I was asked one day, to describe myself just one way.  By a friend i could not deny.  I wracked my mind for a word that applied. There was not a single one that i could claim mine owned.  So i made one up, that i lwould like to share with all those that are likely to care.  I call me obscuse.  It an amalgamation of obscure and obtuse.  It's describes beautifuly my addiction to the living metaphore of language.  That i pick a word with strange connotations and pair it with equal expectations from a disperate source.  Unless i'm trying to be direct obviously.  But that happens rarely.  I enjoy the journey from the edge of relevance on a tangent of assosiative and topsy turvy logic




Who among us doesn’t like a fish taco when it’s 3:00am and you’re stoned with the munchies.  Finding that hole in the wall restaurant for a treat will bring total satisfaction.  And the fish taco is a distinctly American innovation.


The creation of the fish taco is America at its finest.  This is the quintessential spirit of this country.  It’s a clash of cultures that produces something wonderful.  First you have the Mexicans who are already here with the taco.  Then the Koreans infiltrate L.A. and someone throws a fish on a taco shell.  Now we have something new and beautiful.  It’s even better than the clown who dipped a chocolate bar into a jar of peanut butter.  American invention and ingenuity comes from different people bringing different cultures, customs and ideas into the fold and adding to the already existing menu.


Adding something new doesn’t detract from something that is already there.  It just creates another option.  Now we can get a traditional beef taco or a fish taco.  Or actually, now there are pork tacos and chicken tacos and even vegan tacos.  As people intermingle with each other, we end up with new invention and new innovation.  That’s supposed to be what makes America great.


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Ernest Johnson, MD





Ernest Johnson, MD

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Ernest Johnson broke many records.

No other physician was ever employed by

the Ohio State Medical School as long as he (62 years).


Physicians at his memorial service spoke

of his boundless compassion, his irrepressible

humor, great generosity,  infinite zeal, the very short distance between his

visualzing a problem and his working on the solution. He

made each  he contacted feel like the most important

person in the world.


He was one of the first workers for handicap access

at OSU, one of many areas of patient rights for which he worked.


He counseled his 300 residents never to extinguish

hope in a patient,  never to use the phrase 'wheelchair

confined'.  He referred to wheelchairs as liberators.


He was a tireless and brilliant doctor whose international

renown began when he invented numerous devices

to ease the pain of polio victims


As a member of the admissions board for the OSU medical school

he hoped palmistry would be used as one tool in recognizing



He had the gift of laying on of the hands, transmitting healing with

his touch.


Later in life he began to

recommend vegetarian diet to some, vegan diet to others.


Thank you God for lending him to us.

-saiom shriver-

  Dr. Ernest W. Johnson