Literature and the arts have a lot of lessons to teach us about life and how we should (or could) live. I recently listened to the soundtrack to the play about Alexander Hamilton’s life, and the lessons were very interesting. Talk less, smile more? Maybe. But you also need to speak up against injustice. You need to stand for something, or you’ll fall for almost anything.
One of the things that I admire about the people who I admire is their ability -- real or perceived -- to multitask. The best of them can do it effortlessly. They come up with stuff that they've done and I'm left wondering how they did it. I've been trying to match that kind of [...]
If you've been reading this blog for a while, you should know by now that I love to write. More often than not, I'll write about my life experiences and the opinions that those experiences have formed. Very rarely do I write fiction, so I'd like to write more. To help me do that, I [...]
Everyone is getting all caught-up in the fever over Zika in the Americas. So I was pleasantly surprised to see an article in a blog I frequent titled: Your Non-Alarmist Guide to the Zika Virus. Unfortunately, it only took one sentence for the whole post to be derailed for me: "Zika virus, a previously obscure [...]
One of the things that my wife always points out is that I am very much able to sit down and punch out a blog post of several hundred words on something that interests me, but then I have a hard time writing something for an assignment. She does it with some frustration, I think, [...]
Aside from the work that they do, one of the biggest reasons I absolutely love Doctors Without Borders is their commitment to tell stories form the field. Their written stories, interviews on the radio, and videos put a face to their organization, and they put a face on all the people that they help. Many [...]
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Dr. Paul A. Offit, MD, recently published his latest book, "Do You Believe in Magic? The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine". By mistake, I ordered two books from Amazon and got them yesterday. Instead of returning one book, or giving it away, I decided to put it up for auction on my personal Facebook [...]
I will be among the first people to admit to you that it is difficult to read source material for a blog post (or a full-blown article) and not get any of that source into your own article by accident. It happens, and you acknowledge it and move on, trying hard to not do it [...]