San Francisco Pics

Several members of the medical staff at Regina Medical Center were at a medical staff training seminar in San Francisco earlier this fall. Various family members tagged along, including me. The physicians and such learned about the fine points of managing staff privileges and of investigating problems. I sat in long enough to hear a little about managing ‘hearings’ for misbehaving staffers – those guys give a really good seminar. Aside from that, the rest of us got to wander around San Francisco.

I wandered around our hotel and took photos of various SF architectural details, visited the waterfront, and got out to the Palace of the Legion of Honor. After the seminar was over, we all went on a bus tour of Muir Woods and the Golden Gate. This yielded some nice pics of San Francisco cityscapes and of the Regina staff and families. Continue reading San Francisco Pics

An apology from a perceptive Gen Xer

I admit I’ve found politics pretty bland over the past few decades. That changed when Barak Obama stepped up and reminded Americans what a great orator can do to the political landscape.

Last week, an article in Salon reminded me just how lifeless the political rhetoric has been since the loss of JFK and Dr. King. Kids born since then haven’t had the opportunity to hear a truly inspiring orator. I hadn’t thought about it, but for some reason a recording of a dead orator, regardless of how brilliant, just doesn’t deliver the punch of a speech from a living orator, especially when heard live.

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Rachel Maddow Rules!

Kelsey told me to try watching Rachel Maddow even though I don’t generally watch TV news shows or political pundits.

So, in honor of the political season, I tried watching the Rachel Maddow Show. I loved it. It has the perfect blend of sharp intellect, wryness, and respect for facts. I especially liked it when this liberal-leaning show unceremoniously included right wing fixture Pat Buchanan and our own Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty. Maddow treats everyone with respect, but she doesn’t put up with nonsense and she knows how to dig for an answer. Continue reading Rachel Maddow Rules!