon Trail.

In 1842, a slightly larger group of 100 pioneers made the 2,000-mile journey to Oregon. The next year, however, the number of emigrants skyrocketed to 1,000. The sudden increase was a product of a severe depression in the Midwest combined with a flood of propaganda from fur traders, missionaries, and government officials extolling the virtues of the land. Farmers dissatisfied with their prospects in Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky, and Tennessee, hoped to find better lives in the supposed paradise of Oregon.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Trying to update navigation bar links and so far it is escaping me the correct options to choose and use. My formating is inadequate but in my defense--(defense is a poor choice of words in that in reality there can be no defense for the position I am in) a better word or phrase is "but my humble and inadequate excuse is that I simply lost my way as is evidenced by the "Word of the Day Page". I looked at the Word of the Day page and the last edit there was 2009 and going back only one four (4) edits/entries and the date was 2005. That leads me to believe that it must have been at least 2009 since any serious or not so serious updating has been done here. All of which is NOT a straw of merit in my hat but a rather weak admonishment to my lousy effort.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

As of May 19, 2020, the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) had spread to six continents, and approximately 320,560 people had died after contracting the respiratory virus. Around 32,000 of these deaths occurred in Italy and in the United States of America over 90,000 deaths thus far.

This Day in History, 1862

President Abraham Lincoln signs the Homestead Act, providing 250 million acres of free land to settlers in the West.

Site work

I just started running Dreamweaver 2020 and I find that it has some idiosyncrasy(s) that I must work through; I look forward to learning the program.

Trying to get the navigation menu pages updated and working properly.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020


May 19

EgyptAir flight 804 disappears over the Mediterranean Sea On May 19, 2016, 66 passengers and crew flying from Cairo to Paris on EgyptAir flight 804 disappeared over the Mediterranean Sea.

It took a month to find the wreckage.

At first the flight was thought to be a casualty of terrorism, but the true cause was revealed the next year. After debate and investigation, French authorities discredited the Egyptian claim that explosive materials were found in the remains, and that a fire had caused the plane to go down.

According to records from the black box, the flight was about 40 minutes from its destination when smoke was detected by onboard fire alarms. Just a minute later, more smoke was reportedly observed in the electronics and computers below the cockpit. The plane then made a 90-degree turn, circled and plummeted, breaking up in midair before crashing into the ocean below.

After the flight went down, investigation teams from several countries searched for the remains. While some of the belongings of passengers and pieces of the plane washed up days later, it wasn’t until June that the full plane was found underwater. While the Egyptian investigation team claimed that explosive materials were found in the wreckage, French investigators countered that there were signs of a fire and a midair break up, not an explosion.

The flight’s disappearance, along with an incident involving a Russian passenger plane being brought down over the Sinai Peninsula just a few months earlier, renewed security concerns and fears of terrorism.

Monday, May 18, 2020


Facebook raises $16 billion in largest tech IPO in U.S. history

If this interests you this link will give you the rest of the story.

Friday, May 15, 2020

There has been a lot going on and I have been hustling trying to stay up in some fashion but I am not doing too well.

I do plan on getting more done here in the immediate future.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Monday, March 16, 2020

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Maybe tomorrow I can get up to speed.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Not much here today.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

My "For Sale" offerings/page update is taking much longer than I had anticipated and I will diligently try to work it a little faster as it is now becoming critical to my plans and schedules.

Today we lost a very good friend. He was among the finest persons I have ever known and will be sorely missed.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

While I did get Win 10 to update we now have issues with a couple of other programs. Seems like a continual battle to maintain one of these machines that have captured our lives at least to some degree.

Having more contact with the medical establishment in my senior days I can say that I am sorely disappointed with that bunch of people. It is little wonder that Insurance costs are not worse than the atrocious heights they have already soared to. I may go on an exposé, and I would like to; the fact is though, that I simply do not have enough time to even get started on a challenge of that magnitude.

Friday, March 6, 2020

Finally, (I hope) got the Win 10 to update and the new version according to Belarc is Windows 10 Professional (x64) Version 1909 (build 18363.657). It may take a couple of days use for me to determine if everything is okay.

My work on the "for sale" items and method of sales has been detained yet again as it has been in the past. I do hope that I eventually get this to an useable and functional asset.

The news from Brea is not good news but everyone is still chugging forward at the last update I had from Jim Webb.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Currently I am having multiple problems with Windows 10, basically with updates, and I have to find a way to repair the problems.

