Wild Neighbors: Annals of Forensic Ornithology: The Peregrine Report

By Joe Eaton
Tuesday May 24, 2011 - 09:51:00 AM
Adult peregrine falcon at Morro Bay, a long-time nest site.

Sorting through the trash may not be most folks’ idea of a good time, but it can be a boon to science. I’m thinking here about the intrepid researchers who examine the leftovers in or near raptor nests and reconstruct the birds’ diets. -more-

The Public Eye: America After 9/11: Still Crazy After All These Years

By Bob Burnett
Monday May 23, 2011 - 03:59:00 PM

The death of Osama bin Laden is an opportunity to reflect upon the deterioration of the United States since the attacks on September 11, 2001. We’ve entered into an endless state of war and our economy teeters on the brink of collapse. And, as a people, we’ve developed a distinctive derangement. -more-

On Mental Illness: Modifying the Work Ethic

By Jack Bragen
Monday May 23, 2011 - 04:06:00 PM

The work ethic that helps most Americans get their jobs accomplished can be poisonous for a person dealing with a major psychiatric illness. To accomplish overcoming the resistance to work, many non-disabled people create a “turbocharged” motivational system. Such a system doesn’t generally work for someone with mental illness, since there are times when we must slow down and take care. The system that is taught to people under psychiatric and psychological care is often the antithesis of the American work ethic. No wonder that successful people often find it hard to understand, and have empathy for, those who suffer with a mental illness. -more-

Senior Power: We live in a death-denying, death-defying culture....

By Helen Rippier Wheeler
Monday May 23, 2011 - 03:51:00 PM

We live in a death-denying, death-defying culture declares seventy-year old Jane Ellen Brody, the high priestess of health, per Time magazine. Our attitudes about life affect our attitudes about death. Brody’s Guide to the Great Beyond -- “a practical primer to help you and your loved ones prepare medically, legally, and emotionally for the end of life” -- is especially good on advance directives (file your living will with the U.S. Registry of Living Wills), assisted dying, and palliative treatment (relieving pain without curing). Compassion & Choices online bookstore carries this Guide to the Great Beyond. -more-