(An early 1900s rural frontier ‘snake oil’ medicine man)

First a little ‘back-story’…

Many years ago, when I was still somewhat romantically inclined, I was going with a lovely young doctor from China. This person, whom we shall fictitiously call ‘Mai’, was maintaining the typically arduous and exhaustive routines of a first year medical resident at the hospital I worked at in Oakland CA. Mai, who was actually what we call a ‘paper daughter’ (a familial…



After many years in the medical profession (now retired), I am a professional student of the absurd (also a published author, poet & friend of wolves and dogs).

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