Tag Archives: life

For Melia


A new day dawns and with it new learning, new understanding. Dying is a business to be learned.  I was three hundred miles away from my parents in their final years.  I talked to them on the phone every week, but … Continue reading

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Dumbfounded and Smiling


We need to talk.  Or, rather, there’s something I need to tell you and I’m having a rather hard time doing it.  I could tell you about Carol, who was a friend I had made in some civic organization.  We … Continue reading

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The Game Plan


What’s it all about?  Life, I mean.  Is it micro or is it macro?  Take, for example, the death of my fiancé, Bob Dobrow, in 1974.  Was that because something like an O-ring broke, or because of some master game … Continue reading

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New Mistakes


“Life is a journey up a spiral staircase; as we grow older we cover the ground covered we have covered before, only higher up; as we look down the winding stair below us we measure our progress by the number … Continue reading

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Life, the Universe, and Our Preoccupation with Medicine


This morning’s news has a story that begins “DNA taken from a pinkie bone at least 30,000 years old . . .” so let’s think about 30,000 years. This is the year 2010.  Our time more-or-less began with the birth … Continue reading

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When Open-Minded Doctor is not an Oxymoron (Part I)


Last week I told Dr. Nasri Ghaly that I was writing a book.  Teasingly, he asked, “Is about me?”             “Not just about you,” I said, “but partly.  The part about you is called ‘To Interns in Search of a Role … Continue reading

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Comes the Exterminator


It took a year for my sister’s to divvy up my mom’s personal effects and send some things on to me.  Included were the “Memoirs of Elizabeth Hope Copeland Woodlen,” which are two volumes of essays my mother wrote and … Continue reading

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