Shea’s Lounge: My year in medical muddle

November 9, 2012
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Shea’s Lounge: My year in medical muddle

This edition of long-absent Shea’s Lounge could be called Shea’s Gurney. (Hey, 2012, glad to be here.) Edward Ericson Jr.’s review a while back of Unaccountable by Dr. Marty Makary, asks honesty and humanity of hospitals and doctors. My experience was with a large local hospital where I had thyroid removal surgery last June....
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Shea’s Lounge wishes Detroit a very merry X-mas! (A tale of sorts)

December 22, 2011
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It’s gonna be a dismal Christmas, Most of my old friends are dead, It looks like the mistletoe Was hung by Edgar Allan Poe, And ol’ Santa broke two runners Off his empty sled. Mom ain’t got a job, And Dad’s too big a slob To get one, The tiny apartment is cold and...
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Shea’s Lounge manhandles Joan Osborne to tackle the Republican House Speaker!

July 29, 2011
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Dennis Shea, our beloved and ever grumpy copy editor returns … The late-night oldies radio played Joan Osborne‘s “One of Us” (“What if God was one of us/A slob like one of us/Just a stranger on the bus”). It’s a silly song, but nothing compared to Washington, D.C.’s silliness right now. So a little...
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Shea’s Lounge! This week: Southwest Detroit on an old Schwinn …

May 27, 2011
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A Sketch from my Bike (which isn’t easy) of SW Detroit I rode my Schwinn eight miles through Southwest Detroit last week. Along Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd were several low-cost medical facilities, playfields, schools and gardens that weren’t there when I rode the street 20-plus years ago. These indicate considerable funding put into...
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Shea’s Lounge on free lunchers and trash collecting in the Cass Corridor.

March 21, 2011
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It’s a windy first day of spring. I’m doing my little job, picking up considerable trash outside my building. Two groups of squeaky-clean young whites are carrying armfuls of bag lunches up Second Avenue. They say “Want lunch?” to Sunday sidewalkers. People ten blocks down might want their charity. Oh — they must be...
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Shea’s Lounge! New Poem!

March 18, 2011
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Welcome back to Shea’s Lounge. Here’s an old-time serious poem, commenting widely on the situation from my narrow perspective. DETROIT ∞∞∞ I remember five years ago riding my bike dwarfed through downtown. The machines at twilight were building up or destroying a building in yellow light like a filmy movie drinsed with piss. Now...
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Shea’s lounge! Dirty Bears and blind in football.

January 24, 2011
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Shea’s lounge! Dirty Bears and blind in football.

A take on the vengeful play of one, and maybe all, teams in the NFL playoffs. DIRTY BEARS City of the dislocated shoulders, Penalties protested, Concussion discussion dismissed And cheered over. The violent game, Our time in obsession, A full expression, Phony and routine; A head-to-head mindless meeting. And the blind don’t notice the...
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Shea’s Lounge: ‘CHRISTMAS, THE ECONOMY AND YOU’

December 23, 2010
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Shea’s Lounge: ‘CHRISTMAS, THE ECONOMY AND YOU’

CHRISTMAS, THE ECONOMY AND YOU I’m gonna stay in bed all day on Christmas, And pull my Three Wise Men comforter o’er my head, It’s not that I’m unhappy with a Saverer, But now I’d rather have a Spenderer instead.
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Lightfootin’

June 15, 2010
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Lightfootin’

From our grumpy copy editor, a guy who’s known to actually venture out from time to time, and brave other human beings …. Went to see Gordon Lightfoot at the Fox Theatre Sunday evening. He mentioned his first concert in the States was in ’65 at Masonic Temple, with Oscar Peterson and Vaughn Meader...
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Immediate-area Architecture Busted

May 3, 2010
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Words written on a smoke break by grumpy proofreader Dennis Shea: Standing at the entrance to the Metro Times office, four styles of architecture clang like a millennium bell before you. The Greektown casino and hotel are actually attractive blue vertical blurs. The Blue Cross building and the Monroe Street parking structure are modern...
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