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 […]

Doctor Diaries, From the Heart

January 7, 2022

A Noble Death

A Noble Death

(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 […]

Doctor Diaries, From the Heart, Wisdom

January 1, 2022

I’m Okay, I’m Not Okay

It’s December…already! If 2020 seemed like a voided year, then 2021 seemed liked a year that raced by as though trying to make up for the lost moments from the year before. We are in the middle of moving so the merry reminders of the Christmas season are not in my home. I am thankful […]

Doctor Diaries, From the Heart, Laughing heals

December 8, 2021

How to De-stress the Holidays and Avoid the Holiday Blues

The holidays are rapidly approaching. They rush toward us with an expectation of getting noticed. Thanksgiving and Christmas melding together as consumerism reaches a feverish pitch as the weeks of November drift into December. Black Friday becomes Black Thanksgiving Night and soon there will no Thanksgiving pause before the madness begins.  I am thinking about […]

Africa New Life, From the Heart, Living Intentionally on Purpose

November 23, 2021

Bring the Giving Back to Thanksgiving

Learn why conversations with your children now are crucial for understanding the world we live in.

Doctor Diaries, From the Heart, Health, Wisdom

November 8, 2021

Crucial Conversations to Have With Your Child Now

Living with the end in mind changes everything!

Doctor Diaries, From the Heart, Health, Living Intentionally on Purpose, Wonder

October 25, 2021

If Tomorrow Never Comes

My husband, Scott, is a wonderful gift giver. Early in our marriage he would give things that sparkle and delight. Diamonds and sapphires were his expressions of love that came from working hard making them the all the more valuable. Beautiful art found near and far marked our travels and surround me as I write […]

Africa New Life, From the Heart, Legacy, Living Intentionally on Purpose

October 14, 2021

No Ordinary Gift

A Reckless Dreamer is one called by purpose and with God is not bound by the possible but the limitless. A good death includes looking back upon one’s life and finding it meaningful. We all have reckless dreams placed before us and yet fear of failure, or delay to fruition keeps us from seeing the […]

Africa New Life, From the Heart, Legacy, Wonder

October 10, 2021

A Reckless Dreamer

My patient declared as she lies on her death bed, “It’s ok, it will be a good death.” This unexpected phrase launched me on an inspiring quest for the secrets of a good death. I discovered wisdom and hope from those on the precipice of awareness of their own mortality.  A good death is not an […]

Doctor Diaries, From the Heart, Gratitude, Meaning, Wisdom, Wonder

October 5, 2021

Why Write About Death?

If you’ve ever suffered the throes of grief, the idea of anything good coming from death seems cruel. Entertaining the idea feels impossible. That is normal. It takes time and distance to get a broader, more accurate perspective. It’s worth the trouble to gain it because getting a fresh perspective on death can help you […]

Doctor Diaries, From the Heart, Gratitude, Health, Hope, Wisdom

October 2, 2021

Perspective on Death is a Good Thing

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