Commentary

I’ve been giving some thought to the beautiful photograph of the brave and fierce looking lion someone sent me on my Facebook page. I’ve come to the conclusion that perhaps we can get a wrong message from the saying that has been attached: “Walk in like Goliath and fight like David.” We all remember cartoons and stories from our youth explaining clearly that the lion is the king of the jungle and when he roars, the other animals cower in fear and run to hide. He is known to be a killer when he is on the hunt for food or guarding his den.

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(Editor’s Note: The following narrative is about a real patient. I have requested and received permission to tell his story. His name will not be used but he is aware that it may be possible for some who know him to identify who he is. The story will be told from my perspective. He would tell it slightly differently, I suspect, but the facts are accurate and the implications of his story and our relationship are significant for the future of health care. Over the past three years, he and I have become good friends. I have learned to respect and care for him and he for me.

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It brought a smile to my face, the 2013 Ford Flex sitting in my driveway with its Ruby Red Metallic Tint paint glistening in the sun, full of holiday cheer. With three rows and seating for up to seven, the Ford Flex is a standout with its unique crossover design that’s both modern and functional.

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It should be no surprise that smart computing devices are outselling traditional desktop and laptop computers. There is an intensive battle for market share of operating systems for these smart devices, which includes smart phones, tablets and related devices. The primary combatants are Google with its Android operating system, Apple with its iOS, and Microsoft with its newly released Windows 8 version for smart devices.

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One way to truly get to know a vehicle is to take it on a family vacation, which is what we did this week with the 2013 GMC Terrain Denali. Classified as a luxury small SUV, the Terrain Denali is generous in comfort and style. And whether you’re going over the hills and through the woods to grandma’s house or driving around town, the GMC Terrain Denali aims to please.

Under the hood

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I am fully cognizant of the level of frustration and anger when a hard drive or other mass storage device fails. While I am personally careful to keep contemporary backups of all of the critical data on all of my computers, all too often I receive calls of despair from individuals whose computer “crashed” and they are convinced that they have lost all of their important information. In some cases the alleged “crash” is not really a catastrophic hard drive failure, but a recoverable error or problem due to either hardware or software issues.

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It’s no secret around my house that I love the holidays. From pre-Thanksgiving through the first of the New Year, I have decorations, music, ideas, plans and, so far, the energy to make them happen. I also celebrate a milestone birthday this year among all the other festivity. My home now has bright fall leaves in oranges, golds, rusts, reds and yellows, although they are silk and not real. They are carefully nestled among pumpkins, gourds, nuts and other similes of fall.

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Joining Subaru’s lineup of crossover-utility vehicles is the new 2013 XV Crosstrek. Versatile and fun-to-drive, the XV Crosstrek debuts with a bold five-door design and impressive fuel economy ratings: 33 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg in the city (28 mpg combined).

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From its chiseled front grille to its standard rear spoiler, the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro is an iconic sports car. Not one to blend into the crowd, the Camaro is easily recognizable with its long, athletic hood. Looking to personalize your Camaro even more? A variety of stripe packages are also available (ours came with broad black stripes running from hood to trunk).

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“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” Jesus reaffirmed this Old Testament truth by repeating it, living it and gaining victory over the devil with God’s Word. Today we will hear Him speaking words in parables. I am reading from Luke 16:19-31.

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