Not Just Once, But Twice. . .

Personal Collections

Every now and then I like to watch Dr. Phil. He’s not a constant in my life, but he’s interesting. And sometimes he’s right on.

We’re about the same age, so our value systems are similar. I can tell because for him it’s all about a good education/vocation, a long-term marriage, children who come first yet have been raised with discipline, and a sense of kinship with fellow human beings, even fairly depleted ones. Dr. Phil has strong ideals. You can’t help but admire him. He’s a lesson-giver, a second-chance champion, a firm…


Without Us. . .

Personal Collections

“Before I was six years old, my grandparents and my mother had taught me that if all the green things that grow were taken from the earth, there could be no life. If all the four-legged creatures were taken from the earth, there could be no life. If all the winged creatures were taken from the earth, there could be no life. If all our relatives who crawl and swim and live within the earth were taken away, there could be no life. But if all the human beings were taken away, life on earth would…


The Things that Survive Us, Explain Us

Personal Collections

From the time I was very young I’ve been fascinated by artifacts people leave behind. Some have called it garbage, others speak of entire family dumps. Much of what I once found has been left behind in another round of my own disposal. But I have kept some special mementos. And what I’ve found is that they almost always have a connection to mankind that doesn’t change over time.

There are some things that show up in a continual cycle of waste, and sometimes transformation. They reside in places I’ve had the privilege…


My Message in a Bottle

“Tips on a Pandemic” — Personal Collections

I often think of personal journaling during the time of Covid as a message in a bottle. A lot of what I’ve been honoring on Medium is a form of personal note-taking. . . and truthfully, it shouldn’t be read for at least 100 years. So far, so good. Little has been read, and I trust Medium’s stats accuracy. For me, this is a good place to hide my take on this pandemic, and yet allow the trust between me and Medium to grow. The site is doing exactly what I want it to do…


And How the Rumored Beast Still Bewilders Me

Bigfoot — Wikipedia

***As I move in and out of time frames in this piece, I note “New Paragraph.” That is to tell the reader my moving out of the order of chronological time is intentional. It is jarring, though planned, and is directed to the point of writing about the subject of Bigfoot.***

I’ve been listening to a lot of David Paulides of Missing 411 fame lately. He’s interesting, smart enough to let the watcher come to her own conclusions, and it doesn’t hurt that he looks like a well-preserved Kurt Russell. I don’t…


And Why That’s Not Good Enough for Some of Us. . .

Wild Bunny Hunting Berries in Ea. WA — Personal Archives

I won’t go into the particulars of writing about a pandemic. You try to get things right, or close to right. Most of what you instinctively feel about a world-wide deadly epidemic is objective. At least in 2005. You know there’s terrible, maiming, blood-gushing disease in limited quantities, and most of it resides in other countries, not your own. You tell yourself you can dig into the truth with the aid of science and a bit of wisdom from the experts. You ally yourself with National Geographic and…


Why Vaccines Should Make Us Feel Better. . . But Why They Don’t

Early Spring 2021 — Personal Archives

I drink my two cups of coffee on Monday mornings and while watching the news begin a mental crossword puzzle wondering how many ways we will discuss vaccines this morning. Pfzier, Moderna, and now Johnson and Johnson. . . . . all vaccine puzzles begin with those names and will for the rest of Covid-19. But who will keep showing up at the table of pandemic vaccines and why?

Don’t get me started on television ads and their propensity toward convincing the American public that new drugs must solve old medical problems. Opdivo, Jardiance, Linzess and my favorite, Skyrizi, are…


Here’s the Short Answer Why. . .

Wild Turkeys in Ea. WA (Personal Archives)

In re-reading an article from National Geographic (“The Next Killer Flu”/October 2005), I was reminded of some stand-out numbers.

1918 flu — -Between 50 and 100 million deaths

Asian flu (1957) — -1,000,000 deaths

Hong Kong flu (1968) — -750,000 deaths

The last two were caused by bird and human viruses mixing. There was no vaccine.

The 1918 flu is believed to have originated in birds sometime before 1918. “Except for a few Pacific Islanders, everyone on Earth was exposed to the disease, and half got sick.” There was no vaccine.

At the…


And Why We Better Wake Up to This One. . .

Mink — Wikipedia

Mink are small, feisty, territorial animals that can live very close by to humanity. They are somewhat aquatic, living naturally along riverbanks and waterways and are hunted by us and many other forms of predators from great horned owls to wolves. Because of this, they are becoming endangered. But there’s another, more important endangerment going on and that’s the immense business of fur farms. Mink farms have thrived alongside trapping for many years and in more recent times have become the focus of animal welfare groups. I can see…


And What That Means Right Now. . .

Photo by Tuca Bianca — Pexels

In 1960s America, there was a connection between a Democratic president and remnants of World War II. Even yet. John F. Kennedy is really the first president I remember clearly — and there are many reasons why. But three stand out beyond any other president since — his youth, his religion, and his death. At 43, he was the youngest man elected to the presidency, the first Roman Catholic, and in my lifetime the first and only president assassinated while in office. …

Sherrida Woodley

Sherrida Woodley is an author in Ea. Washington State. Learn more and connect at www.sherridawoodley.com.

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