by T. Blen Parker

To all those humans who did not begin life considering the following list of daily socially accepted norms and routines all children experienced without question, prompted by unquestioned parental guidance, or expected behavior at certain ages. I would like to ask that you simply read this and consider what direction your patriotic or health choices will take you for your future and what your world might look like when you reach age 65.


Receiving infant vaccinations within the first year of birth
Ensuring all infectious disease vaccinations were taken prior to entrance in public school
Learning that when placing your hand on a hot stove burner, you get burned
Lining up for Polio vaccines in school
Learning civil defense duck-and-cover tactics to protect us from Communist invasion
Being skeptical of government reports about an alien crash vs. weather balloon
Receiving influenza vaccines to reduce the severity of the virus
Studying driving laws to obtain a driver’s license
Receiving ID cards to gain entrance to public venues
Learning that speeding tickets, parking tickets, etc. have attached fines or court appearances
Learning to wear seat belts whenever a motor vehicle is in motion
Acknowledging the necessity of shirt-shoes to obtain service in any public retail space
Being drug & alcohol free to gain, maintain, and be an employee on most jobs
Feeling distrustful of an openly corrupt president (Richard Nixon)
Fearing being drafted into military service during:
The Viet Nam conflict
The Gulf War
Fifty years ago, or longer there were large public demonstrations in support of Roe vs. Wade, allowing abused/raped women to abort the rapist’s child, and allowed women a choice over what happens to their bodies.
Cigarette warnings were printed on the packages to deter being addicted to nicotine
Highway patrol’s targeting cell phone usage when driving, when caught receiving a fine
Joining in as a world citizen to mitigate a raging worldwide virus pandemic
By wearing cloth or paper masks whenever near other people, inside or outside
By reporting to a health professional to receive vaccinations for COVID-19 virus
By reducing contact with unvaccinated people due to the chance of being a carrier to those who are immuno-compromised
Being distrustful of a corrupt president (Donald Trump) who initiated the deepest divisions within America ever known, and who encouraged an angry mob of white supremacists (seditionists) to seek and publicly hang the Vice President of the United States if he would not perform the illegal act of overturning a clean presidential election, and who beat police officers with American flags after spraying them in the face with bear spray. NOT TOURISTS!

The result of resisting the effort to mitigate the raging Delta variant of COVID-19 seems to be over 600,000 deaths worldwide. New variants needing a different type of vaccine will crop up where the population has not been vaccinated while more people will die. Nurses and doctors will die. Hospitals throughout America are at or beyond full capacity, some have had to tell ambulance drivers not to bring patients inside. Some have piled body bags into (sometimes) refrigerated trailer trucks. Babies have died due to no available pediatric beds, or some have no health professionals to care for their patients anymore after they contracted COVID from unvaccinated patients!

How can you know these FACTS and not be affected, not want to participate in getting this raging virus under control or hopefully eradicating it completely?

Has your entitled life taken you to such an angry, violent place that you do not have the inclination, time or enough friends that agree with you on social media to even read about this serious situation?

I am pleading with every intelligent person on this planet to consider the concepts I leave above and know it is nearly beyond “in time” to do anything before it is you or someone in your small world who gets piled into a body bag after waiting in an ambulance outside the hospital to die.

Do you care so little about that person you have not met yet? How about your mother, father, grandparents, nieces, nephews or neighbor and their family? What about the staff at your favorite restaurant, garage, pharmacy, bank, even at your doctor’s office? You may be a carrier, totally healthy, not concerned, unaware. Do you realize what your world will look like after all this resistance to mitigating a lethal virus has run rampant over the earth? Do you expect all your friends and family to be there with you?

Please SERIOUSLY consider these concepts just for five minutes, it might change your life.


Sitting on the cushy-warm leather sofa just outside of Dr. S’s office, concentrating intently on bending and moving the wire-core rubbery figure’s arms and legs, a thin anemic looking three-year-old body aches with the arthritis-like symptoms her grandparents reported experiencing. The three shared evenings in front of the soothing heat radiating from the antique round oak wood stove in the living room of a creaky old house built over 60 years previous.

Unsuccessful in her focused attempt, she takes a deep breath, the first of her petite aching body since the doctor’s thorough examination earlier in the day. Becoming aware of the doctor speaking in a solemn, monotonous but deep voice, she noticed the big heavy wooden door to his office was slightly ajar as she sat in the doctors waiting room.