I am also busy working on projects in the back yard and patio and deck areas of 556 Bakeman. That, too, is taking a whole lot of time. Also I was a bit under the weather all last week and did not make much progress anywhere.

I have no recent updates on Curtis. Jim Webb has been in contact as he went down to Brea about a week ago and visited with Curt and Barbara. He says that things do not look well. Also we just got word that along with everything else Barbara fell and broke an ankle and was in the hospital and I do not have a current report. Judy, Bennie and I wish Curt and Barbara all the best and we are praying for them.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

2020 is proving to be moving as quickly as did 2019 and I for one sure wish I could slow it down some.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Christmas Day 2019

Wishing a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone!

Monday, December 23, 2019

Christmas 2019

Kinda hard to believe that 2019 is this close to being in the books! From all that I gather, however, that is the case.

I and my family want to wish everyone a merry Christmas and even more we wish you all a happy 2020 and beyond!

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Sunday, December 8, 2019

The following is from History.com this-day-in-history!


December 08

The United States declares war on Japan

On December 8, as America’s Pacific fleet lay in ruins at Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt requests, and receives, a declaration of war against Japan.

Leaning heavily on the arm of his son James, a Marine captain, FDR walked haltingly into the House of Representatives at noon to request a declaration of war from the House and address the nation via radio. “Yesterday,” the president proclaimed, “December 7, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan. No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.”

Roosevelt’s 10-minute speech, ending with an oath-“So help us God”—was greeted in the House by thunderous applause and stamping of feet. Within one hour, the president had his declaration of war, with only one dissenting vote, from a pacifist in the House. FDR signed the declaration at 4:10 p.m., wearing a black armband to symbolize mourning for those lost at Pearl Harbor.

On both coasts, civilian defense groups were mobilized. In New York, Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia ordered the rounding up of Japanese nationals, who were transported to Ellis Island and held in custody indefinitely. In California, antiaircraft batteries were set up on Long Beach and the Hollywood Hills. Reports on supposed spy activity on the part of Japanese Americans began pouring into Washington, even as Japanese Americans paid for space in newspapers to declare unreservedly their loyalty to the United States. The groundwork was being laid for the tragic internment of Japanese Americans, thought a necessary caution at the time but regretted years later as a hysterical and bigoted response.

READ MORE: Why Did Japan Attack Pearl Harbor?

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Pearl Harbor Day!

Seventy Eight years ago Japan attacked the United States of America bombing Pearl Harbor, Hawaii!

Friday, December 6, 2019

I am still attempting to get the "for sale" items posted.

I have no recent updates on Curtis but he has a birthday coming next week--I believe it is the 12th. Judy, Bennie and I wish Curt a happy birthday! I also hope and pray that Curt has a better 2020 than 2019 proved to be.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Hardly seems possible but a check of the calendar and it certainly appears that this is, indeed, December.

It is then my hope that we can at least finish the year on high notes and get all good news in that we have endured a few very unpleasant realities throughout the first eleven months of 2019.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Very happy to report that I am still here and although I may not be functioning at the top of the desires I am moving.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Tomorrow, Monday Nov.. 11th is my mother's birthday; she was born in 1919. Ninety-Nine, (99); just a few days short of 100.

I had big plans for today's edit but big plans with me often go astray. Having said that I fully intend to have something of a constructive improvement during the coming week(s) (the (s) is a fail safe afterthought)--I have the ideas, it is just a matter of finding the time to implement them.

November 10, 1975:

