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I was wrong.

Those are three very big words, which we don’t hear very often. From anyone. No one likes to admit they are wrong.

I am not sure why this is? We are human. We are imperfect creatures, slogging around, day-to-day, on this Planet Earth. We cannot be Renaissance Women and Men. No one, can know everything, about anything.

But my personal reality? I sure do like to be right. I think that is true for most of us. In fact, sometimes, we take it to extremes. But let us face the facts. We truly do not know all the facts. Admitting it, owning up to it, is the right thing to do.

And. Now, my friends, a moment of truth. You will need a roadmap to follow this one, but please, try to follow the red bouncing ball.

One of those right/wrong things came up early this morning, as I was reading a couple of articles intended to smarten me up. This is a daily practice for me, this ritual of information-ingestion. Reading things about science, or history, or environment, or how many clowns will fit in a yellow-polka-dotted Volkswagen.

So, to back things up a little. It has long been my contention that people jump on the Food-Craze-Bandwagons a bit too quickly. A new study comes out, or perhaps a book by some dietician in Poughkeepsie, New York, and suddenly the entire country is hell-bent on eating like the Cavemen. OR. Grapefruit Diets. High Protein Fatty Diets. Macrobiotics. Aversion of Glutens. Scarsdales. South Beaches. Papaya-Chicken-Cleanses. The rest.

I always get out my salt shaker and take it with a grain. I simply don’t think foods have the extreme impacts on our bodies, that many of these diets suggest.

But then, about a year ago, I became very ill as a result of Diverticulitis, and then Colitis. For about three months, I was as sick as I have ever been. By the direct orders of my colon, there were several foods which my system could no longer tolerate. Among some of the big hitters, even still, are peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, shrimp, and a few others.

Back to this morning. I was reading an article about poisons. Nightshade was listed. From there, I read the next article about nightshade foods and their toxicity levels. Peppers, potatoes, tomatoes. Their symptoms? A bunch, including, at low levels, stomach cramps, nausea, headache, dizziness, and diarrhea. But the big one that stood out? Hypothermia.


You see. When the weather turns cold, I am forever cold. My hands are always purple or white. Until this winter. Although I’ve had my moments, like being outside in -5° for an hour while I cleared snowy walks, for the most part, my hands have been as pink as baby pigs. Gawd, I really hope baby pigs are pink right now.

Anyway, this winter, I have not been ferociously cold as I have in year’s past. I have also ingested minuscule amounts of tomatoes, potatoes, and especially peppers in the past year. Hmmmm.

So maybe, quite possibly, I was wrong. About some of these food things.

Like Nightshade Poisoning. Making me chilly, like Dr. Freeze. And not warm, and pink, like Lotso-Huggin-Bear from Toy Story 3.

Yeah. Well. So. There is a real possibility that I may have been wrong. About something. Probably. (Please see my 5th sentence or so.).

Being Wrong.

It does a body good.



“My opinions may have changed, but not the fact that I’m right.”
― Ashleigh Brilliant


“It’s not given to people to judge what’s right or wrong. People have eternally been mistaken and will be mistaken, and in nothing more than in what they consider right and wrong.”
― Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace


“Hard to say what’s right when all I wanna do is wrong.”
― Prince