“May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one.”

"This report is maybe 12-years-old. Parliament buried it, and it stayed buried till River dug it up. This is what they feared she knew. And they were right to fear because there's a whole universe of folk who are gonna know it, too. They're gonna see it. Somebody has to speak for these people. You all got on this boat for different reasons, but you all come to the same place. So now I'm asking more of you than I have before. Maybe all. Sure as I know anything I know this, they will try again. Maybe on another world, maybe on this very ground swept clean. A year from now, 10, they'll swing back to the belief that they can make people . . . better. And I do not hold to that. So no more running. I aim to misbehave." ~ Captain Malcom Reynolds

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Karl Edward Wagner

So... in a moment of killing time today, I was reading through some of the saved stuff in my cloud drive... ending up in my mixed musings/poetry/philosophy file...

Dang, I'd forgotten what this guy could write.

Most people (of those who know him) just know about his Kane novels, or a few of his short stories. But the man also wrote some very good poetry - mixed in with his stories, or just put about here and there.

Maybe it's just the time of year, or my lack of sleep lately, or my own mind - but it struck a chord. A bit dark, a bit mysterious, a bit ... you decide.

I recommend a look if you haven't read them before.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Sign of the Times?

To be honest, I don't use my primary care physician for too much these past few years. Given that I'm down at the VA every other month for things, they end up taking care of most things. But, I still keep him on the books as it were, just for insurance and other reasons.

Up til now that is. Got a letter yesterday he's sent to all his patients on his decision to retire at the end of the year, primarily due to costs and requirements associated with the new health care laws (in particular, that he be required to digitize decades worth of records and such, at his own cost).

While it doesn't particularly hurt my health needs - especially as he's provided a referral to another practice already - it worries me wondering how many others are dealing with this...