Longevity Amazes Me

I still check my office email two or three times a day even though, technically, I'm in phased retirement and off service right now. There doesn't seem to be an easy way to manage the junk mail overflow unless I do that, though. At least, that's my excuse. Anyway, I got this email with a … Continue reading Longevity Amazes Me

When Not in Doubt, Shell it Out

Today I was reminded of something me and my medical school classmates read in the Robbins textbook we used for Gross Anatomy class--"when in doubt, shell it out." Today, without a doubt because I was no longer in doubt, I shelled out some real money for a DSLR camera. OK, maybe I still had some … Continue reading When Not in Doubt, Shell it Out

More Manual Labor

My manual grass trimmer arrived today--at 5 PM so it was too late to try it out. Whew, that was close. Before I opened the box, it felt like it was empty. It's really light weight, for lightweights like me, I guess. While I was waiting for UPS to deliver the trimmer, I watched as … Continue reading More Manual Labor

Fare Well

I get messages from Dr. Janeta Tansey, MD, PhD at Virtue Medicine announcing the focus of the monthly Finding Meaning in Medicine meetings for physicians. Each meeting is guided by a pre-assigned one word topic. I have never attended a meeting but the topic for May is "Fare-Well." What struck me about the topic is the … Continue reading Fare Well

A Little Bird Told Me…I Need Another Reel Mower

We saw a Scarlet Tanager from our window this morning. I managed to get a couple of those grainy snapshots using the point and shoot you love so much. And then I got an idea--get another reel mower. At first, what I was going to do was donate the old reel mower to Habitat for … Continue reading A Little Bird Told Me…I Need Another Reel Mower

Bill and Coo Offer Poop as Down Payment

Bill and Coo, the Mourning Doves, are still checking out our window box. Coo seems to like pecking at and smashing down the flowers on one side, which Bill readily aids and abets. The question is, can they afford it? Does this represent a "want" or a "need" sort of purchase? We're at best ambivalent … Continue reading Bill and Coo Offer Poop as Down Payment

The Hackett Fire Brigade Quote Expanded

I learned a little about the Internet Archive today, which lets you borrow digitized books, music and other items. I’ve always wanted to read what I'll call the fire brigade quote from Thomas P. Hackett, MD from the original 1st edition of the Massachusetts General Hospital: Handbook of general hospital psychiatry, edited by Hackett and … Continue reading The Hackett Fire Brigade Quote Expanded