1918 Letter from Irene Robb, Camp Dodge, Iowa

June 4, 2011

Last Sunday evening after seven o’clock I had to evacuate my ward of 33 patients all “Flu” cases and get it all ready for 28 Pneumonia cases just as sick as could be & they bro’t them in before all my Flu cases were out and they bro’t them in on the litters so fast I couldn’t get the charts numbered fast enough & beds made up quick enough. All these Pneumonias had first been Flu cases;


Bonobo Handshake

March 5, 2011

I read Bonobo Handshake (on my Kindle) after hearing the author interviewed on some radio show that I cannot recall or find online.  She totally cracked me up describing how she refused to pet the penis of a male bonobo who was waving it around demanding attention before he would participate in some research.  She […]

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Fun donation

December 25, 2010

For Christmas this year, I am mostly giving donations in honor of each person instead of giving them stuff.  For one of my nephews and my son, I decided to give to the Libri Foundation, a nationwide nonprofit organization that has donated over $4,000,000 worth of new, hardcover children’s books to more than 2,800 rural […]

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The Grid

July 17, 2010

I just finished reading The Grid: A Journey Through the Heart of Our Electrified World. It is an odd book.  I am picky about writing style, and at first the somewhat flippant voice of the author annoyed me.  But after a while I got used to it.  Then at one point, I wondered, who is […]