Lori O

Trying to find the perfect balance between esteemed professional and bon-bon eating couch potato. It probably requires a lint-brush, though. 

Five Things to Never Say to People

It never fails. You think you have your day together, you’ve worked yourself up to dealing with hygiene, dressing and maybe on a really good day, making toast. It takes so much just to get your shoes on the right feet. Or find your shoes. Or your feet....more
"It was so nice to see you."  Because we both know it wasn't.more

I'll Pay More For A Pizza

The fundamental premise of this essay is this, and if you don’t agree, then none of the words that come after these will make sense to you or sway you to my position: Health is a right, not a privilege.So if you’re with me there, then perhaps you’ll find something useful in the next several paragraphs. My position, founded on the statement above, is honed in 20 years health care experience that includes working as provider in a country that operates a “socialized medicine” model....more
@in_mandyland I remember a month when my children's medication were $600 I did not know what I ...more

You're Part of the Study

In the wake of the recent anxiety storm over Apple and Google’s collection of data through phones, the chatter about privacy and data mining rose by a few dozen decibels, as well it should have. As consumers who seldom think beyond convenience and entertaining gadgetry, we need to fully understand the flow of information that affords us those services....more

What a Dying Patient Taught Me about Living

While working a very busy job as the speech pathologist between several hospitals, the therapist who normally handled home-health patients took a vacation. Why? At the time I concluded principally to inconvenience me. She may in fact have had other motivations. So, of course, on a particularly busy day, I got a call that a home health patient had been referred. To make matters even better, the patient was nearly an hour away. I complained. A lot. ...more

so so very kind and generous with your words, dear lady.

You make me feel ...more

The Pebbles That Mark the Small Moments of Life

Like markers on ancient highways, they measure my life's distance. I can look back and see the impressions they make in the earth I build by living. Yet they are dwarfed in number by the pebbles. The great stepping stones of my most significant moments swim in a sea of pebbles - the memories of the lopsided birthday cake and the puppy with the muddy feet. ...more
This is so beautifully, so evocatively expressed.  Yes -- we cannot lose sight of the precious ...more

Not Far Enough

I run. I run because I’m a woman in my 40’s and I need to exercise to live the life I want to live for a long as I hope to live it. But I do not like it. I play tricks on myself to run. I play games with my brain to push myself. A half-mile is an extra cookie. Or I taunt myself. Just run until the end of this song. You can do that much, can’t you? This is how I get any reasonable distance out of myself. And by reasonable, I mean reasonable for me. I’m satisfied with that. ...more

Well, you have made me cry.

For me, there is never enough running. I move ever forward and ...more

The Unexpected Divorce

I started thinking about it on Valentine's Day for two reasons. One, a humorous post about things not to do, including giving gas-station flowers. And two, a post written by a woman in pain over being alone.An odd combination, perhaps, but the connection was made. I started thinking about my divorce.I divorced a kind, intelligent man....more

Is comparing pain, or trying to one-up someone in terms of who hurts worse.

We all have our ...more

The Red Underwear: Gifts and Grief

We move through our time on this earth doing a million and ten things, with a thousand and one goals, and tens of hundreds of to-do lists. But in our minds are bigger thoughts: I want to turn my kids into good people, I want to leave the world a little better than I found it, I want to touch someone’s life. And often -– in the cosmic humor that surrounds us –- we raise amazing people, make things better, touch people in amazing ways but don’t know, or never see. ...more

Your story so moved me that it led to me creating two pieces of art. I blogged about them here: ...more

Taking the Flying Leap

There are people who jump off cliffs. Literal ones. Really big, tall cliffs into rock (and possibly shark) infested waters. Or there are people who careen down the Matterhorn in flying squirrel suits or tie heavy pieces of elastic to their ankles and jump from bridges. And let us not forget the people who leap from moving aircraft with 30 pounds of nylon fabric keeping them from an intimate and precipitous meeting with the ground....more

Stepping Off the Tracks - Taking a Break from Management

The first time I did it was for health reasons. I was struggling with a cardiac condition and was battling infertility. Although stress wasn’t the root of either problem, I was not naïve to the correlation. As  the rehabilitation director for four sub-acute programs, the intensity of the professional demands had serious medical impact. So I quit to take a staff position with another company, certain that my brief career in management was over. Yet a year later, health re-acquired, my new company asked me to take over the department director job....more

Bravo for speaking out and announcing that it is okay not to always accept any promotion that ...more