International Childhood Cancer Day 2018: A Message From Luisella Magnani

I received a message from Professor Luisella Magnani yesterday about her contribution (CANCER DAY ) to International Childhood Cancer Day, which is today. I was reminded of what I see occasionally on Code Greens in the hospital–children suffering from delirium, which is sometimes a complication of childhood cancer. Code Green events in our general hospital are […]


A couple of days ago I saw a short article online which led to my finding out about something else. That happens when I’m surfing the web. The title of the article was “Can You Guess What These Antique Objects Were Used For?” I hesitated because I don’t like to think I’m old enough that […]

“If You Don’t Stand for Something…”

Did you see the latest episode of X-Files season 11 on Wednesday this week? Were you puzzled about the quote that Fox Mulder attributed to Malcolm X? Two reviewers of the episode seemed to accept it at face value. The quote “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything” probably didn’t originate with […]

Thoughts for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

I’m sitting here still getting used to phased retirement. It’s a bit awkward, especially now that the Martin Luther King Jr Day is coming up here at The University of Iowa on Monday, January 15, 2018. That’s because part of the theme, which comes from a MLK quote is “Where do we go from here?” […]


Here’s my first post for the new year and it’s about perspective. I got the idea while griping about the cold weather we’ve had for the past few days. I had to enlist the aid of two of our Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry mascots to keep an eye on the office thermostat. The thermostat controls the temperature […]