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

Appreciation of Nature

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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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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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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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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The Seasons of Life

“The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.” Jean-Paul Sartre (1905–1980) Another glorious fall is here–transitioning us from muggy summer days to the crisp chill of autumn. Each year, when this season evolves, I reflect on

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Using Good Scents

“Life is a series of sensations connected to different states of consciousness” Remy De Gourmont (1858–1915) French critic and novelist One of the most aesthetically appealing alternative therapies is Aromatherapy. Do you have powerful memories evoked by certain smells? A whiff of fragrant boxwoods transports me immediately

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Echinacea. . . “Gesundheit!”

“As a cure for the cold, take your toddy to bed, put one bowler hat at the foot, and drink until you see two.” Sir Robert Lockhart (1886–1970) British author and diplomat Though a hot toddy has frequently been suggested as a home remedy for colds, alcohol

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Loafers, Lovers, and Lunatics

This past weekend, the moon was full–a brilliant orb in the night sky. Each month, people all over the world share this sight and the feelings that such magnificence inspires. On a cloudless night, it casts deep shadows while illuminating the landscape. Why are we so affected

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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