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Restless Leg Syndrome - A Wedge Pillow Solved The Problem

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If you know me, then you know I did a dance with throat cancer a couple of years ago. (If you are so inclined, or have need for perspective and some advice in your battle with throat cancer, you can read my posts on the subject by clicking this link: Throat Cancer.)

Anyway, in the time leading up to my diagnosis and treatment, my wife would often tell me I would awaken her during the night with combinations of the symptoms that are associated with Restless Leg Syndrome. For us that meant that I would move my legs around (hence the name, eh?), but even more upsetting for Julie was when my entire body would jerk or twitch - and it would do this on a regular, rhythmic basis - not just once or twice. As it worsened, Julie would tell me she could actually predict when the next body twitch would happen - she could count and then "BINGO" my 6'3" 210 lb body would twitch.

She was always amazed that I would SLEEP through such violent episodes and she is correct - in the vast…

Stuff That Works - Review of Laurie Anderson's Heart of a Dog

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Laurie Anderson simultaneously snagged me and blew me away with her entrancing "O Superman" back when vinyl was not a specialty item. Another favorite was her tale of Sharkey's Day a couple years after Superman - I love the way William S Burroughs pronounces Kemosabe - but I digress.




Fast forward to a couple months ago. As a follower of Laurie's, I was offered a pre-order deal on the soundtrack of her new movie, "Heart of A Dog".Hell yes - I can order it now and for a couple bucks extra get a signed print???


How to categorize this CD? A guided meditation - a look at life and death through the eyes of a gifted artist - an anti-war statement - wonderful memoir - a warning of the intrusive nature of "security" in these times - sure, all that will do for a start. Laurie's voice has always had the ability to draw me in and hold my wandering "monkey mind" and she does it again here.

Who else could transport you to the pain of a children…