Posts by Calvert F. Cazier, PhD., MPH

Not Smart Enough For College

On February 28, 2008 I recorded the following experience in my Précis (journal) that I had written as a requirement for my qualitative research professor. As she and I were discussing the introduction to my first chapter of my dissertation I told her about the high school counselor who told me I wasn’t smart enough…

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The Hairbrush

With a title like this I’m sure that you as the reader must wonder why I would write a story about a hairbrush. To ease your curiosity let me set the record straight. This brush is not ‘magical’ with special powers to curl hair or to keep hair from falling out or even keeping every…

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Conversations with Dad

The other day, I was going through some notes that I had written on scrap pieces of paper that I hoped to someday add to my journal and I found these thoughts from a meaningful visit I had with my father. On June of 19, 2014, I had the pleasure of picking Dad up from…

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Challenges of Playing Monopoly

Monopoly is a game that has probably been around since man first learned how to barter for bread, butter, and meat. It would not surprise me if some day the rules for this game were found in the non-translated manuscript of the Dead Sea Scrolls. I am certain that ancient merchants must have used it…

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Lost

Lost, a Resilient Child Story by Cal Cazier, PhD

In 1974, we had just moved back to Salt Lake City, Utah, after completing my Master’s of Public Health degree at the University of Tennessee. My first wife Carol was recovering from surgery and radiation therapy for ovarian cancer. Paul was nearly four years old and we were staying in my parent’s home until I…

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Challenges and Friendship

When Lois Call was 18 months old, a cup of hot grease tipped over and spilled onto her head. It ran down her face, neck, and onto her shoulders causing a serious burn. The doctor made a house call to examine this little girl. After the exam, he placed bandages on her head and turned…

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A Penny’s Worth of Honesty

After completing my education, my family and I moved back to Utah and lived with my parents until I could find a job. Our son Paul, who was almost four made friends in the neighborhood and one afternoon he was playing with them when some apples were delivered to our neighbors. They were left on…

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