Monthly Archives: December 2011

Essay. What matters most (revised December 2011).

My husband and I married in late December because I had time off from medical school. We particularly cherished our wedding because it was Christmas time. Our last vacation together came 12 years after we married. Shortly after that, our … Continue reading

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Essay. The faces of Janus.

Janus is the Roman god of beginnings and endings, the transitions that mark our birth, life, and death. As you might expect, he is usually seen as a man with two faces, one looking backward and one forward. The month … Continue reading

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Essay. The day after…….

The day after Christmas and other holidays involving gifts and food is usually a clean-up day: Pick up the pieces of wrapping paper littering the floor, hunt for the missing pieces of a board game, hope that the mildly nauseated … Continue reading

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Thought for the day.

I was able to take a three-day holiday with my husband for our thirtieth anniversary. It was lovely, relaxing, and taught me a lot about managing happy holidays when you don’t feel happy yourself. I have had problems with a … Continue reading

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Essay. The spirit of the season.

I live in the United States, a country where the uniting factor sometimes seems to be that we are all different. Last week I walked in Boston on a day of several doctor’s appointments. Christmas carols floated out doorways of … Continue reading

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Article. Violence: How common is it?

Two recent studies in the USA suggest that women and girls are the ┬ádirect objects of physical violence at an astoundingly high rate. The researchers estimated that between one in five (20%) and one in four (25%) have been the … Continue reading

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Essay. The gift.

Warning of sorts: I hope this story will have some meaning for almost everyone, but I am telling it as it happened… thus, Christ is in the Christmas. The last holiday trip my husband and I took together, one where … Continue reading

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Essay. Recycled lives.

When I was a teenager, I would have read this title and thought that we, the young, are pressed to live the dreams our parents and other family didn’t achieve on their own or did and feel compelled to make … Continue reading

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Personal health log. Riding out the storm V

I started writing this post 6 weeks ago. Usually I write fluidly when ideas are ready to come together. In this case, I knew the ideas and the personal experience, but I was not ready to type into words what … Continue reading

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Essay. Angels.

I wrote this a year ago, but I wanted to post it here in tribute to my beloved Tucket, who died this spring, and in honor of all who serve as angels of mercy and peace. ————— It is December. … Continue reading

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