Dancin’ in my chair

Thinking of those who go unnamed


Pembroke psychiatric hospital, owned by Universal Health Services (UHS) as part of Arbour Health Systems in Massachusetts, is under investigation over a patient death in August. Pembroke Hospital has had 7 patient deaths this year (out of 49 statewide) and this is the first to happen at the facility. The other 6 died within 30 days of being discharged—fueling concerns about not only the lack of workability of psychiatric treatment in general but also its propensity to cause death…

CCHR has been investigating complaints from UHS psychiatric facility patients, their families and former UHS mental health staff since 2012. In complaints filed with MA health and law enforcement officials this year, CCHR reported that in 2013, 18 psychiatrists affiliated with 10 UHS facilities in MA billed Medicare more than $2.1 million, of which 6 accounted for $1.19 million. Four UHS-affiliated psychiatrists were among the top ranked state prescribers of several psychotropic drugs, including a psychostimulant and antipsychotic…

Patient deaths have been raised by CCHR to other state authorities, including:

There was wrongful death lawsuit filed 14 March 2012 against Arbour, Walden Behavioral Care and a treating psychiatrist that included allegedly increasing the patient’s psychiatric drug doses and failing to properly treat him in the week before he committed suicide…

A 2012 lawsuit filed against River Oaks in Louisiana alleged a boy was physically restrained by hospital staff and shot up with sedatives while a staff member sat on his chest. He stopped breathing and his lips had turned blue before CPR was used unsuccessfully and the boy was pronounced dead…

CCHR calls on any UHS former employees, patients and families to report any abuses or billing and other concerns to CCHR. Click here to file a report.

Kolache Heaven

Kolaches are just one, very small thing that celebrate America’s diversity. 🙂

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Czechoslovakia is probably not the first country that comes to mind when people set out to identify the ethnic influences on Texas food. However, any Central Texan who has ever slurped a bowl of homemade noodles in rich chicken broth or sunk their teeth into the soft, yeasty cloud of a fruit kolache knows that Czechs bring a delicious contribution to the Texas culinary table…

The kolache is the most prominent edible symbol of Texas Czech culture and probably the most tested pastry in all of Texas. Kolaches are made with sweetened yeast dough formed into rolls and filled with fruit, cheese or sausage before baking. Classic Czech fillings are prune, poppyseed, cottage cheese, and sausage, though fruit fillings such as cherry, peach, apple, and apricot have become popular as well. Some family recipes call for a crumb topping and others do not; some German-influenced bakers add mashed potatoes to assure a moist dough while others swear by lard instead of vegetable shortening…

To try your hand at kolache-making, here’s three time-tested recipes from sources who definitely know their kolaches. Each recipe has subtle differences in the ratio of fat to sugar and flour, the desired result being a soft, elastic dough. Each of these recipes is assured to be a success, so try them all and compare…

From the Albuquerque Journal:

A restaurant franchise specializing in sweet and savory stuffed buns is heading to Albuquerque…

Kolache Factory, founded in 1982 in Houston, serves what it calls “a modern variation of the pastry roll that originated in Eastern Europe centuries ago.” The menu includes kolaches with a variety of fillings, including a barbecue beef option and a pepperoni-and-mushroom choice. There are also fruit-based varieties...


Kissing Kolaches


Kolache Tower


Kolache Tower Falling Down

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I’ve got cinnamon and sugar inside!


Oh my!

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Ballsy Kolache

(Photos taken yesterday.)