Friday, October 28, 2011


For Halloween, I am thinking about carving scary faces out of livers instead of pumpkins. If you saw a shriveled up liver looking like Dean Martin or Richard Burton, wouldn’t you think twice before taking a drink on Halloween?

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Fall Colors

It’s autumn and the leaves on the trees are turning colors around my home in the Sierra Foothills. I wonder if my biliary tree is changing colors.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Liver as a Tool

The other day my husband was trying to operate something heavy. He asked me to help him, so I went into the house and got some chicken liver. He gave me a weird look when I handed it to him. Exasperated, he said, “I was looking for the lever, not the liver!” Time to get my hearing checked.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Humor and Health

The healing properties of humor are well-documented. In fact, if I was a doctor responding to middle of the night phone calls, instead of saying, “Take two aspirin and call me in the morning,” I’d say, “Call me in the morning AFTER you have read the comic pages.” It’s a good thing I am not a physician…

Saturday, October 1, 2011


According to Wikipedia, the word for liver (isibindi) means courage in the Zulu language. Thank goodness, Disney used Swahili rather than Zulu, or Simba might have been called Isibindi. I can just picture the snickers after the word got out that The Lion King was really The Liver King.