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Inaugurations, Heartache, and Hope

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Inaugurations, Heartache, and Hope

Inaugurations, Heartache, and Hope

Four years ago, my essay on the inauguration was shared as a Guest Editorial in the Park Record. Much has changed over the past four years with the passage of the Affordable Care Act, but there is much work still to be done to make sure patients are receiving the care they deserve.

How can your heart not break when ...

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Becoming a Lake

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Becoming a Lake

An aging master grew tired of his apprentice’s complaints. One morning, the master sent the apprentice to get some salt. When the apprentice returned, the master told him to mix a handful of salt in a glass of water and drink it.

“How does it taste?” the master asked.

“Bitter,” said the apprentice.

The master chuckled and then asked the young man to take the same handful of salt and put it in the lake. The two walked in silence to the nearby ...

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This Holiday’s Empty Chair

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As we gather for Thanksgiving, miles away my son packs for his first deployment. ‘Team Bro’ will prepare their own turkey dinner, give thanks for friendships shared (and for their Moms far away!), and organize their medical packs and rucks in preparation for missions to come. On Thanksgiving, as I do everyday, I express gratitude for my brave young soldier and his buddies. I calm my anxious Mommy heart with an appreciation for their commitment to our freedom, for the ...

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The Art of Being Sick

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It takes work to maintain a balance of communication when living on the edge of death for months or even years at a time. On one hand, people get tired of hearing about your illness. There reaches a certain point in an illness where people just want to hear that you are getting better. It doesn’t matter whether it is true or not, and it’s likely less about you than it is about them. But the truth remains that anyone who has ...

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Bye, Bye Burnie: Prayers for Kevin’s Surgery

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Kevin’s Spring Break turned from a furious focus to finish two on-line courses by the April 15th in order to graduate, to a trip back to Primary Children’s Hospital for surgery. At his appointment with Dr. Downey yesterday afternoon, it was determined that Kevin needed surgery sooner rather than later to remove his epi-gastric mass. In two hours I’ll bring Kevin his medicine, wait one half-hour, then make the familiar drive to Primary.

Another boost of heroic fortitude. An end to Burnie. ...
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