Saving Our World

Saving Our World A big topic today. But a moment’s thinking—whenever I remember to do it—reminds me that there can’t be any more compelling subject for anyone who cares about own survival, or about that of our loved ones, or—not a big stretch—about every human being on our planet. Actually, I’m talking about the survival […]

Letter to Mummy

Letter to Mummy Blog 042518 I was inspired to write letters to myself by a letter I wrote to my mother when I turned 65 and retired from forty years of medical practice. Dorothy and I had already written quite a bit about art-based approaches to palliative care, and we learned it was common practice […]

Letters to Myself 4

216 Clydesdale Road Antigonish Nova Scotia January 1st, 2018   Dearest Johnny-Boy Happy New Year! It was lovely to get another letter from you. This time I found it in a book of poems I just happened to feel like reading. I have my own study with hundreds of books in it, so it was […]

Letters to Myself 3

Ravenswood, 47 Bristol Road, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset. Saturday, October 31, 1948.   Dear John, Thank you very much for your letter. It was lying under the bed in the middle of my train set when I got up yesterday. I don’t know how it got there, but I know it wasn’t there when I went to […]


My blog for today – April 22 – is a true story Marilyn Gerriets reminded me of after church today. It’s a tale of karma I hadn’t thought of  in twenty years. As always, I’ll put a link on my facebook. Twins Thirteen-year-old Renee had to compose an essay about American health care for a […]

Letters to Myself 2

Letters to Myself (2) All letters deserve an answer, so here goes: my first letter from my present-day self to my  six-year-old self. I’m enjoying this new way of journalling – I’d be interested to hear if anyone else out there has ever written to themselves at a younger age. Johnny-Boy was the name my […]

Imagination and Health

Imagination and Health Blog 04/20/18  Art is the use of the imagination, that magical quality which marks us out as different from every other living being. In our culture, most people think that art is only for “special” people, but I’ve always been especially interested in artists who aren’t in it to become famous, but […]

Intern fumblings

I wrote a piece a while back about the first lumbar puncture—LP in medical parlance—I ever did (or tried to do). A disaster beyond imagination. LP’s are always tough, even with a lot of practice, and I can’t remember any medical student being trusted to do one. But in my intern days in England, you […]

Letters to Myself

Letters to Myself: Blog 04/17/18 I’ve taken to writing letters to myself, as a kind of extension of journaling. But if writing a daily journal is pretty old-fashioned these social media-beset days, how about writing actual letters rather than ripping off an email? The only people I know who write longhand letters are my sister […]

BLOGS 04/14/18

BLOGS 04/14/18 This is my first blog, at least this month. I’m simply musing about why I have a website and what I want to do with it. A. Why do I have a website? To enhance and nurture my creativity To discipline me to blog regularly online To learn through research as I go […]