Quick! What’s wrong with this picture?

Kaiser Prescription Example

My healthcare organization is Kaiser Permanente, and this is an actual image from their “refill a prescription” page. Maybe it’s just me, but something here doesn’t seem right.

The good news is that they have adopted one of my best ideas &#151 to print a description of the pill on the bottle. It’s a great idea, even if they didn’t get it from me.

Psst… have you heard about The Secret?

So Oprah’s been at it again, and the big new buzz is a book and a movie called The Secret. It’s basically just a rehash of a bunch of old stuff like the law of attraction, positive thinking, affirmations, and karma. No great harm, but as my mentor Jim Rhon says, “Affirmation without labor is the beginning of delusion.”

Well, here’s a great big bashing review over at skeptic.com:
The Secret behind The Secret

(Scroll down when you get there.)

Asparagus Pee Quote.

“He who works with his hands is a laborer.

He who works with his hands and his head

is a craftsman. He who works with his hands

and his head and his heart is an artist.”

–St. Francis, religious leader

From the mind of a 7-year-old girl…

Our 2nd-grade daughter Emily was given the assignment to “Write a story about a soldier who sees a horse behind a tree — use all the words in the box [soldier, story, behind]. Here’s how it turned out:

Once I was a soldier in an old old fairy tale and in that fairy tale I saw a horse that got out of a farm. So the horse hid behind a tree so I ride it back to the farm. And that story was a good one wasn’t it? The End.

(The teacher’s red pen says “Yes.”)

Linky Doodles

Linky Doodles. Gosh it’s been so long, I could list hundreds of links here, but to keep it short, I’ll just do a few recent favorites:

Quote of the Day

Asparagus Pee Quotes...I’ve been reading The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams, who, besides being friends with Henry and William James, and the whole Emerson family, was the grandson of John Quincy Adams, and thus the great grandson of John Adams. Speaking of himself and school, he said:

“He hated it because he was herded together with a crowd of boys and compelled to learn by memory a quantity of things that did not amuse him.”

I think that’s a real gem, but to unearth one of these, you have to wade through hours of tedious first-person history of the Union’s legation to England during the Civil War.

We had snow last week.

Snow around pool.Last Thursday, we had our once a year every few years snowfall that actually amounted to enough to play in. I went out late in the evening and took this picture of our pool in the snow – it’s a little grainy looking because it’s a long exposure with available light. Click for a bigger version. (It was much prettier in real life.)