Articles written by me on Self-care and Palliative Medicine
On Self-Care & Palliative Medicine

Mindfulness

Learning to Walk

Learning to Walk

There’s a well-known, time-honored adage, “You’ve got to crawl before you can walk.” I believed it, too—until my granddaughter, Rory, taught me differently. Early on, Rory was a talker, and enjoyed intricate tasks with her hands. However, she didn’t seem the least bit interested in walking by

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Reframing Hope

Reframing Hope

One of the most common reasons doctors give for withholding bad news to a patient or a patient’s family (especially if it’s news about a life-limiting illness) is, “I don’t want them to lose hope,” or “I don’t want to destroy hope.” Interestingly, studies and interviews with

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Preparing for Winter

Preparing for Winter

  There’s a stark beauty to winter trees. I’m fascinated by the intricacy of the branches that begin with thick, central trunks. They branch and soar and branch again, until there are thousands of delicate twigs pricking the chilled sky that surrounds them.   The anatomist in

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Enforced Happiness

Enforced Happiness

‘Tis the season to be jolly. But what if you’re not? I’m revisiting one of my articles from December 2000 this month, because the subject is very much on my mind. Each year, from Thanksgiving until New Year’s Day, we enter the Season of Enforced Happiness. Merchants

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Carefully Crafted Goals

Carefully Crafted Goals

“The closing years of life are like the end of a masquerade party, when the masks are dropped.” –Arthur Schopenhauer Fundamental beliefs and core values are important in many major decisions, none more vital than the goals of care we establish for ourselves when experiencing a serious

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Piece of Work

    What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason, how infinite in faculty! In form and moving how express and admirable! In action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god! William Shakespeare, Hamlet, II.ii   The human body is,

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Caregiving Isn’t for Wimps

Caregiving Isn't for Wimps

Caregiving is tough! There are physical, emotional, and spiritual challenges. When one is caring for someone with a prolonged and progressive illness such as dementia, the challenges are magnified. Despite the hardships and sacrifice, there can be blessings in the service. The exemplary physician and philosopher Albert

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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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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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Shoring Up the Soul

“–then on the shore Of the wide world I stand alone, and think Till Love and Fame to nothingness do sink.” John Keats Poets are forever extolling the power of nature, and a week at the seashore certainly rejuvenated me. On a chilly and blustery first day

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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