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Dan Beauchamp
I moved to Bisbee, AZ in 1996 to explore the gospel of life itself.
Interests: movies, reading, writing, walking, talking, meeting, and all other aspects of life itself. Oh, and I've started teaching at the U. of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, one course at a time. Can't shut up.
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I don’t know when I first started thinking about universal health care in images from the sea, but somehow The Ninth Wave, Eugene Burdick‘s political novel of the mid-Fifties came to mind. I first read Burdick’s book in the early... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2018 at tales of copper city
You asked for it! My life chasing after the body politic in a small Arizona town and other unlikely places Goodbye, Mr. New York, Hello Bisbee The two of us, my opponent and me, were in the Senior Center facing... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2018 at tales of copper city
In 1975, I published a brief article in the American Journal of Public Health, titled, “Public Health: Alien Ethic in a Strange Land?” In that article, I noted that the prevailing theory for addressing the nation’s alcohol problems would be... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2018 at tales of copper city
One of the most interesting thinkers in America today is George Lakoff. Here is his take on Donald Trump. Lakoff is a cognitive scientist. He explains in his long essay what this means: basically, it means that people tend to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2018 at tales of copper city
Here is a good summary of the embarrassing, humiliating performance of our light-weight president in front of other world leaders. Paul Krugman is a Nobel Laureate in Economics and if anyone is capable of assessing the falsity of Trump's claims... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2018 at tales of copper city
Health reform, whether like that of Canada, Germany, England or France, you find that most in these countries accept the fact that health care, universally provided and available, helps advance the health of the people while also strengthening the body... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2018 at tales of copper city
I am a member of A.A. I have been a member for 45 years. I stopped drinking in 1969, and after 35 years, I tried drinking for three years and then gave it up over ten years ago. I owe... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2018 at tales of copper city
1. Introduction: Alcohol, Alcoholism, Acceptance, and Me I sometimes think that everything I know we learned from booze. It started when I entered Alcoholics Anonymous (AA.) in 1969, in the basement of a Lutheran church that sat across the street... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2018 at tales of copper city
The Serenity Prayer contains two critical ideas...at least. Acceptance and Serenity. I have written more about Serenity than acceptance, but it may be that acceptance is the key idea. "To accept the things we cannot change"...is hard under any terms,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2018 at tales of copper city
A woman sentenced to five years for unintentionally voting illegally. What's wrong with this country...besides racism? Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2018 at tales of copper city
The violent shooting of an unarmed black man in his backyard is nothing but a death by cops. Watch and see how the City and the police try to worm out of this. When is this official "string em up"... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2018 at tales of copper city
The very best thing I can do about Trump is to ignore him...No Trump . Why do I need to know each night what silliness, stupidity, and danger he poses? Others I respect watch him and I will pay more... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2018 at tales of copper city
When another mass shooting occurs, or when the subject of gun control returns to the news, nearly always one thing, the gun is missing. There are two ways to think about violence, whether from highway crashes or from a handgun.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2018 at tales of copper city
My name is Dan, and I am an alcoholic. I have a vague sense that maybe I have led the meeting before. You might think I would remember, but that's part of the talk. That and the fact that I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2018 at tales of copper city
I was a sergeant in the US Army stationed in Uijongbu, Korea, about 30 miles from the DMZ and the same distance from Seoul, in 1958-1959. Seoul was still pretty leveled by the Korean War. I could drive across Seoul... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2018 at tales of copper city
The news about Trump, Moore, the Senate, sexual harassment, Russia, Assange, Kirshner, Obamacare....is endless. Day in and day out we hear this. Other important news is left aside, and each day the same stuff plus something new which is really... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2017 at tales of copper city
In 1955, I saw a so-so Texas team play Bear Bryant's Texas A&M at Kyle field and win, 21-6. I was dating a twin at the time and her sister dated an Aggie. God that was a great trip from... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2017 at tales of copper city
Why Buddhism is True is really a terrific book. The title needs a brief explanation. The author argues that Buddhism, at least one form of Buddhism, offers a true way out of our delusions, shared delusions, and helps us to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2017 at tales of copper city
"Abandoning Puerto Rico would be an impeachable offense," according to Eugene Robinson, the Washington Post columnist and to my lights the most articulate and insightful among the commentariat, bar none. Robinson is the columnist who best defined Obamacare as the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2017 at tales of copper city
Once again, a mass killing, this time in Las Vegas. Once again, a public outcry for something to be done. And once again, we will be told that politically, this is impossible. Few senior senators or house members will stick... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2017 at tales of copper city
"Mister, do you think you could get the driver to slow down? He's going to get us killed." This from a worried young black man dressed in a suit who had been sitting in the back of the bus. The... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2017 at tales of copper city
(I never posted this story, from years ago.) A few days ago, as I sat down to lunch, my good friend asked me a question: "When is my sewer bill going to stop going up, year after year?" The same... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2017 at tales of copper city
Please read James Fallow's review of Hillary Clinton's new book, What Happened. Fallow's article is terrific. Clinton pinpoints the role the NYT played in endlessly covering "those damned emails," right up to the end. Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2017 at tales of copper city
Public health seeks to advance the common health as the common good, standing for policies that improve health status, reduce health disparities, lower rates or early or premature death. This community as democratic purpose. The community as differing views, as... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2017 at tales of copper city
With the hurricane, there's a lot of attention to the flooding, the explosions, the deaths, and so forth. It's terrible. But what is really terrible is Texas. In Houston, for example, there is no planning and zoning; people build what... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2017 at tales of copper city