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 […]

Health, Wisdom

March 31, 2022

The Power of Multiple Options

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 […]

Health, Wisdom

March 31, 2022

A Beautiful Plan: Ingredient #4

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. […]

Health, Wisdom

March 31, 2022

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

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 […]

Health, Wisdom

March 31, 2022

Brain Death Criteria

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 […]

Doctor Diaries, Health

January 21, 2022

The Seed and the Soil Hypothesis

“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. […]

Harmony, Health

January 21, 2022

If You Didn’t Get a Chance to Say Goodbye

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 […]

Health, Meaning

January 7, 2022

A Noble Death

A Noble Death

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

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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