Articles written by me on Self-care and Palliative Medicine
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My Dad’s Dying

My Dad's Dying

Thornton Wilder wrote, “Even memory is not necessary for love. There is a land of the living and a land of the dead, and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning.” My Dad died by degrees. Similar to many patients with Alzheimer’s Dementia, his

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Lessons from a Dragonfly

Lessons from a Dragonfly

  I want to introduce you to Darius, the dragonfly who suddenly appeared one clear spring morning in 2011. You’ve seen his picture on the opening page of my website. He landed effortlessly on the tip of a slender reed growing in a Koi pond that was

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A Haven in the Storm

A Haven in the Storm

    “Sunset and evening star, And one clear call for me! And may there be no moaning of the bar, When I put out to sea”                                                              Alfred Lord Tennyson     In early 19th century Europe, hospice was a rest house for travelers. Today,

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Tenacity

Tenacity

“Who has seen the wind? Neither you nor I; but when the trees bow down their heads the wind is passing by.” Christina Rossetti On a rigorous climb to Máméan in Connemara, Ireland last summer, a hearty band of us passed a lone scrub tree, clinging to

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What’s in a Name: Palliative Care

What's in a Name: Palliative Care

“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”  —William Shakespeare Many people equate the term “Palliative Care” with giving up on life, or at least with end of life care.  To be sure, skillful and humane end of life care utilizes palliative care, but it’s

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Going Home

Going Home

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity.”  -John Muir In capturing the essence of nature’s power to heal and restore us, poets have gotten it right for centuries.  In the early 1800s,

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In Perspective

Our world culture is in turmoil. Last week, we solemnly celebrated the one year anniversary of the World Trade Center’s destruction. We live day to day with news of terrorist cells and their quest to dismantle the civilized world. Sometimes, it takes a poet to bring things

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Sock It To Me

One of my childhood memories that seemed so tragic at the time and so humorous in retrospect recalls my 7th grade trip to Washington, D.C. with the Safety Patrols from Guy Webb Elementary School. We left Atlanta by train early one evening and were scheduled to arrive

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Spinning a Few Yarns

We’re all dizzy headed at one time or another. Certainly, and stereotypically, blonds have an edge, but a dizzy-headed feeling is pervasive in our society. Did you know that 40% of people over the tender young age of 40 experience dizziness or balance problems on occasion? In

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Weighty Matters

We’ve got a heavy topic this week, folks: obesity in America and our quest for the perfect, quick fix. The latest guidelines from the FDA (supported by comprehensive scientific review of fad diets) state that any diet that limits daily intake to 1500 calories or less will

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My Philosophy

(Latin: doceō, I teach) I learned in medical school that the word, doctor, comes from the Latin word for teacher. I hold that thought closely... read more

Hinesights on Health

These are articles I wrote while in private practice in the early 2000’s. These many years later, I still have folks who ask for links, so I’ve kept them active... read more