Cargo ship suddenly sinks in Lake Superior

On November 10, 1975, the SS Edmund Fitzgerald sinks in Lake Superior, killing all 29 crew members on board. It was the worst single accident in Lake Superior’s history. The ship weighed more than 13,000 tons and was 730 feet long. It was launched in 1958 as the biggest carrier in the Great Lakes and became the first ship to carry more than a million tons of iron ore through the Soo Locks. On November 9, the Fitzgerald left Superior, Wisconsin, with 26,000 tons of ore heading for Detroit, Michigan. The following afternoon, Ernest McSorely, the captain of the Fitzgerald and a 44-year veteran, contacted the Avafor, another ship traveling on Lake Superior and reported that his ship had encountered “one of the worst seas he had ever been in.” The Fitzgerald had lost its radar equipment and was listing badly to one side. A couple of hours later, another ship made contact and was told that the Fitzgerald was holding its own. However, minutes afterward, the Fitzgerald disappeared from radar screens. A subsequent investigation showed that the sinking of the Fitzgerald occurred very suddenly; no distress signal was sent and the condition of the lifeboats suggested that little or no attempt was made to abandon the ship. One possible reason for the wreck is that the Fitzgerald was carrying too much cargo. This made the ship sit low in the water and made it more vulnerable to being overwhelmed by a sudden large wave. The official report also cited the possibility that the hatches to the cargo area may have been faulty, leading to a sudden shift of the cargo that capsized the boat. The Fitzgerald was eventually found 530 feet below the surface, 17 miles from Whitefish Bay, at the northeastern tip of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The ship had broken into two parts that were found approximately 150 feet apart. As there were no survivors among the 29 crewmembers, there will likely never be a definitive explanation of the Fitzgerald‘s sinking. The Fitzgerald‘s sinking was the worst wreck in the Great Lakes since November 29, 1966, when 28 people died in the sinking of the Daniel J. Morrell in Lake Huron. The disaster was immortalized in song the following year in Canadian folk singer Gordon Lightfoot’s “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.”

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Thanks to all my friends and family--local and distant for all their well wishes on yet another lofty (number of days) birthday; come and now gone...

Pat Gesswein; Kirk Estes; Pam Webb; Fleeta Lackey; Sue Lorea; Lyndell Emrick; John Davis; Sharon Dean; Gary Van Zee; Mary Vaughn; Sondra Gibson; Darlene Durbin; Angela Simmons; Michael Simmons; Gail Stukas; Duain Morgan; Carleen Riley; Jay & Kathy; I thank you all and wish all the best right back to you. I suspect all of us will encounter a few new challenges in the coming year(s)and I firmly believe this group will be able to handle anything that comes along.

I promise I will try to contact everyone but as I mentioned these challenges are somewhat new, and many, and they have tentacles quite long.

Tons of love and happiness to everyone.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

It's my birthday but I would just as soon ignore it, particularly the counting of days; but in all fairness I have to say it has been a good life and if you are lucky enough to get this far I suppose it shows ingratitude to not acknowledge it. With that thought in mind I do say then, okay; I am happy to have made eighty-one years (81). Many of my friends are also at this pinnacle so it is not at all unusual in reality. To all those friends and acquaintances and former classmates I wish you all the very best and we all hope for a few more birthdays I suppose. It is just that I never made much in the sort of plans for this era and it certainly is different than those days in the past.

I was with Jim Webb yesterday and he had just talked with Curtis Pitts and while he is not totally out of the woods he has gained a little weight (said to be a very positive indication) and is very hopeful of getting in a experimental program at the City of Hope. I have not posted any new information on Curt's page that I try to maintain on this website. Latest update on Curtis Pitts; Follow the link and read the information in case you missed it.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

My site has been down and I am getting run-around from both the host and the provider. Gate claims I was notified a while back of changes in the DNS and I have no record of that. Gate said I had to resolve with Namesilo my registar. Namesilo says it was changed but seperate stories on "when" and that it may take more time to show or work. Makes a lot of sense--aye?

I am still working on treatments for Neuropathy and Vein complications. I have appointments coming that will plug off bad veins and only hope it will help but I have my reservations.

I hope to be back with updates that will show up but now this is only cursory move.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Big sale at Harbor freight ends today, or so they say.

Currently I am working on treatments for Neuropathy and Vein complications.

Jim Cramer Concerned about industrials performance!

Friday, August 30, 2019

I do not have time to update except the below on Curt's progress and the most recent report is very good news.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019


I am having strange (I think) affects of the ALA and I resisted the use of the Gabapentin until recently and think I can elaborate sensibly on the combination effective with me and call it positive. I will be attempting to elaborate on the topic very soon.

Please, stay safe, don't slip, use handrails and anything for support and be ever mindful "not to fall"!!!


Just recently received an update on Curtis Pitts and it certainly looks positive. I have posted the copy of the email on Curt's page. Latest update on Curtis Pitts; Follow the link and read the information in case you missed it.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019




Tuesday, May 28, 2019

ALPHA-LIPOIC ACID was a topic in the last entry I made here and I am enclosing a link to some information that is interesting but broaches an entirely different and critical subject/topic that I have been aware of since my first investigations into the WWW (World Wide Web) some forty-years (40) ago. That subject/topic is--always be keenly suspicious and aware that any posting on the internet is placed there by someone. It may not be accurate and it may be extremely hard to verify.

