All posts by Rene Najera

I'm a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the Doctor of Public Health program at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. All opinions posted here are my own, of course, and they do not necessarily reflect the opinions of my school, employers, friends, family, etc. Feel free to follow me on Twitter: @EpiRen

The people who will confuse you

When I worked at that rural hospital in what I affectionately call Pennsyltucky, I met a young nurse who worked in one of the wards there. She was very pretty and very smart. I liked having conversations with her, and -- once or twice -- I got caught talking to her on the phone while ...

Putting things in focus

Once in a while, you need to just focus and see the beautiful things out there. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=731h4B1QGJs

The diseases you’re going to get

When I was in college, I was living on my own in a little apartment and had to commute into the university (about 30 miles) every day. The commute wasn't bad. In fact, I spent most of my day at the university, going back to the apartment late in the evening. Those were the days ...

The laws that you are going to break

The immigration debate has been front and center in my life for almost all of it. There are many people in my extended family who came to the United States illegally, or they came legally and overstayed their visas. They build lives here, living under the radar or with fake documents, and their children are ...

The two kinds of professors you’ll meet

When I was in college, there was this one chemistry professor known for being very tough on students. He was the professor you've probably heard about, the one who tells the class that most of them will fail and will have to re-take the course. He said that it was pointless to try and get ...

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Will Your World Be Worth Saving?

In the climactic battle in Batman v Superman, Lois Lane asks Superman not to try and kill Doomsday with the kryptonite spear. "This is my world," Superman says to Lois. In this incarnation of the character, he has struggled with whether or not he belonged on Earth. To many, he is an alien who continues to meddle ...

Books You Should Read: “We Are Legion (We Are Bob)”

Very few times in my life have I read a novel that keeps me reading right on through and I long to get to the end of it and find out what happens. "We Are Legion (We Are Bob)" by Dennis E. Taylor is such a novel. Now, in full disclosure, I didn't read the ...

Talking Tuesday on a Friday: June Update!

A few minutes where I catch you up on the craziness around me. Nothing bad, mostly good... Thanks for your time. Hope you enjoy it.

Don’t buckle-up, don’t wear your helmet, don’t vaccinate

The partisan hack who keeps getting elected for the House of Representatives from my district posted on Facebook about the summer road season. Interestingly enough, some of his most ardent supporters starting criticizing laws in Pennsylvania that mandate seat belt and helmet use. They seemed to be upset that they're not allowed the "freedom" to ...

What the heck happened to you?

First, a warning. Some of the videos below, and my transcriptions of what is said in those videos, contain racist, ignorant, and insensitive comments. Best to leave the videos for some time when you're wearing your headphones or at home away from children. Don't judge me, but I was playing on the XBox the other ...