Austin, United States

I have spent most of my career as a French professor and a research librarian, and have been reinventing myself as a writer. I’m...


Heat Exhaustion -- An Evolving Story

On this incredibly hot, triple digit day, I’m like the little birds, walking with my mouth hanging open, and I feel a kinship with them, without the wings. Being on foot in this intense heat is downright dangerous, and 14 homeless people have died thus far this month. At least that was in the news. There have been cases of heat exhaustion. What the doctor said was that the body overheating affects the organs, which at a high enough temperature, begin to shut down. The most important thing is to cool the body down. Duh!…

That’s kind of common sense, I guess. Several times this month already, I felt so sick, and realized it was from the heat. I’m accustomed to being outdoors a certain part of the day. Realizing I was overheated, I ran to the nearest store and bought ice cream, which

Liberties and Rights and Independence Day

On this July 5, I don’t want to let the opportunity pass to make a comment about our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as recorded in the Constitution. We all have the right to life, and it should not be diminished or left to the whim of individuals or people who decide any life is not worth living, or that any life does not have the right to exist. Nor should our pursuit of happiness deny the right to life or liberty of others. No life should be damaged or destroyed because of the whims of others. If we allow this, then no human being will be safe, then no one really has a right to live according to God’s law, but only according to whatever individual is claiming power over any of us.…

I’ve seen families decide that an elderly member who has had a stroke does not nee

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