Category Archives: Family

A Midwinter Letter


Another week has started, so it must be time for Monday’s Poem of the Week. Fall just started, but it’s never too early to look forward to snow. Enjoy. A MIDWINTER LETTER It has been snowing all morning,light flakes, none … Continue reading

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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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Belly


It’s a bit late, but still Monday, so time to post this today’s Poem of the Week. Due to the presence of my VIP visitors, we ate more than we usually do, so today’s poem is particularly fitting. Their plane … 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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The Need for Community


We recently spent a very pleasant  evening with a couple sharing a meal, looking out over the Pacific as the ocean once more consumed the warmth of the sun, marveling as how no two sunsets, just like no two days, … 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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Thoughts for Tough Times


No question, these are difficult times for all of us, as well as our fellow travelers on Spaceship Earth. Clearly, none of our politicians or pundits have an answer guaranteed to fix what ails us. Perhaps it is at moments … 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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Afterlife


Sometimes, when the winds are blowing through the pines, the full moon lights up the hills with its spotlight glow, I hear the owl calling from the trees, and know someday he’ll be calling my name, and I’ll have no … Continue reading

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One Day Alanis Morisette Will Be Dead


It’s Monday morning, sunny and clear, and time for another Poem of the Week. Hope you had a sufficiently bright weekend to be able to tolerate today a small dose of ironic thought. One Day Alanis Morrisette Will Be Dead … Continue reading

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