Donald R Barbera's Blog – November 2013 Archive (5)

Go Away! Religious Proselytizing

When it comes to irritants, religious recruiters rank two steps lower than telemarketers on my tolerance scale. Making assumptions about anyone’s spiritual condition is not only presumptuous, but is borderline dangerous, as proselytizers have no way of judging the mental state of those they approach. In a multicultural society, discussions of religion are more complicated…


Added by Donald R Barbera on November 25, 2013 at 5:00pm — 26 Comments

Book Review of "All God's Mistakes"

"All God's Mistakes" by Charles L. Bosk, is an interesting read if for no other reason than the book's title. The book is a piece of research dealing with birth anomalies from the stand point of the bearer of bad news. Speaking of his research, Bosk details the often difficult decisions that confront parents of newborns suffering genetic birth defects. While investigating…


Added by Donald R Barbera on November 23, 2013 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Those Weird and Wacky Preachers

As a former Catholic. Wait a minute. I am still a Catholic. I haven't been excommunicated, my name is still on the parish records in Nashville and no one has come to my door asking for my Catholic card, so, I guess I still am a Catholic, at least for counting membership purposes.

What I have here is a list of those models of decorum--Protestant pastors and all of their wacky and weird shenanigans. I…


Added by Donald R Barbera on November 22, 2013 at 6:30pm — 6 Comments

Have I Lost My Mind? I Like an Evangelical!

When I hear the word evangelical, the hairs on the back of neck start to rise, my blood pressure starts to rise and a sea of anger begins to boil in my throat. However, there is one Evangelical Christian that I like and even admire even though I think his religion daily tries to make progress a foreign word of the type found in glossolalia.…


Added by Donald R Barbera on November 9, 2013 at 6:30pm — 32 Comments

Socialized Medicine, It's Closer Than You Think

Nearly 20 years ago, my father, Dr. Porter E. Barbera, MD, told me that socialized medicine would be coming to the United States and he was right. 

He said that his practice was during what he termed “the golden age of medicine.” He also disparaged medical practice after he retired as the “age of gold,” meaning that greedy…


Added by Donald R Barbera on November 5, 2013 at 7:30pm — 12 Comments



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