Prostate cancer, Boy Scouts, Wood Badge and Matchtop Twenty

Boy don’t make me change my tone….

Prostate Diaries

Years ago I was an assistant scout master in my son’s troop here in Gainesville, Ga.  Sam ultimately did achieve his Eagle Scout and as the Grateful Dead said, ” what a long strange trip it had been.”

So to better my ability to help the troop and my son, I agreed to take a “masters of scouting” program known as Wood Badge. This involved four weekends of relatively intense training regarding everything scouting. We were to be at Scoutland (A large parcel of land that abuts Lake Lanier and is home to scouting in our area. It is very nice, large and has lots of land, trees, water and provides all the stuff that scouts need to have and  love to do) at 6 pm on Friday and we stayed there until Sunday at 6pm. What you do is dress as if you are a scout and are treated…

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Happy Birthday Sammy

A rite of passage in scouting and being an Eagle scout is the two week experience of Philmont in Cimarron, New Mexico. It is supposed to be a grueling and yes intimidating hiking trip through the various landscapes of New Mexico. You have heard of Phillips 66 haven't you and the song "Route  66" well …

Thirty four years ago this month…amazing. I wish I didn’t know now what I didn’t know then.

In June 1981 my wife and I and our 4 month old baby boy went on a cross country camping trip to California and back. I had just completed medical school and we were living off student loans and Karen's teacher's salary. She was breast feeding and we pulled a Coleman pop up camper  with …