Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Just Thinking

 Random thoughts--don't make more of them than that.

I'm glad I left the practice of medicine when I did. There was a time when a physician cared for the whole patient, even when our complaint was outside his/her field. When those situations occurred, we got the word that such-and-such a doctor would be best for us to consult. And out increased knowledge is great (Yes, I keep up, even though I'm retired), but there are too many times when I've run across things I know the physician is doing because "the regs require it."

None of us knows what's ahead. The President has every right to contest the election--and the circumstances are suspicious (although the network crawl still refers to them as "unsubstantiated" even as the person being interviewed substantiates them). We don't know what's ahead, and that's tough. Whatever happens, I have to trust that I'll get through it, the same as I have for so many years. 

I'm still working on my next novel, but mainly in my head. I'll probably sit down and finish writing it one day, but then again, I never thought I'd have one published, much less a bunch of them. Right now, though, I'm going to take it one day at a time.

It seems that a number of my friends and colleagues are voting for free speech without censorship by going to new apps such as Parler. I have a presence on Parler and MeWe, but honestly, it's taken me a long time to get used to Facebook and Twitter--don't know about the newer ones. What do you think?


Patricia Bradley said...

Richard, until recently I had never heard of Parler and MeWe and I'm still not certain what they are. :-) I wish something would overtake FB! Looking forward to your next book! I've got to finish this proposal and get started on my next Natchez Trace book!

Richard Mabry said...

Patricia, I have a presence on Parler and MeWe, but just barely--and I still don't fully understand them. Keep on writing, and encourage me to do the same. My wife says I need someone to hold my feet to the fire (but all I get is warm toes). Thanks for commenting.

Priscilla Bettis said...

I don't know what MeWe is, and I've never heard of Parler. I guess your post is "spreading the word."

My doctor makes eye contact and asks how life is going, very personable, but then he shifts modes, and I can tell he is going by the book or following a (checklist? flowchart?) when doing the medicine-thing. I think he would have enjoyed being a doctor more if he practiced back in the 1970s or earlier.

Richard Mabry said...

Priscilla, I'd guess we all have noticed a doctor somewhere down the line doing things to "fill out" a form or otherwise play CYA. It was indeed better to practice back in the 70's (I did that)--but I like being retired, also.

Anne Payne said...

MeWe is real similar to FB but without the censorship. I like it and I'm sure it will grow as more of us switch. I'm told Parler is more like Twitter (but I don't tweet, so I can't say for sure). Right now it's super political. It's not my thing and I won't stay on there.

I find it frustrating when I phone the on-call nurse and I know she's going through a checklist. Usually there is nothing she advises that I don't already know. :)

Richard Mabry said...

Anne, it's similar to my feeling when the "tech support" person tells me to go through all the steps that were unsuccessful before I called them. Grrr.

Nancy said...

I escaped from both facebook and twitter even though I didn't really participate on those platforms. I did join Parlar. I never heard of MeWe, but will now check them out.

You do need to have your feet held to the fire to get away from social media which isn't very social since they practice so much censorship. I don't want your toes to blister, but they should get uncomfortably hot. It's not pleasant to come to your blog and see those giant fb and t icons.

Richard Mabry said...

Nancy, I guess I should look at my blog's images more often--think I'll have to do something about those giant icons. Thanks for the reminder.