The F word

 Posted by on April 19, 2012 at 6:00 am
Apr 192012
The F word

Enough already with the critics and detractors. I haven’t been doing a very good job lately of keeping current with documenting my personal story, which was and is one of the primary purposes of this blog.

Despite the gruesome pictures from an earlier post, I am not currently experiencing any horribly disfiguring outbreaks, lumps or other obvious manifestations of poor health. The skin on my left leg has healed nicely and is completely intact, with no breaks, scabs or sores, for the first time in more than a year. The mystery lump on the right side of my face, under my jaw, has shrunk considerably, though I can still detect it. My smile is still crooked, due to what I assume is now permanent facial nerve damage resulting from Bell’s palsy. I also have a few persistent skin sores on my shoulders and back that are resisting healing.

I can fall asleep anywhere, anytime.

Other than these minor nuisances, my body seems fine, for the most part, and people who have known me for some time, assure me that I “look good”. What is not so obvious is the extreme fatigue (the F-word),

The Highland House

 Posted by on November 21, 2011 at 4:39 am
Nov 212011
The Highland House

In between blood clots and other speed bumps, I have spent much of my summer overseeing  the renovation of an investment property in our neighborhood that we call the Highland House. The project is an attempt to grow Michael’s retirement fund and improve our neighborhood at the same time.  The purchase and improvements are all […more]

Friends help make experimental IVC trial possible

 Posted by on March 18, 2011 at 11:51 am
Mar 182011
Friends help make experimental IVC trial possible

Mark A. Hicks, illustrator I made a commitment last month to give intravenous vitamin C (IVC) a serious shot at resolving some ongoing health concerns I have, especially these mysterious lymphatic masses, or cysts, or whatever they are on the side of my face. I made that decision during my latest visit to the Riordan […more]

What really happened to Emery Taylor?

 Posted by on February 28, 2011 at 2:21 pm
Feb 282011
What really happened to Emery Taylor?

Note:  I’d like to welcome those of you visiting this site from the forums at  This may be the first time that a mainstream AIDS site has referred to this blog as a “clear-eyed ‘alternative hypothesis’ site,” and I’m flattered.  Given that, I hope you will look around a bit. A good place to […more]

Here’s to my Perennial Favorites

 Posted by on January 25, 2011 at 6:18 am
Jan 252011
Here's to my Perennial Favorites

My sister Merrilee and her partner Diana work hard making a living selling plants. It sounds fun and easy, but I know it’s very hard work for both of them. Perennial Favorites recently changed its domain name and is starting a blog, so here are a couple of links to help Google and other search […more]

Breathe. Focus. Balance.

 Posted by on September 27, 2010 at 9:53 am
Sep 272010
Breathe. Focus. Balance.

(photo by: JuanJ) I admit that I am an erratic blogger.  When I started writing again a couple of years ago after a nearly decade-long break, there was a lot of pent-up inspiration to produce posts regularly.  What exactly I wanted to write about has taken a few turns along the way as well, but […more]

What’s wrong with being #2?

 Posted by on July 2, 2010 at 7:12 am
Jul 022010
What's wrong with being #2?

I’ve written before about my interest in geeky stuff like the Alexa website rankings.  A fellow AIDS dissident turned me on to Alexa last year, using it to point out how many Dissident websites and blogs there are out there, and how favorably many of them rank, especially compared to those websites that exist solely […more]

Still angry after all these years

 Posted by on June 6, 2010 at 7:05 pm
Jun 062010
Still angry after all these years

My role as a gay AIDS activist was first featured in a special report on AIDS in the Kansas City Times, July 8, 1989. I recently unboxed some of the early media accounts of my life as an openly gay AIDS activist in Kansas City.  The very first words in the very first article ever […more]

Viruses in the medicine cabinet?

 Posted by on April 6, 2010 at 7:17 am
Apr 062010
Viruses in the medicine cabinet?

My health problems are supposedly due to a virus, and I’m beginning to think that just might be the case, but before anyone jumps to conclusions, let me explain. The word virus has been in use for more than six centuries, though the first infectious pathogen to be named as one—the tobacco mosaic virus—was discovered […more]