“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 […]


This is a just a short post about my gratitude. It is prompted by a couple of messages I received last week. One of them was from Dr. Luisella Magnani, letting me know about the International Guide “Are you worried about your child?” She was one of the participants who put the guide together. It’s […]

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?” […]

Meditation Not A Fix, Maybe Because You’re Not Broken: A Letter From Bev and Kerri

As I was struggling to finish my work in my office, one of my residents stopped by and noticed. I felt harried and I’m pretty sure I looked it. She mentioned she’d heard that I practice mindfulness meditation. I remarked that it comes in handy on days like I was having. Anyway, that’s just to […]

Hats On For Children’s Palliative Care And More: Guest Post by Luisella Magnani

This is a guest post from Luisella Magnani. It’s been a while since I’ve heard from Luisella. I offer my condolences on her most recent loss and affirm her message supporting the palliative care organizations such as those celebrating Word Hospice and Palliative Care Day on October 14, 2017, urging “Don’t leave those suffering behind.” […]