Category Archives: Health

Recyclables (Plastic) -The Danger Before Us!

Recently I read an article in National Geographic regarding plastics, recycling, pollution to our oceans. According to in depth research, 91% of plastic isn’t recycled. The amount of plastic “trash-garbage” in our oceans, by mid century will out number the fish, ton for ton.
Plastic was invented approximately 60 years ago. It takes 400 years to degrade. Being involved in various forms of trucking through the years I see it all the time in landfills and transfer stations.
I’ve enclosed a picture of a plastic bag stuck in a tree. I, we, see it all the time. Both land, water and air are rapidly becoming polluted. 
Special thanks to National Geographic also.

Hailey Sent Me a Letter

Me (Chooey) and Daddy (Mark)
As most of you may know by now, my Daddy has been told his life has a limit. This has made me rather protective of him more than ever. But then again he is my Daddy.
The other day I received this letter from y sister-in-law Hailey, who is married to my brother Kevin. If you can, please help my Daddy.
My sister-in-law Hailey visiting Daddy and Me (Chooey)
Hailey’s letter:
Hailey would like you to support:
Support and Healing for Mark Ivy 
by making a donation and helping spread the word.


I’m Kevin Ivy, son of Mark Ivy, and I’m writing to request help from anyone who has the means.

On September 2, 2014, my Dad was diagnosed with disseminated histoplasmosis, a fungal infection. The infection is fatal if left untreated. For 2 1/2 years he lived under a death sentence being misdiagnosed with a non-specific bacterial infection which left his right lung a “dried up sponge” and non-functioning. He was aggressively treated for the infection with antifungals. The treatment ended October of 2015 and fortunately did not take two years.

On May 9, 2017, Dad’s lung specialist informed him that he has possibly six months to live if the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the damage caused by the histoplasmosis, ran its normal course. Dad is now on hospice at home. Although he is content and ready to cross over the river to the other side, we want to make the transition as painless and comfortable as possible – both physically and financially. This means we need help covering the extra expenses Dad and Iohn are now facing.

If you’ve ever known Mark you would know how much he loves and appreciates his family. Our family has a long history of caring for others, having a big heart, reaching out when no one else will even to those we do not know or are friends and acquaintenances. The number of fundraisers, benefits, biker rides and other charitable activity to help others has been appreciated through the years. Now we need to come together and help Dad.

Dad needs someone there to help daily – which is Iohn. It is necessary to have someone to help with certain medicines, cooking, cleaning, etc. Due to being full-time help for Dad, Iohn cannot work and will use the money raised here for daily living expenses. The rest of the family are unable to assist due to distance, age, financial or medical conditions and I am eternally grateful to Iohn for stepping up to take care of my Dad while I am 1,000 miles away in Texas.

I am not normally one to resort to asking for financial help, but at this stage there is no other option. Can we do for Dad in his hour of need as we have done for so many others?

Even if you can contribute only a little, every dollar counts in aiding in Dad’s care and recovery. Thank you for your time and your help. And if you can’t give, we always appreciate your thoughts and prayers as well. God bless.

Me (Chooey) with my Brother Kevin and Iohn and Frankie in the background.

Thank You, Nick & Ron

A big thank you being sent to Rochester Bureau Chief Slick Nick and avid reader Ron Logston for well wishes sent my way during this time of crisis.

Appreciated the card from your church, Ron.


Delve into the light and dark that is Mark

Good Friday, everyone!

Seems as if it has been forever since I have been able to communicate what has been happening Inside My Mind.

The past couple of weeks have been a whir of active inactivity. I spent five days back in Regional Hospital and went through three visits to the Emergency Room – twice to Regional and once to Sullivan Community.

Tuesday this week I received the word from my lung doctor, Ajay Deshpande.

If the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – chronic bronchitis – continues on its current course it may run that journey within the next months.

All the repeated trips to the ER, the long-term hospital stays and constant pneumonia attacks were zapping not only my energy, but the life from my body.

The doctor said the best direction at this time was to prepare and go to hospice – at home – not a facility. My chances were better being able to stay home than repeatedly having to call 911 and run to the ER for admittance.

The risk is at an all-point high that I will continue to be afflicted by pneumonia, which is what is – to be blunt – killing me.

I have communicated with my family.

I am at peace and content, come what may. I am ready to go home.

That does not mean that it has not been depressing and a heavy weight.

On the good side, as my nurse, Tabitha, told me – instead of calling for an ambulance and running to the hospital, they, Heart to Heart Hospice, bring the hospital to me in Mark’s Den.

My sons, my daughters-in-law and my adorable three granddaughters will all be here together on Sunday, June 11, for the first get together we have had in four years. This had already been planned.

There will be good days.

There will be bad days.

When I am able, I hope to continue to share both here as well as return to my daily recap of the news, Kernels From the Cornfield, and give my opinion on whatever at From the Cornfield.

I appreciate all your thoughts and prayers.

That’s the way it is this sunny day in the Cornfield.

And how is your Friday going?

Worlds Oldest Woman Diies, 117
Breaking News: Worlds oldest woman dies
Our hats go off to her here at the Rochester bureau and on behalf of our CEO, owner, founder, Mr. Mark Ivy at headquarters, and all our satellite offices.

Rochester Weather & Area!

Good morning Chief, everyone! Right now it’s a bone chilling 13 degrees here. We will be under a weather watch the next few days. Read enclosed link. Be safe, stay warm.

Laundry day!