At first, not really hearing distinct words, only that flattened, low voice, and with the simplistic mind of a child, she began to feel impatient to leave. Day dreaming, trying to imagine what was the special treat she had been promised, believing she was the good girl everyone had asked of her to have endured the extensive and painful diagnostic testing the doctor had done earlier in the day. Would it be her favorite ice cream? Perhaps the plastic handgun and holster she had wanted to be like Annie Oakley? Would it be a new toy, maybe a shiny-faced dolly smiling from the crinkly cellophane of a colorful cardboard box?

Slowly she realized she was hearing words, distinct words, words no one wants to hear, whatever their age! Even though not exactly comprehending some of the doctor’s words, she pieced together the sad picture the doctor was trying to convey to the young, unsophisticated parents. The Orthopaedic specialist was attempting to educate them about the RARE and terminal bone disease the morning tests had revealed. She knew what RARE meant. She heard the Dr. trying to explain to parents that his expectations for her recovery were worse than grim.

Many years later, she remembered thinking to herself, nooo! I will not let that happen! I have to be very convincing when I announce to them ALL that I am stronger than anyone realizes, can win over this pain, will be a normal girl! They will all see, I will show them!

The crying face of her frightened young mother first emerges from the partially open dark wooden door, followed by her white-faced father with his head hung, following stiffly behind the mother. Dr. S slowly followed her father until they surround her tiny body settled into the mammoth-sized leather sofa.

Out of the child’s mouth before anyone could speak as simply and as convincingly as she could muster, from her rosy lips came the words, “I am NOT going to die!!!” She remembers feeling the entire universe go into slow motion and then stood completely still. Holding her breath, she waited for someone’s confident reassurance that never came.

Mother walked away into the dark hallway, followed by father. Dr. S handed the uncomfortable, lost girl the “Mr. Bendy” toy, promising that she could take it home and keep it for being such a good girl for his exams. She promised him she would practice exercises until returning to show how painless were her movements, equally as freely as Mr. Bendy. The Dr. was speechless and hugged the girl tightly to his chest, glancing helplessly toward the outer door of the waiting room where her parents stood. It was a very long and quiet ride home that day.

Dr. S recommended visits to Dr. George, a chiropractor in Gardiner. Weekly uncomfortable, sweaty Ultra-Violet Ray treatments and manipulation were the best he could offer. Aside from the not-so-positive prediction, doctors were convinced she would be unlikely to survive beyond the age of ten, having no further information on the rare disease.

Accompanied with medical records, Dr. S did attend a worldwide medical conference in Japan where he learned only two other known instances of Calcinosis Universalis did not survive beyond their teens. There seemed to be no documented cause or follow-up for the odd condition which developed seemingly overnight, accompanied by a high fevered outbreak of this disease. All the girl knew was that it was excruciating to move, and that she wanted to cry, sleep and vomit most of the time, making both parents angry. The Dr. ordered a few series of X-rays to document the overabundance of calcium in the girl’s body for his records.

Daily olive oil massages on grossly swollen and knobby knuckled hands, trying to sit on the floor with painfully stiff skinny legs crossed. Exercises consisted of balling newspaper pages into as tight & small a ball as possible or bending her index finger toward the base of her palms. Impossible mission! Painful memories over squeezing the newspaper with tears spilling from her eyes, trying to be silent so she wouldn’t upset anyone or be yelled at continue to permeate her adult dreams.

Western medicine has not provided anything for relief, but diagnostic tests have depleted the health account she shares with her husband, leaving them with only questions and bottles of ineffective Rx medications. Today, at age 70, she manages the excruciating pain of her recurring “terminal” disease by dry-vaping medical marijuana flower. She enjoys gardening, riding her Kubota tractor, kayaking and hiking the Perkins Highway on sunny days.

National health care consultants and Osteopaths agree that the medicinal qualities of THC are most likely helping her body push back the debilitating effects of the painful childhood disease, Calcinosis Universalis. For as long as she is again able to enjoy the outdoor activities she loves and can perform yard maintenance or drive to fill her pickup truck with compost, she is satisfied that her self-care allows her to find peaceful moments.