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COVID on the Brain

Photo by Laurenz from Unsplash Published in the Humboldt Independent on September 21, 2021.  This isn’t going to be a fun one. Honestly, if you’ve had enough COVID this week, skip it. I won’t take it personally. Recent Numbers One in 500 Americans…

Growing a Spine

Photo by Mark Tulin from Unsplash Published in the Humboldt Independent on September 14, 2021.  Seen from the side, the human spine is a graceful series of curves that evolved when we became bipedal and which enable us to stand buoyantly upright, a…

Politics and Pandemics

Photo by Mauro Mora from Unsplash Published in the Humboldt Independent on September 7, 2021.  When we talk about “the pandemic” these days, it’s obvious what we’re referring to. Of all the nasty diseases floating around, none of them can claim to have…

…And Boosters for All

Photo by CDC  from Unsplash Published in the Humboldt Independent on August 24, 2021.  From the frontlines of the Great Misinformation Wars of 2021, here’s your weekly COVID report. At least 371 new cases of coronavirus landed in Humboldt this past week,…

Be Still My Heart

Photo by hopefilmphoto  from Unsplash Published in the Humboldt Independent on August 17, 2021.  Dating back to 1733, not long after the invention of the “Physician’s Pulse Watch”, a time device that had a second hand that could be stopped, it has…

The COVID Abides

Photo by CDC  from Unsplash Published in the Humboldt Independent on August 10, 2021.  Masks are back and cases are up as everyone’s favorite Coronavirus makes a truly Olympic effort to ruin the rest of summer. Here in Humboldt County, we’re seeing…

Standing up to Peripheral Neuropathy

Photo by Anupam Mahapatra on Unsplash Published in the Humboldt Independent on August 3, 2021 As many as 20 million Americans suffer from some form of peripheral neuropathy. This condition, which can give rise to numbness, tingling, and/or mild to…

Running from the Numbers

Photo by AllGo  from Unsplash Published in the Humboldt Independent on July 27, 2021 It’s been over a month since California eased up on COVID-19-related restrictions, ushering in a festivity of media speculation and statistical acrobatics as some numbers go up and…

What’s That You Say?

Published in the Humboldt Independent on May 4, 2021 Beginning about 20 years ago a large international group of academic researchers conducted a series of informally linked studies on literacy in industrialized nations. The questions being asked were mostly concerned…

One Year of a Pandemic

It’s been one year since Humboldt County was ordered to shelter-in-place. How can one begin to define this past year, now that we all know firsthand that the word “pandemic” means a whole lot more than just a widespread outbreak…