Flaw in Canadian Elder Care

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This elderly couple in Canada have been forced to live apart for 8 months in spite of the fact that they have been married for 62 years.  The government health care department says it is due to lack of beds available. Where is their empathy?  Where is their humanity? Where is the milk of human kindness?

I fear for all of us when medicine and care becomes a business and ” and first, do no harm”  is forgotten !


Original oath[edit]

A fragment of the Oath on the 3rd-century Papyrus Oxyrhynchus 2547.

This is the original version of the Hippocratic Oath, in Greek and then followed by the English translation:

ὄμνυμι Ἀπόλλωνα ἰητρὸν καὶ Ἀσκληπιὸν καὶ Ὑγείαν καὶ Πανάκειαν καὶ θεοὺς πάντας τε καὶπάσας, ἵστορας ποιεύμενος, ἐπιτελέα ποιήσειν κατὰ δύναμιν καὶ κρίσιν ἐμὴν ὅρκον τόνδε καὶσυγγραφὴν τήνδε:

ἡγήσεσθαι μὲν τὸν διδάξαντά με τὴν τέχνην ταύτην ἴσα γενέτῃσιν ἐμοῖς,καὶ βίου κοινώσεσθαι, καὶ χρεῶν χρηΐζοντι μετάδοσιν ποιήσεσθαι, καὶ γένος τὸ ἐξ αὐτοῦἀδελφοῖς ἴσον ἐπικρινεῖν ἄρρεσι, καὶ διδάξειν τὴν τέχνην ταύτην, ἢν χρηΐζωσι μανθάνειν,ἄνευ μισθοῦ καὶ συγγραφῆς, παραγγελίης τε καὶ ἀκροήσιος καὶ τῆς λοίπης ἁπάσης μαθήσιοςμετάδοσιν ποιήσεσθαι υἱοῖς τε ἐμοῖς καὶ τοῖς τοῦ ἐμὲ διδάξαντος, καὶ μαθητῇσισυγγεγραμμένοις τε καὶ ὡρκισμένοις νόμῳ ἰητρικῷ, ἄλλῳ δὲ οὐδενί.

διαιτήμασί τε χρήσομαιἐπ᾽ ὠφελείῃ καμνόντων κατὰ δύναμιν καὶ κρίσιν ἐμήν, ἐπὶ δηλήσει δὲ καὶ ἀδικίῃ εἴρξειν.

οὐδώσω δὲ οὐδὲ φάρμακον οὐδενὶ αἰτηθεὶς θανάσιμον, οὐδὲ ὑφηγήσομαι συμβουλίην τοιήνδε: ὁμοίως δὲ οὐδὲ γυναικὶ πεσσὸν φθόριον δώσω.

ἁγνῶς δὲ καὶ ὁσίως διατηρήσω βίοντὸν ἐμὸν καὶ τέχνην τὴν ἐμήν.

οὐ τεμέω δὲ οὐδὲ μὴν λιθιῶντας, ἐκχωρήσω δὲ ἐργάτῃσιν ἀνδράσι πρήξιος τῆσδε.

ἐς οἰκίας δὲ ὁκόσας ἂν ἐσίω, ἐσελεύσομαι ἐπ᾽ ὠφελείῃκαμνόντων, ἐκτὸς ἐὼν πάσης ἀδικίης ἑκουσίης καὶ φθορίης, τῆς τε ἄλλης καὶ ἀφροδισίωνἔργων ἐπί τε γυναικείων σωμάτων καὶ ἀνδρῴων, ἐλευθέρων τε καὶ δούλων.

ἃ δ᾽ ἂν ἐνθεραπείῃ ἢ ἴδω ἢ ἀκούσω, ἢ καὶ ἄνευ θεραπείης κατὰ βίον ἀνθρώπων, ἃ μὴ χρή ποτεἐκλαλεῖσθαι ἔξω, σιγήσομαι, ἄρρητα ἡγεύμενος εἶναι τὰ τοιαῦτα.

ὅρκον μὲν οὖν μοι τόνδεἐπιτελέα ποιέοντι, καὶ μὴ συγχέοντι, εἴη ἐπαύρασθαι καὶ βίου καὶ τέχνης δοξαζομένῳ παρὰπᾶσιν ἀνθρώποις ἐς τὸν αἰεὶ χρόνον: παραβαίνοντι δὲ καὶ ἐπιορκέοντι, τἀναντία τούτων.[5]

I swear by Apollo The Healer, by Asclepius, by Hygieia, by Panacea, and by all the Gods and Goddesses, making them my witnesses, that I will carry out, according to my ability and judgment, this oath and this indenture.

To hold my teacher in this art equal to my own parents; to make him partner in my livelihood; when he is in need of money to share mine with him; to consider his family as my own brothers, and to teach them this art, if they want to learn it, without fee or indenture; to impart precept, oral instruction, and all other instruction to my own sons, the sons of my teacher, and to indentured pupils who have taken the physician’s oath, but to nobody else.

