My husband has grown a beard for the winter. I hate it. The beard is thick and bristling: an unfortunate, malignant creature that has latched with scrubby desperation onto his lower face. It makes life difficult. I would like to kiss his lips and not his beard, and certainly not the beard residue from whatever he just had […]
This past week we had another death at the hospital. There have been quite a few this summer, which represents a bit of an anomaly for a ward that is populated by a predominance of young and healthy bodies. It has been awhile since I have written of the grief that is particular to the medical provider, and […]
Dear friends and family: I hereby declare 2015 as the year of the resurrection of my blog. I am a great maker of New Year’s resolutions and an even better breaker of said resolutions, but even so there are some things that will never truly leave me no matter how long I neglect them. One […]
The following is a reblogged, edited tribute to one of my patients. I want others to remember his story, because if our final moments reveal who we really are, he showed me what a beautiful soul looks like.
After a brief hiatus, I am back into the mode of writing. Somewhere between August and October, I lost the desire. I consider this a weakness of mine: there are so many ways to procrastinate at doing even what you love to do. Sometimes, though, I think it is okay to roll along and live […]
One of my hats is a hat that I wear at work. I work in healthcare, which is a place that holds a lot of suffering alongside the potential for a solemn kind of beauty.
There is nothing quite like relaxing in a park with a view like this, waiting for Fourth of July fireworks to start. And then sharing in the moment of beauty with thousands of other people. We are all like fireflies, seeking to connect our inner light with a bigger, brighter, and more lasting one.
Perhaps it is because we are all busy, or perhaps we put less stock in arts and crafts than we used to, but somewhere along the way, the modern American fell into the trap of thinking that artistic pieces for the home must be obtained at Target. Generic, mass produced art available by the dozen, […]
Life can sometimes feel like a hamster wheel…and you are the hamster. A never-ending wheel of setting goals in order to set other goals. Learn to crawl so you can learn to run so you can someday train for a 5K (not that I am). Learn to read so you can learn to write so […]