That "someone" who posted this "information" has, or had, a "motive" and it may be easy to guess but often it is not and seldom can one be sure of anything if they are relegated to guessing. That same person is most directly responsible for the difficulty of verifying their posting(s). You do not have to expand your suspicion too far to see that this is at least inconsiderate of the author/poster if not intentionally deceptive.

Please, I do not mean to imply that there is not good information on the internet, quite the opposite, but I do want to emphasize that one should be aware of and try to check any information they need to trust or rely on very thoroughly. The link to the URL for the posting that prompted me to make this caveat is "Neuropathy" The company posting this information is called Truwell Nerve Support and they make you click a link to another page to get more information and then it becomes crystal clear that this is a sales campaign. Again, it is not to imply that all sales campaigns are bad. But they are reticent to give information that I, for one, want to see before I will believe what I read. Still, one more time, this is just me. Maybe you don't think that way and maybe the lack of information does not bother you. It does bother me. Still further this particular article has some enticing information that I hope is correct.


I have not spoken to or heard from Curt in the past couple of weeks. This is the latest email that I have on Curt Friday April 12. update on Curtis Pitts; Follow the link and read the information in case you missed it.

Saturday, May 18, 2019:

Larry and Sharon Dean

Larry and Sharon were visiting here in Pismo Beach on Tuesday and Wednesday (14th and 15th) this past week and we were able to have lunch and some visiting. Sharon communicates with Barbara (Pitts) frequently and we got the most current updates on Curtis progress and overall he is doing as well as can be expected considering the awesome challenge he is facing. He is having some positive results from his Chemo treatments but during the course of these type of treatments frequent discomfort is experienced. Curt has always had a great attitude and at this point it is serving him very well as he is a positive thinker and doer!

I was talking with Larry and he is, as am I, taking ALA, or Alpha-Lipoic Acid, for treatment of peripheral neuropathy of the feet; the drug is not only for the feet but is supposed to be helpful, potentially, for peripheral neuropathy in any dimension. That knowledge prompted me to do more discovery on the issue and I will endeavor to report some of my findings here.


* this information from this website (https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-767/alpha-lipoic-acid)

Overview Information Alpha-lipoic acid is a vitamin-like chemical called an antioxidant. Yeast, liver, kidney, spinach, broccoli, and potatoes are good sources of alpha-lipoic acid. It is also made in the laboratory for use as medicine.

Alpha-lipoic acid is most commonly taken by mouth for diabetes and nerve-related symptoms of diabetes including burning, pain, and numbness in the legs and arms. It is also given as an injection into the vein (by IV) for these same uses. High doses of alpha-lipoic acid are approved in Germany for the treatment of these nerve-related symptoms.

How does it work?

Alpha-lipoic acid seems to help prevent certain kinds of cell damage in the body, and also restores vitamin levels such as vitamin E and vitamin C. There is also evidence that alpha-lipoic acid can improve the function and conduction of neurons in diabetes.

Alpha-lipoic acid is used in the body to break down carbohydrates and to make energy for the other organs in the body.

Alpha-lipoic acid seems to work as an antioxidant, which means that it might provide protection to the brain under conditions of damage or injury. The antioxidant effects might also be helpful in certain liver diseases.


I have not spoken to or heard from Curt in the past couple of weeks. This is the latest email that I have on Curt Friday April 12. update on Curtis Pitts; Follow the link and read the information in case you missed it.

Friday, April 26, 2019:

Jim has spoken with Curt and Barb on the phone and Curt has started the Chemo treatments I think on Friday, April 19, 2019. He, Jim Webb, said that Curt was feeling a lot better than a week or so back but still with some bad days. Curt's voice is weak; suffering side-effects caused from his treatments. This is the latest email that I have on Curt Friday April 12. update on Curtis Pitts; Follow the link and read the information in case you missed it.

Saturday, April 20, 2019:

Slow down and think! Helps me -- Really, It Does!.

Most Current I Have -- update on Curtis Pitts

Strength training is really more important than I realized until I became weak enough that it was an actual and VERY real problem.

No new updates for Curt except that Jim talked with Barb and she said it was okay to call; even though Curt does not have a strong voice he has been actually feeling better and I think he got his first Chemo on Friday, yesterday.

