Hello, my name is reality (part II)

If you missed part I, click here. Progress is gauged by the level of music in the OR.  Routine procedure?  ipod blaring.  Tough cases have a soundtrack consisting of crisp orders and little else....more

Hello, my name is reality (part I)

I've been blogging for a while but only alluded to some of my past.  This material is heavier stuff than I normally post but I felt like I couldn't discuss my future without the relevant context.  So, my blog will be taking a slightly different turn for the moment.  Welcome inside my head. **Certain elements of this story have been changed to protect patient privacy.** I was 17 when I met them....more

An Idealistic Christmas List

As, I finish the last-minute wrapping, baking, and dream of boxing day sales. I look forward to a Christmas with an open heart, merriment, and wonder of a child.  And with those child-like eyes I’ve made my own idealistic Christmas list: 1.  End World Hunger 2. Free Effective Health Care for All 3. World Peace 4. Equality for All People 5. Good Governance 6....more

The "second child" syndrome

During these days of Christmas, I remember a couple of years ago when we were waiting on our daughter to make her arrival. She'll be two in January, and you know what that means. When's the next one coming? Are you thinking about having more kids? How many years are you thinking between kids? Have you thought about having another one?...more

Heart Smile

I am not a big Christmas card person.  I have never sent out holiday cards, nor honestly do I plan to start.  Unless the cards feature pictures of my friend’s children or their pets, I don’t really pay much attention to the actual card, or the preprinted message.   These messages just don’t seem real to me.  They seem so generic....more

Dear Santa: A Parent's Un-wish List

Dear Santa, Some time in the next few days, you will receive a letter detailing an extensive list of wishes from my children. Before acting on it in any manner, please carefully consider my preemptive list of un-wishes. ...more

My son received the game Battleship for Christmas. I've already lost count of how many of those ...more

The King of the Castle

Ok, here is a question for you.  What would you do? You and your wife are getting ready for work, early one morning.  You are both in the master bathroom.  She is in the shower and you are preparing to shave.  All of a sudden, your cat walks into the room.  He jumps up on the sink, looking for a fresh drink of water. ...more
Szabter, Thanks... We just got a new vanity that has two sinks... While it looks like there is a ...more

When Life Gives You Lemons, Trade Them in for Red Grapefruit

2010 has been a tough year. Ongoing high unemployment in the U.S., troubled economies in Europe, and WikiLeaks disturbing the balance of political power around the world. Right now, the world seems to be getting a lot of lemons.  And we're all familiar with the old adage, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.  The problem is, I don't like lemonade! It's too sweet. Real life isn't all bad, but it isn't all sweet, either. The good news is that as this year ends, red grapefruit are in peak season!...more

the long and the short of it

This month Brain, Child magazine printed my response to their Backtalk column. Which, although it's always great to see one's name in print, is not a big deal since they print everyone's response. ...more

A string on my finger….

I am big on leaving reminders for myself when I have to remember something.  So, the night before my office’s secret Santa gift exchange, I did just that.  I sent myself an email, to be delivered the next morning, to remind me to take the present.  I put a sticky on top of my laptop that said “present”.  And, just in case that wasn’t enough, I looped my pocketbook strap through the gift bag so I would be sure not to forget the present.  The next morning, I received my email reminder.  I saw the note, I was all set.  There was no way that I was goin...more