I will use treatment to help the sick according to my ability and judgment, but never with a view to injury and wrong-doing. Neither will I administer a poison to anybody when asked to do so, nor will I suggest such a course. Similarly I will not give to a woman a pessary to cause abortion. But I will keep pure and holy both my life and my art. I will not use the knife, not even, verily, on sufferers from stone, but I will give place to such as are craftsmen therein.

Into whatsoever houses I enter, I will enter to help the sick, and I will abstain from all intentional wrong-doing and harm, especially from abusing the bodies of man or woman, bond or free. And whatsoever I shall see or hear in the course of my profession, as well as outside my profession in my intercourse with men, if it be what should not be published abroad, I will never divulge, holding such things to be holy secrets.

Now if I carry out this oath, and break it not, may I gain for ever reputation among all men for my life and for my art; but if I transgress it and forswear myself, may the opposite befall me.[5



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Abolish Modern Day Slavery

September 25, 2016 will be Freedom Sunday in many churches as they bind together to eradicate modern day slavery and help International Justice Ministry around the world.

Be a modern day Freedom Rider from the dark places of our own past  in the United States and work today  for the  eradication and  the injustice of slavery around the world.

Loudonville Community Church in Albany, New York.  September 25th, 9 and 11 am services.  All welcome.





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In a Blink of An Eye!

Time is a very strange phenomenon. . . . minutes, hours, days, weeks,and  and even months can just drag on and on, especially when you are ill or sitting in the dentist’s chair. I remember telling my students that  the passage of time in school  compared to the passage of time during vacations is one of the mysteries of life.  So it is for me. . . . the 50 years from  August 20,1966  to  August, 20 2016  seems just to have been a  blink of an eye for  me.

I fell in love with David when I was 19. He was incredibly funny and the smartest person I had ever met.  I am so grateful for the two amazing  children, Katherine and Christian who were born of our union.  They have given us such joy every day of their lives.

David has shown me places and taken me to  parts of the world that a girl from Staunton, Virginia could never even imagined.  I love his adventuring spirit and constant striving to learn and his love of travel!

This picture was taken at the end of one of the Indian spectacular 7 days of wedding celebration in 2015.  The students encouraged the kiss!

Through all these years, I have not always liked David very much but I imagine he would say the same about me. Such is life together with  two very different people.   We stood before  God and our families and took a vow which we have taken seriously during  all this life together.

But there has not been a single moment of the 50 years that I have not loved him!

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School Answering Machine!

This keeps popping up so I decided Word Press needs it and not just FB!   I dare say it would be hard to find one teacher who would not agree with at least part of this recording!  There is a lesson or many  to be learned. . . . don’t miss it while laughing!

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The Favela of Rio




  1. a Brazilian shack or shanty town; a slum.

    Meet Rosemary and see her life in Favela!

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Senator Tim Scott. . . In His Own Words

In light of the narrative of race in the United States, I think that Senator Scott from South Carolina, the only Republican  African American Senator , is a trusted and articulate speaker.  The country needs empathy, knowledge, wisdom, words, and work to solve the problems of fear and  profiling that leads to riots, shooting, and fires. We need a leader to show us the way !





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“Anthropoid” A Movie

I love  historical films.  David always teases me about  the period pieces I want to see and I was surprised that he wanted to see this film.  I always want to see the World War II , Nazi films and he usually says that he  already knows the story!   So why did he  suggest we go to see this last Saturday?  It was set  and filmed in Prague!   Ah beautiful Prague. . . . . .

Hitler had begun his  plan of domination of all of Europe in 1939 when his troops invaded and occupied what is now the Czech Republic without any push back by the Czechs.  The Germans said they were coming to Bavaria to protect Germans living there but it became obvious they wanted and needed the resources to wage war starting the next year with the invasion  of Poland, coal, steel, iron, and electric power.  Later this area became part of the Communist domain until the Velvet Revolution , again without shots being fired in 1939, finally returning freedom to the Czechs.


Wenceslas   Square Prague, December 1989 celebrating freedom !

There was a dark and evil time in Prague during WW II. The German commandant was Reinhard Heydrich whose nickname was “The Butcher of Prague.” His cruelty and dark and evil heart had made him devise and then be assigned to the “Final Solution” of the wiping the Jewish people off the face of the earth.   This is the background of the film.  There is a plot to assassinate  Heydrich by a small group of brave Czech resistance soldiers.

We went mainly to see shots of Prague, the Castle, Charles Bridge, Old Town, St. Vitus, Wenceslas Square  and our only complaint was that there  were too few sites included!  If you go to or rent this film, you will see Prague, and  the details that are  true to the period with hairstyles, clothes, street scenes, and items of war.  This is a war film and there is a violent assassination attempt, a man hunt, and siege of a church  with pyrotechnics equal to  most current action films.  And it all is with  1940s  weapons.

This film does not glorify war, quite the contrary.  It glorifies bravery, love for country, and   willingness to die so others can be free.  It glorifies unselfish heroes.

“Anthropoid” is based on a true story.  * * * * out of 5 * , is my ranking.

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