This is the latest I have on Curt Friday April 12. update on Curtis Pitts; Follow the link and read the information in case you missed it.

Friday, April 12, 2019:

Slow down and think! Helps me -- some.

Latest Update on Curt -- update on Curtis Pitts

We must remember as we age we are not as strong as we once were and cannot do as much. Take precautions, ALLWAYS!

This Update on Curt Friday April 12. update on Curtis Pitts; Follow the link and read the information in case you missed it.

Sunday, April 7, 2019:

Slow down and think!

Maybe God slowed us down to give us time to "think" more?

We must remember as we age we are not as strong as we once were and cannot do as much. Take precautions, ALLWAYS!

Neuropathy, I come back to that often as it is one of my major problems. This link will give you some good information; "Neuropathy help" , of course there are many sites on the internet that give good information and I only mention one if it had what I thought is unique or exceptional information.

I have a NO recent update on Curt.> update on Curtis Pitts; Follow the link and read the information in case you missed it.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019:

PLEASE--Don't Fall!

Seniors MUST be more diligent, ALLWAYS

Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall. Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults. Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall. Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults.

Because we are "weaker" we tend to lose many of our sensory skills. It is gradual but these gradual changes add up to increased fall risk for older adults. ... This is serious because falls are a leading cause of lost independence and ability. Seniors often aren't able to recover fully from the trauma, their overall health declines, and their care needs increase significantly.

I have a recent update on Curt and posted to his page>> update on Curtis Pitts; Follow the link and read the information in case you missed it.

Monday, March 18, 2019:

PLEASE--Don't Fall!

A person will tend to go where they are looking

I am not positive of the actual statistical number but I believe 90% or more of accidental falls are not necessary. By actual definition, all accidental falls are preventable. Don't fall, it will hurt and may cause death. Just don't let it happen.

There are many reasons and many things we can do to prevent falls. Thinking is the most important and while we all know that thinking becomes a bit more difficult with age it is more of an excuse than a reality, that of "not thinking".

I will never forget an old friend, Don Christianson, who is no longer with us, once, while sitting at McDonalds in Arroyo Grande began laughing and slid over a napkin upon where he had written a little slogan and he said to me; Remember the old Burma Shave signs along U.S. 66? I smiled and said yeah I do. He often scribbled on napkins words of wisdom. This one showed little signs that cautioned against speeding and it went like this; "Don't lose your head" -- "To save a Minute" -- "You need your head" -- "Your brains are in it" ! I remember smiling and thinking how true this is. Don, who had a remarkable memory and likely remembered most of those old Burma Shave signs of wit. Through the years I think of this one often and how simply true it is. I hope it works for you too.

Please don't fall. I have and I know that when I did it was because I was not thinking, perhaps trying to save a minute.

I have no recent update on Curt but I will be checking later today. The last I have from Barb update on Curtis Pitts; Follow the link and read the information in case you missed it.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019:

A person will tend to go where they are looking

With that thought in mind it, seemingly, would follow that if one focuses on their goal they would be more likely to go to it or at least toward it.

I will be meeting with Jim Webb and I think he talked with Curt and if so I will post the info later today.

The last I have from Barb update on Curtis Pitts; Follow the link and read the information in case you missed it.

Monday, March 11, 2019:

A person will tend to go where they are looking

With that thought in mind it, seemingly, would follow that if one focuses on their goal they would be more likely to go to it.

We have an update on Curtis Pitts; Follow the link and read the information Barbara emailed everyone in case you missed it.

Sunday, March 10, 2019:

My Grandson: Kevin Candela Happy Birthday

Wishing you all the best Kevin.

Cort & Judy

We have an update on Curtis Pitts; The link is to a copy of the email Barbara sent everyone on March 2, 2019 just in case you missed it.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019:

"Be a Good-Finder":

Continuing to focus on health and awareness as a main topic going forward.

We have an update on Curtis Pitts; The link is to a copy of the email Barbara sent everyone on March 2, 2019 just in case you missed it.

Leaving the information sent from Bankrate, cut cancer risks. BANKRATE.com provided us with a very helpful link titled "101 Easy Ways to Cut Your Cancer Risk". The page has many helpful hints and links and outright solutions so I encourage anyone intrested in prevention OR cure to visit and check it out and see if it is useful to you.

