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In June of 2017, I visited the famous Western Wall in Jerusalem. On this beautiful, cloudless day, the sky a brilliant blue, the place was packed with pilgrims who had come to pray. With my head covered out of respect for the traditions of this sacred place, I approached the women’s side to pray with […]

Wisdom

A Beautiful Plan: Ingredient #4

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The Covid-19 pandemic may finally be slowing, but the pandemic has shone a stark light on one human problem that we’ll never escape. One day books analyzing the pandemic will fill whole rows in libraries, but no analysis can dim the glaring human condition that we must face—the fact that we’re all going to die. […]

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The Post-Covid World: Learning to Live with the Inevitable

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She was beautiful in this moment. Though I only heard silence and the occasional voice from beyond the camera lens. She was dancing. A slender girl with limbs moving to an unheard rhythm. I could imagine the music by the emotions that emanated from her. She was a girl dancing alone with pure joy. This […]

Wonder

Dances with Joy

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A child has a traumatic brain injury caused by a stray bullet. Parents clutch the child with an awareness of warmth that will soon fade away. An entry and exit wound quickly assessed by paramedics and reported to receiving trauma center. A solemn response is heard from a disembodied voice in return. It is the […]

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Brain Death Criteria

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My youngest son is 21. As with most guys his age, hanging out with mom does not top the list of “fun things to do.” However, this was the fourth of July, and I had just bought a new surfboard. (It was a garage sale find; hence, it was doubly special).  I am not much […]

Harmony

Relational Mindfulness Creates Harmony

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The year was 1889 and a physician by the name of Dr. Stephen Paget was studying postmortem data on patients that had succumbed to breast cancer. He noted that there were patterns of metastasis that could not be explained by the previous belief that cancer cells migrate “downstream” or to the closest organ. He described […]

Health

The Seed and the Soil Hypothesis

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“I’m ready to die,” Mr. G. announced to his wife who was standing at his side. She understood this need as she had witnessed the decline from a lung disease which first stole the living out of life and then stole the life out of everything else as he fought to hold on for her. […]

Health

If You Didn’t Get a Chance to Say Goodbye

A Noble Death

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One man’s death led me to understand how we can die a noble death. I didn’t think much about death or dying before medical school, much less about sacrifice or what constitutes a noble act. I chose to be a doctor because that’s what seemed like a noble calling to me. Little did I know […]

Meaning

A Noble Death

A Noble Death

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One Man’s Sacrifice Led Me to Understand How We Can Die a Noble Death I didn’t think much about death or dying before medical school, much less about sacrifice or what constitutes a noble act. I chose to be a doctor because that’s what seemed like a noble calling to me. Little did I know […]

From the Heart

A Noble Death

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(I ORIGINALLY WROTE THIS ON 1/1/22, HOWEVER, THE PRINCIPLE STILL HOLDS AND GLAD TO REPORT THAT I’M MORE OKAY THAN I WAS THAT DAY, AND THAT’S GREAT!) I love new beginnings. Today, we celebrate a new year with hope for less tragedy, less suffering, less loss. New Year’s Days fill us with expectation to do better and […]

Wisdom

I’m Okay, I’m Not Okay

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