Heart Surgery 2 – What Brings Us to the Operating Room Before Surgery

Before surgery, seventy percent of us will develop heart disease. If we’re lucky, we’ll survive long enough to reach the operating room and get help. This blog hopes to make you one of those lucky folks! This is part 2 … Continue reading

Heart Surgery 1 – Highly Likely for You or a Family Member

Heart surgery is everywhere. Most Americans – 70% – contract heart disease. It’s the leading cause of death, even ahead of cancer. Three months ago I had sudden heart surgery to replace my mitral valve, and that’s the only reason … Continue reading

Lahaina Walk, with Tongans, Kings & Prisons

Lahaina, Maui is a royal capital, a whaling town and now a tourist must-see. A walk through Lahaina uncovers surprising history and culture. My wife Nola and I took a stroll through southern Lahaina on a Sunday afternoon early this … Continue reading

Memory – Four Crazy Things We Get Wrong

Memory – Four Crazy Things We Get Wrong: A guest post by John Hawthorne. There are a lot of deep misunderstandings about how memory works. Here we clear up four of the most common. Have you ever been absolutely convinced … Continue reading

Hospital Surgery 5: Prostatectomy Cures BPH

Prostatectomy is the ultimate and definitive cure for prostate enlargement (BPH). This blog installment describes my experience with this operation, which I count as a surgery success. I have divided this blog post on hospital surgery into five installments. They … Continue reading

Hospital Surgery 4: Prostate Enlargement Versus Cancer

Prostate enlargement (BPH) and prostate cancer are common conditions requiring vigilance by all men. BPH is more common and requires either medications or a surgical cure. I have divided this blog post on hospital surgery into five installments. They treat … Continue reading

Hospital Surgery 3: Recovery & Discharge

Recovery is the first thing on the patient’s mind following surgery success. This blog installment describes my recovery time in the hospital after waking from anesthesia until my discharge. I have divided this blog post on hospital surgery into five … Continue reading

Hospital Surgery 2: That Scary Anesthesia

Anesthesia drugs used in hospital surgery are rightfully a source of great concern. This blog post describes my experience with the anesthesia process and what you can expect. I have divided this blog post on hospital surgery into five installments. … Continue reading

Wine Headache – the Mechanics and the Cures

Wine Headache – Guest Post by Ann of DontTellTheJoneses.com People have been enjoying wine for centuries. Wine enhances the taste of meats, produces a warm fuzzy feeling and lavishes the senses. However, less enjoyable are the “migraine” like headaches that may follow the … Continue reading

Website Updates: How Blogs Avoid Slow Death

Website updates are necessary for online articles to remain useful. This post describes how I keep ArtChester.net current and describes several tools that I’ve found helpful. Why would you care? This discussion of website updates may be entertaining if you like … Continue reading

Better Lemon Drop Martini with Rough Lemon

The Rough Lemon offers strong, fresh flavor to mixed drinks and island recipes. This bumpy citrus is 2.5 to 3 inches in diameter (6 to 7.5 cm) and you may find it in farmers’ markets in Hawaii. My familiarity with … Continue reading

Lemon Drop Martini, with Hawaiian Enhancements

Lemon drop martini, anyone? Hawaiian enhancements can bring this cocktail to an entirely new level! Note added 2/7/2019: In this and the following blog, I have corrected the name of the Hawaiian fruit from “Kaffir Lime” to “Rough Lemon.” What is a … Continue reading

Best Hawaii Lodging, Transport & Touring

Best Hawaii lodging is the third major element for the visitor planning that first Hawaii vacation. And as soon as you know where to sleep, you’ll be concerned with how to get around and how to make the best use … Continue reading

Best Hawaiian Islands for a First Visit

Best Hawaiian islands: How do you ever pick and choose? The previous blog (Visiting Hawaii) gave an overview of Hawaii designed for the first visitor – or for the repeat visitor wanting some additional commentary. This installment (Best Hawaiian Islands) … Continue reading

Ethics Research & Vampire Destroyers

Ethics is the topic of two fascinating recent research studies. One of these studies will protect you from an evil vampire boss! The other will make you hesitate before buying or even getting into a self-driving car But first: Ethics … Continue reading

Drug Ads & Food Labels: Don’t Be Suckered

The American Medical Association recently targeted drug ads as a health hazard. Food labels push the same emotional buttons to mislead the consumer. This blog helps filter out the spam and learn the facts about what we put into our … Continue reading