It is still our plan to be adding more links and posting more medical information very soon.

Thursday, February 21, 2019:

"Good things continue to happen!":

We will be concentrating on health issues and remedies as a main topic going forward.

We do not have an update on Curtis Pitts right now but BANKRATE.com provided us with a very helpful link titled "101 Easy Ways to Cut Your Cancer Risk". The page has many helpful hints and links and outright solutions so I encourage anyone intrested in prevention OR cure to visit and check it out and see if it is useful to you.

We will be adding more links and posting more medical information very soon.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019:

"Good things are STILL happening!":

Today I just restored my computer again but I had not taken an Image since the restore two or three days ago and am in the same spot I was after that restore...duh!

I have not heard the results of Curt's scan that should have happened Monday but I am hoping it is only good news. As always we wish Curt, Barb and all the family the very best.

Monday, February 4, 2019:

"Good things are STILL happening!":

I have been having computer trouble again; actually that is like an ongoing situation BUT I used a restore option and reinstalled the OS and that does come with at least a few inconveniences and I am working on those inconvenience currently.

Curt gets to have a scan (scheduled) today and we are very hopeful that Curt's tumor is shrinking following the initial treatments. We are diligently praying and hoping for promising results from his treatment and as always wish Curt, Barb and all the family the very best.

Thursday, January 31, 2019:

"Good things are happening!":

I know That I must do better in keeping this site up to date and with useful information; I really want to and I just hope that in the near future I can make that a reality.

We are very hopeful that Curt's tumor is shrinking following the initial treatments. We are diligently praying and hoping for promising results from his treatment and as always wish Curt, Barb and all the family the very best.

Unfortunately, this is the time of life when negative things and happenings seem to occur rather quickly and it will take some getting used to. Perhaps that is a crud way of stating the obvious but I am not a wordsmith by any imagination.

Knowing that many of us are experiencing some difficulties I want to say that my prayers and good thoughts are wished for everyone I know.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019:

"Good things are happening!":

For me it is well that I keep repeating that phrase and try to wholeheartedly believe in it. I do believe that faith is the most powerful of personal elements that perhaps all of us should employ. If not all of us at least me.

Much has happened since my last visit here. One of my best lifelong friends is having a battle with cancer. A foe we all face at this time of our life. Still, for me it is well that I stop and give thanks that I am still here even though I have not had a lot of serious battles with health issues; there have been other daemons. I do have this doggoned peripheral neuropathy affecting my feet and balance and it is at the very least eye-opening. We, who are going into the ninth decade of life, must expect a few ripples along the way. At any time it could become very stormy waters. If nothing else then we must try at least to not hasten and rush things along and that requires the use of the knowledge we have supposedly gained during the previous eight decades. So, then, we now must devote a lot of our time to doing the things that will help us survive and not doing the things that will hasten the ultimate destination.

Sunday, January 6, 2019:

"Good things are happening!":

Hope you don't hold it against me that I am unable to direct you to where the "good things" are happening. But really, just because we do not know does not mean it is not so! Also, I think it might be well to apply the same thought in many other areas of thought as well. Just continue to look for the good and all will end up okay.

Be a GOODFINDER! It will enhance your life if you are sincere in the quest. That is according to Zig Ziglar who was an inspirational speaker and super salesman and the producer of several very good self-help programs. I, personally, truly believe in his works. Unfortunately Zig is no longer with us in body but his works will live on for a while I suspect. Zig passed away on November 28, 2012 but he left us many treasures, in his writings and recordings, if one is of the inclination to take advantage of them.

Friday, December 7, 2018:

"A Date Which Will Live in Infamy":

Tuesday, February 6, 2018:

Elon Musk sends Tesla car to Mars on SpaceX rocket

Helena Horton
6 February 2018
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The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral - REUTERS

Elon Musk has launched a cherry red Tesla car into space with David Bowie’s song Life on Mars playing on repeat.

An estimated half a million people gathered in Florida to watch the launch - the culmination of a plan five years in the making.

Mr. Musk used a super rocket – the Falcon Heavy vehicle – to send the car into orbit around Mars, deploying technology with twice the launching power of any existing rocket, and double that of the Saturn V, which launched the Apollo lunar missions.

Mr. Musk explained that the Roadster "will be in deep space for a billion years or so, if it doesn't blow up on ascent".

His fears were not realised, however, and the rocket successfully took off at 3.45pm local time.

