Category Archives: History

Why We Fight


Happy New Year to you all! 2022 may seem like it was just yesterday (smile) but the state of the world continues to be one of escalating conflict. Hence, I felt compelled to offer you my following essay. Why We … Continue reading

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The Decline and Fall of Cursive


Remember starting school and being taught cursive handwriting, carefully spacing your letters between the lines of the paper? Though the beauty my handwriting has deteriorated quite a bit over the years (almost a requirement of being a physician), I still … Continue reading

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What We Carry


This Monday’s Poem of the Week was inspired by the the best seller about the Vietnam War of similar name. In any war, soldiers have to decide on what is most essential in carrying out their mission. Hope you enjoy … Continue reading

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When the Tanks Come Rolling In


For several weeks now, I have been unable to turn on the TV news. The images coming from Ukraine are too similar to almost suppressed but not forgotten memories from my childhood. I was well on the way to my … Continue reading

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Let Them Not Say


It’s Monday morning, so time for another poem. My gratitude to Maria Popova, who’s blog reminded me of the following poem from one of my favorite writers. Hope you enjoy her, as well. LET THEM NOT SAYby Jane Hirshfield Let … 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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How History Works


Welcome back to the start of another week. Here is a little food for thought from the archives for Monday’s Poem of the Week. Be well, stay safe. how history works they raged against it, that steel abomination, that industrial … 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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St. Ouen


It’s Monday morning, so it must be time for another Poem of the Week. Though pandemic travel restrictions prevent us still from visiting some of our favorite haunts, here is a piece to send you off on a virtual visit … Continue reading

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Setting An Example


The stories I’ve posted below some of you may have seen or heard before. I know I have, and shared it with friends a number of times in the past. It recently came back to me, and I felt, given … Continue reading

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