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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

The Writer's Life 7/5 - Life's Trials

I'm not surprised Hillary is not going to be indicted. I just hope enough Americans understand that lower level government employees would have, in the least, lost their jobs over such behavior.

Since billionaire Carl Icahn purchased the Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, he has poured in $86 million to keep it afloat. His thanks? Unionized employees have walked off the job, demanding restoration of the health benefits they enjoyed previously. Icahn has offered a lesser level. Customers have been crossing the picket line. Kudos.

From Weird But True in the NY Post: A British scientist may have found a way to protect livestock from predators in Botswana. Since lions attack from the rear, he painted eyes on the backsides of 23 cows. All survived the week, while three of the unpainted were victimized. How ingenious, although I suspect the lions would eventually figure it out.

The signing of Kevin Durant by the already powerful Golden State Warriors seems to make the team the overwhelming favorite to win the NBA championship. Only one question remains: with so many great players, will there be arguments about the lack of shots an individual may get on a given night? A friend posted an amusing lament on Facebook. He sees the next five finals as contests between the Warriors and Cavaliers, which definitely seems possible.

My thanks to the gentleman who bought the Vince Flynn thriller, Term Limits, the other who purchased the small, handsome pictorial on Monet, and to the two women who donated a bunch of books. I had two eye-opening conversations with acquaintances during the session. Barry Spunt, a professor at John Jay College and author of Heroin and Music in New York City, spent two weeks in Sloan Kettering Hospital recovering from an operation. He had a growth larger than a softball removed from his kidney. It weighed two pounds! Fortunately, it was benign... Later, Ruth, who's about 80, approached, a pained look in her eyes. She had just returned from sitting shiva for her daughter, who passed away suddenly. The woman had not been feeling well, but doctors were unable to pinpoint what was ailing her. She sat beside her husband in the car, leaned her head back, and died. The only thing I could do was give Ruth a hug, a kiss on the cheek, and say I wish there was something I could do for her. Given her age, this may kill her. I don't know if she has other children or grandkids and didn't dare ask.

I'll end with something life-affirming: According to Yahoo News, Sarah Mariuz and Leah Rodgers, twins, delivered babies at 1:18 a.m. Thursday. Rodgers' son was born first, Mountain time in Denver. An hour later, Mariuz delivered her daughter, Pacific time in La Jolla, California.
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