Earlier this week, in a YouTube video to promote the launch, Bowie’s song played as the Falcon Heavy was shown on the launch pad.

The animation showed that during the launch, Falcon Heavy's three first-stage boosters ignite, powering up the booster toward space.

The two side boosters separate and fall away, returning to Earth to land on two SpaceX landing pads at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.


Tuesday March 14, 2017

More on Peripheral Neuropathy

Symptoms and causes


Every nerve in your peripheral system has a specific function, so symptoms depend on the type of nerves affected. Nerves are classified into:

  • Sensory nerves that receive sensation, such as temperature, pain, vibration or touch, from the skin
  • Motor nerves that control muscle movement
  • Autonomic nerves that control functions such as blood pressure, heart rate, digestion and bladder

Signs and symptoms of peripheral neuropathy might include:

  • Gradual onset of numbness, prickling or tingling in your feet or hands, which can spread upward into your legs and arms
  • Sharp, jabbing, throbbing, freezing or burning pain
  • Extreme sensitivity to touch
  • Lack of coordination and falling
  • Muscle weakness or paralysis if motor nerves are affected

If autonomic nerves are affected, signs and symptoms might include:

  • Heat intolerance and altered sweating
  • Bowel, bladder or digestive problems
  • Changes in blood pressure, causing dizziness or lightheadedness

Peripheral neuropathy can affect one nerve (mononeuropathy), two or more nerves in different areas (multiple mononeuropathy) or many nerves (polyneuropathy). Carpal tunnel syndrome is an example of mononeuropathy. Most people with peripheral neuropathy have polyneuropathy.

When to see a doctor

Seek medical care right away if you notice unusual tingling, weakness or pain in your hands or feet. Early diagnosis and treatment offer the best chance for controlling your symptoms and preventing further damage to your peripheral nerves.



Not a single disease, peripheral neuropathy is nerve damage caused by a number of conditions. Causes of neuropathies include:

  • Alcoholism. Poor dietary choices made by people with alcoholism can lead to vitamin deficiencies.
  • Autoimmune diseases. These include Sjogren's syndrome, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Guillain-Barre syndrome, chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy and necrotizing vasculitis.
  • Diabetes. More than half the people with diabetes develop some type of neuropathy.
  • Exposure to poisons. Toxic substances include heavy metals or chemicals.
  • Medications. Certain medications, especially those used to treat cancer (chemotherapy), can cause peripheral neuropathy.
  • Infections. These include certain viral or bacterial infections, including Lyme disease, shingles, Epstein-Barr virus, hepatitis C, leprosy, diphtheria and HIV.
  • Inherited disorders. Disorders such as Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease are hereditary types of neuropathy.
  • Trauma or pressure on the nerve. Traumas, such as from motor vehicle accidents, falls or sports injuries, can sever or damage peripheral nerves. Nerve pressure can result from having a cast or using crutches or repeating a motion such as typing many times.
  • Tumors. Growths, cancerous (malignant) and noncancerous (benign), can develop on the nerves or press nerves. Also, polyneuropathy can arise as a result of some cancers related to the body's immune response. These are a form of paraneoplastic syndrome.
  • Vitamin deficiencies. B vitamins — including B-1, B-6 and B-12 — vitamin E and niacin are crucial to nerve health.
  • Bone marrow disorders. These include abnormal protein in the blood (monoclonal gammopathies), a form of bone cancer (osteosclerotic myeloma), lymphoma and amyloidosis.
  • Other diseases. These include kidney disease, liver disease, connective tissue disorders and an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism).


Saturday February 11, 2017

A Little More on Health

Once again I have let this page go without attention for too long.

I have begun to have more health issues; So far in my life I have been very fortunate with my health but apparently that too is going to fit in the "nothing lasts forever" category. So for now I will post a few things from time to time that I have read and see how it goes.

What Does It Mean When My Heart Skips a Beat?

"Why does my heart skip a crazy beat?" Maybe it’s love, like Diana Ross sings about.

Most of the time, a fast-beating, pounding, or skipping heart isn't reason to worry. But sometimes these palpitations can be signs of trouble.

Many say a palpitation feels like a heaviness in the chest, head, or even the neck. Sometimes there’s a flip-flopping in the chest, or the heart may stop or skip for a brief second.

Do You Need to Call 911?

