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This January 20 has been such a remarkable, restorative day as America may yet redeem itself once more. This January 20 has been, for me, a day of profound relief, joy, and gratitude.

Yet this is only the second most important January 20th of my life. The most important was in 1958, and I didn’t even know that until two decades hence, for it was in 1978 that I met Bob Corsico, the first — and greatest — love of my life, and January 20, 1958, was his birthday. Let me share this story with you.

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The new, deadly infection was tearing through communities even though the methods of transmission — and the practices people would need to adopt to avoid infection — became clear fairly quickly.

Yet there was resistance to change. Some rejected unambiguous evidence of how the infection was spread presented by respected epidemiologists. It was created in a government lab, they objected. It came from another country, others protested. Some proclaimed that it didn’t even exist and that the story and the restrictions that were recommended by experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health were only put out…


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I got the email on Monday, Dec 21, four days before Christmas. Our health system had gotten its first shipment of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, the first of two vaccines recently granted an Emergency Use Authorization by the US Food and Drug Administration a few days before that. We had been told to watch our email for our invitation to sign up for an appointment time. …


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In case you’ve heard that COVID-19 is “really not that bad”…

Both children’s hospitals in St. Louis, SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital, are now taking adult patients because the internal medicine floors and the ICUs at the adult medical centers are at capacity.

Is everyone in an adult hospital a COVID patient? No. But COVID didn’t make heart attacks and strokes and pulmonary emboli and pancreatic cancer and breast cancer and Crohn’s disease and car accidents go away. People are still getting deathly ill with these things, and as chaotic as the “health care…


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I left my family home in Hicksville, New York, to go to college at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, in late August 1972. I packed everything I felt necessary for months away from home in two beige American Tourister suitcases that I had received as a graduation present and which each bore the oversize letters “KH” on the side in dark brown masking tape so I would recognize them on the baggage carousel when I arrived. I carried two items on the plane with me: a manual Smith-Corona typewriter in its own black carrying case and a 9-inch diagonal Panasonic…


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Some months ago, I decided I needed to so SOMETHING on Election Day other than work-work because I knew I’d be too distracted. I wanted to do something to help the process. After considering driving people to the polls, handing out literature at a polling site, applying to be an Election Judge, I decided to become an onsite Democratic Party Poll Observer. This is someone who is at an assigned polling place all day, assuring that those who are eligible to vote get to vote, or get to the correct polling place, or don’t have to wait any longer than…


“When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” — 1 Corinthians 13:11

As I head to bed

I let go of “American Exceptionalism.”

We are not

(As a people)

More

* Noble

* Evolved

* Compassionate

Than other peoples

Or nations

Or lands.

We are as ruled by

* Fear

* Pettiness

* Parochialism

As any other people

In any other land

In any other time.

I still hope that

In the coming

- Hours

- Days


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I was an altar boy at St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church, in Hicksville, Long Island, NY, starting in the fifth grade. I also attended the parochial school there through eighth grade and was very proud of how well I knew all the rules about being Catholic: The Seven Sacraments. The Six Holydays of Obligation. The Three Theological Virtues. The Six Laws of the Church. I had a particular fascination with the Six Laws of the Church. These told us unambiguously what we had to do and how we had to act to be a good Catholic, and violating any…


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“Fight for the things that you care about. But do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” — Ruth Bader Ginsburg

We all know that we are in a time of great strife right now. Whatever our worldview, we all seem to feel that this world is imperiled by those who see this world differently — or seem to live in an entirely different world altogether.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a shining light of reason, intellect, and compassion. Her loss is incalculable. And certainly, the timing of her loss is catastrophic. …


There has been a lot said about corticosteroids in the past few days. (FYI, these are quite different from anabolic steroids which turned Arnold Schwarzenegger into… Arnold Schwarzenegger.)

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For those who are unfamiliar with them, corticosteroids are synthetic drugs that mimic the effects of hormones that our body produces to suppress inflammation as well as the immune system. They can be used to treat eczema, asthma, lupus, and other conditions in which our immune system mistakenly attacks our body’s own tissues.

So why would they be used in an infectious disease like COVID-19? After all, it’s really important to have…

Ken Haller

Pediatrician, Educator, Singer, Writer, Advocate, Actor, Improviser. Views are my own, not those of any institution where I’m employed.

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