Category: Blog

Sometimes words are better.


Just two weeks to go before I defend the doctoral dissertation.

No pressure.

I’ll be back to writing more frequently once that’s done and over with.

Understanding What You Can’t Understand

A lot of people were puzzled as to how a misogynist, racist, xenophobe could be elected President of the United States of America in 2018. It’s not that hard if you put yourself in the shoes of those who have swallowed the lie that immigrants are the root of all evil.

The Sadness of It All

When I was in high school, I participated in a magnet school program called Health Occupations Students of America. The program was aimed at attracting high school students who were looking for a career in, you guessed it, health occupations. Of course, most of the kids in the program wanted to be physicians or nurses. Very few of us were…

EpiRen’s Journal Club: Firearm-Related Hospitalization and Risk of Bad Stuff Thereafter, in Washington State, Between 2006 and 2011

This study is pretty interesting… Researchers in Washington State took hospital records from 2006 and 2007 and found all the firearm-related hospitalizations (FRH) through diagnosis codes. They then matched those cases with hospitalized patients who were not hospitalized for FRH. They used frequency matching, which is one of the various types of matching you do when conducting a case-control or retrospective cohort…

Guns and Suicide

This is going to be about suicide. Please click here to be taken to something lighter if you don’t feel like reading this today. It will always be here for you to read. I won’t get offended if you go check out puppies. I’m not really surprised when I hear that firearms are the preferred method of suicide in the…

The sad story of Mr. Greene

Back in 2016, Robert Ponsi was bicycling through a neighborhood in Baltimore when he was suddenly attacked by a group of teenagers. From WBAL: “Robert Ponsi was found with multiple stab wounds at Venable Avenue and Old York Road around 9:10 p.m., police said. He was pronounced dead at 3:51 a.m. at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Homicide detectives said someone was…


I’m still working on the dissertation. The completed draft is due next week and the final not too long after that. Then it’s on to plan the final defense seminar and exam. So things are moving very fast around here. Too fast to tell you about how my life changed when I learned the meaning of the word “pathology,” or how mom buying me that old microscope at a garage sale in El Paso changed everything all over again. Then again, I might have told you that story already…


I’m a little busy right now working on the dissertation. It really is taking up almost all of my free time… Baby Ren is taking up the rest. So bare with me as I finish this one last thing before I become the next doctor (of public health). In the meantime, why don’t you read about the racial wealth divide in Baltimore. I did, and it was eye-opening. Talk to you soon.