The answer is yes when you're also having shortness of breath, severe chest pain, heavy sweating, and dizziness, or you feel like you're going to pass out. You might be having a heart attack.

Don't drive yourself to the hospital. Let the ambulance come to you. Paramedics can begin treatment as soon as they arrive. You’all get help sooner than if you go to the ER on your own.

Do You Need to See a Doctor?

Yes, if your pulse is more than 100 beats per minute and you've not been exercising and don't have a fever.

Yes, too, if you have:

Could It Be AFib?

Possibly. Atrial fibrillation is a type of arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat.

Cells in your heart make electric signals that cause your ticker to pump at a regular pace.

If you have AFib, your heart's two small upper chambers (the atria) don't beat normally. Instead they beat too fast, with the electric signals triggered from different parts of the chambers. That causes a rapid thumping in your chest. You may also have dizziness, sweating, chest pain, or shortness of breath. Or, you might not have any symptoms.

You can manage AFib with your doctor's help. But if you don't get it treated, you’re at risk for a serious blood clot or a stroke.

Ask your doctor to check you for the condition if you think you might have it.

Friday January 20, 2017

Peripheral Neuropathy

Neuropathy is the term used to describe a problem with the nerves, usually the 'peripheral nerves' as opposed to the 'central nervous system' (the brain and spinal cord). Neuropathy is seen with a number of different underlying medical conditions. Mar 18, 2016. Peripheral: Situated away from the center, as opposed to centrally located.

For example, peripheral vision means the type of vision that allows one to see objects that are not in the center of one's visual field.

The word "peripheral" comes from the Greek "peripheria" ("peri-", around or about + "pherein", to bear, carry). An IV (intravenous) catheter is a peripheral line.

How to use this document

Therin lies the problem!

Saturday February 9, 2013...

Top 10 English language oddities

July12, 2007


1. “Bookkeeper” is the only word that has three consecutive doubled letters.

2. The two longest words with only one of the six vowels including y are the 15-letter defenselessness and respectlessness.

3. “Forty” is the only number which has its letters in alphabetical order. “One” is the only number with its letters in reverse alphabetical order.

4. The superlatively long word honorificabilitudinitatibus (27 letters) alternates consonants and vowels.

5. Antidisestablishmentarianism listed in the Oxford English Dictionary, was considered the longest English word for quite a long time, but today the medical term pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is usually considered to have the title, despite the fact that it was coined to provide an answer to the question ‘What is the longest English word?’.

6. “The sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick” is said to be the toughest tongue twister in English.

7. There is only one common word in English that has five vowels in a row: queueing.

8. The two longest words with only one of the six vowels including y are the 15-letter defenselessness and respectlessness.

9. “Asthma” and “isthmi” are the only six-letter words that begin and end with a vowel and have no other vowels between.

10 “Rhythms” is the longest English word without the normal vowels, a, e, i, o, or u.

Source: listverse.com

Monday March 14, 2016:

More on the Jekyll Island Book

The Creature From Jekyll Island

This book is quite large and covers a lot of history. The author makes compelling arguments and comparisons of current and historical events. I have not read the text but have it as an audio-book and I have listened to it at least three times and it is a 24 hour recording. If you are interested it is on Audible.

It is my belief that one should view everything with guarded skepticism. I have been around long enough (really) to have learned something you may or may not have considered, "everyone lies". Hey I just said above that I believed you should view everything with some skepticism, if I believe that everyone lies, and I would bet a whole bunch on it, then of course you must understand that I too can, could and have lied. Enough of that, the point being that we can never believe everything we read, hear, or even see; rest assured that we, each and everyone of us, are charged with doing our own due diligence, so to speak, in all matters.

Oh, as to my editing of the website I have made a little progress but it may be a bit difficult to see. It is a work in progress and I will continue I hope. Most at fault are my drop-down menus above. I am slow at relearning about how to code some of these things and I just hope I am able to eventually prevail. Probably I am the only person that really gives a hoot.

I have a friend who, as a serious hobby, keeps track of the rain for our area; he tells me that we are nearing the 23 inch mark and I think he says that is since October 2015 working on six months and the 23 inch number is what we believe is the expected "average" rainfall for our area specifically Arroyo Grande, California. Please don't quote me or take as gospel the 23 inch number as I am pulling it from my memory and that is stored in a very crowed traffic area and could be totally wrong.


I am really mixing up content right now but I think I will be able to make it flow some in due course.

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