where the writers are

Bill Schmalfeldt's Blog

RSSSyndicate content
Aug.12.2009
The Essay
One of the basic facts of Parky life is knowing how the disease got its name.  In 1817, Dr. James Parkinson published “An Essay on the Shaking Palsy.”  Although the disease had been recognized for centuries, Dr. Parkinson was the first to really write about it and classify it and describe its signs...
Continue Reading »
Aug.12.2009
confed flag.jpg
It took a lot of digging, listening to the right wing patriots who have been warning us all along, and very little thought on my part, but I think I’ve finally gotten to the bottom of this vast, worldwide, time travel conspiracy to take away our right to high cost health care and guns.  Some of...
Continue Reading »
Dec.10.2008
Sorry I haven't been in here much lately. I've been working on a new blog. Wanna see it? http://year55.pdguy.com/ Mind you, the concept is pretty morbid.  I'm blogging my 55th year in the hopes that I somehow get through it alive. Other than Parkinson's, I am not sick.  But if I make it to my 55th...
Continue Reading »
Sep.23.2008
OK.  I have some questions I would like to have answered before I commit on any kind of bailout. 1.  What did Paulson and Bernanke tell congressional leaders on Friday that scared them so badly.  This is a free country, and if we are gonna be the ones paying to solve the problem, someone had darn...
Continue Reading » 1 comment
Sep.09.2008
I'm a person again. A functioning member of society is what I am. Huzzah. And I'm barely even SICK any more! As I mentioned earlier, I had to make two visits to the Clinical Center at NIH during my final week at USDA.  The first visit was to stick me with needles to check me for TB, draw blood and...
Continue Reading » 2 comments
Aug.26.2008
A break in the routine this morning, as I had an appointment at the NIH Clinical Center for a pre-employment screening.  I feel like a new puppy.  Skin test for TB.  Hepatitis B vaccine.  Tetanus shot.  Blood drawn.  I must REALLY want this job. I have to go back on Thursday so they can check out...
Continue Reading » 2 comments
Aug.21.2008
It goes without saying that Obama's VP pick will tell us a lot about how he sees his chances in November and what kind of a President he would be if he is elected. Picking Biden would be a relatively safe choice. There's always the chance that Biden will shoot off his mouth in the campaign and get...
Continue Reading »
Aug.20.2008
Wikipedia lists several different ways for a person to become a "non-person." I'd like to add one. Give extended notice at your current job before embarking on your new employment. I'm smack dab in the middle of my three-week notice period at USDA.  On Sept. 2, I will begin my new job as...
Continue Reading » 1 comment
Aug.18.2008
Every year about this time, my mind drifts back to a little single wide trailer in Escatawpa, Mississippi and the studios of the now defunct WGUD-FM – my first full-time radio job. I worked there thirty-one years ago this summer. When I got out of the Navy in May 1977 -- my first wife pregnant...
Continue Reading »
Aug.14.2008
The day was August 14, 2003. I was working for XM Satellite Radio at the time, in the New York City studios. We had a big meeting that day in the DC offices, so I had taken the train down there that morning. It was a hot, muggy, miserable day -- August on the East Coast. But the train was cool and...
Continue Reading » 2 comments
Aug.12.2008
CambridgeLogo.jpg
I stopped to get the mail on my way home from work yesterday.  It's one of my jobs, and I take great pride in it.  It used to be my wife's job.  She doesn't do it any more, because she doesn't like to walk the dogs to that part of the neighborhood because some of the folks down by the mailboxes...
Continue Reading »
Aug.08.2008
Hey, Buddy... can you stop a second? Yeah.  You.  Can I talk to you for a minute? No!  Don't look at me like that.   GET BACK HERE!  Don't walk away!  You gotta LISTEN to me! Seriously! I know I have a problem.  I understand that.  I admit it.  I'm an addict.  And admitting you are an addict is the...
Continue Reading » 1 comment
Aug.08.2008
Favre Dons New Cloak
Goodness!  Brett Favre's been a New York Jet for a bit more than 24 hours already, and THEY HAVEN'T WON A SUPER BOWL YET??? No wonder the New York media is calling him a failure. From the NY Post:  If Green Bay, which knows Favre best, has come to the conclusion after all this greatness, that he...
Continue Reading »
Aug.01.2008
BTP Cover.jpg
August 2004. My wife and I are in bed.  I'm watching TV.  She's reading my first published novel "...by the people..."  Out of the corner of my eye, I peek to see if she's smiling, frowning, nauseous or asleep. At one point she started laughing.  Abruptly, she stopped.  She put the book...
Continue Reading »
Jul.29.2008
I've been giving some thought to the conservative outrage, as evidenced by McCain's ad on the subject, about Obama's "snubbing" of the wounded troops in Germany. He could have gone, they say.  He just couldn't take the cameras with him.  So he should have gone. Of course, it's a BIT more...
Continue Reading »