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

Everyday Miracles

Sprinkles on the Cookie of Life

Sprinkles on the Cookie of Life

Have you ever been moved by a beautiful piece of music, transfixed by the creative genius of a painting or inspired by evocative imagery in a poem?   This month, I had the gift of a weekend’s immersion in art. On a Friday evening, I attended three

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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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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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Maternal Instinct

Another Mother’s Day just past. The lifetime bond that many of us form with our Mom’s is a source of joy not only to them but also to merchants, florists, and interstate telephone companies who benefit from our tangible expressions of thanks, nostalgia, and love each year.

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“What’s Love Got to Do With It?”

“To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.” David Viscott Valentine’s Day is here again. . . stimulating thoughts of love. Love of family, love of friends, romantic love. . .the forms of love vary widely. . .but the effects on psyche

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The Gift of Life

“Is life worth living? This is a question for an embryo not for a man.” Samuel Butler It’s early December, and we are well into the flurry of holiday shopping. For some, gift-giving is a studied art. Finding that “perfect gift” for each person on the list

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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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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