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Giving Thanks to Women, and Children, and Lives Filled With Promise.

Mike Magee As Thanksgiving Day approaches, let’s give thanks for women, and children, and lives filled with promise. One President who understood the power of promise more than many others was FDR. When he structured up “a series of programs, public work projects, financial reforms and regulations…”, he memorably packaged the plan under the label, […]

The True Color of Tribalism – an orange sash, a green flag, a red MAGA hat…and a fragmented health care system.

Mike Magee As Thanksgiving Day approaches, let’s give thanks for the study of history, in part because it reminds us that Trumpian words like “vermin” have been used before and serve to alert the human race that we have entered the danger zone. One President who understood the power of words more than many others […]

The Way Men Ought To Behave – According to TikToc.

Mike Magee The juxtapositioning of Tuesday’s New York Times headlines was disturbing. The first “Why Does This Bride Look So Mad?”, was followed by “An ‘Unsettling’ Drop in Life Expectancy in Men.”  The “reluctant bride” referred to in the first article is (by now) an estimated 175 years old if the intended bride was 18 […]

Courage Has A Face. Her Name Is Hadley.

Mike Magee “Don’t call me a saint,” said founder of the early 1930’s Catholic Workers Movement, Dorothy Day. “I don’t want to be dismissed that easily.” Oddly enough, says Jesuit writer, James Martin, “That quote is probably the biggest obstacle to her canonization…Given that quote, would Dorothy really want to be canonized?” Today’s election results […]

Picking Up The “Single Payer” Baton From Ady Barkan.

Mike Magee The Politico headline in 2019 declared dramatically, “The Most Powerful Activist in America is Dying.” This week, 4 1/2 years later, their prophecy came true, as activist Ady Barkan succumbed at age 39 to ALS leaving behind his vibrant wife, English professor, Rachael King, and two small children, Carl, 8, and Willow,4. His […]

“Some Like It Hot.” – An Old Disease Arrives Anew.

Mike Magee Naomi Orestes PhD, Professor of the History of Science at Harvard, didn’t mince words  as she placed our predicament in context when she said, “If you know your Greek tragedies you know power, hubris, and tragedy go hand in hand. If we don’t address the harmful aspects of human activities, most obviously disruptive […]

Agents of Democracy

Mike Magee In the Age of “Doomscrolling,” Doctors and Nurses Need To Stay Focused On Their Primary Mission. Exactly 1 year ago, mental health experts alerted the medical world to their version of an assessment scale for yet another new condition – “doomscrolling.” As defined in the article, “Constant exposure to negative news on social […]

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