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  • Deacon Dan Wright serves the Diocese of Austin, Texas. His work outside the parish is as a special education teacher serving students with significant cognitive disabilities.



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February 14, 2007



The nurse at work marvels when she gets a report of someone's upset stomach or chill or inability to sleep through the night. The resident will say, "There must be something wrong with me." She'll reply where they can't hear, "Uh, yes--you're 97! Your body has changed a bit!" It's a truly amazing country wherein even fairly well 97-year olds still expect the perfect health of a 37-yr. old.

And last night, the nurse was really miffed by one of our true complainers who thought maybe her new mattress was a bit too firm. We'd just been looking at photos and the story of some Africans living in a shanty town on the border of French oil fields set up in their land. These poor souls (paid slaves) -- people who are no different than us -- have no clean running water nor electricity, and there on the floor without benefit of any mattress slept a small child.

I had looked in a Prevention magazine which is further exploring the benefits of hoodia, and had I been of deepest ebony, I'd have turned bone white at one sentence, the one I didn't get past. "It has often been used in poorest parts of Africa as an appetite suppessant." Dear Jesus.. we are exploring it for the same reason, because we have too much to eat. I recalled reading of African men eating dirt to fool their bellies into thinking there's something in them.

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