March 8th, 2010

alan's marigolds

Oranges and Skins -

I learn from Writer's Almanac that it is the birthday of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John McPhee.  They go on to say that:

He's published more than two dozen books, but he almost never writes more than one single-spaced page a day, and he doesn't feel prolific. But he said, "You know, you put an ounce in a bucket each day, you get a quart."

He wrote in his book Oranges (1967):

"An orange grown in Florida usually has a thin and tightly fitting skin, and it is also heavy with juice. Californians say that if you want to eat a Florida orange you have to get into a bathtub first. California oranges are light in weight and have thick skins that break easily and come off in hunks. The flesh inside is marvelously sweet, and the segments almost separate themselves. In Florida, it is said that you can run over a California orange with a ten-ton truck and not even wet the pavement."
simplicity - stones

Thoughts -


A friend emailed me last night and asked if I could meet with her first thing this morning so I did.   She has had breast cancer and is on Tamoxifin to prevent it recurring.  She was not able to handle Arimidex.  Now, it appears Tamoxifen is leading her to blindness.  The ophthalmologist says she must stop taking Tamoxifin now and start taking heavy does of certain vitamins.  My friend is worried about the effect of massive doses of vitamins A, C, E, copper and zinc.   I personally would choose the vitamins but I tried not to say anything other than she needs to feel within to what she trusts as to the best treatment for her health.  I wondered this morning if we fear anything more than blindness.  I wonder about the side effects of drugs.  How do we make choices these days when so much is so complex?