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My name is Richard Sheingold. I am a Cambridge resident who enjoys sports, comedy and writing stories about interesting people I know! I'm glad to be a part of the NeighborMedia team.


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On April 22, 2016, the supporters of medical marijuana were happy with the City Council. On this Monday night the councilors voted in Zoning amendments which said that sage cannabis could open a medical marijuana dispensary in Cambridge. The would open it at 1001 Mass Ave. The current zoning laws prohibited this opening. However the city of Cambridge determined that there could be a limit of two districts which would allow marijuana dispensaries.


I wanted to write about something unique. I settled on a position in the health care medical profession. When you think of health care, what comes to mind is a doctor, a nurse or a nurse's aid. A surgeon can also be listed. But there is a position in the health care profession that not so many people are familiar with. I speak of the nurse practitioner.

The electoral college was put into effect by article two of the constitution to select who would be the president and vice- president of the United States of America. The citizens in each state, during a general election  chooses electors who have been pledged to vote for a candidate from their party. The Twelfth Amendment requires evey elector to have one vote for both the President and the vice-President. Candidates receiving majority of electoral votes throughout the states become president and Vice- President of the United states.

Joseph King is a stand-up comedian who does his act in the Cambridge and Somerville areas. His repertoire is that of puns and  plays on words. Some caqll him HENNY YOUNGMAN! Joseph, pushing 60, calls himself Henny Oldman. 

Football is responsible for more injuries than all of the three other major sports combined. Especially, the children who play football also have too many injuries. Thankfully, players in these times have to be removed from games if they suffer a head injury; mainly a concussion.

To cap off what has been a beautiful fall October day, I strolled happily to the Lily Pad in Inman Square Cambridge to take in a tunefoolery concert. Tunefoolery, of you are not aware is a group of musicians who have had mental health issues. These talented players play instruments, including guitars, accordians, flutes, clarinets, pianos etc. Some play acapella. Some play instruments and sing.

Back in the day when you were diagnosed with a mental illness, at the very least it was chronic with no hope for recovery. Most people ended up in a state hospital. These people most of the time were housed with only food and sleep. Cigarettes were very very popular because patients used them to soothe their feelings. It was very rare that a mentally ill patient became well enough to go home and back to work. Although, there always was an exception to the rule.

The last two things I will guide you on are fitness pointers and nutrition. As always, be sure to talk with your health care professional about your respiratory care needs and breathing techniques. People with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, who use low intensity exercise routines, may bring positive results.


Your doctor will plan your treatment and may recommend that you meet with a respiratory therapist. These therapists evaluate and treat and care for patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD. One treatment they use is pursed-lip breathing. It is a simple breathing exercise. This is valuable as you can use it anytime or anywhere.

1. Relax your neck and shoulder muscles.

2. Breathe in slowly through your nose to a count of two keeping mouth closed.

3. Purse your lips as if whistling.

4. Breathe out slowly counting to four.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, is more than just a serious lung disease. It cannot be cured but it can be treated. The common cause of COPD is repeated exposure to cigarette smoking. Over time symptoms slowly get worse. This is one of the reasons you should quit smoking. Quitting smoking is the key. It is the most effective way to stop the developing of COPD. If you have been diagnosed with the disease quitting can slow down its development. It is never to late to quit.

How does quitting smoking help?