Why am I seized with a vision of Saint Lucy (she of the Peanuts cartoon)? Hey, why not? But Howard is still No. 1 hereabouts.I never knew much of anything about Advent; does this ring true to those of us who are better informed about it?Fox News' War on AdventAnd how about this for historical perspective? Thinking of the overlap with the Divine Mother, Diana, the Triple Goddess, etc. is interesting, if somewhat bemusing. I suppose we could still put out some hay for Sleppnir on Midsummer Eve. Maria Lactans--changed Christian symbolismSee this for further examplesOff to court in Stockton tomorrow [AKA today]. Should be pretty easy for me. --Alan
Having gotten a satisfying about of work done today, I will be off the the local science writers' Christmas party soon.
Sounds great, Bill. Have fun!
Were we talking the other day about RW men imposing their will on all women? Memo to Michigan: Did You Not Hear the Voters on Women's Health?
Well, Alan, I needed something to post for today and each year my daughter used to dress up as St. Lucia and make her four brothers breakfast. So that's what it's about more than anything...missing those fun times with my kids.
My eye doc says that if my eye isn't better by Monday he'll give me some cortisone drops to boost the healing. But it's a bit better each day and I suspect it will be fine by Monday.However, my dearest friend, who had the bilateral (double) mastectomy and is facing an ovariectomy learned that she needs yet another biopsy because she might have uterine cancer. Of course, that can't be done until after the New Year, so now she just gets to wait and worry (again!).I tell ya, I'm going to know when I make it to heaven/nirvana by the lack of high pitched stress! LOL!
I can fully understand the desire of healthcare professionals to have a holiday for themselves. But it does create stress for patients with conditions that appear urgent but are not immediately life-threatening.I experienced this when the macular degeneration went "wet" in my second eye. I recognized the symptoms in early December but couldn't get an appointment with my retinal specialist until January. I was just mulling whether earlier treatment might have saved a bit more sight. But maybe not. My first two treatments were technically experimental because the procedure hadn't yet been approved by the FDA, and I'm not sure this "phase IV" trial was available much before I was enrolled in it.
Holy shit, listener! That certainly puts things in perspective.I hope your poor friend can get a little peace over the holiday season.
What Cat said...--Alan
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