Category Archives: Death and Dying

Exit Strategies


As I sit down to write this piece, my Favorite Poet’s plane had already brought him back to Paris. It was wonderful to have he and his family home for summer vacation, but I once again have to relinquish him … Continue reading

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SHAME ON US


SHAME ON US! I am angry, and I’m deeply ashamed. I just turned off the news (which I watch with decreasing frequency, as it seems designed to make me fearful, angry or both) showing scenes of the fall of Kabul, … Continue reading

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Exit Strategies


Welcome back to Poetry Monday. This weekend, we attended a friend’s wedding in Northern California, and drove through the Central Valley, where the brown grass and starved orchards formed stark reminders of our current drought and changing climate hazards. I’m … Continue reading

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Morning Glory


Welcome back to Poetry Monday. Heat waves are driving everyone on the West Coast to seek relief from the oppressive sizzle outside. Hope today’s poem offers some comfort to my readers. Be well. MORNING GLORY How blessed is this scourge … Continue reading

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Hospice: Fear, Need, and Benefits


“Somehow, in my case, I always thought they would make an exception.” – Epitaph on a tombstone in Philadelphia Allow me to express my bias at the outset – I am a believer in the hospice movement.  Unfortunately, there is … Continue reading

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Longevity


Longevity  Here’s something to think about at our ages  .. 1. The inventor of the treadmill died at the age of 54 2. The inventor of gymnastics died at the age of 57 3. The world bodybuilding champion died at … Continue reading

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Memorial Day Poems


Today is Memorial Day. Having attended an all-boys school during the Vietnam era, I lost a significant number of friends and classmates during that war. Many years later, after the Vietnam Memorial wall was built in Washington D.C., I still … Continue reading

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The Summer Day


With the speed of hummingbird wings, the days are flying by, and it’s once again a Poetry Monday. Summer has not yet officially arrived, but with our temperatures today expected to be 92… The Summer Day(with gratitude to Holy) Who … Continue reading

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Not Needed


My apologies this work is being posted late in the day for Poetry Monday, but I was away enjoying myself, and just came back. The following poem struck a chord with me, and maybe it will do the same for … Continue reading

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Where We Choose to Spend Our Golden Years


“Old age” promises Robert Browning, “will the last of life for which the first is made.” However, I, as a physician, see from those who are experiencing their golden years that it appears to be filled with most of the … Continue reading

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