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Blossom Before You Die

Nov 25, 2016, 4 comments, 16 smiles Wrote this poem last month that seems apt when I think of all the people in this ecosystem. Blossom before you die. It is something to watch someone doing that which they love. At the end of our week long class our professor ends in a four minute song. It is unexpected as it lovely. Logic models and budgets give way to grace. Our purpose on this planet is always in the background of our days trying to shine like sun between thick curtains. It is something to watch someone open up the curtains to let the light in. Our professor voice soars and takes our hearts along with it like a hawk in the morning sky And once we are attuned to watching one person light up doing what they love We see it in the city all day long A mother kneeling with her child, A street performer singing the blues A hummingbird hovering by a green bush Today the city is full of eyes that ... Read Full Story

Before I Go: Neurosurgeon's Reflections

Feb 24, 2015, 5 comments, 18 smiles Friend of mine's husband, Paul Kalanithi, is a neurosurgeon with a terminal illness.  Here's some beautiful writing and his take on time: Before I go Everyone succumbs to finitude. I suspect I am not the only one who reaches this pluperfect state. Most ambitions are either achieved or abandoned; either way, they belong to the past. The future, instead of the ladder toward the goals of life, flattens out into a perpetual present. Money, status, all the vanities the preacher of Ecclesiastes described, hold so little interest: a chasing after wind, indeed. 

Maya Angelou Passes Away

May 28, 2014, 11 smiles Author Maya Angelou Dies at 86 in North Carolina, by Hillel Italie Maya Angelou was gratified, but not surprised by her extraordinary fortune. "I'm not modest," she told The Associated Press in 2013. "I have no modesty. Modesty is a learned behavior. But I do pray for humility, because humility comes from the inside out." Her story awed millions. The young single mother who worked at strip clubs to earn a living later danced and sang on stages around the world. A black woman born poor wrote and recited the most popular presidential inaugural poem in history. A childhood victim of rape, shamed into silence, eventually told her story through one of the most widely read memoirs of the past few decades. Angelou, a Renaissance woman and cultural pioneer, died Wednesday morning at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, her son, Guy B. Johnson, said in a statement. The 86-year-old had been a professor ... Read Full Story

Mother Teresa And Dan Rather On Listening

Apr 24, 2014, 18 comments, 19 smiles Dan Rather, CBS anchor, once asked Mother Teresa what she said during her prayers. She answered, "I listen." So Dan turned the question and asked, "Well then, what does God say?"  Mother Teresa smiled with confidence and answered, "He listens." For an instant, Dan didn't know what to say. "And if you don't understand that," Mother Teresa added, "I can't explain it to you."

Tradition Of Wednesdays :)

Apr 01, 2014, 3 comments, 7 smiles From the Google Doodle last week ... a "Wednesday" that preceeded our Wednesdays. We're in good company. :)   Dorothy Height was named president of the National Council of Negro Women, a position she held until 1997. During the height of the civil rights movement of the 1960s, Height organized " Wednesdays in Mississippi," which brought together black and white women from the North and South to create a dialogue of understanding. Today's movements are arise quickly -- but also dissipate quickly.  Here's a great reflection from NYT's piece that contrasted last week's Istanbul protest with the more grounded ones in the 50s ...    Compare [today's social-media led movements] with what it took to produce and distribute pamphlets announcing the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955. Jo Ann Robinson, a professor at Alabama State College, and a few students sneaked into the duplicating room and worked all night to secretly mimeograph 52,000 leaflets to be ... Read Full Story

Doctors And Empathy

Jun 22, 2012, 5 smiles Can doctors learn empathy?  From today's NY Times ... "Greater physician empathy has been associated with fewer medical errors, better patient outcomes and more satisfied patients. It also results in fewer malpractice claims and happier doctors.  A growing number of professional accrediting and licensing agencies have taken these findings to heart, developing requirements that make empathy a core value and an absolute “learning objective” for all doctors. But even for the most enthusiastic supporters of such initiatives, the vexing question remains: Can people learn to be empathetic? A new study reveals that they can. Building on research over the last decade that has shown that empathetic observers have brain activity, heart rate and skin electrical conductance that mirror those of the person undergoing the emotional experience."