Sunday, May 21, 2017

Son John is Very Sick

John is 30 years old.  For the last two decades he has lived with Type 1 (insulin dependent) diabetes.  Four weeks ago John's blood sugars went low and he fell into a coma.  A friend found him.

John has been in the hospital ever since, with two long stays in the intensive care unit.  The poor guy has had issues with his heart, lungs, kidneys and most other life systems, and now he is 
coping with a serious allergic reaction to some of the medications he was given.

I have kept this blog going as my way of pretending that life is normal.  But, it isn't.
The blog will be on hiatus until John's situation is resolved and my mood lifts.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Capital Prep Got Caught

To settle desegregation lawsuits over the past several decades, the City of Hartford agreed to create "magnet schools" -- public schools with enriched programs.  Students are supposed to be chosen by lottery.  Capital Prep is the leading magnet school in Hartford, both academically and athletically.

Wonder why their academic rankings were the highest and why they won state championships in football and girl's basketball?  There is an easy answer.  A recent investigative report by the Hartford Courant and a governmental audit discovered that about one third of Capital Prep's students bypassed the lottery and were admitted based on their high academic or athletic ability.   

Friday, May 19, 2017

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


Aetna announced a few days ago that in 2018 it will no longer participate in
Obamacare health exchanges in the two remaining states in which it is currently participating.

Aetna is doing well in the rest of its businesses, but it said its individual commercial products lost nearly $700 million between 2014 and 2016 and are projected to lose more than
$200 million this year despite a significantly reduced membership.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Henry and Melissa

The Knox Foundation community gardens are across the parking lot from the
community building on which yesterday's mural is painted.

While I was photographing yesterday's mural, Henry was shoveling topsoil to use in his plot.
He plants a wide variety of vegetables and has a lot to say about the gardens and the neighborhood.

On my way back to my car, Melissa bounced happily up to me and told me it was her birthday.
So, of course I took her photograph and sang "Happy Birthday."  Wouldn't you?

Monday, May 15, 2017

The Universe is on the Side of Justice

Hartford artists and muralists Tao and Amy LaBoissiere planned this mural and led teams of volunteers in painting it on the back of a community building on Hartford's Farmington Avenue.
It is the third of three Hartford murals decrying violence.