Most of the time I’m able to let the daily bullshit and banter sift through the cranial grates inside my cue ball noggin but on occasion I get a difficult clinker that won’t pass through.
I have to take it out and look at it and figure out why I can’t mentally digest it.
Case in point: the other night I was surfing the net for the latest in the way of books on Alzheimer’s disease; a simple and innocent task, right?
Imagine my surprise (and horror) to find a book titled “Alzheimer’s for Dummies”.
Needless to say, my searching was over for the night.
I’d found a seriously incongruous clinker that fueled my rage against the literary machine.
I was livid.
This was a subject much too close to home for me and to see it reduced to a ‘manual for dummies’ format personally devastated me.

“Dummies” manuals cover a range of topics: Chess, Poker, MSWord, Windows Vista and Grammar, to name but a few.
But Alzheimer’s disease?
Personally, it was unthinkable.

Why not “Breast Cancer for Dummies”?
How would that go over?
Believe me, I know.
I’ve lost too many friends to the disease and I would be outraged at the total lack of compassion and sensitivity used in publishing such a book.

Never mind.
What the hell is going on here?
I must be losing my mind.

I’ve checked out the contents of the AFD book and I’ve no doubt the author’s intentions were good.
But . . .
So this is what’s it’s come to?
Christ in a sidecar, I’m almost speechless here.
File this one under “roll up that manual and insert forcefully into your keester, sideways“.
But maybe there’s a “Dummies” guide for that as well.
Hey, if ICHC can get a book deal, why the hell not these buttmonkeys?
IMHO, those suffering from this disease deserve an apology from these inconsiderate ‘Dummie’ assholes.
Do I know what I’m talking about here?
Yes, I think I do.
All too well . . .



October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and I wanted to post to tell all you ladies that visit Smoke and Mirrors to PLEASE GET CHECKED!!!!
It’s important for so many reasons.
Early detection saves lives, period.
Please just do it.
I’ve lost several close friends to this insidious disease and I don’t want to lose anymore.
Check your body and check it often.
I pray for all of you, everyday.
A few risk factors you should know about:

  • what you eat
  • how much you weigh, and maintaining a healthy weight
  • how much you exercise
  • whether you smoke
  • whether you drink alcohol and if so, how much and how frequently
  • the types of chemicals in your environment
  • whether you took hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for menopausal symptoms for five years or longer

As my dear friend Carnealian says, “Feel your Boobies!!!” . . . .
Click HERE to give some underprivileged woman a free mammogram


Please read this post!

This was one email I received today worth posting.
Please read on . . .
From a nurse:

I’ll never forget the look in my patients’ eyes when I had to tell them they had to go home with the drains, new exercises and no breast (s).
I remember begging the doctors to keep these women in the hospital longer, only to hear that they would, but their hands were tied by the insurance companies.
So there I sat with my patient giving them the instructions they needed to take care of themselves, knowing full well they didn’t grasp half of what I was saying, because the glazed, hopeless, frightened look spoke louder than the quiet ‘Thank you’ they muttered.

A mastectomy is when a woman’s breast is removed in order to remove cancerous breast cells/tissue. If you know anyone who has had a mastectomy, you may know that there is a lot of discomfort and pain afterwards.
Insurance companies are trying to make mastectomies an outpatient procedure.
Let’s give women the chance to recover properly in the hospital for 2 days after surgery!

Mastectomy Bill in Congress

It takes 2 seconds to do this and is very important…

Please take the time and do it really quick!

Breast Cancer Hospitalization Bill – Important legislation for all women.

Please send this to everyone in your address book. If there was ever a time when our voices and choices should be heard, this is one of those times. If you’re receiving this, it’s because I think you will take the 30 seconds to go to vote on this issue and send it on to others you know who will do the same.

There’s a bill called the Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act which will require insurance companies to cover a minimum 48-hour hospital stay for patients undergoing a mastectomy. It’s about eliminating the ‘drive-through mastectomy’ where women are forced to go home just a few hours after surgery, against the wishes of their doctor, still groggy from anesthesia and sometimes with drainage tubes still attached.

Lifetime Television has put this bill on their web page with a petition drive to show your support. Last year over half the House signed on.

PLEASE!! Sign the petition by clicking on the link below.
You need not give more than your name and zip code number.

Mastectomy Bill
Contact your State Rep {supposedly more helpful than signing the petition. thanks, AMR}
or both




The following is from the Yoplait website:

Yoplait® is committed to the fight against breast cancer.
And we know you are, too. So let’s work together.
For every pink Yoplait yogurt lid you send us, we’ll donate 10 cents to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation through our Save Lids to Save Lives® program.

So here’s a chance for each of us to bring the world a little closer to a cure.
Yoplait will donate up to $1.5 million and we guarantee a donation of at least $500,000. Every lid matters. Especially yours.

Eat yogurt and bring the world closer to a cure for this monster.
Sounds like a plan to me.
Click the above pic to get more details from Yoplait.
Special thanks to Gerry for the link.
Have a great weekend all…


Call me

Occasionally, there are situations that make me do a 180o in terms of how I view my life and the changes that could possibly occur.
It started the other night when my wife scanned the caller ID box to see who had called during the day while she was at work.

“Lincoln OB-GYN called?”

She had gone for a routine mammogram last week and assumed everything was fine; no news is good news, right?
One of my daughters had taken the call and not told her about it.
Needless to say, my daughter immediately put two and two together and felt terrible.
I could almost see the inimical clouds of doubt float into my wife’s steam of consciousness.

Why did they call?

Is something wrong?

Did the mammogram find something?

An “Oh, my God” moment if ever there was one.

Complicating the matter was the fact that it was 7:30PM and the office was undoubtedly closed. Nothing left to do but wait until morning when the office opened.
I tried to be the voice of reason saying that had they needed to reach her, they would have.

I said, “They’re probably just calling about your next appointment,” trying to sound at least slightly convincing.

Circumstances like this always make me take a hard look at the “what ifs” of my life.My mind doesn’t like to go there but sometimes it has no choice.
The psychological preparation is merely a justification that I am human.
I can’t even begin to imagine my life without her.
And I simply refuse to go there.

I woke the next morning at 5:45AM, put on a pot of java, sat at the computer and clicked on Firefox. My wife came down twenty minutes later.
She hadn’t slept well.
I did and felt damn guilty.
We didn’t talk much because we were both thinking about the same thing.

Let’s fast forward to 9AM:

I got on the train to Boston with my cell phone in hand.
She called me at 9:08 and told me the call was to schedule her next appointment, as I had predicted. I had no inclination whatsoever to say “See, I told you.”

I was completely relieved.

I looked out the train window at the crystal clear blue sky.
The temperature was climbing towards 70 and in that significant microcosm of time, life was good.

To all the ladies reading this post; be vigilant and please get a yearly mammogram.

It is only early detection that saves lives.
I’ve added a link to my sidebar for the Breast Cancer Website.
If you click the link, you will have an opportunity to help someone get a mammogram that can’t afford it. It costs 10 seconds of your day. Yeah, it’s so worth it.

I click it every single day and so should you.

As my friend Carnealian says on her blog: Feel your boobies.

I am in 100% total agreement.