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She was gorgeous, with long blond hair that was the envy of all her friends. Typically, such beauty is intimidating to other women; however, Julie’s external beauty was overshadowed by her inner attractiveness. She was a warm, generous soul. As a result, she enjoyed a rich life centered on her faith, family, and countless friends.  […]

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If Only I had Known

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We were on a three-hour road trip. My husband Scott was “driving” a self-driving car, our friend Jerry sat in the passenger seat, and I was in the back. Jerry was trying to reel in his fear from taking his first-ever ride in a self-driving car and tamp down his growing hunger as the aroma […]

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The Power of Multiple Options

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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 […]

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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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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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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. […]

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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

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

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Crucial Conversations to Have With Your Child Now

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Living with the end in mind changes everything!

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If Tomorrow Never Comes

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