A Personal Independence Day

The Fourth of July holiday in the United States is a celebration of freedom and autonomy from Great Britain. The declaration of Independence laid not only the foundation of a new nation, but a new concept in the world. It is the turning point in history towards self-rule, not governance ordained by a privileged, elite […]

Chipless Cookies and Other Motherly Love Lessons

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Mothering a family of 16 has its unique challenges, to put it mildly. Not only did our mother raise all 14 of us kids, but she even somehow managed to find time to get a master’s degree with 13 of us between the ages of 1 and 18 at home (my youngest sister was not […]

The Human Problem of Medicine

Last year Kelly, the woman to whom I am married, had an emergency appendicitis and appendectomy. She was in the hospital for several days as there were complications. The appendix had ruptured and therefore required immediate and intensive surgery. While the quality of the surgery was excellent and overall care was good (she has made […]

Why Journal?

I have been asked, “What is the point of writing in a journal? How is it supposed to help me?” I usually cite studies of people who have been through physical and emotional trauma who wrote and recovered more quickly than those who did not. But there is a more spiritual and soulful answer as […]

Seeds of Empathy

In my two-year-old granddaughter, Olivia, I can already see the development of compassion – seeds of empathy. Olivia is often self-centered, as two-year-olds are. Occasionally, though, she will reach out and share a flower, or a block, or a piece of fruit with another. I can already see the development of an understanding of the […]