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Monday, July 25, 2016
Medical Mistakes
Posted Thursday, July 21, at 3:15 PM
According to researchers at the John Hopkins School of Medicine, fatal mistakes in hospitals and health care facilities are the third leading cause of death in the USA The following are the five leading causes of death in the USA. More than 250,000 Americans die annually from medical mistakes and safety lapses. Perhaps the following examples of actual entries on hospital patient's medical charts could shed some light on this lapse of judgment...

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Alternative Medical Procedure
Posted Sunday, July 17, at 2:18 PM

Reflexology is an alternative medical procedure which involves the application of appropriate pressure to specific points and areas on the feet, hands, or ears in order to receive a positive effect on a person's organs and physical health. Reflexologists access these points on the feet and hands (bottom, sides, and top) and the ear (both inside as far as the finger can reach and outside) to positively affect organs and bodily systems...

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Wasting the Labors of the People
Posted Saturday, June 25, at 4:15 PM

The U.S. Congress often passes spending bills that contain "earmarks" (added amendments), which are quite often ridiculous pork projects. "Absolutely, we need earmark reform, and when I am president, I will go line by line to make sure that we are not spending money unwisely." Barack Obama -- declared in his first debate with John McCain during the presidential cycle of 2008...

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Evil in Missouri
Posted Sunday, June 5, at 9:05 AM

A dybbuk is a malicious spirit entity able to haunt and posses the living. In 2003, Kevin Mannis, the owner of a small antique business in Portland, Oregon, purchased a box at an estate sale. The box had once belonged to a female survivor of the Holocaust in German-occupied Poland named Havela who escaped to Spain. Havela had purchased the box prior to her immigration to the United States...

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Memorial Day -- 2016
Posted Monday, May 30, at 12:20 PM

The war to end all wars officially ended at 11:00 o'clock on the morning of November 11, 1918 -- the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. It would later be called World War I. Both of my grandfathers were conscripted (drafted) into the U.S. Army during World War I. One of them served as a cook at an Army base in New Jersey and the other served as a clerk in Illinois...

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A Banana Dream
Posted Tuesday, May 24, at 12:25 PM

Recently, I had a dream in the morning, just prior to awakening for the day -- an old friend, who passed away a couple of decades ago, handed me a book and a banana and said, "Here, you'll need these." It was a vivid dream, one that was easy to remember...

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Mind Over Matter
Posted Thursday, May 12, at 2:37 PM

In the 1990s, Professor William A. Tiller created an experiment whereby a small black box was fitted with a simple electrical circuit and plugged it into a wall socket. Then four people who were highly experienced meditators gathered around a table where the black box was located in the center of the table...

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The First 30 Days
Posted Friday, April 1, at 1:11 PM

I was born on August 10, 1944 -- I thought it might be interesting to research what was taking place in the world during my first month of life on Planet Earth. Aug 10 -- I was born during World War II -- a sad chapter of human history. Aug 10 -- U.S. Forces overcame Japanese resistance on the island of Guam...

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The Path of Life
Posted Thursday, March 24, at 10:48 AM

Life is a journey without a map. You come to a fork in the road of life and choose a direction. When things that once shocked you begin to amuse you, you've crossed the first barrier of true wisdom. Every time I reach a new age in life, I spend a long day dwelling on my painful past, blessing the present and ignoring the future...

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Saving Daylight
Posted Sunday, March 13, at 10:06 AM

Time is a wonderful invention. It keeps everything from happening all at once. This week, it took several days for me to realize my clocks were out of sync with the rest of the world. No big deal though, I've been out of sync with the rest of the world ever since second grade when Sue Reichart kissed me after school...

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Hotel California
Posted Friday, February 26, at 1:51 PM

I lived in the Los Angeles area for 11.5 years (1975-1986), where I also moved a dozen times within the area for various reasons, including a 5-year marriage and subsequent divorce. I particularly liked the village of Topanga, in the hills between the San Fernando Valley and the ocean, above Malibu, and lived in 3 different locations in those hills...

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Valentine's Day
Posted Thursday, February 11, at 11:53 AM

February 14 is Valentine's Day. According to legend, Valentine was a Roman priest during the third century. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he decreed that young men were forbidden to get married. However, Valentine defied the ruling and continued to perform marriages of young couples in secret...

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American Pie
Posted Friday, February 5, at 10:45 AM

On February 3, 1959, a small airplane crashed in a field near Clear Lake, Iowa. The pilot and his passengers, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, all perished. It was the day the music died. "I can't remember if I cried.....

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Groundhog Day -- 2016
Posted Tuesday, February 2, at 1:15 PM

Today, February 2nd, is Groundhog Day. This is the day when grown men and women congregate outside of rodent burrows and wait patiently for a groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil to emerge. If the groundhog sees its shadow on this day, legend has it that there will be six more weeks of winter...

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Lady in Distress
Posted Saturday, January 30, at 12:12 PM

I have a friend in Canada, Frankie Picasso (a.k.a. Unstoppable Frankie) who is an author and the founder, CEO, radio host of the Good Radio Network. Since I live in Arkansas, she brought the following item to my attention. Kathy Tarochoine lives in Harrison, Arkansas. She has been a life-long contributor to animal shelters and is the owner of Pet Productions, LLC, which operates Dog Connection TV, connecting humans with dogs...

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Free At Last
Posted Saturday, January 16, at 1:33 PM

Monday, January 18, 2016, is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day -- it always brings back distant memories for me, In 1955, at age 26, Martin Luther King, Jr. was thrust into civil-rights leadership in Montgomery, Alabama, after Rosa Parks had made her courageous stand not to move to the back of the bus...

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Return of the Ice Beast
Posted Saturday, January 9, at 12:22 PM

A movie opened this weekend called "The Revenant" -- the true story of a mountain man named Hugh Glass. In 2009, I wrote the following piece, which included the Hugh Glass event of 1823, and became a chapter in one of my books, ORB OF WOUNDED SOULS...

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Birth of Rock-N-Roll
Posted Monday, December 28, at 5:28 PM

The new year, 2016, is upon us. Sixty years ago, in 1956, I was 12 years old -- too old for childish things and too young for wayward women. It was a year when a former truck driver named Elvis Presley burst upon the American scene and helped to create a new musical movement called "rock-n-roll." And the world has been rocking and rolling ever since...

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The Santa Dimension
Posted Wednesday, December 23, at 6:34 PM

When I was about five years old, I was excited to learn that Santa Claus was going to appear at my house early on Christmas Eve to personally hand Christmas presents to my little brother and me. My parents explained that Santa was doing this as a special treat for us since we didn't have a chimney...

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Blessings to All
Posted Friday, December 18, at 11:51 AM

A retired neighbor, who lives a half mile down the road, stopped by this morning and handed me a plate of freshly baked Christmas treats. Life is good in the Land of Ark. Blessings to all this holiday season. BB

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Bret Burquest is a former award-winning columnist for The News (2001-2007) and author of four novels. He has lived in Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, Atlanta, Kansas City, Memphis and the middle of the Arizona desert. After a life of blood, sweat and tears in big cities, he has finally found peace in northern Arkansas where he grows tomatoes, watches sunsets and occasionally shares the Secrets of the Universe (and beyond) with the rest of the world.
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