Pandemonium inside the White House Chip Horr
Unlike today, the White House in 1860 was indeed the “People’s House.” As recorded by the Lincoln Institute “in the four years between March 1861 and 1865, many politicians, generals, journalists, job seekers and relatives of Mrs. Lincoln passed through the doors of the White House. Although the commotion was seldom as great as following President Lincoln’s inaugurations, these visitors took a great toll o...
Weight loss in mental illness John DiTraglia MD
This week’s New England Journal of Medicine has the report of a study of weight loss intervention done with obese people with serious mental illness.(1) Using diet and activity, “lifestyle interventions,” they showed that people in this high risk group can achieve the same mediocre results that can be achieved by the rest of us.
Persons with serious mental illness, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder...
Looking out for the interests of others Loren Hardin
This is Part 4 of a series about Norma who was admitted to hospice at the age of 76 with debility. Norma was excited about the prospect of sharing her life lessons with you in this series.
Aaron, an LPN at the nursing home, told me, “Two or three weeks before the first one came out, Norma told me that hospice was going to put her in the paper; and when I asked her why she told me, ‘I guess they think ...
This is Reds Country Dear Editor,
When Time Warner came into our area we were on a feed from Cincinnati. A few years ago they changed us to a Columbus feed. There were some good channels we lost end some we gained. Now there is a problem that they are unwilling to fix. Instead of carrying the Reds they are showing the Columbus Hockey games.
Columbus has always been a football and basketball town due to Ohio State. Even with a Triple A baseball team the sport ...
Stolen dreams In the course of the last few months I have been asked by some state workers to write a letter to the editor regarding the private enterprise and state jobs at risk as a result of Governor Kasich’s policies.
Our Governor, along with the statehouse, has initiated several efforts to create private control of our state garage, parks and even a possible construction of the bypass Portsmouth project. The Governor is not subtle about his desire t...
The Lincolns enter the White House Chip Horr
On March 5, 1861, the day after his inauguration as the 16th President of the United States, Abraham and his wife Mary Todd Lincoln began to explore their new home.
“When they entered the front entrance to the Executive Mansion,” writes biographer David Donald, “they were overwhelmed by the size of their new residence with its 31 rooms. The East Room alone was about as large as their entire Springfield (...
Let’s Talk Poetry: The Art of Attentiveness Neil Carpathios
Rushing. Always in a hurry. Skittering from point A to point B to be someplace or meet some appointment. This is the nature of modern life. Yet, sometimes poetry reminds us to slow down and notice things. All around us are small miracles of observation, whether it be a certain hue of purple on the horizon or an ant lugging what looks like the wing of a dragonfly on the pavement. Poets are practitione...
Skinny people move more? John DiTraglia MD
Even though there is an epidemic of obesity some people stay skinny. How do they do that? If they overeat one day, they must increase their metabolic rate, or they increase activity, or they eat less later or they somehow metabolize and dispose of excess calories.
Some investigators recently measured the levels of spontaneous physical activity in 23 obese and 32 thin people when they were exposed...
Letter to the Editor Dear Editor,
Our elected officials and military upon entering office take a pledge and solemn oath to uphold and preserve our Constitution as it has been written and tested and tried these past 236 years and to defend the United States of America against its enemies.
We are one of a very few societies in history who have enjoyed two centuries of true liberty and freedom . Where are our elected officials and what are they doing to sustain ...