Poor Will’s Almanack for the Second Week of Middle Fall
"As the afternoons grow shorter and the early evening drives us home to complete our chores," wrote Henry David Thoreau, "we are reminded of the shortness of life, and become more pensive….. We are prompted to make haste and finish our work before the night comes.
All across the northern half of the United States, the chemical changes in the foliage that became noticeable six weeks ago now accelerate until the fragile landscape turns all at once, reinforcing Thoreau’s reminder.
This episode features Dr. Michelle Au, an anesthesiologist and author. Since medical school, she has been writing The Underwear Drawer, a blog about her life inside and outside of medicine. Dr. Au has authored the book This Won’t Hurt a Bit (And Other White Lies) and also a medical comic strip series entitled “Scutmonkey,” which details both the lighter and darker humor of the modern medical education process.
Over the years, certain vitamins and minerals have been touted as useful in warding off cancer, dementia and other diseases. That’s often followed by studies that disprove the claim or raise serious doubts. The cycle continues this week with news from the Cleveland Clinic about megadoses of vitamin E. Anne Glausser from member station WCPN has the details.
ATHENS, Ohio (AP) - An environmental coalition has joined local officials and a university protesting the lease of land for oil and natural gas drilling in the state's only national forest.
The Buckeye Forest Council and six other groups wrote the federal Bureau of Land Management last week opposing the lease of about 3,300 acres of the Wayne National Forest. The letter challenges the legality of the leasing to begin Dec. 7, saying the bureau relied on an outdated environmental impact statement that does not mention the hydraulic fracturing drilling technique.