Back in 1951, prior to my birth, I was immersed in the utter darkness of the womb. Dense liquid engulfed me and I spent my time peacefully floating and swimming. My lifeline was a cord that attached me to my mother. Then everything changed. There was a leak. The liquid was draining away. Contractions squeezedContinue reading “The Womb and the Tomb”
On January seventh I was finally able to go skiing. Perhaps it was global warming which had delayed my winter sport activity. The fact that I could not actually physically ski in December did not prevent me from thinking about skiing. In fact, I read a book about skiing and I imagined skiing. IContinue reading “Skiing In My Mind”
He was the second son of Jewish parents. They were the children of immigrants from Eastern Europe, so called Ashkenazic Jews. When he was young, they left New York City for the suburbs of Westchester County and settled into a Jewish community of upper middle class liberal reformed Jews, mostly professionals. His father served inContinue reading “Testimony”
Genesis for Modern Man In the beginning, about 14 billion years ago, God created our expanding universe of space and time. Now the universe was filled with protons and neutrons and electrons and the universe was without form and chaotic and random and God called the chaos freedom and God saw that the freedom wasContinue reading “Genesis for Modern man”
It was a cold, dark, winter morning when he awoke at 5:30 a.m. He left the comfort of a warm bed and he stumbled into the bathroom to do his business and brush his teeth. His old, worn body was achy and stiff from arthritis and weak from past surgery and cancer treatments. He ingestedContinue reading “The Old Man and the Mountain”
This tumor in my chest Reminder of my death Lives near heart and lungs And pumping blood and respiration Now reduced by chemo-radiation It’s just a mild sensation But in time with inflation Will cut off circulation And end oxygenation Resulting in the transformation Mystical reverse incarnation Defying explanation Fulfilling ancient revelation Without death there’sContinue reading “ode to death”
Christmas celebrations today occur with great fanfare, lights, songs, worship, presents and decorations but the original invasion into humanity went largely unnoticed. There was an unusual star but few people appreciated its significance. Shepherds heard the angelic choir and investigated but few people took notice of their reports about the child. Three new age astrologistsContinue reading “A Christmas Story”
There is a central dogma of molecular biology. It is composed of three entities. You could call it the Holy Trinity of biological life. #1. is Replication: DNA can replicate itself. It can make copies of itself or duplicate. This is the basis of reproduction of cells. #2. is Transcription: DNA can be transformed intoContinue reading “the central dogma”
At first glance viral infections and cancer seem to have little in common. However, they both could be thought of as being genetic diseases. What is a virus but a small piece of genetic material (DNA or RNA) wrapped up in a protein envelope. Once this “letter” is sent and received by the cell, theContinue reading “cancer, covid and the immune system”
As most of you know I was diagnosed with cancer in May of this year. I had a large tumor in my chest. After surgery, hormonal shots, chemotherapy and radiation the tumor has decreased in size from 12 centimeters to 6 centimeters. I was recently at Penn State Hershey Medical Center for follow-up. My oncologist,Continue reading “update”
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