Archive for November 2021

This Is My Favorite Chocolate Treat. What Is Yours?

Cora Lee Orange Peel fulfills childhood memories. You can have your Raisinets. You can have your chocolate-covered strawberries, your chocolate-covered cherries, your chocolate-covered Oreos. For me, there is only one delicacy deserving a thorough coating of rich dark chocolate, the orange peel. I am not sure how I first fell in love with these skinny... Read more »

If All The World's A Stage, What Are Your Theater Memories?

Our Thanksgiving Week Project Taking a few days off from the lab the days before Thanksgiving gave us an extended period to work on our first puzzle of the season. From the three I had recently ordered, I chose “Broadway, The Musicals,” a tapestry of tens (hundreds?) of Broadway shows. The puzzle wasn’t the most... Read more »

There Ought to be Clowns. Goodbye Mr. Sondheim.

Stephen Sondheim–Photo courtesy of Chicago Tribune ….well maybe next year. Stephen Sondheim, A Little Night Music In memory of Stephen Sondheim the follow is a post from my original WordPress blog “Downsize, Maybe”, my series detailing building our new home. This was originally published in 2015. With Barb and a friend in  New York City... Read more »

All the Time in the World is Just Not Enough

My Grandfather Clock It is the Saturday morning before the week of Thanksgiving. A pre-winter chill is in the air. We have taken the cushions in from the patio chairs, covered the outdoor tables, and stowed the big umbrellas. The chore completed, we break out the first of a trio of 1000 piece jigsaw puzzles... Read more »

Am I A Prostate Guru? Someone Thinks I Am!

As a 12-year-old camper in the summer of 1968, I was my cabin’s nominee for the title of Guru of Camp Chi, 3rd Session. I ran a strong campaign, with a catchy jingle based on “Strawberry Fields Forever.” Sadly I lost in a heated battle with a candidate from another cabin. As was customary way... Read more »

My Baker's Dozen Failed. Can you find my mistake?

Professional baker at work–photo courtesy Chicago Tribune One of our neighbors has become a post-retirement breadman. His Facebook posts are a stream of luscious loaves and enticing Challahs he has baked. I have enjoyed his creations on several occasions and can attest to their tastiness. The daughter of another neighbor is a talented pastry chef,... Read more »

Was I Spreading Fake Addison's News By Mistake? Possibly.

Cooper, exhausted from all the attention. It’s right there in the middle of my last post: “As a pathologist, I know you can rarely make a diagnosis based on a single test result.” Yet there I was, writing a widely-read blog describing Cooper’s new diagnosis, a life-changing one of Addison’s disease. While I did mention... Read more »

Beauty and Disease. With Addison's Disease, One Call Says It All

Cooper strikes a Valentino pose. The following is a lightly edited transcript of a telephone conversation between Barb and me last week. Or maybe I just imagined it this way… Barb: How are you? Me: (huffing and puffing on an elliptical machine at the fitness center) I’m good. What’s up. Barb: I just wanted to... Read more »