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2020-04-21Apr 21, 2020

Social media helps fill a part of our collective need to interact with others, but the trouble with the Internet is that any idiot can post ANYthing! A well written and adorned meme can be very attractive and amusing, whether it’s based on truth or not. This is particularly the case when it’s something that we WANT to believe. We eagerly accept as factual a meme that reinforces our beliefs. Worse are the memes that seem to make sense and are accepted without question. These spread and multiply faster than COVID…read on for examples:

2020-03-25Mar 25, 2020

COVID-19 has taken over our lives. We can’t go anywhere or do anything. We can’t even engage in retail therapy, except on line, and nothing is being delivered on time anyway. Besides, we have no room for anything new because there’s ten thousand rolls of toilet paper taking up space in the living room. I WISH we could all start telling COVID jokes: How many COVID carriers does it take to change a light bulb? (None. Who needs a light bulb? All the COVID carriers are out on the beach!). I’m starting this way because I WISH the situation was funny... We’ll take it seriously NOW or we’ll start burying our loved ones. If we don’t do something to invalidate the models RIGHT NOW, 50 to 70% of all Americans could become infected. There are about 331 million of us. That means 165 to 232 MILLION Americans could contract COVID-19. If only 1% of those people die, we’re looking at 2,320,000 dead. As of today, the Sonoma County death rate is 1 out of 21 identified cases = 4.8%.

2020-02-23Feb 23, 2020

Today, I’m offering up an idea that I cannot prove, I have little evidence to support, and that may prove to be untrue. In a universe full of uncertainty, it must be accepted that even the most cautious of us will make mistakes. We WILL, sometimes, draw incorrect conclusions. We are human. It’s our nature to screw up.Recently, DCM cases in dogs associated with legume and pea based (grain-free) diets have spiked, generating great concern. Cats are eating these diets too! I have seen several cats with DCM recently: Two came from the same household and died within hours of presentation, so rapidly that there is no way to be sure of the cause

2020-01-29Jan 29, 2020

But today, on the cente-column-enial of my tenure with The Gazette, I want to do something completely different, something I should have done years ago (and for this failure I am truly sorry). As some of you may have guessed, I am of Italian descent. As such, I am genetically compelled to cook for anyone foolish enough to enter my home. My culinary skill, while inherited (and therefore something for which I deserve no credit) is, if I say so myself, considerable. BUT, the pinnacle of my cooking accomplishment is the recipe that I shall reveal here: Dr. T’s Crazy Good Dungeness Crab!

2020-01-11Jan 11, 2020

The Humane Society of Sonoma County (HSSC) joins the ranks of shelters in using facial recognition technology to identify lost dogs and cats. This shelter now offers their community an additional tool to help lost and adoptable dogs and cats find their forever home. Registration of your pet is FREE and simple.

2019-12-29Dec 29, 2019

I am, of course, Spot’s pancreas, the most important organ in the body. The EXOCRINE pancreas and the ENDOCRINE pancreas.

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