"Invention, my dear friends, is 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation, and 2% swine flu."

World's first lickable wallpaper installed in the UK.Apparently some poor poor misguided soul decided to go ahead and install hundreds of Jaffa Cakes on the wall of an elevator so that people could lick to their hearts' content. ...more

This Little Piggy

Dear Delilah,With the exception of your turning a deaf ear to my requests to maneuver out of your breech position, you were a surprisingly good listener while in utero. On the way to our appointment for the anatomy scan ultrasound, your father and I told you not to by shy, and that it's okay to show your private parts to mommy, daddy, and medical personnel, so go ahead and show your bits to the nice sonographer....more

It was! My (public) blog is written to and for my daughter. :)

It probably goes without ...more

Why Everyone Should Get a Flu Shot

After a week or so, my daughter recovered and resumed life as usual. It sure is interesting how a brief brush with an unpredictable disease can change your perspective. The unspoken fear that we faced last year has faded into a childhood memory for Marissa. Surprisingly, it appears that public memory has been short-lived as well — which troubles me as a mom of five active kids. ...more
I'm an RN at one of the biggest women's hospitals in our area. During the swine flu scare I saw ...more

Still No Parent Instruction Manual For Kids!

When babies are born, parents learn instantly that they are alone with no instruction manual to help them care for and guide them in parenting their children. The zillions of pieces of unsolicited advice are also not much help. Skills honed over a lifetime prove to be insufficient against the omniscient child brain. For example, those of us who are lawyers who seldom lose an argument in court or at a negotiation table cannot win one at home....more

Influenza Vaccination - Just the Facts

Vaccination against the Flu Virus:  Influenza Facts               Each year people die from complications related to influenza (flu).  Severe influenza can require hospitalization.  It can cause diarrhea and seizures in children, and complicate a number of medical conditions.  Although vaccination against influenza is the best way to protect yourself and your family, while preventing its spread, there are concerns associated with its usage.  For example, since the influenza vaccine is prep...more

I don't think anyone doesn't want to vaccinate. I think people don't want to vaccinate when ...more

I Say "No" to Mandatory Flu Vaccines for Health Care Workers

Google the word "flu," and you will be bombarded with scare tactics (and guilt tactics) to influence you to get a flu shot. In addition, there are many pieces of writing out there right now trying to influence public opinion about making flu shots mandatory for all health care workers. The idea of making the flu shot mandatory for anyone is disturbing to me. And if you think you don't have to worry because you're not a health care worker, think again. It's a very slippery slope. ...more

I think that sounds like a reasonable compromise as well. Although, many cancer patients ...more

Swine Flu, Seasonal Flu, and Vaccinations: Should You Worry?

I happen to believe in vaccinations, and I'm a big believer in the flu shot. I like to tell the story this way: We never got flu shots until the year when the entire family was felled by flu, one by one. It took a full month to run through our home, by which time three of the four of us had experienced secondary infections. ...more

I agree with you on this. I'm so glad you shared.


Surrenderstan: A Week in Enemy Territory

by Shelley SingerI find myself today in a foreign land, a threatening land, a land of anxiety and of disorientation, a place where I must relinquish control, a place I will call “Surrenderstan.” It is not in an exotic location. You can get there by touching the handle of a grocery cart, by sitting next to the wrong person on the subway, by going to the theater or to a ballgame. I got here via the flu, to whose control I was forced to submit, kicking and screaming all the way....more

My Own Christmas Newsletter: Spoiler Alert - Includes Swine Flu

December, 2009         It may be better to give than receive, but I'd rather read your newsletters and cards than try to remember the past year in enough detail to write my own. ...more