What is (ESCR) Embryonic Stem Cell Research?
by Loretta Stradley

I have been reading and hearing about embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) and even have gotten into a few debates with some friends. They take the cells from the brain stem at the top of the spinal cord from an embryo –which kills the embryo- and use the cells for research to see if they can be employed to cure damaged tissue resulting from Parkinson disease, Alzheimer disease, and some spinal cord injuries.



Treating Symptoms
by Richard Grayson

Sitting here at my desk I can see no less than half a dozen items I could kill you with. There is a very heavy paperweight that would bash in the head of anyone except a politician. There is a pair of scissors. There are several very sharp pencils that would penetrate the throat with ease There is a razor blade in the ashtray, and a drawing compass with a sharp end. In the right hand drawer I have an old Bowie knife my father gave me many years ago. It is no longer very sharp, but it would kill you with a little effort on my part.


Land of the Free Home of of the Cynical
by Jon Duckworth

Cynicism is a cop-out.
It is easy to stand for nothing.
It is courageous and hard to stand for something.



Say It To Lucy

Dear Lucy, I am a forty-year old woman married twenty years to the same man. Lately he has shown no interest in making love. He complains of headaches and back aches all the time. I miss our nightly encounters and want to continue but he won't even talk about it. What should I do?

Sincerely, Desperate in Colorado


To The Fleas
by Stephen Waverly

To tell this tale I must first explain the situation in the world. There was cold and starvation running rampant from one corner of the globe to the next. The fleas who made made up the majority of life had no clue how to fix their present situation. They wandered aimlessly around their plain of existence hoping that one day the answers they sought would present themselves. For many years nothing came. Fleas were born, and fleas died, and the whole while their lives were clouded with indecisiveness.