Why Married Men Live Longer
"She takes them gently from my hands, scrunches her brow, studies their loneliness..."
Mid-August at Sourdough Mountain Lookout
"Down valley a smoke haze, Three days heat, after five days rain..."
Two Crises I Didn’t Train For
"I can still hear my patient shriek..."
Modern Medieval Artist
"While I watch the artist paint, I imagine him in the time of plague..."
"...now i forget what day it is and still feel i’m running out of time..."
"...Night is a room darkened for lovers..."
When the Doctor Called...
"I stood shivering in the dark kitchen, thinking about that word, ventilator..."
Eden's Stoner Chair
Reading books and journals, charting treatment plans to help patients find an Eden of their own.
What Lets Us Breathe Easier
"You’re a poet, aren’t you?"
"...So far the days keep coming. Seize the day gently as if you loved her.”
"My hands grown tired, my head weighed down with dreams..."
Pledged to a Little Nation
"My love, I am pledging to this republic, for however long we stand..."
“...sweetness comes as if on loan, stays just long enough to make sense of what it means to be alive, then returns to its dark source.”
An Unexpected Journey: From Medicine to Poetry
How do poetry and medicine interact and relate? One doctor shares his journey.
Coming of Age
"... unconscious as hope that we sense around us now borne back into the earth..."
Psychiatric Residency Rotation
Reform school, a place where workers smoked with the boys, a place where fathers were AWOL and mothers begged us to save their sons.
A bear under the snow turns over to yawn. It's been a long, hard rest.
To Study the Universe
So I sit on the edge, wagging my feet above the abyss. Tonight the moon will be in my lap...
Falling Deeply Into America
"The world was immaculate, new..."
An Accountant of the Heart
As soon as you begin to ask the question, Who loves me?, you are completely screwed, because the next question is How Much?
Cloudy Eyes, Chapped Lips, Icy Air
"...remember this one life is a gift each of us was handed and told to open..."
Psychiatric Residency Interview
My life pasted on his wall to analyze, a flash of insight came to me: Training had begun.
The Life Thing In Us
“...the life thing in us that will not let us die...”
The Way We Live With Hungers
Hospital food has the reputation for not being very restorative...
And Jesus was a sailor when he walked upon the water...
Never Weary, Never Lost
"... laboring to transform death to praise, never wearying, never once losing faith."
How has COVID-19 given us a heightened appreciation for each moment?
As the COVID-19 battle continues, reflecting on successes against viruses like AIDS may serve as a hopeful reminder.
In Their Own Time and Place
"...inhuman forces hard at work in their own time and place..."
The Miracle of Skating
Walking on water might just be possible...
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