Courtesy National Geographic

A Thoughtful Man

His name is Jedidiah Winterhawk. A man living I guess on next to nothing. I see him in the area quite often and always wondered why, The “Pink” beard? I had my thoughts as to why. He’s a loner, and quite often says little or next to nothing.
This morning early, I saw him and he was in a good mood. So I asked him the reason behind the pink beard. He said 4 years in October, he dyed it for the cancer awareness group. At the end of the month he went back to his normal color.
During our brief talk he said. When I went back to my normal color it dawned on me that cancer isn’t just in October, it happens 365 days a year. So this is when I started wearing it pink all the time.
I thought this was an interesting, caring reason to write this story.

The big “64” today!

Labor day, birthday!
Yes folks, each year we all have a day in which we celebrate our special day as they say, our birthdays! And today is mine, I hit the big 64 today. Have a great day all.

No Electoral Majority – Then What?


As if this election cycle has not been bizarre enough, what if come January 6, 2017 no one wins a majority of the Electoral College?

What happens if neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton reach the magic 270 votes from the electors of the 50 states and the District of Columbia?

Article II Section 1 of the US Constitution sets up the Electoral College and what to do in the event no candidate receives a majority of electors.

It is not that there is no precedence of nominees not reaching the requisite number in our 240-year history since proclaiming our independence from Great Britain.

Yet in each of those cases in history, it has not been a pretty affair.

Most recently, most of us can recall when this came close to happening in Election Year 2000 when sitting Vice President Al Gore won the popular vote to challenger George W. Bush as the Florida votes were in dispute.

In that situation, which Democrats refer to the election robbed and handed to Bush, the third branch of government, the Supreme Court, stepped in and decided along ideological lines (conservative versus liberal) that Florida went to the Bush column.

Crisis averted.

The first instance took place shortly after the birth of the nation in 1800. Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, won as Congress voted to make him the nation’s third President.

However, the opposition Federalist Party members of the House of Representatives considered giving the presidency to his vice presidential pick, Aaron Burr, instead.

The Federalists had backed John Adams for a second term.

What triggered the House stepping in to decide the election was that the Democratic-Republican Party, which backed Jefferson and Burr, gave each 73 electoral votes, thus triggering the need for the House to step in and decide the election.

Following this debacle, since at the time the top and second vote getters were elected President and Vice President, the 12th Amendment was ratified in 1804 which called for the two nominees for the top slots in the Executive Branch be from the same party.

For a few years all was sane, then came the 1824 Election pitting Andrew Jackson against Henry Clay, John Quincy Adams and William H. Crawford, the sitting Treasury Secretary.

There was no majority of electors.

Under the 12th Amendment, the top three vote getters would be cast to the House of Representatives for a vote. Clay was out, but agreed to throw his support behind Adams in exchange for becoming Secretary of State for the son of the first Adams to be President.

Jackson had won the popular vote, but the Clay-Adams could not be beaten.

In an election that gave rise to the image of powerful men with cigars in a smoke-filled back room making deals to decide the fate of the Oval Office, Rutherford B. Hayes became President in the 1876 Election although rival Samuel J. Tilden had won the popular vote.

Under a commission set up by Congress to determine which slate of state electors to seat in the event a state submitted competing rosters of electors, but the commission kept splitting 8-7 to over which slate to seat from Florida, South Carolina and Louisiana.

Hayes cut a deal with commission members to withdraw Reconstruction Era federal troops from the South in exchange for the South to protect and respect the rights of freed blacks.

The commission approved the slates of Hayes’ electors handing the election to him.

Although Hayes kept his word and withdrew federal troops, as history has shown us, it was nearly a century later before the South finally lived up to its end of the bargain.

There is also the unusual situation where Gerald Ford became President after Richard Nixon resigned from office rather than be impeached over the Watergate scandal.

Ford, a member of the Michigan House delegation, was elevated to be Vice President after Spiro T. Agnew was removed from the vice presidency on charges of taking bribes while Governor of Maryland. This set-up the situation for Ford to become the first and only President of the United States to have not been elected to office.

This brings us to this weird year. We have the two most unpopular candidates for office ever as the nominees or soon to be of the two major parties – Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

There is rebellion among Establishment and some conservative Republicans who have lined up as #NeverTrump. These GOP members are looking for another candidate to support. The opposition to Trump even includes the GOP 2012 nominee, Mitt Romney.

With Democrats there are those who felt “the Bern” and pledged their all to Bernie Sanders. Uncle Bernie today endorse Clinton. His supporters, however, are not falling inline and looking for an alternative.

Independent voters, the largest voting bloc, are not happy with the choices being set before them. Independents want a real vote, not a vote against someone instead of for someone.

This brings us to third party candidate from the Libertarian Party, former Republican New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson.

Although no one expects Johnson has any chance of winning the White House, there is the possibility the Republican turned Libertarian could match or best the showing of either Ross Perot in the 1990s or George Wallace in the 1960s.

What if Johnson drew enough votes from the Sanders camp, the disgruntled Republicans and perplexed independents to not win the Electoral College, but to prevent either Trump or Clinton from getting a majority?

The election outcome would then fall into the House of Representatives where each state would have one vote.

A simple majority would determine the presidency.

A simple majority would also with a vacancy on the Supreme Court could determine which direction the Judiciary Branch would travel for at least a generation.

This means that the down ballot races are even more important than ever before. Who controls the House of Representatives controls the fate of both the Executive and Judicial Branches of Government.

From the Cornfield, this one year that one vote, your vote could make a difference.

This is not a year to sit out.